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Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968)
US black civil rights leader & clergyman [more author details]
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Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.
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Martin Luther King Jr.
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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Martin Luther King Jr.
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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Martin Luther King Jr.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
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Martin Luther King Jr.
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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Martin Luther King Jr.
Segregation is the adultery of an illicit intercourse between injustice and immorality.
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Martin Luther King Jr.
Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality.
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Martin Luther King Jr.
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
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Martin Luther King Jr.
When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.
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Martin Luther King Jr.
The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
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Martin Luther King Jr., "Strength to Love"
All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.
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Martin Luther King Jr., 'Strength to Love,' 1963
The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.
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Martin Luther King Jr., 'Strength to Love,' 1963
I've seen too much hate to want to hate, myself, and every time I see it, I say to myself, hate is too great a burden to bear. Somehow we must be able to stand up against our most bitter opponents and say: We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force. Do to us what you will and we will still love you.... But be assured that we'll wear you down by our capacity to suffer, and one day we will win our freedom. We will not only win freedom for ourselves; we will appeal to your heart and conscience that we will win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory.
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Martin Luther King Jr., A Christmas Sermon for Peace on Dec 24, 1967
Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind 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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Martin Luther King Jr., December 11, 1964
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
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Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963
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.
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Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 1963
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.'
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Martin Luther King Jr., Speech at Civil Rights March on Washington, August 28, 1963
I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something he will die for, he isn't fit to live.
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Martin Luther King Jr., Speech in Detroit, June 23, 1963
...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. So I'm happy tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man.
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Martin Luther King Jr., Speech in Memphis, April 3, 1968, the day before King was assassinated
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
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Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love, 1963
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