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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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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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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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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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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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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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Be concerned about your brother...eithe r we go up together, or we go down together. 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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[W]e are the heirs of a past of rope, fire, and murder. I for one am not ashamed of this past. My shame is for those who became so inhuman that they could inflict this torture upon us. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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As television beamed the image of this extraordinary gathering across the border oceans, everyone who believed in man's capacity to better himself had a moment of inspiration and confidence in the future of the human race. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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As a teenager I had never been able to accept the fact of having to go to the back of a bus or sit in the segregated section of a train. The first time I had been seated behind a curtain in a dining car, I felt as if the curtain had been dropped on my selfhood. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We talk eloquently about our commitment to the principles of Christianity, and yet our lives are saturated with the practices of paganism. We proclaim our devotion to democracy, but we sadly practice the very opposite of the democratic creed.... This strange dichotomy, this agonizing gulf between the ought and the is, represents the tragic theme of man's earthly pilgrimage. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A world war - God forbid! - will leave only smoldering ashes as a mute testimony of a human race whose folly led inexorably to untimely death. Yet there are those who sincerely feel that disarmament is an evil and international negotiation is an abominable waste of time. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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But alas! Science cannot now rescue us, for even the scientist is lost in the terrible midnight of our age. Indeed, science gave us the very instruments that threaten to bring universal suicide. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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It is a sad fact that because of comfort, complacency, a morbid fear of communism, and our proneness to adjust to injustice, the Western nations that initiated so much of the revolutionary spirit of the modern world have now become the arch-antirevolutionaries. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Ordinarily, a person leaving a courtroom with a conviction behind him would wear a somber face. But I left with a smile. I knew that I was a convicted criminal, but I was proud of my crime. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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War is the greatest plague that can afflict mankind... Any scourge is preferable to it. 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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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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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.
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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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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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