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Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

A random collection of quotes by the late civil rights and antiwar leader who was born on January 15, 1929 and assassinated on April 4, 1968.

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

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

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

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

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.

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

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies — or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars — must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.

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