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Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'
A lie cannot live.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reacti...
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
The time is always right to do what is right.


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"Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." Make picture quote!
"To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing." Make picture quote!
"There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth." Make picture quote!
"There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love." Make picture quote!
"Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him." Make picture quote!
"Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." Make picture quote!
"Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness." Make picture quote!
"War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow." Make picture quote!
"Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek." Make picture quote!
"Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress." Make picture quote!
"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend." Make picture quote!
"A man who won't die for something is not fit to live." Make picture quote!
"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus." Make picture quote!
"Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"A man can't ride your back unless it's bent." Make picture quote!
"Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows." Make picture quote!
"When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative." Make picture quote!
"Whatever your life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better." Make picture quote!
"We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Make picture quote!
"We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people." Make picture quote!
"We who in engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive." Make picture quote!
"We must use time creatively." Make picture quote!
"We have guided missiles and misguided men." Make picture quote!
"We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies." Make picture quote!
"We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the postive affirmation of peace." Make picture quote!
"We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear." Make picture quote!
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." Make picture quote!
"We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now." Make picture quote!
"We are not makers of history. We are made by history." Make picture quote!
"It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important." Make picture quote!
"I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." Make picture quote!
"I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together." Make picture quote!
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." Make picture quote!
"Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them." Make picture quote!
"Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness." Make picture quote!
"Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see." Make picture quote!
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." Make picture quote!
"Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed." Make picture quote!
"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 else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation." Make picture quote!
"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it." Make picture quote!
"History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people." Make picture quote!
"A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan." Make picture quote!
"Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted." Make picture quote!
"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." Make picture quote!
"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals." Make picture quote!
"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood." Make picture quote!
"I just want to do God's will. And he's allowed me to go to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land." Make picture quote!
"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 believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word." Make picture quote!
"I submit that an individual who breaks the law that conscience tells him is unjust and willingly accepts the penalty by staying in jail to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the very highest respect for law." Make picture quote!
"I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live." Make picture quote!
"I want to be the white man's brother, not his brother-in-law." Make picture quote!
"If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live." Make picture quote!
"If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Make picture quote!
"It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes; but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the white society." Make picture quote!
"It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity." Make picture quote!
"Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better." Make picture quote!
"All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem." Make picture quote!
"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom." Make picture quote!
"A right delayed is a right denied." Make picture quote!
"A riot is at bottom the language of the unheard." Make picture quote!
"A riot is the language of the unheard." Make picture quote!
"At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love." Make picture quote!
"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence." Make picture quote!
"Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect, it has no personal being. It is part of the earth man walks on. It is not man." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary." Make picture quote!
"Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal." Make picture quote!
"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men." Make picture quote!
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Make picture quote!
"One who breaks an unjust 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." Make picture quote!
"One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society... shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam." Make picture quote!
"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." Make picture quote!
"The sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality." Make picture quote!
"Rarely do we find men who willingly 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." Make picture quote!
"The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict." Make picture quote!
"The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be... The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists." Make picture quote!
"The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows." Make picture quote!
"The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears. The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt." Make picture quote!
"The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice." Make picture quote!
"The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control." Make picture quote!
"The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood." Make picture quote!
"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." Make picture quote!
"The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me? But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?" Make picture quote!
"The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one." Make picture quote!
"That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing." Make picture quote!
"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." Make picture quote!
"Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will." Make picture quote!
"Seeing is not always believing." Make picture quote!
"The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate only love can do that." Make picture quote!
"Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. you only need a heart full of grace. a soul generated by love." Make picture quote!
"Forgiveness is not an occasional act it is an attitude." Make picture quote!
"Hatred paralyzes life love releases it. Hatred confuses life love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life love illumines it." Make picture quote!
"I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Councilor 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 someone else's freedom who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a 'more convenient season.'" Make picture quote!
"If you will protest courageously, and yet with dignity and Christian love, when the history books are written in future generations, the historians will have to pause and say, There lived a great people-a black people-who injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization." Make picture quote!
"In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law ... That would lead to anarchy. An individual who breaks a law that his 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." Make picture quote!
"Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true." Make picture quote!
"Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. the foundation of such a method is love." Make picture quote!
"My personal trails have also taught me the value of unmerited suffering. As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways that I could respond to my situation: either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a crea" Make picture quote!
"One who condones evil is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it." Make picture quote!
"Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." Make picture quote!
"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" Make picture quote!
"The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be...The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists." Make picture quote!
"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. " Make picture quote!
"We must combine the toughness of the serpent and the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart." Make picture quote!
"We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us." Make picture quote!




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