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Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. 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. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We have genuflected before the god of science only to find that it has given us the atomic bomb, producing fears and anxieties that science can never mitigate. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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All too many of those who live in affluent America ignore those who exist in poor America; in doing so, the affluent Americans will eventually have to face themselves with the question that Eichman chose to ignore: How responsible am I for the well-being of my fellows? Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Whenever the early Christians entered a town the power structure got disturbed and immediately sought to convict them for being "disturbers of the peace" and "outside agitators." But they went on with the conviction that they were "a colony of heaven," and had to obey God rather than man. They were small in number but big in commitment. 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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The Negro all over the South must come to the point that he can say to his white brother: We will match your capacity to inflict suffering with our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force. 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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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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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 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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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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The choice is not between violence and nonviolence but between nonviolence and nonexistence. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must discover the power of love, the power, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that we will be able to make of this old world a new world. We will be able to make men better. Love is the only way. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Agape is something of the understanding, creative, redemptive goodwill for all men. It is a love that seeks nothing in return. It is an overflowing love; it's what theologians would call the love of God working in the lives of men. And when you rise to love on this level, you begin to love men, not because they are likeable, but because God loves them. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If you want to move people, it has to be toward a vision that's positive for them, that taps important values, that gets them something they desire and it has to be presented in a compelling way so that they feel inspired to follow. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We have moved into an era where we are called upon to raise certain basic questions about the whole society. We are still called upon to give aid to the beggar who finds himself in misery and agony on life's highway. But one day, we must ask the question of whether an edifice which produces beggars must not be restructured and refurbished. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We can walk through the darkest night with the radiant conviction that all things work together for the good. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Being a Negro in America means trying to smile when you want to cry. It means trying to hold on to physical life amid psychological death. It means the pain of watching your children grow up with clouds of inferiority in their mental skies. It means having their legs off, and then being condemned for being a cripple. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Keep feeling the need for being first. But I want you to be the first in love. I want you to be the first in moral excellence. I want you to be the first in generosity. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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America must begin the struggle for democracy at home. The advocacy of free elections in Europe by American officials is hypocrisy when free elections are not held in great sections of America. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The nation is sick; trouble is in the land, confusion all around...But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars. And I see God working in this period of the twentieth century. Something is happening in our world. The masses of people are rising up. And wherever they are assembled today, whether they are in Johannesburg, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; Accra, Ghana; New York City; Atlanta, Georgia; Jackson, Mississippi; or Memphis, Tennessee, the cry is always the same: 'We want to be free.' Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Communism forgets that life is individual. Capitalism forgets that life is social, and the kingdom of brotherhood is found neither in the thesis of communism nor the antithesis of capitalism but in a higher synthesis. It is found in a higher synthesis that combines the truths of both. Now, when I say question the whole society, it means ultimately coming to see that the problem of racism, the problem of exploitation, and the problem of war are all tied together. These are the triple evils that are interrelated. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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One who condones evils is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Resistance and nonviolence are not in themselves good. There is another element that must be present in our struggle that then makes our resistance and nonviolence truly meaningful. That element is reconciliation. Our ultimate end must be the creation of the beloved community. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We have a great dream. It started way back in 1776, and God grant that America will be true to her dream. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We've learned to fly the air like birds, we've learned to swim the seas like fish, and yet we haven't learned to walk the earth as brothers and sisters Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige, and even his life for the welfare of others. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Injustice anywhere threatens justice everywhere. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The human heart is like a ship on a stormy sea driven about by winds blowing from all four corners of heaven. 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 of their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, men other-centered can build up I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive goodwill will proclaim the rule of the land. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The job of the school is to teach so well that family background is no longer an issue. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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So long as I do not firmly and irrevocably possess the right to vote I do not possess myself. I cannot make up my mind - it is made up for me. I cannot live as a democratic citizen, observing the laws I have helped to enact - I can only submit to the edict of others. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Without God, all of our efforts turn to ashes and our sunrise into the darkest of nights. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Returning violence for violence multiplies violence... Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I always had a deep affection for Malcolm and felt that he had a great ability to put his finger on the existence and the root of the problem. He was an eloquent spokesman for his point of view and no one can honestly doubt that Malcolm had a great concern for the problems we face as a race. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The group consisting of mother, father and child is the main educational agency of mankind. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I feel that segregation is totally unchristian, and that it is against everything the Christian religion stands for. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We know of no more crucial civil rights issue facing Congress today than the need to increase the federal minimum wage and extend its coverage. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If I hit you and you hit me and I hit you back and you hit me back and go on, you see, that goes on ad infinitum. It just never ends. Somewhere somebody must have a little sense, and that's the strong person. 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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To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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