Framing the Dialogue

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I quote others only to better express myself.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes

“Until all are free, none are free.”

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“Our lives begin to end the day [that] we become silent about things that matter.”

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“Power is the ability to achieve purpose. Power is the ability to effect change.”

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“We live together as rational human beings or die together as fools.”

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“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

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“I’d rather be dead than afraid.” on 4 April 1968 (the day of his assassination)

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“Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless.”

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“Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’. Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’.  Vanity 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 one must take it because one’s conscience tells one that it is right.”

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“What good is having the right to sit at a lunch counter if you can’t afford to buy a hamburger?”

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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

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“Equality with whites will not solve the problems of either whites or Negroes if it means equality in a world society stricken by poverty and in a universe doomed to extinction by war.”

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“We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers and sisters.”

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

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“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”

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“All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.”

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