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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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A man does not measure its height in moments of comfort, but in terms of change and controversy Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If we are going to achieve a real equality, the U.S. will have to adopt a modified form of Socialism. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The more I thought about human nature, the more I saw how our tragic inclination for sin/mistakes causes us to use our minds to rationalize our action. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Violence is anything that denies human integrity, and leads to hopelessness and helplessness. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Mother Dear, one day I'm going to turn this world upside down." -From My Brother Martin, by Christine King Farris Martin Luther King, Jr.
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How soon 'not now' becomes 'never'! Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The Negro is the child of two cultures - Africa and America. The problem is that in the search for wholeness all too many Negroes seek to embrace only one side of their natures. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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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. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I often feel like saying, when I hear the question 'People aren't ready,' that it's like telling a person who is trying to swim, 'Don't jump in that water until you learn how to swim.' When actually you will never learn how to swim until you get in the water. And I think people have to have an opportunity to develop themselves and govern themselves. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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You can't reach good ends through evil means, because the means represent the seed and the end represents the tree. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Love is basic for the very survival of mankind. I'm convinced that love is the only absolute ultimately; love is the highest good. He who loves has somehow discovered the meaning of ultimate reality. He who hates does not know God; he who hates has no knowledge of God. Love is the supreme unifying principle of life. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Loving Your Enemies... Far from being the pious injunction of a utopian dreamer, this demand is an absolute necessity for the survival of our civilization. Yes it is love that will save our world and civilization; love even for our enemies. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Our nettlesome task is to discover how to organize our strength into compelling power. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We may win a battle, but if in doing so we have planted thousands of seeds of hatred and fear..the war is not over- only the present conflict has ceased. There will be no peace as long as we react to violence with violence. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Education without social action is a one-sided value because it has no true power potential. Social action without education is a weak expression of pure energy. Deeds uninformed by educated thought can take false directions. When we go into action and confront our adversaries, we must be as armed with knowledge as they. Our policies should have the strength of deep analysis beneath them to be able to challenge the clever sophistries of our opponents. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Commit yourself to the noble struggle for human rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live in. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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You have very little morally persuasive power with people who can feel your underlying contempt. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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As long as the mind is enslaved, the body can never be free. Psychological freedom, a firm sense of self-esteem, is the most powerful weapon against the long night of physical slavery. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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What seems so necessary today may not even be desirable tomorrow. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The spirit of Lincoln still lives; that spirit born of the teachings of the Nazarene, who promised mercy to the merciful, who lifted the lowly, strengthened the weak, ate with publicans, and made the captives free. In the light of this divine example, the doctrines of demagogues shiver in their chaff. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A riot is the language of the unheard. On blacks in America; address at Birmingham AL Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I became convinced that noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good. No other person has been more eloquent and passionate in getting this idea across than Henry David Thoreau. As a result of his writings and personal witness, we are the heirs of a legacy of creative protest. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Everyone has an opportunity to be great because everyone has an opportunity to serve. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Why should there be hunger and deprivation in any land, in any city, at any table, when man has the resources and the scientific know-how to provide all mankind with the basic necessities of life? There is no deficit in human resources. The deficit is in human will. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists, who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood. The trailblazers in human, academic, scientific and religious freedom have always been nonconformists. In any cause that concerns the progress of mankind, put your faith in the nonconformist! Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Be the best of whatever you are. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Every man [human being] is an heir to a legacy of dignity and worth Martin Luther King, Jr.
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White man and black man, jew and gentile, protestant and catholic, will be able to hold hands and sing in the words of the ancient negro spiritual, "Free at last, free at last. Thank God almighty! We are free at last!" Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The contemporary tendency in our society is to base our distribution on scarcity, which has vanished, and to compress our abundance into the overfed mouths of the middle and upper classes until they gag with superfluity. If democracy is to have breadth of meaning, it is necessary to adjust this inequity. It is not only moral, but it is also intelligent. We are wasting and degrading human life by clinging to archaic thinking. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Violence is not only impractical but immoral. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I'm grateful to God that, through the Negro church, the dimension of nonviolence entered our struggle. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There is a magnificent new militancy within the Negro community all across this nation. And I welcome this as a marvelous development. The Negro of America is saying he's determined to be free and he is militant enough to stand up. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If America does not use her vast resources of wealth to end poverty and make it possible for all of God's children to have the basic necessities of life, she too will go to hell. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Be concerned about your brother...eithe r we go up together, or we go down together. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The best way to solve any problem is to remove its cause. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's 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; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We've got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn't matter with me now. Because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And he's allowed me to go up to the mountaintop. And I've looked over. And I've seen the promised land. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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When people get caught up with that which is right and they are willing to sacrifice for it, there is no stopping point short of victory. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I sought my soul, but my soul I could not see. I sought my God, but my God eluded me. I sought my brother and I found all three ... Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism and militarism...We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today and we are faced with the fierce urgency of now. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Life isn't worth living until you have found something worth dying for. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must combine the toughness of the serpent with the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Our goal is to create a beloved community," said Dr. King, "and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Hatred darkens life; love illumines it. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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In this Revolution, no plans have been written for retreat. Those who will not get into step will find that the parade has passed them by.... Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Set yourself earnestly to discover what you are made to do, and then give yourself passionately to the doing of it. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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At the heart of all that civilization has meant and developed is 'community' - the mutually cooperative and voluntary venture of man to assume a semblance of responsibility for his brother. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Are you able to accept blows without retaliating?" and "Are you able to endure the ordeals of jail?" Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture; but, as Reinhold Niebuhr has reminded us, groups are more immoral than individuals. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Was not Paul an extremist for the gospel of Jesus Christ? - "I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus." Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I am thankful, however, that some of our white brothers have grasped the meaning of this social revolution and committed themselves to it. They are still all too small in quantity, but they are big in quality. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Slaves do not always welcome their deliverers. They become accustomed to being slaves. They would rather gear those ills they have Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The negro cannot win the respect of the white people of the south or the peoples of the world if he is willing to sell the future of his children for his personal and immediate comfort and safety. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The Negro cannot win the respect of his oppressor by acquiescing; he merely increases the oppressor's arrogance and contempt. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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To have serpentlike qualities devoid of dovelike qualities is to be passionless, mean, and selfish. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There is nothing in all the world greater than freedom. It is worth paying for; it is worth going to jail for. I would rather be a free pauper than a rich slave. I would rather die in abject poverty with my convictions than live in inordinate riches with the lack of self respect. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A riot is the language of the unheard. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect, it has no personal being. It is part of the earth man walks on. It is not man. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes; but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the white society. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The principle of self defense, even involving weapons and bloodshed, has never been condemned, even by Gandhi. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If you will protest courageously, and yet with dignity and Christian love, when the history books are written in future generations, the historians will have to pause and say, "There lived a great people-a black people-who injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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