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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Our nettlesome task is to discover how to organize our strength into compelling power. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

The best way to solve any problem is to remove its cause. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Life isn't worth living until you have found something worth dying for. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

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.

Hatred darkens life; love illumines it. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

We must face the appalling fact that we have been betrayed by both the Democratic and Republican Parties. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

How soon 'not now' becomes 'never'! Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

There is a type of constructive nonviolent tension that is necessary for growth Martin Luther King, Jr.

But by all means, keep moving. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

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.

Music is the best consolation for a despaired man Martin Luther King, Jr.

Freedom only comes through persistent revolt, through persistent agitation, through persistently rising up against the system of evil. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

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.

You cannot solve the problem by turning to communism, for communism is based on an ethical relativism and a metaphysical materialism that no Christian can accept. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

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.

Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Are you able to accept blows without retaliating?" and "Are you able to endure the ordeals of jail?" Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Negro cannot win the respect of his oppressor by acquiescing; he merely increases the oppressor's arrogance and contempt. Martin Luther King, Jr.

To have serpentlike qualities devoid of dovelike qualities is to be passionless, mean, and selfish. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Violence is not only impractical but immoral. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I'm grateful to God that, through the Negro church, the dimension of nonviolence entered our struggle. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

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.

Be concerned about your brother...eithe r we go up together, or we go down together. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The greatest pain is the pain of a new idea. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nothing pains some people more than having to think Martin Luther King, Jr.

In spite of the fact that the law of revenge solves no social problems, men continue to follow its disastrous leading. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Violence is anything that denies human integrity, and leads to hopelessness and helplessness. Martin Luther King, Jr.

War is the greatest plague that can afflict mankind... Any scourge is preferable to it. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In Christ there is no East nor West. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

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.

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.

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.

What seems so necessary today may not even be desirable tomorrow. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

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.

You have very little morally persuasive power with people who can feel your underlying contempt. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

A riot is the language of the unheard. On blacks in America; address at Birmingham AL Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

Everyone has an opportunity to be great because everyone has an opportunity to serve. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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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