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By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

A nation that will keep people in slavery for 244 years will "thingify" them and make them things. And therefore, they will exploit them and poor people generally economically. And a nation that will exploit economically will have to have foreign investments and everything else, and it will have to use its military might to protect them. All of these problems are tied together. What I'm saying today is that we must go from this convention and say, "America, you must be born again!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

If you've got nothing worth dying for, you've got nothing worth living for.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

America must begin the struggle for democracy at home. The advocacy of free elections in Europe by American officials is hypocrisy when free elections are not held in great sections of America.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Unfortunately, most of the major denominations still practice segregation in local churches, hospitals, schools, and other church institutions. It is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o'clock on Sunday morning, the same hour when many are standing to sing: "In Christ There Is No East Nor West.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Nonviolence is an imperative in order to bring about ultimate community.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

We must dispel the negative and harmful atmosphere that has been created by avaricious and unprincipled realtors who engage in "blockbusting." If we had in America really serious efforts to break down discrimination in housing, and at the same time a concerted program of government aid to improve housing for Negroes, I think that many white people would be surprised at how many Negroes would choose to live among themselves, exactly as Poles and Jews and other ethnic groups do.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

With all of its false assumptions and evil methods, communism grew as a protest against the hardships of the underprivileged. Communism in theory emphasized a classless society, and a concern for social justice, though the world knows from sad experience that in practice it created new classes and a new lexicon of injustice.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. 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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Like a boil that must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed to the light of human conscience before it can be cured.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Whatever your life's work is, do it well.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

When the Negro finds the courage to be free, he faces dogs and guns and clubs and fire hoses totally unafraid, and the white men with those dogs, guns, clubs and fire hoses see that the Negro they have traditionally called "boy" has become a man.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society... shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Returning hate for hate multiplies hate.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

And see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

When a nation becomes obsessed with the guns of war, it loses its social perspective.... There is something about a war like this that makes people insensitive. It dulls the conscience. It strengthens the forces of reaction, and it brings into being bitterness and hatred and violence.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Your self-sacrificin g devotion to your purpose in life and your unwavering faith will carry you through times of difficulty.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

If your opponent has a conscience, then follow Gandhi and nonviolence. But if your enemy has no conscience like Hitler, then follow Bonhoeffer.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Even if they try to kill you, you develop the inner conviction that there are some things so precious, some things so eternally true that they are worth dying for. And if a person has not found something to die for, that person isn't fit to live!

By Anonym 16 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

It is simply my way of saying that I would rather be a man of conviction than a man of conformity. Occasionally in life one develops a conviction so precious and meaningful that he will stand on it till the end. That is what I have found in nonviolence.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

As long as the mind is enslaved, the body can never be free. Psychological freedom, a firm sense of self-esteem, is the most powerful weapon against the long night of physical slavery.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

We must come to see with the distinguished jurist of yesterday that "justice too long delayed is justice denied.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Even if our motives are presently misunderstood. We will reach the goal of freedom in Birmingham and all over the nation, because the goal of America is freedom.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Admitting the weighty problems and staggering disappointments, Christianity affirms that God is able to give us the power to meet them. He is able to give us inner equilibrium to stand tall amid the trials and burdens of life. He is able to provide inner peace amid our outer storms.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" - one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Cowardice asks the question, is it safe?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

The government can't make people love me, but it can keep them from lynching me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church's often vocal sanction of things as they are.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

It is a sad fact that because of comfort, complacency, a morbid fear of communism, and our proneness to adjust to injustice, the Western nations that initiated so much of the revolutionary spirit of the modern world have now become the arch-antirevolutionaries.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

A third reason why we should love our enemies is that love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend. We never get rid of an enemy by meeting hate with hate; we get rid of an enemy by getting rid of enmity. By its very nature, hate destroys and tears down; by its very nature, love creates and builds up. Love transforms with redemptive power.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

I refuse to accept the view . . . that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

We must see that peace represents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody, that is far superior to the discords of war.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Friends are forever Boys are whatever.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

In every age and every generation, men have envisioned a promised land. Some may have envisioned it with the wrong ideology, with the wrong philosophical presupposition. But men in every generation thought in terms of some promised land.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

In spite of the fact that the law of revenge solves no social problems, men continue to follow its disastrous leading. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

The use of violence in our struggle would be both impractical and immoral. To meet hate with retaliatory hate would do nothing but intensify the existence of evil in the universe. Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love; we must meet physical force with soul force. Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the white man, but to win his friendship and understanding.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Slaves do not always welcome their deliverers. They become accustomed to being slaves. They would rather gear those ills they have

By Anonym 17 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Only God is able. It is faith in Him that we must rediscover. With this faith we can transform bleak and desolate valleys into sunlit paths of joy and bring new light into the dark caverns of pessimism.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

If I lived in a Communist country today where certain principles dear to the Christian faith are suppressed, I believe I would openly advocate disobeying these anti-religious laws.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

If you want to be important-wonderful. If you want to be recognized-wonderful. If you want to be great-wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That's a new definition of greatness.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

The great majority of Americans are suspended between these opposing attitudes. They are uneasy with injustice but unwilling yet to pay a significant price to eradicate it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

We must stand up and say, "I'm black and I'm beautiful," and this self-affirmation is the black man's need, made compelling by the white man's crimes against him.