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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15 1929 – April 4 1968) was an American Baptist minister, doctor, civil rights activist, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize of 1964. He was the husband of Coretta Scott King, and father of Yolanda King and Martin Luther King III.

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1. “Second we must recognize that the evil deed of the enemy-neighbor, the thing that hurts, never quite expresses all that he is. An element of goodness may be found even in our worst enemy. Each of us is something of a schizophrenic personality, tragically divided against ourselves. A persistent civil war rages within all or our lives. Something within us causes us to lament with Ovid, the Latin poet, ‘I see and approve the better things, but follow the worse,’ or to agree with Plato that human personality is like a charioteer having two headstrong horses, each wanting to be go in a different direction, or to repeat with the Apostle Paul, ‘The good that I would I do not, but the evil which I would not, I do.’”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1950s: There are often multiple sources for some famous statements by King; as a professional speaker and minister he used some significant phrases with only slight variation many times in his essays, books, and his speeches to different audiences., 1957, Loving Your Enemies (Christmas 1957)

2. “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1963, Strength to Love (1963): Online text at Google Books Ch. 4 : Love in action, Sct. 3

3. “We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1963, I Have A Dream (1963): Delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. (full text online and audio and video links)

4. “We are not wrong, we are not wrong in what we are doing. If we are wrong, the Supreme Court of this nation is wrong. If we are wrong, the Constitution of the United States is wrong. And if we are wrong, God Almighty is wrong. If we are wrong, Jesus of Nazareth was merely a utopian dreamer that never came down to Earth. If we are wrong, justice is a lie, love has no meaning. And we are determined here in Montgomery to work and fight until ‘justice runs down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream.’”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1950s: There are often multiple sources for some famous statements by King; as a professional speaker and minister he used some significant phrases with only slight variation many times in his essays, books, and his speeches to different audiences. Address to the first Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) Mass Meeting, at Holt Street Baptist Church (5 December 1955). "Justice runs down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream" is a quotation of Amos 5:24 in the Bible.

5. “Let us move now from the practical how to the theoretical why: Why should we love our enemies? The first reason is fairly obvious. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, 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. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction. So when Jesus says ‘love your enemies,’ he is setting forth a profound and ultimately inescapable admonition. 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 we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1950s: There are often multiple sources for some famous statements by King; as a professional speaker and minister he used some significant phrases with only slight variation many times in his essays, books, and his speeches to different audiences., 1957, Loving Your Enemies (Christmas 1957) This passage contains some phrases King later used in "Where Do We Go From Here?" (1967) which has a section below.

6. “I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action’; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a ‘more convenient season.’ Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1963, Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963): Response to an open letter by fellow clergyman criticizing his participation in civil rights demonstrations (16 April 1963) – full text online

7. “There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1963, Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963): Response to an open letter by fellow clergyman criticizing his participation in civil rights demonstrations (16 April 1963) – full text online

8. “The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges. But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1963, I Have A Dream (1963): Delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. (full text online and audio and video links)

9. “And in a real sense this afternoon, we can say that our feet are tired, but our souls are rested. They told us we wouldn’t get here. And there were those who said that we would get here only over their dead bodies, (but all the world today knows that we are here and we are standing before the forces of power in the state of Alabama saying, ‘We ain’t goin’ let nobody turn us around.’”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1965, How Long, Not Long (1965): The speech is also known as "Our God is Marching On!" and was delieverd in Montgomery, Alabama (25 March 1965)

10. “There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our neglect. Omar Khayyam is right: ‘The moving finger writes, and having writ moves on.’”

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1967, Beyond Vietnam (1967)

11. “This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, ‘My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.’ And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California! But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee! Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1963, I Have A Dream (1963): Delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. (full text online and audio and video links)

12. “‘We must never substitute a doctrine of Black supremacy for white supremacy. For the doctrine of Black supremacy is as dangerous as white supremacy. God is not interested merely in the freedom of black men and brown men and yellow men but God is interested in the freedom of the whole human race, the creation of a society where all men will live together as brothers’”

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Source: Undated , 1960s "Social Justice and the Emerging New Age" address at the Herman W. Read Fieldhouse, Western Michigan University (18 December 1963)

13. “Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1963, Strength to Love (1963): Online text at Google Books Last paragraph of section III of Antidotes for fear, page 122 (see link at top of the section)

14. “True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1950s: There are often multiple sources for some famous statements by King; as a professional speaker and minister he used some significant phrases with only slight variation many times in his essays, books, and his speeches to different audiences. In a 1955 response to an accusation that he was "disturbing the peace" by his activism during the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, as quoted in Let the Trumpet Sound : A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr (1982) by Stephen B. Oates

15. “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!’”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1963, I Have A Dream (1963): Delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. (full text online and audio and video links)

16. “Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1963, Strength to Love (1963): Online text at Google Books Ch. 2 : Transformed nonconformist

17. “You may well ask: ‘Why direct action? Why sit ins, marches and so forth? Isn't negotiation a better path?’ You are quite right in calling for negotiation. Indeed, this is the very purpose of direct action. Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored. My citing the creation of tension as part of the work of the nonviolent resister may sound rather shocking. But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word ‘tension.’ I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth. Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal, so must we see the need for nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood. The purpose of our direct action program is to create a situation so crisis packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1963, Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963): Response to an open letter by fellow clergyman criticizing his participation in civil rights demonstrations (16 April 1963) – full text online

18. “There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1963, Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963): Response to an open letter by fellow clergyman criticizing his participation in civil rights demonstrations (16 April 1963) – full text online

19. “Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1963, Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963): Response to an open letter by fellow clergyman criticizing his participation in civil rights demonstrations (16 April 1963) – full text online

20. “One may well ask: ‘How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?’ The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that ‘an unjust law is no law at all.’”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1963, Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963): Response to an open letter by fellow clergyman criticizing his participation in civil rights demonstrations (16 April 1963) – full text online

21. “We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was ‘legal’ and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was ‘illegal.’”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1964, The Quest for Peace and Justice (1964): Martin Luther King's Nobel Lecture, delivered in the Auditorium of the University of Oslo at December 11, 1964

23. “In any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: collection of the facts to determine whether injustices exist; negotiation; self purification; and direct action.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1963, Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963): Response to an open letter by fellow clergyman criticizing his participation in civil rights demonstrations (16 April 1963) – full text online

24. “It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1963, I Have A Dream (1963): Delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. (full text online and audio and video links)

25. “I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1963, I Have A Dream (1963): Delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. (full text online and audio and video links)

26. “How long? Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1965, How Long, Not Long (1965): The speech is also known as "Our God is Marching On!" and was delieverd in Montgomery, Alabama (25 March 1965)

27. “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. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial ‘outside agitator’ idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1963, Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963): Response to an open letter by fellow clergyman criticizing his participation in civil rights demonstrations (16 April 1963) – full text online

28. “We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct action campaign that was ‘well timed’ in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word ‘Wait!’ It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This ‘Wait’ has almost always meant ‘Never.’ We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that ‘justice too long delayed is justice denied.’”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1963, Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963): Response to an open letter by fellow clergyman criticizing his participation in civil rights demonstrations (16 April 1963) – full text online

29. “Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. 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.’ I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a 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 an oasis of freedom and justice. 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. I have a dream today.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1963, I Have A Dream (1963): Delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. (full text online and audio and video links)

30. “‘An individual has not begun to live until he can rise above the narrow horizons of his particular individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. And this is one of the big problems of life, that so many people never quite get to the point of rising above self. And so they end up the tragic victims of self-centeredness. They end up the victims of distorted and disrupted personality.’”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1950s: There are often multiple sources for some famous statements by King; as a professional speaker and minister he used some significant phrases with only slight variation many times in his essays, books, and his speeches to different audiences. ''Conquering Self-centeredness, Sermon Delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church on 11 August 1957 in Montgomery, Alabama; page 3

31. “Never before have I written so long a letter. I'm afraid it is much too long to take your precious time. I can assure you that it would have been much shorter if I had been writing from a comfortable desk, but what else can one do when he is alone in a narrow jail cell, other than write long letters, think long thoughts, and pray long prayers?”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1963, Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963): Response to an open letter by fellow clergyman criticizing his participation in civil rights demonstrations (16 April 1963) – full text online

32. “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.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1968, I've Been to the Mountaintop (1968): Speech delivered at Bishop Charles Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee (3 April 1968)

33. “In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law, as would the rabid segregationist. That would lead to anarchy. One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty. I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1963, Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963): Response to an open letter by fellow clergyman criticizing his participation in civil rights demonstrations (16 April 1963) – full text online

34. “Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself, and that is what has happened to the American Negro. Something within has reminded him of his birthright of freedom, and something without has reminded him that it can be gained.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1963, Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963): Response to an open letter by fellow clergyman criticizing his participation in civil rights demonstrations (16 April 1963) – full text online

35. “I have consistently preached that nonviolence demands that the means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek. I have tried to make clear that it is wrong to use immoral means to attain moral ends. But now I must affirm that it is just as wrong, or perhaps even more so, to use moral means to preserve immoral ends.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1963, Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963): Response to an open letter by fellow clergyman criticizing his participation in civil rights demonstrations (16 April 1963) – full text online

36. “All we say to America is, ‘Be true to what you said on paper.’ If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country, maybe I could understand the denial of certain basic First Amendment privileges, because they hadn't committed themselves to that over there. But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of the press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right. And so just as I say, we aren't going to let any injunction turn us around. We are going on.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1968, I've Been to the Mountaintop (1968): Speech delivered at Bishop Charles Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee (3 April 1968)

37. “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.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s As quoted in The Civil Sphere (2006) by Jeffrey C. Alexander, p. 388

38. “The Negro has many pent up resentments and latent frustrations, and he must release them. So let him march; let him make prayer pilgrimages to the city hall; let him go on freedom rides -and try to understand why he must do so. If his repressed emotions are not released in nonviolent ways, they will seek expression through violence; this is not a threat but a fact of history.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1963, Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963): Response to an open letter by fellow clergyman criticizing his participation in civil rights demonstrations (16 April 1963) – full text online

39. “Perhaps I was too optimistic; perhaps I expected too much. I suppose I should have realized that few members of the oppressor race can understand the deep groans and passionate yearnings of the oppressed race, and still fewer have the vision to see that injustice must be rooted out by strong, persistent and determined action.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1963, Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963): Response to an open letter by fellow clergyman criticizing his participation in civil rights demonstrations (16 April 1963) – full text online

40. “I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’ society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1967, Beyond Vietnam (1967)

41. “Be concerned about your brother. You may not be on strike. But either we go up together, or we go down together.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1968, I've Been to the Mountaintop (1968): Speech delivered at Bishop Charles Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee (3 April 1968)

42. “Ultimately a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s "Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution", an address at the Episcopal National Cathedral, Washington D.C. (31 March 1968)

43. “We've got to stay together and maintain unity. You know, whenever Pharaoh wanted to prolong the period of slavery in Egypt, he had a favorite, favorite formula for doing it. What was that? He kept the slaves fighting among themselves. But whenever the slaves get together, something happens in Pharaoh's court, and he cannot hold the slaves in slavery. When the slaves get together, that's the beginning of getting out of slavery. Now let us maintain unity.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1968, I've Been to the Mountaintop (1968): Speech delivered at Bishop Charles Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee (3 April 1968)

44. “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. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige and even his life for the welfare of others.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1963, Strength to Love (1963): Online text at Google Books Strength to Love, p. 25

45. “It's all right to talk about ‘long white robes over yonder,’ in all of its symbolism. But ultimately people want some suits and dresses and shoes to wear down here. It's all right to talk about ‘streets flowing with milk and honey,’ but God has commanded us to be concerned about the slums down here, and his children who can't eat three square meals a day. It's all right to talk about the new Jerusalem, but one day, God's preacher must talk about the New York, the new Atlanta, the new Philadelphia, the new Los Angeles, the new Memphis, Tennessee. This is what we have to do.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1968, I've Been to the Mountaintop (1968): Speech delivered at Bishop Charles Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee (3 April 1968)

46. “We aren't going to let any mace stop us. We are masters in our nonviolent movement in disarming police forces; they don't know what to do.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1968, I've Been to the Mountaintop (1968): Speech delivered at Bishop Charles Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee (3 April 1968)

47. “Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation. And I want to thank God, once more, for allowing me to be here with you.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1968, I've Been to the Mountaintop (1968): Speech delivered at Bishop Charles Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee (3 April 1968)

48. “I'm delighted to see each of you here tonight in spite of a storm warning. You reveal that you are determined to go on anyhow. Something is happening in Memphis, something is happening in our world.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1968, I've Been to the Mountaintop (1968): Speech delivered at Bishop Charles Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee (3 April 1968)

49. “We aren't engaged in any negative protest and in any negative arguments with anybody. We are saying that we are determined to be men. We are determined to be people. We are saying that we are God's children. And that we don't have to live like we are forced to live.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1968, I've Been to the Mountaintop (1968): Speech delivered at Bishop Charles Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee (3 April 1968)

50. “I submit to you that 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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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1963, Cobo Center speech (1963): Speech during the Great March on Detroit at Cobo Hall (23 June 1963). The speech is a direct predecessor to King's "I Have A Dream" (see section below), because two months before the March on Washington, King stood before a throng of 150,000 people at Cobo Hall in Detroit to expound upon making “the American Dream a reality”. King repeatedly exclaimed, “I have a dream this afternoon”.

51. “What is lacking is not sufficient knowledge of the solution but universal consciousness of the gravity of the problem and education of the billions who are its victims.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1966, Family Planning - A Special and Urgent Concern

52. “We must stand up and say, ‘I'm black and I'm beautiful,’ and this self-affirmation is the black man's need, made compelling by the white man's crimes against him.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1967, Where Do We Go From Here? (1967): Address to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (16 August 1967)

53. “I remember when Mrs. King and I were first in Jerusalem. We rented a car and drove from Jerusalem down to Jericho. And as soon as we got on that road, I said to my wife, ‘I can see why Jesus used this as a setting for his parable.’ It's a winding, meandering road. It's really conducive for ambushing. You start out in Jerusalem, which is about 1200 miles, or rather 1200 feet above sea level. And by the time you get down to Jericho, fifteen or twenty minutes later, you're about 2200 feet below sea level. That's a dangerous road. In the day of Jesus it came to be known as the ‘Bloody Pass.’ And you know, it's possible that the priest and the Levite looked over that man on the ground and wondered if the robbers were still around. Or it's possible that they felt that the man on the ground was merely faking. And he was acting like he had been robbed and hurt, in order to seize them over there, lure them there for quick and easy seizure. And so the first question that the Levite asked was, ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1968, I've Been to the Mountaintop (1968): Speech delivered at Bishop Charles Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee (3 April 1968)

54. “Somewhere somebody must have some sense. Men must see that force begets force, hate begets hate, toughness begets toughness. And it is all a descending spiral, ultimately ending in destruction for all and everybody. Somebody must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate and the chain of evil in the universe. And you do that by love.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1950s: There are often multiple sources for some famous statements by King; as a professional speaker and minister he used some significant phrases with only slight variation many times in his essays, books, and his speeches to different audiences., 1957, Loving Your Enemies (November 1957): Delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama, on 17 November 1957.

55. “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s Speech to the Second National Convention of the Medical Committee for Human Rights – Chicago, March 25, 1966, as quoted in "America's Forgotten Civil Right - Healthcare" by the the Forbes.com Dan Munro on August 28, 2013 See also: Tracking Down Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Words on Health Care by The Huffington Post's Amanda Moore on August 18, 2013.

56. “History is a great teacher. Now everyone knows that the labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production. Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s Speaking to the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO) on Dec. 11, 1961 Source: Now Is the Time. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Labor in the South: The Case for a Coalition. Booklet prepared by the Southern Labor Institute under the auspices of the Labor Subcommittee of the King Holiday Commission, designed by the AFT and printed by AFSCME. January 1986.

57. “Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, ‘Love your enemies.’ It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. That’s why Jesus says, ‘Love your enemies.’ Because if you hate your enemies, you have no way to redeem and to transform your enemies. But if you love your enemies, you will discover that at the very root of love is the power of redemption. You just keep loving people and keep loving them, even though they’re mistreating you. Here’s the person who is a neighbor, and this person is doing something wrong to you and all of that. Just keep being friendly to that person. Keep loving them. Don’t do anything to embarrass them. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with bitterness because they’re mad because you love them like that. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1950s: There are often multiple sources for some famous statements by King; as a professional speaker and minister he used some significant phrases with only slight variation many times in his essays, books, and his speeches to different audiences., 1957, Loving Your Enemies (November 1957): Delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama, on 17 November 1957.

58. “Call it democracy, or call it democratic socialism, but there must be a better distribution of wealth within this country for all God’s children.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s May 1965 speech to the Negro American Labor Council. Quoted in Thomas F. Jackson, From Civil Rights to Human Rights: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Struggle for Economic Justice. (2009) p. 230.

59. “An unjust law is a code that a majority inflicts on a minority that is not binding on itself. This is difference made legal. On the other hand a just law is a code that a majority compels a minority to follow that it is willing to follow itself. This is sameness made legal.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1963, Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963): Response to an open letter by fellow clergyman criticizing his participation in civil rights demonstrations (16 April 1963) – full text online

60. “The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1963, I Have A Dream (1963): Delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. (full text online and audio and video links)

61. “Let us be dissatisfied until America will no longer have a high blood pressure of creeds and an anemia of deeds.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source and Related Info: Undated , 1960s, 1967, Where Do We Go From Here? (1967): Address to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (16 August 1967) Let us be dissatisfied until the tragic walls that separate the outer city of wealth and comfort from the inner city of poverty and despair shall be crushed by the battering rams of the forces of justice.
Let us be dissatisfied until those who live on the outskirts of hope are brought into the metropolis of daily security.
• Let us be dissatisfied until slums are cast into the junk heaps of history, and every family will live in a decent, sanitary home.
• Let us be dissatisfied until the dark yesterdays of segregated schools will be transformed into bright tomorrows of quality integrated education.
• Let us be dissatisfied until integration is not seen as a problem but as an opportunity to participate in the beauty of diversity.
Let us be dissatisfied until men and women, however black they may be, will be judged on the basis of the content of their character, not on the basis of the color of their skin. Let us be dissatisfied.
• Let us be dissatisfied until every state capitol will be housed by a governor who will do justly, who will love mercy, and who will walk humbly with his God.
Let us be dissatisfied until from every city hall, justice will roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. Let us be dissatisfied until that day when the lion and the lamb shall lie down together, and every man will sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid. Let us be dissatisfied. And men will recognize that out of one blood God made all men to dwell upon the face of the earth. Let us be dissatisfied until that day when nobody will shout "White Power!" — when nobody will shout "Black Power!" — but everybody will talk about God's power and human power.

62. “The slums are the handiwork of a vicious system of the white society; Negroes live in them but do not make them any more than a prisoner makes a prison.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1967, The Role of the Behavioral Scientist in the Civil Rights Movement (1967): Address at the American Psychological Association's 1967 Annual Convention in Washington, D.C. (September 1967)

63. “Another reason that I'm happy to live in this period is that we have been forced to a point where we're going to have to grapple with the problems that men have been trying to grapple with through history, but the demands didn't force them to do it. Survival demands that we grapple with them. Men, for years now, have been talking about war and peace. But now, no longer can they just talk about it. It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it's nonviolence or nonexistence.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1968, I've Been to the Mountaintop (1968): Speech delivered at Bishop Charles Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee (3 April 1968)

64. “Far from being the pious injunction of a utopian dreamer, this command is an absolute necessity for the survival of our civilization. Yes, it is love that will save our world and our civilization, love even for enemies.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1950s: There are often multiple sources for some famous statements by King; as a professional speaker and minister he used some significant phrases with only slight variation many times in his essays, books, and his speeches to different audiences., 1957, Loving Your Enemies (November 1957): Delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama, on 17 November 1957.

65. “The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress. Out of its bold struggles, economic and social reform gave birth to unemployment insurance, old-age pensions, government relief for the destitute and, above all, new wage levels that meant not mere survival but a tolerable life. The captains of industry did not lead this transformation; they resisted it until they were overcome. When in the thirties the wave of union organization crested over the nation, it carried to secure shores not only itself but the whole society.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s Speech to the state convention of the Illinois American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO), Oct. 7, 1965. Source: Now Is the Time. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Labor in the South: The Case for a Coalition. Booklet prepared by the Southern Labor Institute under the auspices of the Labor Subcommittee of the King Holiday Commission, designed by the AFT and printed by AFSCME. January 1986.

66. “Negroes are not the only poor in the nation. There are nearly twice as many white poor as Negro, and therefore the struggle against poverty is not involved solely with color or racial discrimination but with elementary economic justice….”

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Source: Undated , 1960s Speaking to shop stewards of Local 815, Teamsters and the Allied Trades Council, May 2, 1967 Source: Now Is the Time. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Labor in the South: The Case for a Coalition. Booklet prepared by the Southern Labor Institute under the auspices of the Labor Subcommittee of the King Holiday Commission, designed by the AFT and printed by AFSCME. January 1986.

67. “I accept this award today with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind. I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history. I refuse to accept the idea that the ‘isness’ of man's present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal ‘oughtness’ that forever confronts him. I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsam and jetsam in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of thermonuclear destruction. 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.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1964, Nobel Prize acceptance speech (1964): Martin Luther King's Acceptance Speech, on the occasion of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, December 10, 1964

68. “This faith can give us courage to face the uncertainties of the future. It will give our tired feet new strength as we continue our forward stride toward the city of freedom. When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds and our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, we will know that we are living in the creative turmoil of a genuine civilization struggling to be born.”

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1964, Nobel Prize acceptance speech (1964): Martin Luther King's Acceptance Speech, on the occasion of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, December 10, 1964

69. “We will not build a peaceful world by following a negative path. 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 on the positive affirmation of peace. There is a fascinating little story that is preserved for us in Greek literature about Ulysses and the Sirens. The Sirens had the ability to sing so sweetly that sailors could not resist steering toward their island. Many ships were lured upon the rocks, and men forgot home, duty, and honor as they flung themselves into the sea to be embraced by arms that drew them down to death. Ulysses, determined not to be lured by the Sirens, first decided to tie himself tightly to the mast of his boat, and his crew stuffed their ears with wax. But finally he and his crew learned a better way to save themselves: they took on board the beautiful singer Orpheus whose melodies were sweeter than the music of the Sirens. When Orpheus sang, who bothered to listen to the Sirens? So we must fix our vision not merely on the negative expulsion of war, but upon the positive affirmation of peace. We must see that peace represents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody that is far superior to the discords of war.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1964, The Quest for Peace and Justice (1964): Martin Luther King's Nobel Lecture, delivered in the Auditorium of the University of Oslo at December 11, 1964

70. “We’ve been in the mountain of war. We’ve been in the mountain of violence. We’ve been in the mountain of hatred long enough. It is necessary to move on now, but only by moving out of this mountain can we move to the promised land of justice and brotherhood and the Kingdom of God. It all boils down to the fact that we must never allow ourselves to become satisfied with unattained goals. We must always maintain a kind of divine discontent.”

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1965, Keep Moving From This Mountain (1965)

71. “There is no human circumstance more tragic than the persisting existence of a harmful condition for which a remedy is readily available. Family planning, to relate population to world resources, is possible, practical and necessary. Unlike plagues of the dark ages or contemporary diseases we do not yet understand, the modern plague of overpopulation is soluble by means we have discovered and with resources we possess.”

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1966, Family Planning - A Special and Urgent Concern

72. “Here is the true meaning and value of compassion and nonviolence, when it helps us to see the enemy's point of view, to hear his questions, to know his assessment of ourselves. For from his view we may indeed see the basic weaknesses of our own condition, and if we are mature, we may learn and grow and profit from the wisdom of the brothers who are called the opposition.”

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1967, Beyond Vietnam (1967)

73. “There is something strangely inconsistent about a nation and a press that would praise you when you say, ‘Be nonviolent toward Jim Clark,’ but will curse and damn you when you say, ‘Be nonviolent toward little brown Vietnamese children.’ There is something wrong with that press.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1967, Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam (1967): Speech at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia (30 April 1967) This speech is similarly in style and themes to "Beyond Vietnam (1967)" (see above), but offers a less detailled view with respect to the early US involvement in the Vietnam War than the "Beyond Vietnam" speech.

74. “Now, in order to answer the question, ‘Where do we go from here?’ which is our theme, we must first honestly recognize where we are now. When the Constitution was written, a strange formula to determine taxes and representation declared that the Negro was sixty percent of a person. Today another curious formula seems to declare that he is fifty percent of a person. Of the good things in life, the Negro has approximately one half those of whites. of the bad things of life, he has twice those of whites. Thus half of all Negroes live in substandard housing. And Negroes have half the income of whites. When we view the negative experiences of life, the Negro has a double share. There are twice as many unemployed. The rate of infant mortality among Negroes is double that of whites and there are twice as many Negroes dying in Vietnam as whites in proportion to their size in the population.”

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1967, Where Do We Go From Here? (1967): Address to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (16 August 1967)

75. “A host of positive psychological changes inevitably will result from widespread economic security. The dignity of the individual will flourish when the decisions concerning his life are in his own hands, when he has the means to seek self-improvement. Personal conflicts among husbands, wives and children will diminish when the unjust measurement of human worth on the scale of dollars is eliminated.”

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1967, Where Do We Go From Here? (1967): Address to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (16 August 1967)

76. “We all have the drum major instinct. We all want to be important, to surpass others, to achieve distinction, to lead the parade. … And the great issue of life is to harness the drum major instinct. It is a good instinct if you don't distort it and pervert it. Don't give it up. Keep feeling the need for being important. Keep feeling the need for being first. But I want you to be the first in love. I want you to be the first in moral excellence. I want you to be the first in generosity.”

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1968, The Drum Major Instinct (1968): Sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia (4 February 1968) King's "Drum Major Instinct" sermon was an adaptation of the 1952 homily ‘‘Drum-Major Instincts’’ by J. Wallace Hamilton, a well-known, liberal, white Methodist preacher. King encouraged his congregation to seek greatness, but to do so through service and love. King concluded the sermon by imagining his own funeral, downplaying his famous achievements and emphasizing his heart to do right.

77. “True greatness comes not by favoritism, but by fitness.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1968, The Drum Major Instinct (1968): Sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia (4 February 1968) King's "Drum Major Instinct" sermon was an adaptation of the 1952 homily ‘‘Drum-Major Instincts’’ by J. Wallace Hamilton, a well-known, liberal, white Methodist preacher. King encouraged his congregation to seek greatness, but to do so through service and love. King concluded the sermon by imagining his own funeral, downplaying his famous achievements and emphasizing his heart to do right.

78. “We, the disinherited of this land, we who have been oppressed so long, are tired of going through the long night of captivity. And now we are reaching out for the daybreak of freedom and justice and equality.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1950s: There are often multiple sources for some famous statements by King; as a professional speaker and minister he used some significant phrases with only slight variation many times in his essays, books, and his speeches to different audiences. Montgomery Bus Boycott speech, at Holt Street Baptist Church (5 December 1955).

79. “Your ultimate allegiance is not to the government, not to the state, not to nation, not to any man-made institution. The Christian owes his ultimate allegiance to God, and if any earthly institution conflicts with God's will it is your Christian duty to take a stand against it. You must never allow the transitory evanescent demands of man-made institutions to take precedence over the eternal demands of the Almighty God.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1950s: There are often multiple sources for some famous statements by King; as a professional speaker and minister he used some significant phrases with only slight variation many times in his essays, books, and his speeches to different audiences. “Paul's Letter to American Christians", Sermon delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama, on 4 November 1956.

80. “Let us be practical and ask the question: How do we love our enemies?”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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81. “Third we must not seek to defeat or humiliate the enemy but to win his friendship and understanding. At times we are able to humiliate our worst enemy. Inevitably, his weak moments come and we are able to thrust in his side the spear of defeat. But this we must not do. Every word and deed must contribute to an understanding with the enemy and release those vast reservoirs of goodwill which have been blocked by impenetrable walls of hate.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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82. “Let us therefore continue our triumphal march to the realization of the American dream…. for all of us today, the battle is in our hands... The road ahead is not altogether a smooth one. There are no broad highways that lead us easily and inevitably to quick solutions... We are still in for the season of suffering... How long? Not long. Because no lie can live forever... our God is marching on.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s Speech on the steps of the State Capitol Building, Montgomery, Alabama (March 25, 1965), as transcribed from a tape recording; reported in Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations (1989), which states that this speech was not reported in its entirety.

83. “It may well be that we will have to repent in this generation. Not merely for the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, ‘Wait on time.’”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s "Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution", sermon at the National Cathedral, 31 March 1968, published in A Testament of Hope (1986)

84. “I say to you that our goal is freedom, and I believe we are going to get there because however much she strays away from it, the goal of America is freedom. Abused and scorned though we may be as a people, our destiny is tied up in the destiny of America.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s "Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution" (31 March 1968)

85. “Someone once wrote: ‘When you are right, you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.’ The Negro knows he is right. page 123”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1964, Why We Can't Wait (1964): Book, expanded from Letter from a Birmingham Jail.

86. “I think Alfred Nobel would know what I mean when I say that I accept this award in the spirit of a curator of some precious heirloom which he holds in trust for its true owners — all those to whom beauty is truth and truth beauty — and in whose eyes the beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1964, Nobel Prize acceptance speech (1964): Martin Luther King's Acceptance Speech, on the occasion of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, December 10, 1964

87. “There is a sort of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring contrast to our scientific and technological abundance. The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1964, The Quest for Peace and Justice (1964): Martin Luther King's Nobel Lecture, delivered in the Auditorium of the University of Oslo at December 11, 1964

88. “The time has come for an all-out world war against poverty. The rich nations must use their vast resources of wealth to develop the underdeveloped, school the unschooled, and feed the unfed. Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. No individual or nation can be great if it does not have a concern for ‘the least of these’. Deeply etched in the fiber of our religious tradition is the conviction that men are made in the image of God and that they are souls of infinite metaphysical value, the heirs of a legacy of dignity and worth. If we feel this as a profound moral fact, we cannot be content to see men hungry, to see men victimized with starvation and ill health when we have the means to help them. The wealthy nations must go all out to bridge the gulf between the rich minority and the poor majority.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1964, The Quest for Peace and Justice (1964): Martin Luther King's Nobel Lecture, delivered in the Auditorium of the University of Oslo at December 11, 1964

89. “Somehow we must transform the dynamics of the world power struggle from the negative nuclear arms race which no one can win to a positive contest to harness man's creative genius for the purpose of making peace and prosperity a reality for all of the nations of the world. In short, we must shift the arms race into a ‘peace race’. If we have the will and determination to mount such a peace offensive, we will unlock hitherto tightly sealed doors of hope and transform our imminent cosmic elegy into a psalm of creative fulfillment.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1964, The Quest for Peace and Justice (1964): Martin Luther King's Nobel Lecture, delivered in the Auditorium of the University of Oslo at December 11, 1964

90. “Each of us lives in two realms, the ‘within’ and the ‘without.’ The within of our lives is somehow found in the realm of ends, the without in the realm of means. The within of our [lives], the bottom — that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion for which at best we live. The without of our lives is that realm of instrumentalities, techniques, mechanisms by which we live. Now the great temptation of life and the great tragedy of life is that so often we allow the without of our lives to absorb the within of our lives. The great tragedy of life is that too often we allow the means by which we live to outdistance the ends for which we live.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1965, Keep Moving From This Mountain (1965)

91. “Now, it should be incandescently clear that no one who has any concern for the integrity and life of America today can ignore the present war. If America's soul becomes totally poisoned, part of the autopsy must read: Vietnam. It can never be saved so long as it destroys the deepest hopes of men the world over. So it is that those of us who are yet determined that America will be — are — are led down the path of protest and dissent, working for the health of our land.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1967, Beyond Vietnam (1967)

92. “We can no longer afford to worship the god of hate or bow before the altar of retaliation. The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate. And history is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path of hate.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1967, Beyond Vietnam (1967)

93. “Communism forgets that life is individual. Capitalism forgets that life is social, and the kingdom of brotherhood is found neither in the thesis of communism nor the antithesis of capitalism but in a higher synthesis. It is found in a higher synthesis that combines the truths of both. Now, when I say question the whole society, it means ultimately coming to see that the problem of racism, the problem of exploitation, and the problem of war are all tied together. These are the triple evils that are interrelated.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: Undated , 1960s, 1967, Where Do We Go From Here? (1967): Address to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (16 August 1967)

94. “An Individual has not started living fully until they can rise above the narrow confines of individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of humanity. Every person must decide at some point, whether they will walk in light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment: Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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95. “It is impossible to understand the significance of Christ without understanding the whole history of Biblical religion.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Source: The eternal significance of Christ, as found in the outline of a sermon on 2 Corinthians; The King Center.

96. “There is something in this universe that justifies the biblical writer in saying, ‘You shall reap what you sow.’ This is a law-abiding universe. This is a moral universe. It hinges on moral foundations. If we are to make of this a better world, we've got to go back and rediscover that precious value that we've left behind.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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97. “The most dangerous type of atheism is not theoretical atheism, but practical atheism —that's the most dangerous type. And the world, even the church, is filled up with people who pay lip service to God and not life service. And there is always a danger that we will make it appear externally that we believe in God when internally we don't. We say with our mouths that we believe in him, but we live with our lives like he never existed. That is the ever-present danger confronting religion. That's a dangerous type of atheism.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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98. “You know my friends, there comes a time when people get tired of being trampled by the iron feet of oppression. There comes a time my friends, when people get tired of being plunged across the abyss of humiliation, where they experience the bleakness of nagging despair. 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. There comes a time.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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99. “We are here, we are here this evening because we're tired now. And I want to say that we are not here advocating violence. We have never done that. I want it to be known throughout Montgomery and throughout this nation that we are Christian people. We believe in the Christian religion. We believe in the teachings of Jesus. The only weapon that we have in our hands this evening is the weapon of protest. That's all.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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100. “Whatever we do, we must keep God in the forefront. Let us be Christian in all of our actions. But I want to tell you this evening that it is not enough for us to talk about love, love is one of the pivotal points of the Christian face, faith. There is another side called justice. And justice is really love in calculation. Justice is love correcting that which revolts against love.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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101. “If you have weapons, take them home; if you do not have them, please do not seek to get them. We cannot solve this problem through retaliatory violence. We must meet violence with nonviolence. Remember the words of Jesus: ‘He who lives by the sword will perish by the sword.’ We must love our white brothers, no matter what they do to us. We must make them know that we love them. Jesus still cries out in words that echo across the centuries: ‘Love your enemies; bless them that curse you; pray for them that despitefully use you.’ This is what we must live by. We must meet hate with love. Remember, if I am stopped, this movement will not stop, because God is with the movement. Go home with this glowing faith and this radiant assurance.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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102. “Man is man because he is free to operate within the framework of his destiny. He is free to deliberate, to make decisions, and to choose between alternatives. He is distinguished from animals by his freedom to do evil or to do good and to walk the high road of beauty or tread the low road of ugly degeneracy.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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103. “Tolstoy, the Russian writer, said in War and Peace: ‘I cannot conceive of a man not being free unless he is dead.’ While this statement sounds a bit exaggerated, it gets at a basic truth. What Tolstoy is saying in substance is that the absence of freedom is the presence of death. Any nation or government that deprives an individual of freedom is in that moment committing an act of moral and spiritual murder. Any individual who is not concerned about his freedom commits an act of moral and spiritual suicide.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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104. “There is something in this universe that justifies the biblical writer in saying, ‘You shall reap what you sow.’ This is a law-abiding universe. This is a moral universe. It hinges on moral foundations. If we are to make of this a better world, we've got to go back and rediscover that precious value that we've left behind.”

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Rediscovering Lost Values, Sermon delivered at Detroit's Second Baptist Church (28 February 1954).)

105. “If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover these precious values: that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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106. “We must meet hate with love. We must meet physical force with soul force. There is still a voice crying out through the vista of time, saying: ‘Love your enemies , bless them that curse you , pray for them that despitefully use you.’ Then, and only then, can you matriculate into the university of eternal life. That same voice cries out in terms lifted to cosmic proportions: ‘He who lives by the sword will perish by the sword.’ And history is replete with the bleached bones of nations that failed to follow this command. We must follow nonviolence and love.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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107. “An individual has not begun to live until he can rise above the narrow horizons of his particular individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. And this is one of the big problems of life, that so many people never quite get to the point of rising above self. And so they end up the tragic victims of self-centeredness. They end up the victims of distorted and disrupted personality.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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108. “The success of communism in the world today is due to the failure of democracy to live up to the noble ideals and principles inherent in its system. And this is what Jesus means when he said: ‘How is it that you can see the mote in your brother’s eye and not see the beam in your own eye?’ Or to put it in Moffatt’s translation: ‘How is it that you see the splinter in your brother’s eye and fail to see the plank in your own eye?’ And this is one of the tragedies of human nature. So we begin to love our enemies and love those persons that hate us whether in collective life or individual life by looking at ourselves. And this is one of the tragedies of human nature. So we begin to love our enemies and love those persons that hate us whether in collective life or individual life by looking at ourselves.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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109. “A second thing that an individual must do in seeking to love his enemy is to discover the element of good in his enemy, and everytime you begin to hate that person and think of hating that person, realize that there is some good there and look at those good points which will over-balance the bad points.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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110. “Another way is to acquiesce and to give in, to resign yourself to the oppression. Some people do that. They discover the difficulties of the wilderness moving into the promised land, and they would rather go back to the despots of Egypt because it’s difficult to get in the promised land. And so they resign themselves to the fate of oppression; they somehow acquiesce to this thing. But that too isn’t the way because non-cooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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111. “But there is another way. And that is to organize mass non-violent resistance based on the principle of love. It seems to me that this is the only way as our eyes look to the future. As we look out across the years and across the generations, let us develop and move right here. We must discover the power of love, the power, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that we will be able to make of this old world a new world. We will be able to make men better. Love is the only way.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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112. “Jesus is not an impractical idealist; he is the practical realist.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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113. “I am certain that Jesus understood the difficulty inherent in the act of loving one's enemy. He never joined the ranks of those who talk glibly about the easiness of the moral life. He realized that every genuine expression of love grows out of a consistent and total surrender to God. So when Jesus said ‘love your enemy,’ he was not unmindful of its stringent qualities. Yet he meant every word of it. Our responsibility as Christians is to discover the meaning of this command and seek passionately to live it out in our daily lives.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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114. “Forgiveness does not mean ignoring what has been done or putting a false label on an evil act. It means, rather, that the evil act no longer remains as a barrier to the relationship. Forgiveness is a catalyst creating the atmosphere necessary for a fresh start and a new beginning. It is the lifting of a burden or the canceling of a debt. The words ‘I will forgive you, but never forget what you have done’ never explain the real nature of forgiveness. Certainly one can never forget, if that means erasing totally for his mind. But when we forgive, we forget in the sense that the evil deed is no longer a mental block impeding a new relationship. Likewise, we can never say, ‘I will forgive you, but I won't have anything further to do with you.’ Forgiveness means reconciliation, a coming together again. Without this, no man can ever love his enemies. The degree to which we are able to forgive determines the degree to which we are able to love our enemies.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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115. “Modern psychology recognizes what Jesus taught centuries ago: Hate divides the personality and love in an amazing and inexorable way unites it.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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116. “An even more basic reason why we are commanded to love is expressed explicitly in Jesus' words, ‘love your enemies....that ye may be children of your father which is in heaven.’ We are called to this difficult task in order to realize a unique relationship with God. We are potential sons of God. Through love that potentiality becomes actuality. We must love our enemies, because only loving them can we know God and experience the beauty of His holiness.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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