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Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) was an American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

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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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The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.


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


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The time is always right to do what is right.


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The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.


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Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.


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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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Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.


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Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.


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


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


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The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor, wish that he might have done you a greater one.


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We have guided missiles and misguided men.
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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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We are not makers of history. We are made by history.


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


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Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.


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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.


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


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


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


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

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