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Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars... Martin Luther King, Jr.

The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization, when men ate each other because they had not yet learned to take food from the soil or to consume the abundant animal life around them. The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It seems to me that education has a two-fold function to perform in the life of man and in society: the one is utility and the other is culture. Education must enable a man to become more efficient, to achieve with increasing facility the ligitimate goals of his life. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I agree with Dante, that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality. There comes a time when silence becomes betrayal. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I am convinced that love is the most durable power in the world. It is not an expression of impractical idealism, but of practical realism. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Love is the only creative, redemptive, transforming power, in the universe. Martin Luther King, Jr.

My uncertainty disappeared. Segregation is evil, and I cannot, as a minister, condone evil. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world. This is the calling of the sons of God, and our brothers wait eagerly for our response. Shall we say the odds are too great? Shall we tell them the struggle is too hard? Martin Luther King, Jr.

Courage faces fear and thereby masters it. Cowardice represses fear and is thereby mastered by it. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Justice too long delayed is justice denied. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It's not the violence of the few that scares me, it's the silence of the many Martin Luther King, Jr.

Make a career of humanity... It will enrich your spirit as nothing else possibly can. It will give you that rare sense of nobility that can only spring from love and selflessly helping your fellow man... 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.

And so we shall have to do more than register and more than vote; we shall have to create leaders who embody virtues we can respect, who have moral and ethical principles we can applaud with enthusiasm. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Love is creative and redemptive. Love builds up and unites; hate tears down and destroys. The aftermath of the 'fight with fire' bitterness and chaos, the aftermath of the love method is reconciliation and creation of the beloved community...Yes , love-which means understanding, creative, redemptive goodwill, even for one's enemies-is the solution Martin Luther King, Jr.

The arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice. Martin Luther King, Jr.

To have peace in the world, men & nations must embrace the nonviolent assertion that ends and means must cohere. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If a city has a 30% Negro population, then it is logical to assume that Negroes should have at least 30% of the jobs in any particular company, and jobs in all categories rather than only in menial areas. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We must see the great distinction between a reform movement and a revolutionary movement. We are called upon to raise certain basic questions about the whole society . . . . What America must be told today is that she must be born again. The whole structure of American life must be changed. Martin Luther King, Jr.

One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Martin Luther King, Jr.

My study of Gandhi convinced me that true pacifism is not nonresistance to evil, but nonviolent resistance to evil. Between the two positions, there is a world of difference. Gandhi resisted evil with as much vigor and power as the violent resister, but True pacifism is not unrealistic submission to evil power. It is rather a courageous confrontation of evil by the power of love. . . . Martin Luther King, Jr.

For years now I have heard the word "wait." It rings in the ear of every Negro with a piercing familiarity. This "wait" has almost always meant "never." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Was not Abraham Lincoln an extremist? - "This nation cannot survive half slave and half free." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church's often vocal sanction of things as they are. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Even if our motives are presently misunderstood. We will reach the goal of freedom in Birmingham and all over the nation, because the goal of America is freedom. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Violence is not the way. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly I have never yet engaged in a direct action movement that was 'well timed,' according to the timetable of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word 'Wait!' It rings in the ear of every Negro with a piercing familiarity. This 'wait' has almost always meant 'never.' We must come to see with the distinguished jurist of yesterday that 'justice too long delayed is justice denied.' Martin Luther King, Jr.

We refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I may not get there with you, but I believe that we as a people will someday reach the promised land. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We ain't goin' study war no more. Martin Luther King, Jr.

You ca' reach good ends through evil means, because the means represent the seed and the end represents the tree. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Science investigates, religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power, religion gives man wisdom which is control. Science deals mainly with facts, religion deals with values. The two are not rivals. They are complementary. Science keeps religion from singing into the valley of crippling irrationalism and paralyzingly obscurantism. Religion prevents science from falling into the marsh of obsolete materialism and moral nihilism. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Unity has never meant uniformity. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The richer we have become materially, the poorer we become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly in the air like birds and swim in the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers. Martin Luther King, Jr.

When I am angry I can write, pray, and preach well, for then my whole temperament is quickened, my understanding sharpened, and all mundane vexations and temptations depart. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is my hope that as the Negro plunges deeper into the quest for freedom and justice he will plunge even deeper into the philosophy of non-violence. The Negro all over the South must come to the point that he can say to his white brother: We will match your capacity to inflict suffering with our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force. We will not hate you, but we will not obey your evil laws. We will soon wear you down by pure capacity to suffer. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The road to freedom is a difficult, hard road. It always makes for temporary setbacks. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Agape means recognition of the fact that all life is interrelated. All humanity is involved in a single process, and all men are brothers. To the degree that I harm my brother, no matter what he is doing to me, to that extent I am harming myself. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A nation that will keep people in slavery for 244 years will "thingify" them and make them things. And therefore, they will exploit them and poor people generally economically. And a nation that will exploit economically will have to have foreign investments and everything else, and it will have to use its military might to protect them. All of these problems are tied together. What I'm saying today is that we must go from this convention and say, "America, you must be born again!" Martin Luther King, Jr.

My obligation is to do the right thing. The rest is in God's hands. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Quietly endure, silently suffer and patiently wait. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I could never adjust to the separate waiting rooms, separate eating places, separate rest rooms, partly because the separate was always unequal, and partly because the very idea of separation did something to my sense of dignity and self-respect. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This is the great new problem of mankind. We have inherited a large house, a great 'world house' in which we have to live together- black and white, Easterner and Westerner, Gentile and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, Muslim and Hindu- a family unduly separated in ideas, culture and interest, who, because we can never again live apart, must learn somehow to live with each other in peace. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The hope of the world is still in dedicated minorities. The trail-blazers in human, scientific and religious freedom have always been in a minority. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Power at its best is love implementing the demand of justice. Martin Luther King, Jr.

To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lukewarm acceptance is more bewildering than outright rejection. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Racial understanding is not something we find, but something that we must create. Through education, we seek to change attitudes. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The thing that we need in the world today is a group of men and women who will stand up for right and to be opposed to wrong, wherever it is. A group of people who have come to see that some things are wrong, whether they're never caught up with. And some things are right, whether nobody sees you doing them or not. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race. ... We are perhaps the only nation which tried as a matter of national policy to wipe out its indigenous population. Moreover, we elevated that tragic experience into a noble crusade. Indeed, even today we have not permitted ourselves to reject or to feel remorse for this shameful episode. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Justice denied anywhere diminishes justice everywhere. Martin Luther King, Jr.

He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Somewhere somebody must have some sense. Men must see that force begets force, hate begets hate, toughness begets toughness. And it is all a descending spiral, ultimately ending in destruction for all and everybody. Somebody must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate and the chain of evil in the universe. And you do that by love. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Justice is love correcting that which revolts against love. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A law is unjust if it is inflicted on a minority that, as a result of being denied the right to vote, had no part in enacting or devising the law. Who can say that the legislature of Alabama which set up the state's segregation laws was democratically elected? Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nonviolent resistance makes it possible for the Negro to remain in the South and struggle for his rights. The Negro's problem will not be solved by running away. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Black Power is a nihilistic philosophy born out of the conviction that the Negro can't win... the view that American society is so hopelessly corrupt and enmeshed in evil that there is no possibility of salvation from within. Martin Luther King, Jr.

God made the world from nothing, and if we can be nothing, then God can make something of us. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Don't allow anybody to make you feel that you're nobody. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Make your way to death row and speak with the tragic victims of criminality. As they prepare to make their pathetic walk to the electric chair, their hopeless cry is that society will not forgive. Capital punishment is society's final assertion that it will not forgive. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Vanity asks, is it popular? Politics ask, will it work? But conscience and morality ask, is it right? Martin Luther King, Jr.

Be sure to play "Blessed Lord" tonight - play it real pretty. Martin Luther King, Jr.

People with good intentions but limited understanding are more dangerous than people with total ill will. Martin Luther King, Jr.

You cannot defect form an insight. You cannot unsee what you have seen. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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