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Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Riots are the voices of the unheard. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Power is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice is love correcting everything that goes against love. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We had no alternative except that of preparing for direct action, whereby we would present our very bodies as a means of laying our case before the conscience of the local and national community. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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History is the long and tragic story of the fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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To accept injustice or segregation passively is to say to the oppressor that his actions are morally right. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There are some things concerning which we must always be maladjusted if we are to be people of good will. We must never adjust ourselves to racial segregation. We must never adjust ourselves to religious bigotry. We must never adjust ourselves to economic conditions that take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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It is a strangely irrational notion that there is something in the very flow of time that will inevitably cure all ills. Actually time is neutral. It can be used either destructively or constructively. I am coming to feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than the people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Mass civil disobedience can use rage as a constructive and creative force. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The world in which we live is geographically one. The challenge that we face today is to make it one in terms of brotherhood. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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When the Negro finds the courage to be free, he faces dogs and guns and clubs and fire hoses totally unafraid, and the white men with those dogs, guns, clubs and fire hoses see that the Negro they have traditionally called "boy" has become a man. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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As we have seen, the first public expression of disenchantment with nonviolence arose around the question of 'self-defense.' In a sense this is a false issue, for the right to defend one's home and one's person when attacked has been guaranteed through the ages by common law. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Personality is like a charioteer with two headstrong horses, each wanting to go in different directions. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must follow nonviolence and love. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must use time creatively - and forever realize that the time is always hope to do great things. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The government can't make people love me, but it can keep them from lynching me. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We are not wrong, we are not wrong in what we are doing. If we are wrong, the Supreme Court of this nation is wrong. If we are wrong, the Constitution of the United States is wrong. And if we are wrong, God Almighty is wrong. If we are wrong, Jesus of Nazareth was merely a utopian dreamer that never came down to Earth. If we are wrong, justice is a lie, love has no meaning. And we are determined here in Montgomery to work and fight until justice runs down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Violence multiplies violence. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals. They are complementary. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I refuse to accept the view . . . that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Love is a usually force able of transforming an rivalry into friend. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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School takes 13 years, because that is how long it takes to break a child's spirit. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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My soul is too glad and too great to be at heart the enemy of any man Martin Luther King, Jr.
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In the event of a violent revolution, we would be sorely outnumbered. And when it was all over, the Negro would face the same unchanged conditions, the same squalor and deprivation-the only difference being that his bitterness would be even more intense, his disenchantment even more abject. Thus, in purely practical as well as moral terms, the American Negro has no rational alternative to nonviolence. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Once you become dedicated to a cause, personal security is not the goal. What will happen to you personally does not matter. My cause, my race, is worth dying for. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Don't let anybody make you think God chose America as His divine messianic force to be a sort of policeman of the whole world. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A man can't ride your back unless it's bent. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I just want to do God's will. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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O America, how you've taken necessities from the masses to give luxuries to the classes. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Segregation, as even the segregationists know in their hearts, is morally wrong and sinful. If it weren't, the white South would not be haunted as it is by a deep sense of guilt for what it has done to the Negro - guilt for patronizing him, degrading him, brutalizing him, depersonalizing him, thingifying him; guilt for lying to itself. This is the source of the schizophrenia that the South will suffer until it goes through its crisis of conscience. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the negro poor has worsened over the last twelve or fifteen years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The great military leaders of the past have gone, their empires have crumbled and burned to ashes. But the empire of Jesus, built solidly and majestically on the foundation of love, is still growing. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: 'If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: 'If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?' Martin Luther King, Jr.
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History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Power properly understood is nothing but the ability to achieve purpose... one of the great problems of history is that the concepts of love and power have usually been contrasted as opposites - polar opposites - so that love is identified with a resignation of power, and power with a denial of love... What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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So I have tried to make it clear that it is wrong to use immoral means to attain moral ends. But now I must affirm that it is just as wrong, or even more so, to use moral means to preserve immoral ends. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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One day we will learn that the heart can never be totally right when the head is totally wrong Martin Luther King, Jr.
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It is Love that will save our world and our civilization. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Jesus recognized that love is greater than like, Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I am indebted to my wife Coretta, without whose love, sacrifices, and loyalty neither life nor work would bring fulfillment. She has given me words of consolation when I needed them and a well-ordered home where Christian love is a reality. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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This will be the day when we shall bring into full realization the dream of American democracy - a dream yet unfulfilled. A dream of equality of opportunity, of privilege and property widely distributed; a dream of a land where men will not take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few.... Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The trailblazers in human, academic, scientific and religious freedom have always been nonconformists. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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One of the great tragedies of life is that men seldom bridge the gulf between practice and profession, between doing and saying. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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On the one hand we are called to play the good Samaritan on life's roadside; but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life's highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. "A Time to Break Silence," at Riverside Church Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There comes a time when silence is betrayal. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The first principle of value that we need to rediscover is this: that all reality hinges on moral foundations. In other words, that this is a moral universe, and that there are moral laws of the universe just as abiding as the physical laws. (from "Rediscovering Lost Values") Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate. The broad education will, therefore, transmit to one not only the accumulated knowledge of the race but also the accumulated experience of social living. If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Be careful, brethren! Be careful, teachers! Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I just want to be there in love and in justice and in truth and in commitment to others, so that we can make of this old world a new world. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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It's not how long a man lives, but how well he uses the time allotted him. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Segregation is the adultery of an illicit intercourse between injustice and immorality. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Everyone has the power for greatness, not for fame but greatness, because greatness is determined by service. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The way of acquiescence leads to moral and spiritual suicide. The way of violence leads to bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers. But, the way of nonviolence leads to redemption and the creation of the beloved community. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, 'Love your enemies.' It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The self cannot be self without other selves. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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When I took up the cross I recognized it's meaning. The cross is something that you bear, and ultimately, that you die on. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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As a young man with most of my life ahead of me, I decided early to give my life to something eternal and absolute. Not to these little gods that are here today and gone tomorrow. But to God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There is no deficit in human resources; the deficit is in human will. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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