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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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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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Slavery in America was perpetuated not merely by human badness but also by human blindness. ... Men convinced themselves that a system that was so economically profitable must be morally justifiable. ... Science was commandeered to prove the biological inferiority of the Negro. Even philosophical logic was manipulated [exemplified by] an Aristotlian syllogism: All men are made in the image of God; God, as everyone knows, is not a Negro; Therefore, the Negro is not a man. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There is something wrong with our world, something fundamentally and basically wrong. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I am not afraid of the word tension. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The most dangerous type of atheism is not theoretical atheism, but practical atheism -that's the most dangerous type. And the world, even the church, is filled up with people who pay lip service to God and not life service. And there is always a danger that we will make it appear externally that we believe in God when internally we don't. We say with our mouths that we believe in him, but we live with our lives like he never existed. That is the ever-present danger confronting religion. That's a dangerous type of atheism. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Whatever we do, we must keep God in the forefront. Let us be Christian in all of our actions. But I want to tell you this evening that it is not enough for us to talk about love, love is one of the pivotal points of the Christian face, faith. There is another side called justice. And justice is really love in calculation. Justice is love correcting that which revolts against love. 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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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.
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It is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o'clock on Sunday morning. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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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.
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The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I just want to leave a committed life behind. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There is within human nature an amazing potential for goodness. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Faith can give us courage to face the uncertainties of the future. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Three hundred years of humiliation, abuse and deprivation cannot be expected to find voice in a whisper. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Procrastinatio n is still the thief of time. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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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.
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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.
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I choose to give my life for those who have been left out of the sunlight of opportunity Martin Luther King, Jr.
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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.
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Whatever your life's work is, do it well. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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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.
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The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges. 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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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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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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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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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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The problem with hatred and violence is that they intensity the fears of the white majority, and leave them less ashamed of their prejudices toward Negroes. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I would be the last to condemn the thousands of sincere and dedicated people outside the churches who have labored unselfishly through various humanitarian movements to cure the world of social evils, for I would rather a man be a committed humanist than an uncommitted Christian. 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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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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