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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
"Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."
"Forgiveness is not an occasional act: it is a permanent attitude."
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."
"Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see."
"Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."
"Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness."
"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."
"Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' But, conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one's conscience tells one that it is right."
"Before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, we were here. Before the pen of Jefferson etched across the pages of history the majestic words of the Declaration of Independence, we were here. If the inexpressible cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."
"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."
"A riot is the language of the unheard."
"A right delayed is a right denied."
"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom."
"A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan."
"A lie cannot live."
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