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Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes

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“Whatever your life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.”

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.”

“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.”

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

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

“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”
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“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

“Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they cannot communicate; they cannot communicate because they are separated.”

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

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