“A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.
“We must combine the toughness of the serpent and the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart.
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate only love can do that.
“The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
“Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
“We must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.
“I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something he will die for, he isn't fit to live.
“Hatred paralyzes life love releases it. Hatred confuses life love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life love illumines it.
“If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as 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 streetsweeper who did his job well.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
United States charismatic civil rights leader and Baptist minister who campaigned against the segregation of Blacks (1929-1968)
“You talkin' to me? Well, I'm the only one here.
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