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Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There is nothing but a lack of social vision to prevent us from paying an adequate wage to every American citizen whether he be a hospital worker, laundry worker, maid or day laborer Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The end of violence or the aftermath of violence is bitterness. The aftermath of nonviolence is reconciliation and the creation of a beloved community. A boycott is never an end within itself. It is merely a means to awaken a sense of shame within the oppressor but the end is reconciliation, the end is redemption. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I may be crucified for my beliefs and, if I am, you can say, "He died to make men free. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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And violence is impractical, because the old eye for an eye philosophy ends up leaving everybody blind .. It is immoral because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for everybody. Means and ends are inseparable. The means represent the ideal in the making; in the long run of history destructive means cannot bring about constructive ends. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We need not join the mad rush to purchase an earthly fallout shelter. God is our eternal fallout shelter. From Strength to Love, 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I would urge you to give priority to the search for God. Allow his spirit to permeate your being. ... If you do not have a deep and patient faith in God, you will be powerless to face the delays, disappointments, and vicissitudes that inevitably come. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Nonviolence is the most potent technique for oppressed people. Unearned suffering is redemptive. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Something should remind us once more that the great things in this universe are things that we never see. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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My charge as prime minister is to take any decision that is in the best interest of the country. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Another reason why we must love our enemies is that hate scars the soul and distorts the personality. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Good and just society is neither the thesis of capitalism nor the antithesis of communism, but a socially conscious democracy which reconciles the truths of individualism and collectivism. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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When we see social relationships controlled everywhere by the principles which Jesus illustrated in life - trust, love, mercy, and altruism - then we shall know that the kingdom of God is here. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We in the West must bear in mind that the poor countries are poor primarily because we have exploited them through political or economic colonialism. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Darkness is only driven out with light, not more darkness. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear. That old law about "an eye for an eye" leaves everybody blind... The time is always right to do the right thing. Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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And you know, it's possible that the priest and the Levite looked over that man on the ground and wondered if the robbers were still around. Or it's possible that they felt that the man on the ground was merely faking. And he was acting like he had been robbed and hurt, in order to seize them over there, lure them there for quick and easy seizure. And so the first question that the Levite asked was, "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?" But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he 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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Jazz speaks for life. This is triumphant music. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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One day we shall win freedom, but not only for ourselves. We shall so appeal to your heart and conscience that we shall win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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One of the most persistent ambiguities that we face is that everybody talks about peace as a goal. However, it does not take sharpest-eyed sophistication to discern that while everbody talks about peace, peace has become practically nobody's business among the power-wielders. Many men cry Peace! Peace! but they refuse to do the things that make for peace. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I never intend to adjust myself to the madness of militarism. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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In this world is a God whose matchless strength is a fit contrast to the sordid weakness of man. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Great people aren't those who are happy at times of convienience and content, but of how they are in times of catastrophy and controversy. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of nuclear annihilation... I believe that even amid today's mortar bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow... I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Without love, benevolence becomes egotism. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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What good is having the right to sit at a lunch counter if you can't afford to buy a hamburger? Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must rapidly begin the shift from a "thing-oriented" society to a "person-oriented" society. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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You're as good as anybody. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation's homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There is something in this universe that justifies the biblical writer in saying, "You shall reap what you sow." This is a law-abiding universe. This is a moral universe. It hinges on moral foundations. If we are to make of this a better world, we've got to go back and rediscover that precious value that we've left behind. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The decision we must make now is whether we will give our allegiance to outmoded and unjust customs or to the ethical demands of the universe. As Christians we owe our allegiance to God and His will, rather than to man and his folkways Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Most of these people will never make the headlines and their names will not appear in Who's Who. Yet when years have rolled past and when the blazing light of truth is focused on this marvelous age in which we live - men and women will know and children will be taught that we have a finer land, a better people, a more noble civilization - because these humble children of God were willing to suffer for righteousness' sake. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than to convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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One day the South will know that when these disinherited children of God sat down at lunch counters they were in reality standing up for the best in the American dream and the most sacred values in our Judaeo-Christian heritage, and thusly, carrying our whole nation back to those great wells of democracy which were dug deep by the founding fathers in the formulation of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The 'tide in the affairs of men' does not remain at the flood; it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residue of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: 'Too late...' Martin Luther King, Jr.
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You can have no influence over those for whom you have underlying contempt. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Right defeated is stronger than evil triumphant. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I guess one of the great agonies of life is that we are constantly trying to finish that which is unfinishable Martin Luther King, Jr.
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You can't talk about solving the economic problem of the Negro without talking about billions of dollars. You can't talk about ending the slums without first saying profit must be taken out of the slums. You're really tampering and getting on dangerous ground because you are messing with folk then. You are messing with captains of industry. Now this means that we are treading in difficult water, because it really means that we are saying that something is wrong with capitalism. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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History will have to recordThat the greatest tragedy of this period of social transitionWas not the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad peopleBut the appalling silence and indifference of the good.Our generation will have to repent notOnly for the words and actions of the children of darknessBut also for the fears and apathy of thechildren of light. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The supreme task is to organize and unite people so that their anger becomes a transforming force. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A society is always eager to cover misdeeds with a cloak of forgetfulness, but no society can fully repress an ugly past when the ravages persist into the present. America owes a debt of justice which it has only begun to pay. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must pursue peaceful end through peaceful means. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Nothing worthwhile is easy. Your ability to overcome unfavorable situations will provide you with time to demonstrate your true strength and determination for success. Always set your standards high, your greatest achievements lie within the infinite feats you achieve in your life. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Even though I have never had an abrupt conversion experience, religion has been real to me and closely knitted to life. In fact the two cannot be separated; religion for me is life. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The ability to lead a happy life is made, not found Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsam and jetsam in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We were not unmindful of the difficulties involved. So we decided to go through a process of self-purification. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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My friends, I must say to you that we have not made a single gain in civil rights without determined legal and nonviolent pressure. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The contemporary church is so often a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. It is so often the arch supporter of the status quo. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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All men are interdependent. Every nation is an heir of a vast treasury of ideas and labor to which both the living and the dead of all nations have contributed. Whether we realize it or not, each of us lives eternally 'in the red.' We are everlasting debtors to known and unknown men and women. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If a man hasn't found anything worth dying for, he hasn't anything worth living for. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Power properly understood is nothing but the ability to achieve purpose. It is the strength required to bring about social, political and economic change. Walter Reuther defined power one day. He said, "Power is the ability of a labor union like the U.A.W. to make the most powerful corporation in the world, General Motors, say 'Yes' when it wants to say 'No.' That's power." Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The Universe is on the side of Justice Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A lie cannot live. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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One who breaks an unjust law that 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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Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter. I won't have any money to leave behind. I won't have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind. And that's all I want to say. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Lightning makes no sound until it strikes. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Find a voice in a whisper. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, 'Here is an opportunity for me to celebrate like never before, my own power, my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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This faith transforms the whirlwind of despair into a warm and reviving breeze of hope. The words of a motto which a generation ago were commonly found on the wall in the homes of devout persons need to be etched on our hearts: Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. There was no one there. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I never cease to wonder at the amazing presumption of much of white society, assuming that they have the right to bargain with the Negro for his freedom. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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