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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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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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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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The government can't make people love me, but it can keep them from lynching me. 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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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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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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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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It's just as evil to kill Vietnamese as it is to kill Americans. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You are talking anti-Semitism. 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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A productive and happy life is not something you find; it is something you make. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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...and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky... Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Too unconcerned to love and too passionless to hate, too detached to be selfish and too lifeless to be unselfish, too indifferent to experience joy and too cold to express sorrow, they are neither dead nor alive; they merely exist. 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 strong man holds in a living blend strongly marked opposites. The idealists are not usually realistic, and the realists are not usually idealistic. The militant are not generally known to be passive, nor the passive to be militant. Seldom are the humble self-assertive, or the self-assertive humble. But life at it's best is a creative synthesis of opposites in fruitful harmony. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There are two types of laws: there are just laws and there are unjust laws... What is the difference between the two?...An unjust law is a man-made code that is out of harmony with the moral law. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Everybody has the blues. Everybody longs for meaning. Everybody needs to love and be loved. Everybody needs to clap hands and be happy. Everybody longs for faith. In music, especially this broad category called jazz, there is a stepping-stone to all of these. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A time comes when silence is betrayal. That time has come for us in relation to Vietnam. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift, is approaching spiritual death.I knew that America would never invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic destructive suction tube. So I was increasingly compelled to see the war as an enemy of the poor. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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But I say to you, my friends, there are certain things in our nation and in the world which I am proud to be maladjusted and which I hope all men of good-will will be maladjusted until the good societies realize. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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You know my friends, there comes a time when people get tired of being trampled by the iron feet of oppression. There comes a time my friends, when people get tired of being plunged across the abyss of humiliation, where they experience the bleakness of nagging despair. There comes a time when people get tired of being pushed out of the glittering sunlight of life's July and left standing amid the piercing chill of an alpine November. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must work passionately and indefatigably to bridge the gulf between our scientific progress and our moral progress. One of the great problems of mankind is that we suffer from a poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring contrast to our scientific and technological abundance. The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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When I am commanded to love, I am commanded to restore community, to resist injustice, and to meet the needs of my brothers. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We can't slow up because of our love for democracy and our love for America. Someone should tell Faulkner that the vast majority of the people on this globe are colored. 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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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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It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked 'insufficient funds.' Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God's children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the qu icksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I'm concerned about a better world. I'm concerned about justice; I'm concerned about brotherhood; I'm concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about that, he can never advocate violence. For through violence you may murder a murderer, but you can't murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar, but you can't establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can't murder hate through violence. Darkness cannot put out darkness; only light can do that. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Let's build bridges, not walls. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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History is a great teacher. Now everyone knows that the labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production. Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them. 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 majority of the Negroes who took part in the year-long boycott of Montgomery's buses were poor and untutored; but they understood the essence of the Montgomery movement; one elderly woman summed it up for the rest. When asked after several weeks of walking whether she was tired, she answered: "My feet is tired, but my soul is at rest. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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When Negroes looked for the second phase, the realization of equality, they found that many of their white allies had quietly disappeared.... To stay murder is not the same thing as to ordain brotherhood. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I still have a dream today that one day war will come to an end, that men will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks, that nations will no longer rise up against nations, neither will they study war any more. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Make no mistake about those who call themselves anti Zionist are anti Semitic. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Lord help me to see M. L. King as M. L. King in his true perspective. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The great issue of life is to harness the drum major instinct. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Normal fear protects us; abnormal fear paralyses us. Normal fear motivates us to improve our individual and collective welfare; abnormal fear constantly poisons and distorts our inner lives. Our problem is not to be rid of fear but, rather to harness and master it. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Many white Americans of good will have never connected bigotry with economic exploitation. They have deplored prejudice but tolerated or ignored economic injustice. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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