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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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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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In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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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 the law. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must use time creatively. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I want to be the white man's brother, not his brother-in-law. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. 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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Man was born into barbarism when killing his fellow man was a normal condition of existence. He became endowed with a conscience. And he has now reached the day when violence toward another human being must become as abhorrent as eating another's flesh. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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...we must realize that a vast majority of believers are still searching and will continue to search for the being who is the "source of human good." Those who seek with clear heads and sincere hearts will in some measure find. Of course the true seeker will realize that there is no one way to find God. To be sure, there are many possible ways of finding God. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The potential beauty of human life is constantly made ugly by man's ever recurring song of retaliation. The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever rising tides of revenge. Man has never risen above the injunction of the lex talionis: "Life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot." 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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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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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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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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