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Martin Luther King Jr.

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"Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality." Miscellaneous 4.3 avg (27 votes)
"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." Morality 4.1 avg (21 votes)
"We who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive." Miscellaneous 3.6 avg (7 votes)
"We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools." Miscellaneous 4.4 avg (22 votes)
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." Hope 4.5 avg (39 votes)
"Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than to convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love." Race 4.6 avg (31 votes)
"True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice." Justice, War & Peace 4.6 avg (32 votes)
"True pacifism is not unrealistic submission to an evil is rather a courageous confrontation with evil by the power of love, in the faith that it is better to be the recipient of violence than the inflicter of it, since the latter only multiplies the existence of violence and bitterness in the universe, while the former may develop a sense of shame in the opponent, and thereby bring about a transformation and change of heart." War & Peace 4.0 avg (13 votes)
"There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth." Life & Death 3.6 avg (7 votes)
"There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love." Love 4.2 avg (19 votes)
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." Virtue 4.7 avg (74 votes)
"The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears. The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt." Race 3.4 avg (11 votes)
"Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars." War & Peace 4.4 avg (13 votes)
"Religion operates not only on the vertical plane but also on the horizontal. It seeks not only to integrate men with God but to integrate men with men and each man with himself." Religion 4.4 avg (8 votes)
"Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions." Thinking 4.7 avg (12 votes)
"Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal." War & Peace 4.6 avg (16 votes)
"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men." Morality, Science 4.6 avg (23 votes)
"Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism." Miscellaneous 4.3 avg (6 votes)
"Our nettlesome task is to discover how to organize our strength into compelling power." Race 4.3 avg (6 votes)
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Miscellaneous 4.8 avg (85 votes)

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