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All Quotes by author - Martin Luther King, Jr.
" A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. "
" A lie cannot live. "
" All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. "
" All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem. "
" Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better. "
" A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan. "
" A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom. "
" 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. "
" Any religion that professes to be concerned about the souls of men and is not concerned about the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them and the social conditions that cripple them is a spiritually moribund religion awaiting burial. "
" A right delayed is a right denied. "
" A riot is the language of the unheard. "
" At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love. "
" Capitalism does not permit an even flow of economic resources. With this system, a small privileged few are rich beyond conscience, and almost all others are doomed to be poor at some level. That's the way the system works. And since we know that the system will not change the rules, we are going to have to change the system. "
" Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent. "
" Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. "
" Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them. "
" Don't let anybody make you think God chose America as His divine messianic force to be a sort of policeman of the whole world. "
" Every man lives in two realms: the internal and the external. The internal is that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion. The external is that complex of devices, techniques, mechanisms, and instrumentalities by means of which we live. "
" Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. "
" Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see. "
" Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. "
" Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. "
" Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies - or else? The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted. "
" I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good. "
" 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 a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live. "
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