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Martin Luther King, Jr.
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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.
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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.
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Was not Abraham Lincoln an extremist? - "This nation cannot survive half slave and half free." Martin Luther King, Jr.
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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.
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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.
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Violence is not the way. 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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Racial understanding is not something we find, but something that we must create. Through education, we seek to change attitudes. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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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.
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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.
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Justice denied anywhere diminishes justice everywhere. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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To have peace in the world, men & nations must embrace the nonviolent assertion that ends and means must cohere. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued that self-defeating path of hate. Love is the key to the solution of the problems of the world. 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. This is our challenge and our overwhelming responsibility. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I have a dream tonight. One day my little daughter and my two sons will grow up in a world not conscious of the color of their skin but only conscious of the fact that they are members of the human race. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Segregation is on its deathbed - the question now is, how costly will the segregationists make the funeral? Martin Luther King, Jr.
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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.
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Vanity asks, is it popular? Politics ask, will it work? But conscience and morality ask, is it right? Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Be sure to play "Blessed Lord" tonight - play it real pretty. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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People with good intentions but limited understanding are more dangerous than people with total ill will. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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You cannot defect form an insight. You cannot unsee what you have seen. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The Negro who experiences bitter and agonizing circumstances as a result of some ungodly white person is tempted to look upon all white persons as evil, if he fails to look beyond his circumstances. But the minute he looks beyond his circumstances and sees the whole of the situation, he discovers that some of the most implacable and vehement advocates of racial equality are consecrated white persons. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Whom you would change, you must first love. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" - one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Today, is a great day to make a difference for someone. 'I have a dream'. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Violence never really deals with the basic evil of the situation. Violence may murder the murderer, but it does' murder murder. Violence may murder the liar, but it does' murder lie; it does' establish truth. Violence may even murder the dishonest man, but it does' murder dishonesty. Violence may go to the point of murdering the hater, but it does' murder hate. It may increase hate. It is always a descending spiral leading nowhere. This is the ultimate weakness of violence: It multiplies evil and violence in the universe. It does' solve any problems. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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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.
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We ain't goin' study war no more. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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You ca' 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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If I knew that the world ends tomorrow, I, even today, plant a tree Martin Luther King, Jr.
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What you get with violence can be maintained only with violence Martin Luther King, Jr.
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You see, my friends...you begin to ask the questions, 'Who owns the oil?' You begin to ask the question, 'Who owns the iron ore?' You begin to ask the question, 'Why is it that people have to pay water bills in a world that is two-thirds water?' Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We are called upon to help the discouraged beggars in life's marketplace. But one day we must come to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There may be a conflict between softminded religionists and toughminded scientists, but not between science and religion. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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True sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one's soul. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We aren't going to have peace on Earth until we recognize the basic fact of the interrelated structure of all reality. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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God made the world from nothing, and if we can be nothing, then God can make something of us. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Don't allow anybody to make you feel that you're nobody. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Yes, I see the Church as the body of Christ. But, oh! How we have blemished and scarred that body through social neglect and through fear of being nonconformists. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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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.
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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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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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We did not hesitate to call our movement an army. But it was a special army, with no supplies but its sincerity, no uniform but its determination, no arsenal except its faith, no currency but its conscience. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Nonviolence is absolute commitment to the way of love. Love is not emotional bash; it is not empty sentimentalism. It is the active outpouring of one's whole being into the being of another. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must move past indecision to action. We must find new ways to speak for peace in Vietnam and for justice throughout the developing world, a world that borders on our doors. If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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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. Far from being the pious injunction of a Utopian dreamer, love is an absolute necessity for the survival of our civilization. To return hate for hate does nothing but intensify the existence of evil in the universe. Someone must have sense enough and religion enough to cut off the chain of hate and evil, and this can only be done through love. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The time has come for America to hear the truth about this tragic war. In international conflicts, the truth is hard to come by because most nations are deceived about themselves. Rationalizations and the incessant search for scapegoats are the psychological cataracts that blind us to our sins. But the day has passed for superficial patriotism. He who lives with untruth lives in spiritual slavery. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I firmly believe that the Gandhian philosophy of nonviolent resistance is the only logical and moral approach to the solution of the race problem in the United States. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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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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An individual has not begun to live until he can rise above the narrow horizons of his particular individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. And this is one of the big problems of life, that so many people never quite get to the point of rising above self. And so they end up the tragic victims of self-centeredness. They end up the victims of distorted and disrupted personality. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The Christians who engaged in infamous persecutions and shameful inquisitions were not evil men but misguided men. The churchmen who felt they had an edict from God to withstand the progress of science, whether in the form of a Copernican revolution or a Darwinian theory of natural selection, were not mischievous men but misinformed men. And so Christ's words from the cross are written in sharp-edged terms across some of the most inexpressible tragedies of history: 'They know not what they do'. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There is some good in the worst of us, and some evil in the best of us. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Each of us is something of a schizophrenic personality, tragically divided against ourselves. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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These are the times for real choices and not false ones. We are at the moment when our lives must be placed on the line if our nation is to survive its own folly. Every man of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits his convictions, but we must all protest. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy, for no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers and sisters. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I think that my strong determination for justice comes from the very strong, dynamic personality of my father ... I have rarely ever met a person more fearless and courageous than my father ... The thing that I admire most about my dad is his genuine Christian character. He is a man of real integrity, deeply committed to moral and ethical principles. He is conscientious in all of his undertakings ... If I had a problem I could always call Daddy. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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It is a tragic mix-up when the United States spends 500,000 for every enemy soldier killed, and only 53 annually on the victims of poverty. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must in strength and humility meet hate with love. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Man must never be treated as a means to the end of the state, but always as an end within himself. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The major problem of life is learning how to handle the costly interruptions. The door that slams shut, the plan that got sidetracked, the marriage that failed. Or that lovely poem that didn't get written because someone knocked on the door. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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