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Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The use of violence in our struggle would be both impractical and immoral. To meet hate with retaliatory hate would do nothing but intensify the existence of evil in the universe. Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love; we must meet physical force with soul force. Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the white man, but to win his friendship and understanding. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The existence of poverty in the US should not be accepted as a necessary evil or insoluble problem, but should be considered a crisis requiring emergency measures. It is a matter of will and priorities, not a matter of resources. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If a man has not discovered anything so dying is not worth living Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A woman can have a smile, and a woman can have a large backside, but I have been to the mountain and I am here to tell you that when a woman has both of those things she is not to be trusted. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The Negroes of America had taken the President, the press and the pulpit at their word when they spoke in broad terms of freedom and justice. But the absence of brutality and unregenerate evil is not the presence of justice. To stay murder is not the same thing as to ordain brotherhood. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Judge a man not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character. 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 the law. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The majority of the Negroes who took part in the year-long boycott of Montgomery's buses were poor and untutored; but they understood the essence of the Montgomery movement; one elderly woman summed it up for the rest. When asked after several weeks of walking whether she was tired, she answered: My feet is tired, but my soul is at rest. 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 self-hood. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illumines it. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There is nothing more dangerous than to build a society with a large segment of people in that society who feel that they have no stake in it; who feel that they have nothing to lose. People who have stake in their society, protect that society... Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I have DECIDED to love. If you are seeking the highest good, I think you can find it through love. GOD is love. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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It is always the right time to do the right thing. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The belief that God will do everything for man is as untenable as the belief that man can do everything for himself. It, too, is based on a lack of faith. We must learn that to expect God to do everything while we do nothing is not faith but superstition. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Whenever men and women straighten their backs up, they are going somewhere, because a man can't ride your back unless it is bent Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If we do an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, we will be a blind and toothless nation. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be... The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war. 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. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I look forward confidently to the day when all who work for a living will be one with no thought to their separateness as Negroes, Jews, Italians or any other distinctions. This will be the day when we bring into full realization the American dream - a dream yet unfulfilled. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Let us be those creative dissenters who will call our beloved nation to a higher destiny. To a new plateau of compassion, to a more noble expression of humanness. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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In some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I have consistently preached that nonviolence demands that the means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation. This may well be mankind's last chance to choose between chaos and community. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Religion operates not only on the vertical plane but also on the horizontal. It seeks not only to integrate men with God but to integrate men with men and each man with himself. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I question and soul-search constantly into myself to be as certain as I can that I am fulfilling the true meaning of my work, that I am maintaining my sense of purpose, that I am holding fast to my ideals, that I am guiding my people in the right direction. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Within the best of us, there is some evil, and within the worst of us, there is some good. When we come to see this, we take a different attitude toward individuals. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I also came to see that liberalism's superficial optimism concerning human nature caused it to overlook the fact that reason is darkened by sin. The more I thought about human nature the more I saw how our tragic inclination for sin causes us to use our minds to rationalize our actions. Liberalism failed to see that reason by itself is little more than an instrument to justify man's defensive ways of thinking. Reason, devoid of the purifying power of faith, can never free itself from distortions and rationalizations.... Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Love is creative, understanding goodwill for all men. It is the refusal to defeat any individual. When you rise to the level of love, of its great beauty and power, you seek only to defeat evil systems. Individuals who happen to be caught up in that system, you love, but you seek to defeat the system. 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. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We aren't going to let any mace stop us. We are masters in our nonviolent movement in disarming police forces; they don't know what to do. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our present policies... True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. A true revolution of values will soon look on uneasily upon the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth with righteous indignation. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We are out to defeat injustice and not white persons who may be unjust. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must have the faith that things will work out somehow, that God will make a way for us when there seems no way. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We have deluded ourselves into believing the myth that capitalism grew and prospered out of the Protestant ethic of hard work and sacrifices. Capitalism was built on the exploitation of black slaves and continues to thrive on the exploitation of the poor, both black and white, both here and abroad. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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For all of us today, the battle is in our hands. The road ahead is not altogether a smooth one. There are no broad highways to lead us easily and inevitably to quick solutions. We must keep going. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I have condemned any organizer of war, regardless of his rank or nationality. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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the universe is under the control of a loving purpose, and that in the struggle for righteousness man has cosmic companionship (angels). Behind the harsh appearance of the world there is a benign power. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We are all tied together in a single garment of destiny . . . I can never be what I ought to be until you are allowed to be what you ought to be. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There comes a time when a moral man can't obey a law which his conscience tells him is unjust. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The failures of the past must not be an excuse for the inaction of the present and the future. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Mass civil disobedience can use rage as a constructive and creative force. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The world in which we live is geographically one. The challenge that we face today is to make it one in terms of brotherhood. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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...and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky... Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Too unconcerned to love and too passionless to hate, too detached to be selfish and too lifeless to be unselfish, too indifferent to experience joy and too cold to express sorrow, they are neither dead nor alive; they merely exist. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Everybody can be great because everybody can serve... You only need a heart full of grace. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There is no easy way to create a world where men and women can live together... But if such a world is created in our lifetime, it will be done by rejecting the racism, materialism, and violence that has characterized Western civilization and especially by working toward a world of brotherhood, cooperation, and peace. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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What I'm saying to you this morning is that Communism forgets that life is individual. Capitalism forgets that life is social, and the Kingdom of Brotherhood is found neither in the thesis of Communism nor the antithesis of capitalism but in a higher synthesis. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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[I] know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind's problems.... Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Without hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the primitive forces of social stagnation. So we must help time and realize that the time is always ripe to do right. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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