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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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In any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: collection of the facts to determine whether injustices exist; negotiation; self-purification; and direct action. 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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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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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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Your truth will increase as you know listen to the truth of others Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Our generation will not have regretted both perverse crimes, and the eerie silence of the kind Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The United States is the largest exporter of violence in the world 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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Often the oppressor goes along unaware of the evil involved in his oppression so long as the oppressed accepts it. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The early Christians rejoiced when they were deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the Church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles o popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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It all boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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It's all right to tell a man to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it is cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There is such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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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.
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Every now and then I think about my own death, and I think about my own funeral. ... Every now and then I ask myself, 'What is it that I want said?' I'd like somebody to mention that day, that Martin Luther King Jr., tried to give his life serving others. I'd like for somebody to say that day, that Martin Luther King Jr., tried to love somebody. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Civilization and violence are antithetical concepts. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The unemployed, poverty-stricken white man must be made to realize that he is in the very same boat with the Negro. Together, they could exert massive pressure on the government to get jobs for all. Together, they could form a grand alliance. Together, they could merge all people for the good of all. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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It is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Evil must be attacked by. . . the day to day assault of the battering rams of justice. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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It's not burn baby burn, but learn, baby, learn, so that you can earn, baby, earn. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The words 'I will forgive you, but I'll never forget what you've done' never explain the real nature of forgiveness. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The question is no longer between violence and non-violence it is between non-violence and non-existence. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Nonviolence is not sterile passivity, but a powerful moral force which makes for social transformation. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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In struggling for human dignity the oppressed people of the world must not allow themselves to become bitter or indulge in hate campaigns. To retaliate with hate and bitterness would do nothing but intensify the hate in the world. Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate. This can be done only by projecting the ethics of love to the center of our lives. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Let us develop a kind of dangerous unselfishness. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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When we rise in the morning... at the table we drink coffee which is provided to us by a South American, or tea by a Chinese, or cocoa by a West African; before we leave for our jobs we are already beholden to more than half the world. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If I can help somebody as I pass along, if I can cheer somebody with a word or song, if I can show somebody he's traveling wrong, then my living will not be in vain. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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They asked if our own nation wasn't using massive doses of violence to solve its problems, to bring about the changes it wanted. Their questions hit home, and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today-my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Be The Peace You Wish To See In The World! Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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It does not matter how long you live, but how well you do it. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Now a lot of us are preachers, and all of us have our moral convictions and concerns, and so often have problems with power. There is nothing wrong with power if power is used correctly. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies - or else? The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I submit that an individual who breaks the law that conscience tells him is unjust and willingly accepts the penalty by staying in jail to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the very highest respect for law. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Israel... is one of the great outpost of democracy in the world Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Be true to what you said on paper. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Freedom has always been an expensive thing. History is fit testimony to the fact that freedom is rarely gained without sacrifice and self-denial. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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My faith in man is, at bottom, a faith in God. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The modern choice is between non-violence or non-existence. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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My place is in the sunlight of opportunity. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The old law of an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind. It destroys communities and makes humanity impossible. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers... In winning our freedom, we will so appeal to you heart and conscience that we will win you in the process. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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What affects one in a major way, affects all in a minor way. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable . . . Martin Luther King, Jr.
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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.
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