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Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing that it seeks to destroy. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I am not afraid of the word tension. 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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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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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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In this Revolution no plans have been written for retreat. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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It is my hope that as the Negro plunges deeper into the quest for freedom and justice he will plunge even deeper into the philosophy of non-violence. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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.
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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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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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