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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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When we ask Negroes to abide by the law, let us also declare that the white man does not abide by law in the ghettos. Day in and day out he violates welfare laws to deprive the poor of their meager allotments; he flagrantly violates building codes and regulations; his police make a mockery of law; he violates laws on equal employment and education and the provisions of civil services. The slums are the handiwork of a vicious system of the white society; Negroes live in them, but they do not make them, any more than a prisoner makes a prison. 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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Violence is anything that denies human integrity, and leads to hopelessness and helplessness. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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When we look at modern man, we have to face the fact...that modern man suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit, which stands in glaring contrast to his scientific and technological abundance; We've learned to fly the air like birds, we've learned to swim the seas like fish, and yet we haven't learned to walk the Earth as brothers and sisters... Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Jazz speaks for life. The Blues tell the story of life's difficulties. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind. 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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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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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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Even in the inevitable moments when all seems hopeless, men know that without hope they cannot really live, and in agonizing desperation they cry for the bread of hope. 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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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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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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We are faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words 'Too Late'. 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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In Christ there is no East nor West. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must have our freedom now. We must have the right to vote. We must have equal protection of the law. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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He (Jesus) knew that the old eye-for-eye philosophy would leave everyone blind. He did not seek to overcome evil with evil. He overcame evil with good. Although crucified by hate, he responded with aggressive love. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There's another reason why you should love your enemies, and that is because hate distorts the personality of the hater. We usually think of what hate does for the individual hated or the individuals hated or the groups hated. But it is even more tragic, it is even more ruinous and injurious to the individual who hates. ... For the person who hates, the true becomes false and the false becomes true. That's what hate does. 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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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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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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Don't let anybody make you think that God chose America as his divine, messianic force to be a sort of policeman of the whole world. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There is a type of constructive nonviolent tension that is necessary for growth Martin Luther King, Jr.
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But by all means, keep moving. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There's something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Each one of us has the power to make others feel better or worse. Making others feel better is much more fun than making others feel worse. Making others feel better generally makes us feel better Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Music is the best consolation for a despaired man Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Freedom only comes through persistent revolt, through persistent agitation, through persistently rising up against the system of evil. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Is your heart right? If your heart isn't right, fix it up today. 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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Nothing pains some people more than having to think Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I admire the good samaritan, but I don't want to be one.I don't want to spend my life picking up people by the side of the road after they have been beaten up and robbed.I want to change the Jericho road, so that everybody has an opportunity for a job, education, security, health. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I cannot forget that the Nobel Prize for Peace was also a commission - a commission to work harder than I had ever worked before for "the brotherhood of man". Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Never before have I written so long a letter. I'm afraid it is much too long to take your precious time. I can assure you that it would have been much shorter if I had been writing from a comfortable desk, but what else can one do when he is alone in a narrow jail cell, other than write long letters, think long thoughts, and pray long prayers? Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A man who hasn't found anything he'd die for doesn't deserve to live. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I would be misleading you if I made you feel that we could win a violent campaign. It's impractical even to think about it. The minute we start, we will end up getting many more people killed unnecessarily. Now, I'm ready to die myself. Many other committed people are ready to die. If you believe in something firmly, if you believe in it truly, if you believe it in your heart, you are willing to die for it, but I'm not going to advocate a method that brings about unnecessary death. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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In order to be true to one's conscience and true to God, a righteous man has no alternative but to refuse to cooperate with an evil system. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must face the appalling fact that we have been betrayed by both the Democratic and Republican Parties. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Every word and deed must contribute to an understanding with the enemy and release those vast reservoirs of goodwill which have been blocked by impenetrable walls of hate. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I think the first reason that we should love our enemies, and I think this was at the very center of Jesus' thinking, is this: that hate for hate only intensifies the existence of hate and evil in the universe. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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