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"The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important."

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"The time is always right to do what is right."

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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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"There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love."

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"War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow."

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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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"Whatever your life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better."

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"When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative."

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"Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."

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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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"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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"Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal."

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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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"In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law ... That would lead to anarchy. An individual who breaks a law that his 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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"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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"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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"A riot is the language of the unheard."

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"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."

by Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love, 1963

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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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"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."

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"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."

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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 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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"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."

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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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"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."

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"We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear."

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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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"To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing."

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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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"Seeing is not always believing."

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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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"We have guided missiles and misguided men."

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"'The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.'"

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"...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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"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 man who won't die for something is not fit to live."

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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 nation that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan."

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"A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan."

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"A riot is at bottom the language of the unheard."

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"A right delayed is a right denied."

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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 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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"But I know somehow, that only when it is dark enough, can you see the stars."

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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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"Cowardice asks the question - is it safe?
Vanity asks the question - is it popular?
Expediency asks the question - is it political?
But conscience asks the question - is it right?

There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, popular, or political; but because it is right."


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"Cowardice asks the question - is it safe?
Expediency asks the question - is it politic?
Vanity asks the question - is it popular?
But conscience asks the question - is it right?
And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right."


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"Courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear."

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"Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only life can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that."

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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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"Do not condemn the man that cannot think or act as fast as you can, because there was a time when you could not do things as well as you can today."

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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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"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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"Forgiveness is not an occasional act it is an attitude."

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"God is not merely interestd in the freedom of brown men, yellow men, red men and black men.He is interested in the freedom of the whole human race."

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"Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it."

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"Hatred paralyzes life love releases it. Hatred confuses life love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life love illumines it."

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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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"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 salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted."

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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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"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 believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That 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. I have a dream today"

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"I have a dream that one day ... the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood."

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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 almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to 'order' than to justice who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice who constantly says 'I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action' who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for someone else's freedom who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a 'more convenient season.'"

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"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."

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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 to you that if a man hasn't discovered something he will die for, he isn't fit to live."

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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 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."

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"I want to be the white man's brother, not his brother-in-law."

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"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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"If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played 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 streetsweeper who did his job well."

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"If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo 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 and say, 'Here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.'"

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"If a man hasn’t discovered something 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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"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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"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."

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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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"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends"

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"Injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured"

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"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhwre. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

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"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

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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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