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The limitation of riots,... The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.
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The moral arc of... The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.
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The more there are... The more there are riots, the more repressive action will take place, and the more we face the danger of a right-wing takeover and eventually a fascist society.
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The Negro needs the... The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears. The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt.
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The past is prophetic... The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows
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The principle of self... The principle of self defense, even involving weapons and bloodshed, has never been condemned, even by Gandhi.
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The quality, not the... The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.
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The question is not... The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be... The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.
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The soft-minded man always... The soft-minded man always fears change. He feels security in the status quo, and he has an almost morbid fear of the new. For him, the greatest pain is the pain of a new idea.
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The sweltering summer of... The sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.
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The time is always... The time is always right to do what is right.
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The ultimate measure of... The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
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The ultimate tragedy is... The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.
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There can be no... There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.
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There comes a time... There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.
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There comes a time... There comes a time when people get tired of being pushed out of the glittering sunlight of life’s July and left standing amid the piercing chill of an alpine November.
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There is no more... There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.
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There is nothing more... There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.
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Those who are not... Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.
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To other countries, I... To other countries, I may go as a tourist, but to India, I come as a pilgrim.
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Violence as a way... Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. I am not unmindful of the fact that violence often brings about momentary results. Nations have frequently won their independence in battle. But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace.
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War is a poor... War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.
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Wars are poor chisels... Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
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We are not makers... We are not makers of history. We are made by history.
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We are prone to... We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind.
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We cannot walk alone.... We cannot walk alone.
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We may have all... We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.
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We must accept finite... We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
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We must build dikes... We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.
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We must come to... We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.
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We must concentrate not... We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the positive affirmation of peace.
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We must develop and... We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
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We must learn to... We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
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We must use time... We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.
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We must use time... We must use time creatively.
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We who engage in... 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.
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We who in engage... We who in engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.
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We will remember not... We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
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What is wrong in... What is wrong in the world today is that the nations of the world are engaged in a bitter, colossal contest for supremacy.
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Whatever affects one directly,... 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.
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Whatever your life’s work... Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
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Whatever your life's work... Whatever your life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
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When we let freedom... When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!’
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When you are right... When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.
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Whoever has skill in... Whoever has skill in music is of good temperament and fitted for all things. We must teach music in schools.
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World peace through nonviolent... World peace through nonviolent means is neither absurd nor unattainable. All other methods have failed. Thus we must begin anew. Nonviolence is a good starting point. Those of us who believe in this method can be voices of reason, sanity, and understanding amid the voices of violence, hatred, and emotion. We can very well set a mood of peace out of which a system of peace can be built.
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You don’t have to... You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
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You have as much... You have as much laughter as you have faith.
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You will change your... You will change your mind; You will change your looks; You will change your smile,laugh, and ways but no matter what you change, you will always be you.
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