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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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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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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 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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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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We must see that peace represents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody, that is far superior to the discords of war. 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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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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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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[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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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