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There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Disappointments
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Freedom
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. - Human Fellowship
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation when they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Dreams
The more there are riots, the more repressive actin will take place, and the more we face the danger of a right-wing takeover and eventually a fascist society. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Revolutions and Revolutionaries
That old law about ''an eye for an eye'' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Revenge
Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill-will. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Understanding
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. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Sympathy
In this Revolution no plans have been written for retreat. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Revolutions and Revolutionaries
There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Tragedies
I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Liberals
When we let 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 that old Negro spiritual, ''Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!'' ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Freedom
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Evil
We who in engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Protest
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. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Law and Lawyers
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. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Work
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Justice
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 to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Excellence
If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Death and Dying
The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Age and Aging
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. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Adversity
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. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Reality
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. - Dreams
When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Right and Rightness
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. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Protest
The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Past
Darkness can not drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Love
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Love
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. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Property
We have genuflected before the god of science only to find that it has given us the atomic bomb, producing fears and anxieties that science can never mitigate. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Science and Scientists
The time is always right to do what is right. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Virtue
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. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Law and Lawyers
Nothing pains some people more than having to think. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Thoughts and Thinking
War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - War
I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the Promised Land. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Vision
Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Morality
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Hope
The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears. The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Freedom
Yes, I see the Church as the body of Christ. But, oh! How we have blemished and scarred that body through social neglect and through fear of being nonconformists. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Churches
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Hatred
I want to be the white man's brother, not his brother-in-law. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Relationships
At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Love
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. - Equality
A riot is the language of the unheard. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Rebellion
We must combine the toughness of the serpent with the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Mind
All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Progress
The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Extremes and Extremists
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. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Greatness
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Brotherhood
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. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Acceptance
We must use time creatively -- and forever realize that the time is always hope to do great things. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Time and Time Management
Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Peace
It is my hope that as the Negro plunges deeper into the quest for freedom and justice he will plunge even deeper into the philosophy of non-violence. The Negro all over the South must come to the point that he can say to his white brother: ''We will match your capacity to inflict suffering with our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force. We will not hate you, but we will not obey your evil laws. We will soon wear you down by pure capacity to suffer.'' ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Nonviolence
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. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Joy
We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Courage
No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Dissatisfaction
We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Cooperation
Riots are the voices of the unheard. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Revolutions and Revolutionaries
The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Hell
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Ignorance
Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others? Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Service
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. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Consequences
Mankind 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. - Humankind
I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. ~Martin Luther King Jr. - Character

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