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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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I was in the kitchen drinking coffee when I heard Coretta cry, "Martin, Martin, come quickly!" I put down my cup and ran toward the living room. As I approached the front window Coretta pointed joyfully to a slowly moving bus: "Darling, it's empty! Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A social movement that only moves people is merely a revolt. A movement that changes both people and institutions is a revolution. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Worship at its best is a social experience with people of all levels of life coming together to realize their oneness and unity under God. Whenever the church, consciously or unconsciously caters to one class it loses the spiritual force of the "whosoever will, let him come, doctrine and is in danger of becoming a little more than a social club with a thin veneer of religiosity. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I came to the conclusion that there is an existential moment in your life when you must decide to speak for yourself; nobody else can speak for you. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We should never forget that everything Adolph Hitler did in Germany was "legal" and everything the Hungarian freedom fighers did in Hungary was "illegal." It was "illegal" to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler's Germany. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If you have not discovered something you are willing to die for, then you are not fit to live. 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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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 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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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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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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To deny a man a job is to say that a man has no right to exist. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Our eternal message of hope is that dawn will come. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A final victory is an accumulation of many short-term encounters. To lightly dismiss a success because it does not usher in a complete order of justice is to fail to comprehend the process of achieving full victory. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Courageous men never lose the zest for living even though their life situation is zestless; cowardly men, overwhelmed by the uncertainties of life, lose the will to live. We must constantly build dykes of courage to hold back the flood of fear. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Nothing is so much needed as a secure family life for a people seeking to rise out of poverty and backwardness. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The idea of a superior or inferior race is a myth that has been completely refuted by anthropological evidence. 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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Even if they try to kill you, you develop the inner conviction that there are some things so precious, some things so eternally true that they are worth dying for. And if a person has not found something to die for, that person isn't fit to live! 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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