FAMOUS QUOTE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING

 

 

Discover the most famous quotes and proverbs of Martin LUTHER KING, afro-Américain Baptiste preacher, nonviolent activist for the civil rights of the blacks.


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A nation that produces stupid men every day buys its own spiritual death on credit.

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I dream that one day, even in Alabama, (...) black and black boys and girls, white boys and white girls, will all be able to take each other by the hand, as brothers and sisters. I have a dream today!

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I dream that my four grandchildren will one day live in a country where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by their character. I have a dream today!

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I 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 fraternity table.

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Darkness cannot drive out darkness only light can. Hate cannot drive out hate only love can.

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If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.

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An injustice, wherever it occurs, is a threat to justice everywhere else, because we are all caught in a web of mutual relationships.

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Violence is as ineffective as it is immoral. It is ineffective because it generates a vicious cycle leading to general annihilation.

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And whenever men and women straighten up, they can go where they want, because no one can get on your back as long as you stand up straight.

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An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

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It is also certain that Christ himself is the sacrificed victim, as he is also the altar, since he sacrificed himself with his own blood; this is also what this epistle teaches.

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I dream that one day every valley will be raised, every hill and every mountain will be lowered. Rough areas will be levelled and winding roads straightened. And the glory of the Lord be revealed and all flesh shall see it.

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I dream that my four young children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the value of their character. I'm dreaming today!

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I dream that one day, even the state of Mississippi, a state where injustice and oppression create stifling heat, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

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I 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 fraternity table.

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I dream that one day our nation will rise up to truly live its credo: We hold it to be the obvious truth that all men have been created equal.

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The old law of retaliation "eye for an eye..." makes everyone blind.

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We must accept temporary disappointments, but keep hope for eternity.

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Only by loving our enemies can we know God and experience His holiness.

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A law can never force a man to love me, but it is important that it forbids him to lynch me.

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If physical death is the price to be paid to free my white brothers from irrevocable spiritual death, then nothing could be more redemptive.

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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can.

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A nation that produces stupid men every day buys its own spiritual death on credit.

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Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without hurting and ennobles the man who handles it. It's a healing sword.

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There is nothing more dangerous in the world than true ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

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A man's true greatness is not measured at times when he is at ease, but when he is going through a period of controversy and challenge.

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All we see is a shadow cast by things we don't see.

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Nothing is more tragic than meeting a breathless individual lost in the labyrinth of life.

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As long as a man has not discovered something for which he would be willing to die, he is not in a position to live.

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The good man does not look at physical particularities but knows how to discern those deep qualities that make people human, and therefore brothers.

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We are not the ones making history. It's the history that makes us.

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I want to be the white man's brother, not their brother-in-law!

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Isn't God an extremist of love?

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Our scientific power has surpassed our spiritual power. We know how to guide missiles, but we divert man from his path.

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Whoever does not love wine, women and songs will remain a fool for the rest of his life.

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The wine is strong, the king is strong, the women are even stronger, but the truth is stronger than anything else.

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An injustice committed somewhere is a threat to justice around the world.

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We must learn to live together as brothers, otherwise we will all die together as idiots.

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He who accepts evil without fighting it cooperates with it.

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A man should do his job so perfectly that the living, the dead, and the unborn cannot do better.

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Everyone can be important because everyone can be useful for something.

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All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem confronts us with another.

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Barricades are the voices of those who are not heard.

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The human race must emerge from conflict by rejecting revenge, aggression and a spirit of revenge. The way out is love.

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Hatred disturbs life; love makes it harmonious. Hatred obscures life; love makes it bright.

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I have a dream that one day my four children will live in a nation where they will not be judged for the colour of their skin, but for their character.

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Take the first step on the path of faith. You don't have to go through it all, just take the first step.

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God has both arms extended. One is strong enough to surround us with justice, the other gentle enough to surround us with grace.

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What frightens me is not the oppression of the wicked; it is the indifference of the good.

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In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silences of our friends.

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What frightens me is not the oppression of the wicked, but the indifference of the good.

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If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving.

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We must learn to live together as brothers, otherwise we will all die together as idiots.

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I Have A Dream by Martin Luther King
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day....
Black boys and black girls will be able to hold hands with white boys and white girls like brothers and sisters. I have a dream today.

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If I help one person to have hope, I will not have lived in vain.

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As long as a man has not discovered something for which he would be willing to die, he is not in a position to live.

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In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silences of our friends.

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Live the dreams that life challenges you to dream.

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I refuse to believe that the human being is nothing more than a straw fetus tossed by the current of life, without having the possibility of influencing in any way the course of events. I refuse to share the opinion of those who claim that man is so trapped in the night without a star of racism and war that the radiant dawn of peace and fraternity can never become a reality.

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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can.

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I decided to choose love. Hate is too much of a burden to bear.

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Nothing is more tragic than meeting a breathless individual lost in the labyrinth of life.

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What matters to a man is not the colour of his skin or the texture of his hair, but the texture and quality of his soul.

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Everyone has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.

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And whenever men and women straighten up, they can go where they want, because no one can get on your back as long as you stand up straight.

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A kingdom worthy of the name cannot exist without inequalities between its inhabitants, some must be free, others must serve, some reign, others submit.

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Midnight, someone knocks on Martin Luther King's door
Sometimes you may think that you have acquired everything by yourself. But you know, before you went out to come to this church, that you were dependent on more than half the world. When you get up, you go to the bathroom to take a little soap from a Frenchman, a sponge from a Turk, a towel from a Pacific islander. Then you go into the kitchen to have breakfast: a Latin American pours you a cup of coffee, or maybe, if you prefer, a Chinese takes care of your tea that morning. Or is a West African preparing a cocoa for you? Then an English-speaking farmer - not to mention the baker - hands you some bread. So, before you finish your breakfast, you will have been dependent on more than half the world.
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Martin Luther King
hotaru 28 April 2012
Martin Luther King
Hate disturbs life;
love makes it harmonious.
Hate obscures life;
love makes it bright

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If you want to be an important person... very well. If you want to be recognized... very well. If you want to be great... very good. All you need is a heart full of grace. A soul made of love.

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Let us learn to live as brothers, all together, or we will die as fools, all together.

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To have faith is to go up the first step, even if you can't see the whole staircase.

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To have faith is to go up the first step, even when you can't see the whole staircase.

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To leave hatred to those who are too weak to love.

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The reason why I refrain from obeying the old philosophy that requires an "eye for an eye" is that it eventually blinds everyone.

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If I were told that the world was going to end tomorrow, I would still plant an apple tree.

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What matters is not that you have lived a long time, but that you have lived well.

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There is no easy way to create a world where men and women can live together, where each has his own job and house and where all children receive as much as their minds can absorb. But if such a world is created in our lifetime, it will be done in the United States by Negroes and white people of good will. It will be accomplished by persons who have the courage to put an end to suffering by willingly suffering themselves rather than inflict suffering upon others. It will be done by rejecting the racism, materialism, and violence that has characterized Western civilization and especially by working toward a world of brotherhood, cooperation, and peace.

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I have a dream: The great texts of Martin Luther King's black pastor
An injustice, wherever it occurs, is a threat to justice everywhere else, because we are all caught in a web of mutual relationships.

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Forgiveness is not an occasional act, but a permanent attitude.

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I have the audacity to believe that everywhere people can have three meals a day to feed their bodies, an education and access to culture to nourish their thoughts, dignity, equality and freedom to nourish their minds. I believe that men inspired by love of neighbour will be able to rebuild what men inspired by self-love have destroyed.

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I tell you today, my friends, even if we have to face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

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I dream that one day this nation will rise up and live fully the true meaning of its credo: "We take these truths for granted that all men have been created equal".

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I 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 fraternity table.

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I dream that one day even the State of Mississippi, a state that suffocates in the furnace of injustice, that suffocates in the furnace of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

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I dream that my four young children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged on the colour of their skin but on the nature of their character.

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I have a dream today!

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The ability to forgive must be developed and maintained.
He who is devoid of it is devoid of the ability to love.

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Nothing is more tragic than meeting a breathless individual lost in the labyrinth of life.

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People fail to love each other because they are afraid of each other.
They are afraid because they don't know each other.
They don't know each other because they don't communicate.

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People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated with each other.

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If we assume that life is worth living, that humanity has the right to survive, we must find an alternative to war.

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I can't give up hope. Because when you lose hope, you die.

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Darkness cannot drive out darkness only light can. Hate cannot drive out hate only love can.

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I have the audacity to believe that everywhere people can have three meals a day to feed their bodies, an education and access to culture to nourish their thoughts, dignity, equality and freedom to nourish their minds. I believe that men inspired by love of neighbour will be able to rebuild what is being destroyed from men inspired by self-love.

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It is not very easy to admit that moral force has as much power and virtue as punching; and that self-control that refuses to fight back requires more will and courage than the automatic reflex of giving back one after the other.

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Our scientific power has surpassed our spiritual power. We know how to guide missiles, but we divert man from his path.

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A law can never force a man to love me, but it is important that it forbids him to lynch me.

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Darkness does not drive out darkness, only light can do it.

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A nation that produces stupid men every day buys its own spiritual death on credit.

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All humanity is involved in a simple process, and all men are brothers. When I hurt my brother, no matter what he does to me, I hurt myself so much.

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The superficial understanding of people of good will is more frustrating than the total misunderstanding of malicious people. Warm acceptance is more irritating than outright rejection.

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The human race must emerge from conflict by rejecting violence, aggression and a spirit of revenge.

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Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon that cuts without hurting and ennobles the man who handles it. It's a healing sword.

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Hate cannot drive out hate;

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I too have a dream, that of a great speech that gives strength, determination and vision to the fighters of the Arab springs. That of a great speech that restores hope, desire and confidence to Europeans, especially the French. Our Cartesian prevention against rhetoric, secularism, cultural references and the change of era would require words other than those of Martin Luther King. But if we don't want to pay for words, we all need engaging speeches. At all times and in all places.

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Let's live together as brothers, or we'll end up like crazy.

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I have a dream: The great texts of Martin Luther King's black pastor

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To make enemies, there is no need to declare war, just say what you think.

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It is not between whites and blacks that there is tension in our city. In reality, it is between justice and injustice, between the forces of light and those of darkness. If there is a victory, let it not only be that of fifty thousand Blacks, but that of light. We entered the contest against an injustice and not against whites who may have practiced that injustice.

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A man's true greatness is not measured at times when he is at ease, but when he is going through a period of controversy and challenge.

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One of the biggest problems in history is that the concepts of love and power are usually contrasted as the opposites of a polarity. Love is seen as the renunciation of power and power is seen as the denial of love. What is necessary is to realize that power without love is reckless and abusive while love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love enforcing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands in the way of love.

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We need to move quickly from a "business-oriented" society to a "people-oriented" society.

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I am pleased to be with you today in this gathering that will go down in the history of our nation as the largest demonstration in favour of freedom.
A hundred years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Act. This momentous decree came as the light of hope of a great lighthouse for millions of black slaves marked by the fire of a bitter injustice. He arrived like a joyful dawn at the end of the long night of their captivity.

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And when that happens, when we let freedom resound, when we let it resound in every village and hamlet, in every state and every city, we can hasten the coming of the day when all the children of God, black and white, Jewish and gentile, Protestant and Catholic, can take each other by the hand and sing the words of the old negro spiritual:
Free at last! Free at last!

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Jesus recognized the need to unite the opposites. He knew that his followers would have to face a difficult and hostile world where they would be confronted with recalcitrant policies and intransigent protectors of the old order. He knew they would meet cold and arrogant men whose courses were hardened by the long winter of traditionalism. So he said to them, "Behold, I send you like sheep among the wolves." And he gave them a formula for action "Be careful, then, like snakes and simple like doves." It is rather difficult to imagine the same person having both the characteristics of the snake and those of the dove, but that is what Jesus expects. We must combine the resistance of the snake with the softness of the dove, a firm spirit and a tender heart.

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I became convinced that non-cooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as cooperation with good.

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Leave hatred to those who are too weak to love.

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It is high time to move from a society oriented towards things to a society oriented towards people. If we think that machines and computers, profit and property rights are more important than people, then the trio of giants - racism, materialism and militarism - is impossible to defeat.

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A French philosopher states, "No man is strong unless he has strong antitheses in his character." The strong man unites in a living synthesis strongly marked opposites. Rarely do men reach this balance of opposites. Idealists are not often realistic or realistic, nor are realists often idealistic. Activists are hardly known to be passive or passive to be activists. Rarely do the humble know how to value themselves and those who do are rarely humble. But life in its perfection is a creative synthesis in the fruitful harmony of opposites. The philosopher Hegel says that the truth is found neither in the thesis nor in the antithesis, but in an emerging synthesis that reconciles them.

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If I were told that the end of the world is tomorrow, I would still plant an apple tree.

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This call to a global brotherhood that elevates local concerns beyond the tribe, race, class, nation, is in reality a call to unconditional and global love for all people. This concept, so often misunderstood and interpreted (...), has now become the absolute condition for the survival of humanity.

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One of the great problems of humanity is that we suffer from a poverty of mind that contrasts sharply with our technical and scientific wealth. The more we became materially rich, the more we became morally and spiritually impoverished.
We must work tirelessly and passionately to connect the shores of scientific and moral progress.

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Leave hatred to those who are too weak to love.

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It is only when the sky is black that we can see the stars.

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All the children of God, black, white, Jewish, Protestant, Catholic, will be able to hold hands and sing together: Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are finally free!

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Moral principles have lost their singularity. For today's man, absolute good and absolute evil depend on what the majority does. Good and evil depend on the tastes and colours, or the habits of a particular community.

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Love is the only force that can turn an enemy into a friend.

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There is something in man that is superior to language, that is the will. Ernest Renan

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Nothing could be more tragic to meet a breathless individual lost in the labyrinth of life.

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In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.

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Darkness cannot drive away darkness. The light can do it. Hate cannot drive out hate. Love can do it

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We must live together as brothers or we will perish together as idiots.

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Since the abolition of slavery, black Americans have been exploited again. Today, a possibility of a non-violent revolution has emerged. Our struggle will continue and we will one day triumph.

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I dream that one day in deep Alabama, where racists are bullies, where the governor's mouth is dripping with the words "interposition" and "nullification", that one day there in Alabama, black boys and black girls will be able to take each other by the hand with white boys and white girls like brothers and sisters.

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"...the temporarily violated right is stronger than the triumphant evil... I believe that what men centred on themselves have destroyed, men centred on others will be able to rebuild it".

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The worst place in hell is reserved for those who remain silent at the time of great moral crises