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Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We who in engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A right delayed is a right denied. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears. The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt. Martin Luther King, Jr.

One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society... shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there "is" such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and postive action. Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is no gain without struggle. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Human progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of [people] willing to be co-workers with God. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If I wish to compose or write or pray or preach well, I must be angry. Then all the blood in my veins is stirred, and my understanding is sharpened. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Time has been used destructively by people of ill will much more than it has been used constructively by those of good will. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Let the Negro march. Let him make pilgrimages to city hall. Let him go on freedom rides. And above all, make an effort to understand why he must do this. For if his frustration and despair are allowed to continue piling up, millions of Negroes will seek solace and security in black-nationalist ideologies. And this, inevitably, would lead to a frightening racial nightmare. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It's wrong to hate. It always has been wrong and it always will be wrong. It's wrong in America, it's wrong in Germany, it's wrong in Russia, it's wrong in China. It was wrong in 2000 B.C., and it's wrong in 1954 A.D. It always has been wrong, and it always will be wrong. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I feel that non-violence is really the only way that we can follow because violence is just so self-defeating. A riot ends up creating many more problems for the negro community than it solved. We can through violence burn down a building, but you can't establish justice. You can murder a murderer, but you can't murder murder through violence. You can murder a hater, but you can't murder hate. And what we're trying to get rid of is hate, injustice, and all of these other things that continue the long night of man's inhumanity to man. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jazz speaks for life. This is triumphant music. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

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.

I never intend to adjust myself to the madness of militarism. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

We must pursue peaceful end through peaceful means. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

To dislocate the functioning of a city without destroying it can be more effective than a riot because it can be longer-lasting, costly to the society but not wantonly destructive, moreover, it is more difficult for Government to quell it by superior force. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friends are forever Boys are whatever. Martin Luther King, Jr.

One day we will learn that the heart can never be totally right if the head is totally wrong. Only through the bringing together of head and heart-intelligence and goodness-shall man rise to a fulfillment of his true nature. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The greatness of man cannot be seen in the hours of comfort and convenience, but rather in moments of conflict/adversity Martin Luther King, Jr.

And when you discover what you will be in your life, set out to do it as if God Almighty called you at this particular moment in history to do it. Don't just set out to do a good job. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Darkness is only driven out with light, not more darkness. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

The profit motive, when it is the sole basis of an economic system, encourages a cutthroat competition and selfish ambition that inspires men to be more concerned about making a living than making a life. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o'clock on Sunday morning. Martin Luther King, Jr.

When you cut facilities, slash jobs, abuse power, discriminate, drive people into deeper poverty & shoot people dead whilst refusing to provide answers or justice, the people will rise up & express their anger & frustration if you refuse to hear their cries. A riot is the language of the unheard. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I just want to leave a committed life behind. Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is within human nature an amazing potential for goodness. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Faith can give us courage to face the uncertainties of the future. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Three hundred years of humiliation, abuse and deprivation cannot be expected to find voice in a whisper. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Procrastinatio n is still the thief of time. Martin Luther King, Jr.

But though I was initially disappointed at being categorized as an extremist, as I continued to think about the matter I gradually gained a measure of satisfaction from the label. Was not Jesus an extremist for love: 'Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.' Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jesus reminds us that the good life combines the toughness of the serpent and the tenderness of the dove. To have serpent-like qualities devoid of dovelike qualities is to be passionless, mean, and selfish. To have dovelike without serpent-like qualities is to be sentimental, anemic and aimless. We must combine strongly marked antitheses. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I choose to give my life for those who have been left out of the sunlight of opportunity Martin Luther King, Jr.

Those of us who love peace must organize as effectively as the war hawks. As they spread the propaganda of war, we must spread the propaganda of peace. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The ability to lead a happy life is made, not found Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We were not unmindful of the difficulties involved. So we decided to go through a process of self-purification. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The method of nonviolence seeks not to humiliate and not to defeat the oppressor, but it seeks to win his friendship and his understanding. And thereby and therefore the aftermath of this method is reconciliation. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every person must stand up and be accountable, but be responsible for their actions. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The real problem is that through our scientific genius we"ve made of the world a neighborhood, but through our moral and spiritual genius we"ve failed to make of it a brotherhood. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as 'right-to-work.' It provides no 'rights' and no 'works.' Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining.... We demand this fraud be stopped. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Whatever your life's work is, do it well. Martin Luther King, Jr.

What is more tragic than to see a person who has risen to the disciplined heights of tough-mindedness but has at the same time sunk to the passionless depths of hard-heartedness? Martin Luther King, Jr.

The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

If a man hasn't found anything worth dying for, he hasn't anything worth living for. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

The Universe is on the side of Justice Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

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.

Lightning makes no sound until it strikes. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Find a voice in a whisper. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Truth crushed to earth will rise again. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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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