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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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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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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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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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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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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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You can have no influence over those for whom you have underlying contempt. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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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.
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Friends are forever Boys are whatever. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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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.
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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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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.
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Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars... Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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It must be emphasized that nonviolent resistance is not a method for cowards; it does resist. If one uses this method because he is afraid or merely because he lacks the instruments of violence, he is not truly nonviolent. This is why Gandhi often said that if cowardice is the only alternative to violence, it is better to fight. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A fifth point concerning nonviolent resistance is that it avoids not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. The nonviolent resister not only refuses to shoot his opponent but he also refuses to hate him. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I cannot reach fulfillment without thou. The self cannot be self without other selves. Self-concern without other-concern is like a tributary that has no outward flow to the ocean. 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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I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negroes' great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizens' Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to order than to justice. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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From the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire, let freedom ring. From the mighty mountains of New York, let freedom ring. From the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania, let freedom ring.... Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill... Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If the cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail.... Because the goal of America is freedom, abused and scorned tho' we may be, our destiny is tied up with America's destiny. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Every person must stand up and be accountable, but be responsible for their actions. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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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.
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I have a dream today! Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The truth may hurt, but love helps ease the pain. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Alienation is a form of living death. It is the acid of despair that dissolves society. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I say to you that our goal is freedom, and I believe we are going to get there because however much she strays away from it, the goal of America is freedom. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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It is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of high maturity, to rise to the level of self-criticism. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Your self-image should not come from the job you do but from how well you do your job. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Many of the ugly pages of American history have been obscured and forgotten....America owes a debt of justice which it has only begun to pay. If it loses the will to finish or slackens in its determination, history will recall its crimes and the country that would be great will lack the most indispensable element of greatness-justice. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The white poor also suffer deprivation and the humiliation of poverty if not of color. They are chained by the weight of discrimination though its badge of degradation does not mark them. It corrupts their lives, frustrates their opportunities and withers their education. In one sense it is more evil for them because it has confused so many by prejudice that they have supported their own oppressors. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If you want to be important-wonderful. If you want to be recognized-wonderful. If you want to be great-wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That's a new definition of greatness. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The body is God's temple, but we are to worship God, not the temple. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Non-violent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and establish such creative tension that a community that has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored... I am not afraid of the word tension. I have earnestly worked and preached against violent tension, and there is a type of constructive tension that is necessary for growth. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I"ve been to the Mountaintop Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Just as it is the duty of all men to obey just laws, so it is the duty of all men to disobey unjust laws. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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