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 Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes 

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If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.

Let Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.

Never, never be afraid afraid to do what's right, especially especially if the well being of a person or animal is at stake. stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds wounds we inflict inflict on our soul when we look the other way.

The ultimate 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.

There comes a time when silence is betrayal. betrayal.

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

Wars are poor chisels chisels for carving carving out peaceful tomorrows.

As my sufferings mounted mounted I soon realized realized that there were two ways in which I could respond respond to my situation either to react with bitterness bitterness or seek seek to transform transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter latter course.

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift uplift is approaching approaching spiritual spiritual doom.

Not only will we have to repent repent for the sins of bad people; but we also will have to repent repent for the appalling appalling silence of good people.

On some positions, cowardice asks the question, is it expedient? expedient? And then expedience comes along and asks the question, is it politic? Vanity Vanity asks the question, is it popular? popular? Conscience asks the question, is it right

The choice is not between violence and nonviolence but between nonviolence and nonexistence. nonexistence.

Life's most persistent persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines confines of his individualistic concerns concerns to the broader broader concerns concerns of all humanity.

We must rapidly 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 considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable incapable of being conquered. conquered.

True compassion compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.

Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid devoid of stars... Hate cannot drive out drive out hate: only love can do that.

One of the great liabilities liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities fraternities of the indifferent indifferent who are notorious notorious for sleeping through revolutions. revolutions. Today, our very survival survival depends on our ability ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain remain vigilant vigilant and to face the challenge of change.

Let Let us not seek seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness bitterness and hatred.

The day we see the truth and cease cease to speak is the day we begin to die

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, defeated, is stronger than evil evil triumphant. triumphant.

Power without love is reckless reckless and abusive, abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.

A true revolution revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. ... A true revolution revolution of values will soon look uneasily on look uneasily on the glaring glaring contrast contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say, "This is not just." It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry gentry of South America and say, "This is not just." The Western arrogance arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just.

No work is insignificant. insignificant. All labor that uplifts uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken undertaken with painstaking painstaking excellence. excellence.

It is cheerful cheerful to God when you rejoice rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart.

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions exertions and passionate concern concern of dedicated dedicated individuals.

A right delayed is a right denied. denied.

We are now faced with faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted confronted with the fierce fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum conundrum of life and history, there "is" such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy apathy or complacency. complacency. This is a time for vigorous vigorous and positive action.

Quietly endure, endure, silently suffer and patiently wait.

Courage is an inner resolution resolution to go forward despite despite obstacles obstacles

He who passively accepts evil evil is as much involved in involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate perpetrate it. He who accepts evil evil without protesting protesting against it is really cooperating with it.

The question is not if we will be extremists, extremists, but what kind of extremists extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire dire need of creative extremists. extremists.

One's dignity may be assaulted, assaulted, vandalized, cruelly mocked, mocked, but it can never be taken away taken away unless it is surrendered.

When we look at modern man, we have to face the fact...that modern man suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit, which stands in glaring glaring contrast contrast to his scientific and technological abundance; abundance; We've learned learned to fly the air like birds, we've learned learned to swim the seas like fish, and yet we haven't learned learned to walk the Earth as brothers and sisters...

We are faced with faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues residues of numerous numerous civilizations are written the pathetic pathetic words 'Too Late'.

True peace is not merely merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.

But today our very survival survival depends on our ability ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain remain vigilant vigilant and to face the challenge of change. The large house in which we live demands that we transform transform this world wide neighborhood into a world wide brotherhood. Together we must learn to live as brothers or together we will be forced to perish perish as fools

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

Find a voice in a whisper. whisper.

Rarely Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest quest for easy answers and half baked half baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

A genuine genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus consensus but a molder of consensus. consensus.

Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain restrain the heartless.

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.

I became convinced that noncooperation with evil evil is as much a moral obligation obligation as is cooperation with good.

The saving of our world from pending doom will come not through come not through the complacent complacent adjustment of the conforming conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority.

Many people fear nothing more terribly than to take a position which stands out stands out sharply and clearly from the prevailing prevailing opinion. opinion. The tendency tendency of most is to adopt adopt a view that is so ambiguous ambiguous that it will include include everything and so popular popular that it will include include everybody. Not a few men who cherish cherish lofty lofty and noble ideals hide hide them under a bushel for fear of being called different.

He who is devoid devoid of the power to forgive is devoid devoid of the power to love.

We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. oppressed.

On the one hand On the one hand we are called to play the good Samaritan on life's roadside; but that will be only an initial initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole whole Jericho road must be transformed transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life's highway. True compassion compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard haphazard and superficial. superficial. It comes to see that an edifice edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring

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

One day the absurdity of the almost universal human belief in the slavery slavery of other animals will be palpable. palpable. We shall then have discovered our souls and become worthier of become worthier of sharing this planet with them.

Please Please be peaceful. We believe in believe in law and order. We are not advocating advocating violence, I want you to love your enemies... for what we are doing is right, what we are doing is just and God is with us.

We must forever forever conduct conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest protest to degenerate degenerate into physical violence.

If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties loyalties must become ecumenical ecumenical rather rather than sectional. Our loyalties loyalties must transcend transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means means we must develop a world perspective.

He who passively accepts evil evil is as much involved in involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate perpetrate it.

Too unconcerned to love and too passionless to hate, too detached detached to be selfish and too lifeless to be unselfish, too indifferent indifferent to experience joy and too cold to express sorrow, sorrow, they are neither dead nor alive; they merely merely exist. exist.

This faith transforms transforms the whirlwind of despair despair into a warm warm and reviving reviving breeze breeze of hope. The words of a motto which a generation ago were commonly found on the wall in the homes of devout devout persons need to be etched on our hearts

So I have tried to make it clear that it is wrong to use immoral means means to attain moral ends. But now I must affirm affirm that it is just as wrong, or even more so, to use moral means means to preserve preserve immoral ends.

Human progress never rolls rolls in on the wheels of inevitability; inevitability; it comes through comes through the tireless efforts efforts of [people] willing to be co workers with God.

Man must evolve evolve for all human conflict conflict a method which rejects rejects revenge, revenge, aggression, and retaliation. retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

In some not too distant distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating scintillating beauty.

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