I submit that an individual who breaks the law that conscience tells him is unjust and willingly accepts the penalty by staying in jail to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice is in reality expressing the very highest respect for law.

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I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed:

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."

The quality not the longevity of one's life is what is important.

The quality not the longevity of one's life is what is important.

Life's most persistent and urgent question is 'What are you doing for others?'

Life's most persistent and urgent question is 'What are you doing for others?'

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

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

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    When artists create pictures and thinkers search for laws and formulate thoughts, it is in order to salvage something from the great dance of death, to make something last longer than we do.

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