True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.
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.
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.
Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.
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
Look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin.
Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.
Truth crushed to earth will rise again.
He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.
Nonviolence is not sterile passivity, but a powerful moral force which makes for social transformation.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed; We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal
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.
Unconditional love will have the final word in reality.
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.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
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.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.
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