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One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that ' an unjust law is no law at all. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The Darwinian concept of the survival of the fittest has been substituted by a philosophy of the survival of the slickest. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I think that we must face the fact that in reality, you cannot have economic and political equality without having some form of social equality. I think this is inevitable. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today - my own government.... There is something strangely inconsistent about a nation and a press that would praise you when you say, 'Be nonviolent toward Jim Clark,' but will curse and damn you when you say, 'Be nonviolent toward little brown Vietnamese children!' There is something wrong with that press.... Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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This hour in history needs a dedicated circle of transformed nonconformists. Our planet teeters on the brink of annihilation; dangerous passions of pride, hatred, and selfishness are enthroned in our lives; and men do reverence before false gods of nationalism and materialism. The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority. 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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Personality is like a charioteer with two headstrong horses, each wanting to go in different directions. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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...And I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land. So I'm happy tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must expect finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The conservatives who say, Let us not move so fast, and the extremists who say, Let us go out and whip the world, would tell you that they are as far apart as the poles. But there is a striking parallel: They accomplish nothing; for they do not reach the people who have a crying need to be free. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We are the heirs of a past of rope, fire, and murder. I for one am not ashamed of this past. My shame is for those who became so inhuman that they could inflict this torture upon us. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and is willing to accept the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir... America has defaulted on this promissory note in so far as her citizens of color are concerned. 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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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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I was much more afraid in Montgomery when I had a gun in my house. When I decided that I could' keep a gun, I came face-to-face with the question of death and I dealt with it. From that point on, I no longer needed a gun nor have I been afraid. Had we become distracted by the question of my safety we would have lost the moral offensive and sunk to the level of our oppressors. 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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A productive and happy life is not something you find; it is something you make. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. 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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History has thrust something upon me from which I cannot turn away. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Love is the supreme unifying principle of life. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We still have a choice today: nonviolence coesistence or violent coannihilation. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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In any civilized society, it is every citizen's responsibility to obey just laws. But at the same time, it is every citizen's responsibility to disobey unjust laws. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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It is precisely because education is the road to equality and citizenship, that it has been made more elusive for Negroes than many other rights. The walling off of Negroes from equal education is part of the historical design to submerge him in second class status. Therefore, as Negroes have struggled to be free they have had to fight for the opportunity for a decent education. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Without justice, there can be no peace. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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In the current struggle, there is one positive course of action. There is no alternative, for the alternative would connote a rear march... Martin Luther King, Jr.
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By opening our lives to God in Christ, we become new creatures. This experience, which Jesus spoke of as the new birth, is essential if we are to be transformed nonconformists . . . Only through an inner spiritual transformation do we gain the strength to fight vigorously the evils of the world in a humble and loving spirit. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The choice is not between violence and nonviolence but between nonviolence and nonexistence. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. 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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Oh, the worst of all tragedies is not to die young, but to live until I am seventy five and yet not ever truly to have lived. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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My parents would always tell me that I should not hate the white man, but that it was my duty as a Christian to love him. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If I sought to answer all of the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would be engaged in little else in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We decided to set our direct-action program around the Easter season, realizing that, with exception of Christmas, this was the largest shopping period of the year. Knowing that a strong economic withdrawal program would be the by-product of direct action. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The purpose of direct action is to create a situation so crisis-packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There is a more excellent way, of love and nonviolent protest. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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They were too God-intoxicated to be "astronomically intimidated." They brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contest. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If the church of today does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authentic ring, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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By nonviolent resistance, the Negro can also enlist all men of good will in his struggle for equality. 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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Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I choose to identify with the underprivileged, I choose to give my life for the hungry, I choose to give my life for those who have been left out of the sunlight of opportunity . . . this is the way I'm going. If it means suffering, I'm going that way. If it means dying for them, I'm going that way, because I heard a voice saying DO SOMETHING FOR OTHERS. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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You have to keep moving forward Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The reason I can't follow the old eye-for-an-eye philosophy is that it ends up leaving everyone blind. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I would rather be a man of conviction than a man of conformity Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Brutality was imprisoned in a lumious glare revealing the naked truth to the whole world Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The non-violent resistor not only avoids external, physical violence, but he avoids internal violence of spirit. He not only refuses to shoot his opponent, but he refuses to hate him. And he stands with understanding, goodwill at all times. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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In that dramatic scene on Calvary's hill three men were crucified.... All three were crucified for the same crime-the crime of extremism. Two were extremists for immorality, and thus fell below their environment. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth and goodness, and thereby rose above his environment. Perhaps the South, the nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Even if I were certain that the world would end tomorrow, I would plant a tree this very day Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Somebody must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate and the chain of evil in the universe. And you do that by love Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A true revolution of values will see that the western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Education without morals is like a ship without a compass, merely wandering nowhere. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough, can you see the stars. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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