Martin Luther King Jr.

US black civil rights leader & clergyman (1929 - 1968)

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A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.
A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan.
But I know somehow, that only when it is dark enough, can you see the stars.
Courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear.
God is not merely interestd in the freedom of brown men, yellow men, red men and black men.He is interested in the freedom of the whole human race.
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 the law.
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 and say, "Here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well."
If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values -- that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.
One who condones evils is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it.
The time is always right to do what is right.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
We have flown the air like birds and swum the seas like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.

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