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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.

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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. —Strength to Love

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience and comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education. ― Martin Luther King Jr.

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If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Intelligence plus character: that is the goal of a true education. –MLK, Jr.

We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.

Nonviolence is absolute commitment to the way of love. Love is not emotional bash; it is not empty sentimentalism. It is the active outpouring of one’s whole being into the being of another. -Martin Luther King

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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.

For when people get caught up with that which is right and they are willing to sacrifice for it, there is no stopping point short of victory.

The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for. ― Martin Luther King Jr.

One day we will learn that the heart can never be totally right when the head is totally wrong.

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.

If you can’t fly, run; if you can’t run, walk; if you can’t walk, crawl; but by all means keep moving. ― Martin Luther King Jr.

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

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. – Martin Luther King Jr.

We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

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We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.

Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.

Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality.

I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.

The time is always right to do what is right. –MLK, Jr.

We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. ― Martin Luther King Jr.

But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars. ― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. – From King’s famous

A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live. – Martin Luther King Jr.

We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Not everybody can be famous. But everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service… You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love. – Martin Luther King Jr.

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Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.

We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Darkness is only driven out with light, not more darkness. — Martin Luther King Jr.

True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.

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We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

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.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude. ― Martin Luther King Jr.

Let no man pull you so low as to hate him. -Martin Luther King Jr

That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability but comes through continuous struggle. –MLK, Jr.

Even in the inevitable moments when all seems hopeless, men know that without hope they cannot really live, and in agonizing desperation they cry for the bread of hope.

If you can’t fly, run; if you can’t run, walk; if you can’t walk, crawl; but by all means keep moving. ― Martin Luther King Jr.

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We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.

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. — Letter from Birmingham Jail

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. -Abraham Lincoln

We will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

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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.

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability but comes through continuous struggle. –MLK, Jr.

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.― Martin Luther King Jr.

Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.

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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We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.

There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.

True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. ― Martin Luther King Jr

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.

We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.

It is not enough to say ‘We must not wage war.’ It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war, but the positive affirmation of peace.

Courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear. – Martin Luther King Jr.

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We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.

We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

The evidence of Martin Luther King Jnr’s “I have a dream” declaration was a passionate confirmation of how a dream meant for liberation, success and fulfilled life can become true. ― Israelmore Ayivor

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. —Strength to Love,

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Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free… And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition. – Martin Luther King.

I have a dream that one day right there in Alabama little black boys and little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.

If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

What is wrong in the world today is that the nations of the world are engaged in a bitter, colossal contest for supremacy.

We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.

For when people get caught up with that which is right and they are willing to sacrifice for it, there is no stopping point short of victory. —“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude. ― Martin Luther King Jr.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

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If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way. ― Martin Luther King Jr.

We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people, but the silence over that by the good people.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Three simple words can describe the nature of the social revolution that is talking place and what Negroes really want. They are the words “all,” “now,” and “here.

We shall overcome because the arc of a moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.

Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. -Martin Luther King Jr

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

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. – Martin Luther King Jr.

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But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars. ― Martin Luther King Jr.

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor, it must be demanded by the oppressed.

We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war, but on the positive affirmation of peace.

The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows

For when people get caught up with that which is right and they are willing to sacrifice for it, there is no stopping point short of victory.

There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

We may all have come from different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.

From My Brother Martin, by Christine King Farris ― Martin Luther King Jr.

There is nothing more majestic than the determined courage of individuals willing to suffer and sacrifice for their freedom and dignity.

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

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People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.

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.

We must move past indecision to action. We must find new ways to speak for peace in Vietnam and for justice throughout the developing world, a world that borders on our doors. If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight. –Martin Luther King, Jr

Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

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martin luther king jr quotes on violence

In spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace.

A social movement that only moves people is merely a revolt. A movement that changes both people and institutions is a revolution.

A true revolution of values will lay hand on the world order and say of war, “This way of settling differences is not just.

To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness -Robert Muller

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

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Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

As long as there is racial privilege, racism will never end. – Wayne Gerard Trotman

Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself.

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. ― Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.

But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars. ― Martin Luther King Jr.

Only in the darkness can you see the stars. –MLK, Jr.

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Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a constant attitude.

The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.

No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for. ― Martin Luther King Jr.

The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase

Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. – Martin Luther King Jr

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend. Martin Luther King Jr.

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True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice. —Stride Toward Freedom

We can be knowledgable with other men’s knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men’s wisdom. -Michel de Montaigne

This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant. I believe that even amid today’s mortar bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow.

It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.

We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. – Martin Luther King Jr

No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.

Everybody can be great because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. ― Martin Luther King Jr.

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

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The God whom we worship is not a weak and incompetent God. He is able to beat back gigantic waves of opposition and to bring low prodigious mountains of evil. The ringing testimony of the Christian faith is that God is able.

In spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace.

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.

I am convinced that even violent temperaments can be channeled through nonviolent discipline, if they can act constructively and express through an effective channel their very legitimate anger.

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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.

We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war, but on the positive affirmation of peace.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Live like Jesus died yesterday, rose this morning, and is coming back tomorrow.

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

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Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.

To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education.

The group comprising father, mother, and kid is the major educational organization of mankind.

That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.

True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. -Martin Luther King Jr

Shoe 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.

Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that.

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The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows

We are not makers of history. We are made by history. strength on love.

We will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Let no man pull you low enough to hate him. –MLK, Jr.

If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.

We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor, it must be demanded by the oppressed.

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

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As my father explained during his lifetime, a riot is the language of the unheard.

Riots are the voices of the unheard. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.- MLK, Jr.

We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war, but on the positive affirmation of peace.

The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.

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. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

Riots are self defeating and socially destructive,

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.

Nonviolence is absolute commitment to the way of love. Love is not emotional bash; it is not empty sentimentalism. It is the active outpouring of one’s whole being into the being of another.

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Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

We must walk on in the days ahead with an audacious faith in the future.

We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.

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. ― Martin Luther King Jr.

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martin luther king jr unity quotes

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Every man of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits his convictions, but we must all protest.

We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters or perish together as fools.

Segregation is a blatant denial of the unity which we all have in Christ Jesus.

Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality. -Martin Luther King Jr.

 

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