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Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes


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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.

    Topics: Charity

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.

    Topics: Conscience, Community

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.

    Topics: Conscience, Justice

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 to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.

    Topics: Contentment, Music

We must constantly build dykes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

    Topics: Courage

I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.

    Topics: Death, Life

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.

    Topics: Education, Character, Criticism

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.

    Topics: Faith

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.

    Topics: Faithful

I want to be the white man's brother, not his brother-in-law.

    Topics: Family

We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.

    Topics: Family

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

    Topics: Family, Foolishness

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