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  • The Negro all over the South must come to the point that he can say to his white brother 'We will match your capacity to inflict suffering with our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force.'
    (Martin Luther King Jr.)

  • Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'
    (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

  • If a man hasn't discovered something he will die for, he isn't fit to live.
    (Martin Luther King Jr.)

  • We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
    (Martin Luther King Jr.)

  • A right delayed is a right denied.
    (Martin Luther King, Jr.)


  • One who condones evils is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it.
    (Martin Luther King Jr.)

  • If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played 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 streetsweeper who did his job well.
    (Martin Luther King Jr.)

  • 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.)

  • Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
    (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

  • Forgiveness is not an occasional act it is a permanent attitude.
    (Martin Luther King Jr.)

  • Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
    (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

  • Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one's soul.
    (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

  • I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
    (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

  • 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 .... Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill....
    (Martin Luther King Jr.)

  • We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.
    (Martin Luther King, Jr.)


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