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My Favorite Quotes from Rev. Dr. Martian Luther King, Jr.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the Rev. Dr. Martian Luther King, Jr. I was going to share my views after each quote, but I decided that the quote speaks from themselves and my small voice would add very little to his words.

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.
A riot is the language of the unheard.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

I submit to you that if a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.
Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. Which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.
To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.
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.

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