“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.”
– Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, December 10, 1964.
“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
– “Strength in Love,” 1963.
“We who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.”
– “Letter from Birmingham Jail”
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
– Speech in St. Louis, Missouri, March 22, 1964.
“When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every tenement and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old spiritual, ‘Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last.’ ”
– “I Have a Dream” speech, August 28, 1963.
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