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Martin Luther King Jr.
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Martin Luther King Jr.'s quotes
Martin Luther King Jr.'s 4 speeches
"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."
"Nothing pains some people more than having to think."
"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend."
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"
"It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality."
"It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes; but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the white society."
"Injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured."
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
"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 host of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well."
"If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live."
Life & Death
"I want to be the white man's brother, not his brother-in-law."
"I just want to do God's will."
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
"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."
"I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good."
"Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
"Gandhi was inevitable. If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable. He lived, thought and acted, inspired by the vision of humanity evolving toward a world of peace and harmony. We may ignore Gandhi at our own risk."
War & Peace
"From the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire, let freedom ring. From the mighty mountains of New York, let freedom ring. From the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania, let freedom ring. But not only that: Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi."
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