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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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The bombs in Vietnam explode at home; they destroy the hopes and possibilities for a decent America. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I still believe that standing up for the truth of God is the greatest thing in the world. This is the end (purpose) of life. The end of life is not to be happy. The end of life is not to achieve pleasure and avoid pain. The end of life is to do the will of God, come what may. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind's problems. And I'm going to talk about it everywhere I go. I know it isn't popular to talk about it in some circles today. I'm not talking about emotional bosh when I talk about love, I'm talking about a strong, demanding love. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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At times, life is hard, as hard as crucible steel. It has its bleak and painful moments. Like the ever flowing water of a river, life has its moments of drought and its moments of flood. Like the ever-changin cycle of the seasons, life has the soothing warmth of the summers and the piercing chill of its winters. But through it all, God walks with us. Never forget that God is able to lift you from the fatigue of despair to the buoyancy of hope, and transform dark and desolate valleys into sunlit paths of inner peace. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Christianity has always insisted that the cross we bear always precedes the crown we wear. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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In our struggle against racial segregation in Montgomery, Alabama, I came to see at a very early stage that a synthesis of Gandhi's method of nonviolence and the Christian ethic of love is the best weapon available to Negroes for this struggle for freedom and human dignity. It may well be that the Gandhian approach will bring about a solution to the race problem in America. His spirit is a continual reminder to oppressed people that it is possible to resist evil and yet not resort to violence. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, we were here. Before the pen of Jefferson etched across the pages of history the majestic words of the Declaration of Independence, we were here. If the inexpressible cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail. We will win our freedom because the sacred heritage of our nation and the eternal will of God are embodied in our echoing demands. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I knew that America would never invest the necessary funds of energies in rehabilitation of its poor as long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic destructive suction tube. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be... This is the inter-related structure of reality. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked 'insufficient funds.' Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The major problem of life is learning how to handle the costly interruptions. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Every [person] of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits [his or her] convictions, but we must all protest. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I want to suggest some of the things that should begin your life's blueprint. Number one...should be a deep belief in your own dignity. Your worth and your own somebodiness... Always feel that you count. Always feel that you have worth, and always feel that your life has ultimate significance. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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