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Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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My obligation is to do the right thing. The rest is in God's hands. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Quietly endure, silently suffer and patiently wait. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I've always tried to be what I call militantly nonviolent. I don't believe that anyone could seriously accuse me of not being totally committed to the breakdown of segregation. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Hate destroys the very structure of the personality of the hater.... when you start hating anybody, it destroys the very center of your creative response to life and the universe; so love everybody. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Every genuine expression of love grows out of a consistent and total surrender to God. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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When a nation becomes obsessed with the guns of war, it loses its social perspective.... There is something about a war like this that makes people insensitive. It dulls the conscience. It strengthens the forces of reaction, and it brings into being bitterness and hatred and violence. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Power at its best is love implementing the demand of justice. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Lukewarm acceptance is more bewildering than outright rejection. 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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He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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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.
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Justice is love correcting that which revolts against love. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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It is purposeless to tell Negroes they should not be enraged when they should be. Indeed, they will be mentally healthier if they do not suppress rage, but vent it constructively and use its energy peacefully but forcefully to cripple the operations of an oppressive society. Civil disobedience can utilize the militance wasted in riots to seize clothes or groceries many do not even want. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Now let me say that the next thing we must be concerned about if we are to have peace on earth and good will toward men is the nonviolent affirmation of the sacredness of all human life. Every man is somebody because he is a child of God. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds and our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, we will know that we are living in the creative turmoil of a genuine civilization struggling to be born. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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And one day we must ask the question, "Why are there forty million poor people in America?" And when you begin to ask that question, you are raising questions about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth. When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Where evil men would seek to perpetuate an unjust status quo, good men must seek to bring into being a real order of justice. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The problem of racism, the problem of economic exploitation, and the problem of war are all tied together. These are the triple evils that are interrelated. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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You know my friends, there comes a time when people get tired of being trampled by the iron feet of oppression Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The real problem is that through our scientific genius we've made of the world a neighborhood, but through our moral and spiritual genius we've failed to make of it a brotherhood. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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It may be true that the law cannot change the heart but it can restrain the heartless. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Education without social action is a one-sided value because it has no true power potential. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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While the question of who killed President Kennedy is important, the question 'what killed him' is more important. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The SILENCE of the good people is more DANGEROUS than the BRUTALITY of the bad people Martin Luther King, Jr.
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