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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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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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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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True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice. 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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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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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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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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When you first name becomes nigger, your middle name becomes boy (however old you are), and your wife and mother are never given the respected title Mrs.; when you are harried by day and haunted by night by the fact that you are a Negro... when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of nobodiness - then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I am convinced that the universe is under the control of a loving purpose, and that in the struggle for righteousness man has cosmic companionship. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There comes a time when people get tired of being plunged into the abyss of exploitation and nagging injustice. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you to go on in spite of all. And so today I still have a dream. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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It is historically and biologically true that there can be no birth and growth without birth and growing pains. Whenever there is the emergence of the new we confront the recalcitrance of the old. So the tensions which we witness in the world today are indicative of the fact that a new world order is being born and an old order is passing away. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Government action is not the whole answer to the present crisis, but it is an important partial answer. Morals cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. The law cannot make an employer love me, but it can keep him from refusing to hire me because of the color of my skin. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A riot is at bottom the language of the unheard. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If a man hasn't discovered something that he would die for, he isn't fit to live. 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 greatest pain is the pain of a new idea. 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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I would suffer all the humiliation, all the torture, the absolute ostracism and even death, to prevent violence Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Nothing degrades a man do more than the allowed stoop so low as to hate someone Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Hatred and bitterness can never cure the disease of fear; only love can do that. Hatred paralyzes life; love harmonies it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I have a dream, that one day on the red hills of Georgia... Martin Luther King, Jr.
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On some positions, cowardice asks the question, is it expedient? And then expedience comes along and asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? Conscience asks the question, is it right? There comes a time when one must take the position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Like anybody, I would like to have a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed, without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today - my own government. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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It is cheerful to God when you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Only in the darkness can you see the stars. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must substitute courage for caution. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tired into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There is nothing more majestic than the determined courage of individuals willing to suffer and sacrifice for their freedom and dignity. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Christ furnished the spirit and motivation while Gandhi furnished the method. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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