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Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends by defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must come to see with the distinguished jurist of yesterday that "justice too long delayed is justice denied." Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law, or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Was not Jesus an extremist in love? - "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you." Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The oppressed must never allow the conscience of the oppressor to slumber. Religion reminds every man that he is his brother's keeper. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must shift the arms race into a 'peace race'. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must recognize that we can't solve our problems now until there is a radical redistribution of economic and political power.... a radical restructuring of the architecture of American society. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I will always remember my delight when Mrs. Georgia Gilmore - an unlettered woman of unusual intelligence - told how an operator demanded that she get off the bus after paying her fare and board it again by the back door, and then drove away before she could get there. She turned to Judge Carter and said: When they count the money, they do not know Negro money from white money. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We are everlasting debtors to known and unknown men and women.... When we arise in the morning, we go into the bathroom where we reach for a sponge provided for us by a Pacific Islander. We reach for soap that is created for us by a Frenchman. The towel is provided by a Turk. Then at the table we drink coffee which is provided for us by a South American, or tea by a Chinese, or cocoa by a West African. Before we leave for our jobs, we are beholden to more than half the world. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Judicial decrees may not change the heart; but they can restrain the heartless. 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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I've told the kids in the ghettos that violence won't solve their problems, but then they ask me, and rightly so; "Why does the government use massive doses of violence to bring about the change it wants in the world?" After this I knew that I could no longer speak against the violence in the ghettos without also speaking against the violence of my government. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The Universe is on the side of Justice 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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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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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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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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Right defeated is stronger than evil triumphant. 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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I feel that the time is always right to do what is right. Where progress for the Negro in America is concerned, there is a tragic misconception of time among whites. They seem to cherish a strange, irrational notion that something in the very flow of time will cure all ills. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There is no truth to the myth that Negroes depreciate property. The fact is that most Negroes are kept out of residential neighborhoods so long that when one of us is finally sold a home, it's already depreciated. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Our lives are not fully lived if we're not willing to die for those we love, for what we believe. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We come humbly to say to the men in the forefront of our government that the civil rights issue is not an Ephemeral, evanescent domestic issue that can be kicked about by reactionary guardians of the status quo; it is rather an eternal moral issue which may well determine the destiny of our nation in the ideological struggle with communism. The hour is late. The clock of destiny is ticking out. We must act now, before it is too late. 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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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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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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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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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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Truth crushed to earth will rise again. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Life's most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others? Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Carve a tunnel of hope through the dark mountain of disappointment. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Too often an institution serves to bless the majority opinion. Today when too many move to the rhythmic beat of the status quo, whoever would be a Christian must be a nonconformist. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We as Christians have a mandate to be nonconformists. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I know that God is not going to willfully hurt us. Why there is suffering is the business of the Lord, but He never seems to give us more than we can bear. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There are more Negroes in jail with me than there are on the voting rolls. 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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We must rapidly begin the shift from a "thing-oriented" society to a "person-oriented" society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Let no man pull you so low as to hate him. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. 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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Darkness is only driven out with light, not more darkness. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Jazz speaks for life. The Blues tell the story of life's difficulties, and if you think for a moment, you will realize that they take the hardest realities of life and put them into music, only to come out with some new hope or sense of triumph. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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