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Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and civil rights activist; he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
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A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.

Martin Luther King Jr.

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

Martin Luther King Jr.

...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.

Martin Luther King Jr.

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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Courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear.

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

Martin Luther King Jr.

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

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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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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

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

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Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

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Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality.

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We have flown the air like birds and swum the seas like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.

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All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.

Martin Luther King Jr.

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

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One who condones evils is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it.

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

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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.

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.

Martin Luther King Jr.

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

Martin Luther King Jr.

Life's most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?

Martin Luther King Jr.
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