Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes (208) Spiritual Sayings

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About the Author: Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. King has become a national icon in the history of American progressivism. A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. With the SCLC, King led an unsuccessful struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia, in 1962, and organized nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama, that attracted national attention following television news coverage of the brutal police response. King also helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. There, he established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history. On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. See website for more info - http://www.thekingcenter.org/
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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

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“Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase.”
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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World

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“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
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“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
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“I have decided to stick to love...Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

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“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

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“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr., A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend 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.”
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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
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“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”
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“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
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“A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr., The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.”
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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.”
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“Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.”
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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
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“No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they'd die for.”
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“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
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“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”
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“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
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“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”
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“I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have A Dream

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“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”
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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.”
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“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”
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“We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
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“Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, "Love your enemies." It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies. (from "Loving Your Enemies")”
― Martin Luther King, Jr., A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.”
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“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”
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“the time is always right to do the right thing”
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“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 mainly with values. The two are not rivals.”
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“Not only will we have to repent for the sins of bad people; but we also will have to repent for the appalling silence of good people.”
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“No person has the right to rain on your dreams.”
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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.”
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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.”
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“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”
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“The choice is not between violence and nonviolence but between nonviolence and nonexistence.”
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“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation -- either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.”
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“Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?”
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“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend.”
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“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

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“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
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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.”
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“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”
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“We must rapidly begin the shift from a "thing-oriented" society to a "person-oriented" society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”
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“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: 'If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But...the good Samaritan reversed the question: 'If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”
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“Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World

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“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. ”
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“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars... Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
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“The day we see the truth and cease to speak is the day we begin to die”
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“One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”
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“Another way that you love your enemy is this: When the opportunity presents itself for you to defeat your enemy, that is the time which you must not do it. There will come a time, in many instances, when the person who hates you most, the person who has misused you most, the person who has gossiped about you most, the person who has spread false rumors about you most, there will come a time when you will have an opportunity to defeat that person. It might be in terms of a recommendation for a job; it might be in terms of helping that person to make some move in life. That’s the time you must do it. That is the meaning of love. In the final analysis, love is not this sentimental something that we talk about. It’s not merely an emotional something. 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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“One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. 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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“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”
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“Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.”
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“If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.”
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“There is no gain without struggle.”
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“I agree with Dante, that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a period of moral crisis, maintain their neutrality”
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“It is cheerful to God when you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart.”
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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.”
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“We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.”
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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.”
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“Lightning makes no sound until it strikes.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr., Why We Can't Wait

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“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way”
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“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there "is" such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and postive action.”
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“A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. ... A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say, "This is not just." It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of South America and say, "This is not just." The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just.”
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“A right delayed is a right denied.”
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“Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.”
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“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
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“The Arc of the Moral Universe Is Long, but It Bends Toward Justice”
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“We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.”
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“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

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.

I have a dream today!

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.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”
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“Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.”
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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”
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“It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important.”
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“Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles;
Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances.
Courage breeds creativity; Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it.
Cowardice asks the question, is it safe?
Expediency ask the question, is it politic?
Vanity asks the question, is it popular?

But conscience ask the question, is it right? And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.”
― 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.”
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“A lie cannot live.”
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“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
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“What affects one in a major way, affects all in a minor way.”
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“The greatest purveyor of violence in the world : My own Government, I can not be Silent.”
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“The question is not if we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”
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“It does not matter how long you live, but how well you do it.”
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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.”
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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.”
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“Quietly endure, silently suffer and patiently wait.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr., Why We Can't Wait

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“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”
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“Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.”
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“One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized, cruelly mocked, but it an never be taken away unless it is surrendered.”
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A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches A Testament of Hope

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“One day we will learn that the heart can never be totally right when the head is totally wrong”
― Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love

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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., The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”
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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. ”
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“Hate destroys the hater...”
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“We are faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words ‘Too Late’.”
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“Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.”
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“Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.”
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“True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.”
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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.”
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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”
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“You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be. And one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because you are afraid…. You refuse to do it because you want to live longer…. You’re afraid that you will lose your job, or you are afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity, or you’re afraid that somebody will stab you, or shoot at you or bomb your house; so you refuse to take the stand.

Well, you may go on and live until you are 90, but you’re just as dead at 38 as you would be at 90. And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit.”
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“Be The Peace You Wish To See In The World!”
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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.”
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“It’s all right to tell a man to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it is cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.”
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“One of the grat tragedies of life is that men seldom bridge the gulf between practice and profession, between doing and saying. A persistent schizophrenia leaves so many of us tragically divided against ourselves. On the one hand, we proudly profess certain sublime and noble principles, but on the other hand, we sadly practise the very antithesis of these principles. How often are our lives characterised by a high blood pressure of creeds and an anaemia of deeds! We talk eloquently about our commitment to the principles of Christianity, and yet our lives are saturated with the practices of paganism. We proclaim our devotion to democracy, but we sadly practise the very opposite of the democratic creed. We talk passionately about peace, and at the same time we assiduously prepare for war. We make our fervent pleas for the high road of justice, and then we tread unflinchingly the low road of injustice. This strange dichotomy, this agonising gulf between the ought and the is, represents the tragic theme of man's earthly pilgrimage.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love

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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.”
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“The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important.”
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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.”
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“But 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. The large house in which we live demands that we transform this world-wide neighborhood into a world – wide brotherhood. Together we must learn to live as brothers or together we will be forced to perish as fools.

We must work passionately and indefatigably to bridge the gulf between our scientific progress and our moral progress. One of the great problems of mankind is that we suffer from a poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring contrast to our scientific and technological abundance. The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually.”
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“When we look at modern man, we have to face the fact...that modern man suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit, which stands in glaring contrast to his scientific and technological abundance; We've learned to fly the air like birds, we've learned to swim the seas like fish, and yet we haven't learned to walk the Earth as brothers and sisters...”
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“We shall overcome.”
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“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”
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“Find a voice in a whisper.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr., Why We Can't Wait

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“The end of life is not to be happy, nor to achieve pleasure and avoid pain, but to do the will of God, come what may.”
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“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”
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“I am what I am because of who we all are.”
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“The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority.”
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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 that have nothing to lose. People who have stake in their society, protect that society, but when they don't have it, they unconsciously want to destroy it.”
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“Almost always the creative, dedicated minority has made the world better. ”
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“Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless.”
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“A man can't ride your back unless it's bent”
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“He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.”
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“We must use time creatively - and forever realize that the time is always hope to do great things.”
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“Without love, there is no reason to know anyone, for love will in the end connect us to our neighbors, our children and our hearts.”
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“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”
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“We must learn that passively to accept an unjust system is to cooperate with that system, and thereby to become a participant in its evil.”
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“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.”
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“The first principle of value that we need to rediscover is this: that all reality hinges on moral foundations. In other words, that this is a moral universe, and that there are moral laws of the universe just as abiding as the physical laws. (from "Rediscovering Lost Values")”
― Martin Luther King, Jr., A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend 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.”
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“A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.”
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“I'm concerned about a better world. I'm concerned about justice; I'm concerned about brotherhood; I'm concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about that, he can never advocate violence. For through violence you may murder a murderer, but you can't murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar, but you can't establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can't murder hate through violence. Darkness cannot put out darkness; only light can do that.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Many people fear nothing more terribly than to take a position which stands out sharply and clearly from the prevailing opinion. The tendency of most is to adopt a view that is so ambiguous that it will include everything and so popular that it will include everybody. Not a few men who cherish lofty and noble ideals hide them under a bushel for fear of being called different.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind.”
― 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.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love

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“Right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“On the one hand we are called to play the good Samaritan on life's roadside; but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life's highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.

"A Time to Break Silence," at Riverside Church”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.”
― 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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“Courage faces fear and thereby masters it”
― Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love

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“And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

Free at last! Free at last!

Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
― Martin Luther King, Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

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“We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“But life at its best is a creative synthesis of opposites in fruitful harmony.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, 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., Strength to Love

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“When you are right, you cannot be too radical; When you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, 'Here is an opportunity for me to celebrate like never before, my own power, my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Violence is the language of the unheard”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service... You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Human progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of [people] willing to be co-workers with God.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“We must substitute courage for caution.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“The more I thought about human nature, the more I saw how our tragic inclination for sin/mistakes causes us to use our minds to rationalize our action.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Babies, we are told, are the latest news from heaven.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“it is just as wrong, or even perhaps more so, to use moral means to preserve immoral ends.”
― 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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“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., The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World

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“Now, I say to you today my friends, 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. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: - 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land. So I'm happy tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. ”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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“Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.
Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.
Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God's children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World

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“We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World

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“I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“So I have tried to make it clear that it is wrong to use immoral means to attain moral ends. But now I must affirm that it is just as wrong, or even more so, to use moral means to preserve immoral ends. ”
― Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail

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“The Universe is on the side of Justice”
― 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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“This faith transforms the whirlwind of despair into a warm and reviving breeze of hope. The words of a motto which a generation ago were commonly found on the wall in the homes of devout persons need to be etched on our hearts:
Fear knocked at the door.
Faith answered.
There was no one there.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love

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“I submit to you that if a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge,
aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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