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“Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
tags: war
“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation -- either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“the time is always right to do the right thing”
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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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“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“Not only will we have to repent for the sins of bad people; but we also will have to repent for the appalling silence of good people.”
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“On some positions, cowardice asks the question, is it expedient? And then expedience comes along and asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? Conscience asks the question, is it right?

There comes a time when one must take the position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right.”
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“The choice is not between violence and nonviolence but between nonviolence and nonexistence.”
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tags: war
“Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?”
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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., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
“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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“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
tags: love
“One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”
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“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: 'If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But...the good Samaritan reversed the question: 'If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”
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“Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.”
Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World
“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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“We must rapidly begin the shift from a "thing-oriented" society to a "person-oriented" society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”
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“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”
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“I agree with Dante, that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a period of moral crisis, maintain their neutrality”
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“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way”
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“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. ”
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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.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“Another way that you love your enemy is this: When the opportunity presents itself for you to defeat your enemy, that is the time which you must not do it. There will come a time, in many instances, when the person who hates you most, the person who has misused you most, the person who has gossiped about you most, the person who has spread false rumors about you most, there will come a time when you will have an opportunity to defeat that person. It might be in terms of a recommendation for a job; it might be in terms of helping that person to make some move in life. That’s the time you must do it. That is the meaning of love. In the final analysis, love is not this sentimental something that we talk about. It’s not merely an emotional something. Love is creative, understanding goodwill for all men. It is the refusal to defeat any individual. When you rise to the level of love, of its great beauty and power, you seek only to defeat evil systems. Individuals who happen to be caught up in that system, you love, but you seek to defeat the system.”
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“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”
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“One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.”
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“Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.”
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“The day we see the truth and cease to speak is the day we begin to die”
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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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“Lightning makes no sound until it strikes.”
Martin Luther King Jr., Why We Can't Wait
“If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
tags: hope


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