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By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

The potential beauty of human life is constantly made ugly by man's ever recurring song of retaliation. The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever rising tides of revenge. Man has never risen above the injunction of the lex talionis: "Life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot." 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.

Time has been used destructively by people of ill will much more than it has been used constructively by those of good will.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

The United States is the largest exporter of violence in the world

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

The thing that we need in the world today, is a group of men and women who will stand up for right and be opposed to wrong, wherever it is. A group of people who have come to see that some things are wrong, whether they’re never caught up with. Some things are right, whether nobody sees you doing them or not.

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 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

The strong man holds in a living blend strongly marked opposites. The idealists are not usually realistic, and the realists are not usually idealistic. The militant are not generally known to be passive, nor the passive to be militant. Seldom are the humble self-assertive, or the self-assertive humble. But life at it's best is a creative synthesis of opposites in fruitful harmony.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Justice too long delayed is justice denied.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, sons of former slaves and sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day, even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into a oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream 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 content of their character. I have a dream today!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

The profit motive, when it is the sole basis of an economic system, encourages a cutthroat competition and selfish ambition that inspires men to be more concerned about making a living than making a life.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

I must face the fact, as all others in positions of leadership must do, that America today is an extremely sick nation, and that something could well happen to me at any time. I feel, though, that my cause is so right, so moral, that if I should lose my life, in some way it would aid the cause.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as 'right-to-work.' It provides no 'rights' and no 'works.' Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining…. We demand this fraud be stopped.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

We need not join the mad rush to purchase an earthly fallout shelter. God is our eternal fallout shelter. From Strength to Love, 1963

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Many of the ugly pages of American history have been obscured and forgotten....America owes a debt of justice which it has only begun to pay. If it loses the will to finish or slackens in its determination, history will recall its crimes and the country that would be great will lack the most indispensable element of greatness-justice.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

We know of no more crucial civil rights issue facing Congress today than the need to increase the federal minimum wage and extend its coverage.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

What is more tragic than to see a person who has risen to the disciplined heights of tough-mindedness but has at the same time sunk to the passionless depths of hard-heartedness?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Freedom has always been an expensive thing. History is fit testimony to the fact that freedom is rarely gained without sacrifice and self-denial.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law . . That would lead to anarchy.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Lukewarm acceptance is more bewildering than outright rejection.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Non-violence is not sterile passivity, but a powerful moral force which makes for social transformation.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

A lie cannot live.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

What are you doing for others?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

The Negro is the child of two cultures - Africa and America. The problem is that in the search for wholeness all too many Negroes seek to embrace only one side of their natures.

By Anonym 19 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. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate...Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

May I say just a word to those of you who are struggling against this evil. Always be sure that you struggle with Christian methods and Christian weapons. Never succumb to the temptation of becoming bitter. As you press on for justice, be sure to move with dignity and discipline, using only the weapon of love. Let no man pull you so low as to hate him

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Power properly understood is nothing but the ability to achieve purpose... one of the great problems of history is that the concepts of love and power have usually been contrasted as opposites --- polar opposites --- so that love is identified with a resignation of power, and power with a denial of love... What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Hatred and bitterness can never cure the disease of fear; only love can do that. Hatred paralyzes life; love harmonies it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Even though I have never had an abrupt conversion experience, religion has been real to me and closely knitted to life. In fact the two cannot be separated; religion for me is life.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

The old law of an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind. It destroys communities and makes humanity impossible. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers... In winning our freedom, we will so appeal to you heart and conscience that we will win you in the process.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

My parents would always tell me that I should not hate the white man, but that it was my duty as a Christian to love him.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

I came to the conclusion that there is an existential moment in your life when you must decide to speak for yourself; nobody else can speak for you.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

A Church that has lost its voice for justice is a Church that has lost its relevance in the world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

I admire the good samaritan, but I don't want to be one.I don't want to spend my life picking up people by the side of the road after they have been beaten up and robbed.I want to change the Jericho road, so that everybody has an opportunity for a job, education, security, health.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Segregation...not only harms one physically but injures one spiritually...It scars the soul...It is a system which forever stares the segregated in the face, saying 'You are less than...''You are not equal to...'

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 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

I guess one of the great agonies of life is that we are constantly trying to finish that which is unfinishable

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Worship is as natural to the human family as the sing of the sun is to the cosmic order.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

It’s wrong to hate. It always has been wrong and it always will be wrong! It’s wrong in America, it’s wrong in Germany, it’s wrong in Russia, it’s wrong in China! It was wrong in two thousand B.C., and it’s wrong in nineteen fifty-four A.D.! It always has been wrong, and it always will be wrong!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

Capitalism started out with a noble and high motive, but like most human systems it fell victim to the very thing it was revolting against.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

You only need a heart full of grace

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Luther King Jr.

A man does not measure its height in moments of comfort, but in terms of change and controversy