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A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defence than on
programmes of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.
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When you are right, you cannot be too radical. When you are wrong, you cannot be too
conservative.
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I have a dream that 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 the content of their character.
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Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.
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Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred
darkens life; love illuminates it.
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A man can't ride your back unless it's bent.
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We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor;
it must be demanded by the oppressed.
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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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Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.
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The ultimate solution to the race problem lies in the willingness of men to obey the
unenforceable.
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Cowardice asks the question, "Is it safe?" Expediency asks the question, "Is it politic?" And
Vanity comes along and 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 he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right.
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In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
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Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power;
religion gives man wisdom which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals
mainly with values. The two are not rivals. They are complementary.
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Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is
at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when
we look the other way.
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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
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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.
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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.
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We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
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Life's most persistent and urgent question is, "What are you doing for others?"
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If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo
painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep
streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, "Here lived a great
street sweeper who did his job well."
Martin Luther King Jr.

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