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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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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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The strong man is the man who can stand up for his rights and not hit back. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial "outside agitator" idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Will we be extremists for hate, or will we be extremists for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice, or will we be extremists for the cause of justice? Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Violence often brings about momentary results. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If the Negro is to achieve the goal of integration, he must organize himself into a militant and nonviolent mass movement. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The Negro's problem will not be solved by running away. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There is nothing more dangerous than to build a society with a large segment of people in that society who feel that they have no stake in it; who feel that that have nothing to lose. People who have stake in their society, protect that society, but when they don't have it, they unconsciously want to destroy it. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Man is not made for the state; the state is made for man. To deprive man of freedom is to relegate him to the status of a thing, rather than elevate him to the status of a person. Man must never be treated as a means to the end of the state, but always as an end within himself. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair. 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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Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one's soul. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they'd die for. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Without love, there is no reason to know anyone, for love will in the end connect us to our neighbors, our children and our hearts. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The end of life is not to be happy, nor to achieve pleasure and avoid pain, but to do the will of God, come what may. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Babies, we are told, are the latest news from heaven. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I am convinced that it is one of the most unjust wars that has ever been fought in the history of the world. Our involvement in the war in Vietnam has torn up the Geneva Accord. It has strengthened the military-industrial complex; it has strengthened the forces of reaction in our nation. It has put us against the self-determination of a vast majority of the Vietnamese people, and put us in the position of protecting a corrupt regime that is stacked against the poor. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Unconditional love will have the final word in reality. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I must face the fact, as all others in positions of leadership must do, that America today is an extremely sick nation, and that something could well happen to me at any time. I feel, though, that my cause is so right, so moral, that if I should lose my life, in some way it would aid the cause. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The day we see the truth and cease to speak is the day we begin to die Martin Luther King, Jr.
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In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law... That would lead to anarchy. An individual who breaks a law that his conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We are faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words "Too Late". Martin Luther King, Jr.
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It is not only poverty that torments the Negro; it is the fact of poverty amid plenty. It is a misery generated by the gulf between the affluence he sees in the mass media and the deprivation he experiences in his everyday life. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Unfortunately, most of the major denominations still practice segregation in local churches, hospitals, schools, and other church institutions. It is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o'clock on Sunday morning, the same hour when many are standing to sing: In Christ There Is No East Nor West. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Perhaps only his sense of humor and irony can save him when he hears the most powerful nation in the world speaking of his aggression as it drops thousands of bombs on a poor weak nation more than eight thousand miles away from its shores. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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From every mountainside, let freedom ring. And when this happens, and when we allow freedom to ring, and when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of that old Negro spiritual, 'Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last! Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Let no man pull you low enough to hate him. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: - 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We have before us the glorious opportunity to inject a new dimension of love into the veins of our civilization. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Another way that you love your enemy is this: When the opportunity presents itself for you to defeat your enemy, that is the time which you must not do it. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The holy passion of friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I have an ultimate faith in America and an audacious faith in mankind. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Communism will never be defeated by atomic bombs. Our greatest defense against Communism is to take offensive action on behalf of justice and righteousness. We must seek to remove conditions of poverty, injustice, and racial discrimination. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We've been in the mountain of war. We've been in the mountain of violence. We've been in the mountain of hatred long enough. It is necessary to move on now, but only by moving out of this mountain can we move to the promised land of justice and brotherhood and the Kingdom of God. It all boils down to the fact that we must never allow ourselves to become satisfied with unattained goals. We must always maintain a kind of divine discontent. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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In every age and every generation, men have envisioned a promised land. Some may have envisioned it with the wrong ideology, with the wrong philosophical presupposition. But men in every generation thought in terms of some promised land. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The strong man holds in a living blend strongly marked opposites. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We all have the drum major instinct. We all want to be important, to surpass others, to achieve distinction, to lead the parade. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must stand up and say, "I'm black and I'm beautiful," and this self-affirmation is the black man's need, made compelling by the white man's crimes against him. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Why is the church always a taillight rather than a headlight? Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Rioting is not revolutionary. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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It's not how long you live, it's how well you live. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Somebody must have sense enough to meet hate with love. Somebody must have sense enough to meet physical force with soul force. If we will but try this way, we will be able to change these conditions and yet at the same time win the hearts and souls of those who have kept these conditions alive a way as old as the insights of Jesus of Nazareth, as modern as the techniques of Mohandas K. Gandhi. There is another way. 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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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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