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Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes (108)

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
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A lie cannot live.
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A man can't ride your back unless it's bent.
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A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.
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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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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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A right delayed is a right denied.
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A riot is at bottom the language of the unheard.
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A riot is the language of the unheard.
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All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
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All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.
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Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
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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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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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At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.
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Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.
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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
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Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.
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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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Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.
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Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
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Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
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Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies - or else? The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
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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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History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
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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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Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
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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.
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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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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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I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough 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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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 together at the table of brotherhood.
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I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
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I just want to do God's will. And he's allowed me to go to the mountain. And 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.
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I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
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I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
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I submit that an individual who breaks the law that conscience tells him is unjust and willingly accepts the penalty by staying in jail to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the very highest respect for law.
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I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.
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I want to be the white man's brother, not his brother-in-law.
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If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.
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If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive.
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If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values - that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.
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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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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
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It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes; but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the white society.
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It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.
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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.
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Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.
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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 into friend.
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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.
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Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.
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Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
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Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.
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Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
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Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.
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Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
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Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
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One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society... shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam.
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One who breaks an unjust 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.
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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
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Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
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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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Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.
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Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one's soul.
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Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect, it has no personal being. It is part of the earth man walks on. It is not man.
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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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Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control.
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Seeing is not always believing.
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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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