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  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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. Martin Luther King Jr., from the sermon 'Loving Your Enemies,' Christmas 1957 A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Intelligence plus character. That is the goal of true education.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  I say to you that our goal is freedom, and I believe we are going to get there because however much she strays away from it, the goal of America is freedom.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Human reason is like a drunken man on horseback; set it up on one side and it tumbles over on the other.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  The bombs in Vietnam explode at home; they destroy the hopes and possibilities for a decent America.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  A riot is the language of the unheard.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  A religion that gives nothing, costs nothing, and suffers nothing, is worth nothing.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  If we do an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, we will be a blind and toothless nation.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  We must combine the toughness of the serpent and the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  The day we see the truth and cease to speak is the day we begin to die.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I am interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  The arm of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  If man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  A nation or civilization that continues to produce softminded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  The face of the enemy frightens me only when I see how much it resembles me.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  If a city has a 30% Negro population, then it is logical to assume that Negroes should have at least 30% of the jobs in any particular company, and jobs in all categories rather than only in menial areas.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defence than on programmes of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  When you are right, you cannot be too radical. When you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  A man cant ride your back unless it is bent.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  The ultimate solution to the race problem lies in the willingness of men to obey the unenforceable.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' And Vanity comes along and asks the question, 'Is it popular?' But Conscience asks the question Is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power; religion gives man wisdom which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals. They are complementary.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a 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 street sweeper who did his job well.'  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  That old law about an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  If man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power; religion gives man wisdom which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals. They are complementary.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  A religion that gives nothing, costs nothing, and suffers nothing, is worth nothing.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power; religion gives man wisdom which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals. They are complementary.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  The day we see the truth and cease to speak is the day we begin to die.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defence than on programmes of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  If we do an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, we will be a blind and toothless nation.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a 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 street sweeper who did his job well.'  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  The bombs in Vietnam explode at home; they destroy the hopes and possibilities for a decent America.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Intelligence plus character. That is the goal of true education.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' And Vanity comes along and asks the question, 'Is it popular?' But Conscience asks the question Is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Human reason is like a drunken man on horseback; set it up on one side and it tumbles over on the other.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  The bombs in Vietnam explode at home; they destroy the hopes and possibilities for a decent America.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  The face of the enemy frightens me only when I see how much it resembles me.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  There comes a time when silence is betrayal.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  The multitude of books is a great evil. There is no limit to this fever for writing.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  If the cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail. Because the goal of America is freedom, abused and scorned tho' we may be, our destiny is tied up with America's destiny.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in the struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  We are not makers of history. We are made by history.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Each one of us has the power to make others feel better or worse. Making others feel better is much more fun than making others feel worse. Making others feel better generally makes us feel better.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  French is the language that turns dirt into romance.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  And in real life endings aren't always neat, whether they're happy endings, or whether they're sad endings.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society... shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  There comes a time when silence is betrayal.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  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.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.