“Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, 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.'
“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.
“Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. the foundation of such a method is love.
“A nation that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.
“I have a dream that one day ... the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
“The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
“Segregation is the adultery of an illicit intercourse between injustice and immorality.
“Rarely do we find men who willingly to engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
“All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
United States charismatic civil rights leader and Baptist minister who campaigned against the segregation of Blacks (1929-1968)
“I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
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