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Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Whenever you are engaged in work that serves humanity and is for the building of humanity, it has dignity and it has worth, Martin Luther King, Jr.

The day we see the truth and cease to speak is the day we begin to die Martin Luther King, Jr.

As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation - either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they'd die for. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

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.

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.

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' Martin Luther King, Jr.

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Babies, we are told, are the latest news from heaven. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

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.

A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our present policies... Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

Love is understanding, redemptive goodwill for all men, so that you love everybody. Martin Luther King, Jr.

But there is another way. And that is to organize mass non-violent resistance based on the principle of love. It seems to me that this is the only way as our eyes look to the future. As we look out across the years and across the generations, let us develop and move right here. 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.

Love is understanding, redemptive goodwill for all men, so that you love everybody, because God loves them. You refuse to do anything that will defeat an individual, because you have agape in your soul. And here you come to the point that you love the individual who does the evil deed, while hating the deed that the person does. This is what Jesus means when he says, "Love your enemy." This is the way to do it. When the opportunity presents itself when you can defeat your enemy, you must not do it. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our age is one of guided missiles and unguided men. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I criticize America because I love her. I want her to stand as a moral example to the world." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Somehow we must transform the dynamics of the world power struggle from the negative nuclear arms race which no one can win to a positive contest to harness man's creative genius for the purpose of making peace and prosperity a reality for all of the nations of the world. Martin Luther King, Jr.

He should sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lives a great street-sweeper who did his job well' Martin Luther King, Jr.

For you all think God is one who rewards good and punishes evil, but I say to you that God is one who loves you and has compassion for everyone. You just have to pray to Him and believe in Him. He will always be your guiding light. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Curtailment of free speech is rationalized on grounds that a more compelling American tradition forbids criticism of the government when the nation is at war... Nothing can be more destructive of our fundamental democratic traditions than the vicious effort to silence dissenters. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have decided to love. If you are seeking the highest good, I think you can find it through love. And the beautiful thing is that we are moving against wrong when we do it, because John was right, God is love. He who hates does not know God, but he who has love has the key that unlocks the door to the meaning of ultimate reality. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Evil must be attacked by. . . the day to day assault of the battering rams of justice. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A time comes when silence is betrayal. Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government's policy, especially in time of war. Nor does the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought, within one's own bosom and in the surrounding world. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The words 'bad timing' came to be ghosts haunting our every move in Birmingham. Yet people who used this argument were ignorant of the background of our planning...they did not realize that it was ridiculous to speak of timing when the clock of history showed that the Negro had already suffered one hundred years of delay. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable . . . Martin Luther King, Jr.

Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is hardly a moral act to encourage others patiently to accept injustice which he himself does not endure. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself.. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Gandhi was inevitable. If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable. He lived, thought and acted, inspired by the vision of humanity evolving toward a world of peace and harmony. We may ignore Gandhi at our own risk. Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is something in the soul that cries out for freedom. Martin Luther King, Jr.

No one is free until we are all free. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every man is somebody because he is a child of God. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Capital punishment is against the best judgment of modern criminology and, above all, against the highest expression of love in the nature of God. Martin Luther King, Jr.

When any society says that I cannot marry a certain person, that society has cut off a segment of my freedom, Martin Luther King, Jr.

I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate, adding deeper darkness to a night that is already void of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Had it not been for the ministry of my good friend Dr. Billy Graham, my work in the civil rights movement would not have been as successful as it has been. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Worship is as natural to the human family as the sing of the sun is to the cosmic order. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Stand up for justice, stand up for truth; and God will be at your side forever. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Let us be practical and ask the question: How do we love our enemies? Martin Luther King, Jr.

We are challenged to develop a world perspective. No individual can live alone, no nation can live alone, and anyone who feels that he can live alone is sleeping through a revolution. The world in which we live is geographically one. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

The more there are riots, the more repressive actin will take place, and the more we face the danger of a right-wing takeover and eventually a fascist society. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As long as there is poverty in the world I can never be rich, even if I have a billion dollars. As long as diseases are rampant and millions of people in this world cannot expect to live more than twenty-eight or thirty years, I can never be totally healthy even if I just got a good checkup at Mayo Clinic. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the way our world is made. No individual or nation can stand out boasting of being independent. We are interdependent. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force. Do to us what you will and we will still love you....Bomb our homes and threaten our children, and, as difficult as it is, we will still love you. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I too am compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my particular hometown. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I would not hesitate to say that it is unfortunate that so-called demonstrations are taking place in Birmingham at this time, but I would say in more emphatic terms that it is even more unfortunate that the white power structure of this city left the Negro community with no other alternative. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Negro leaders sought to negotiate with the city fathers. But the political leaders consistently refused to engage in good-faith negotiation. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As the weeks and months unfolded, we realized that we were the victims of a broken promise. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For more than two centuries our foreparents labored here without wages; they made cotton king; and they built the homes of their masters in the midst of brutal injustice and shameful humiliation - and yet out of a bottomless vitality our people continue to thrive and develop. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nonviolence is an imperative in order to bring about ultimate community. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Through nonviolent resistance the Negro will be able to rise to the noble height of opposing the unjust system while loving the perpetrators of the system. Martin Luther King, Jr.

So when Jesus says "Love your enemies," he is setting forth a profound and ultimately inescapable admonition. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The greatness of our God lies in the fact that [He] is both tough minded and tender hearted. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If our economic system is to survive, there has to be a better distribution of wealth ... we can't have a system where some people live in superfluous, inordinate wealth, while others live in abject deadening poverty. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was "legal" and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was "illegal." It was "illegal" to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler's Germany. Even so, I am sure that, had I lived in Germany at the time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers. If todayI lived in a Communist country where certain principles dear to the Christian faith are suppressed, I would openly advocate disobeying that country's antireligious laws. Martin Luther King, Jr.

What are you doing for others? Martin Luther King, Jr.

Unarmed love is the most powerful force in all the world. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We must move forward in the days ahead with audacious faith. The moral arc of the universe is long but it bends toward justice. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Christianity affirms that at the heart of reality is a Heart, a loving Father who works through history for the salvation of His children. Man cannot save himself, for man is not the measure of all things and humanity is not God. Bound by the chains of his own sin and finiteness, man needs a Savior. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Love is creative and redemptive. Love builds up and unites; hate tears down and destroys. The aftermath of the "fight with fire" method...is bitterness and chaos, the aftermath of the love method is reconciliation and creation of the beloved community...Yes , love-which means understanding, creative, redemptive goodwill, even for one's enemies-is the solution Martin Luther King, Jr.



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