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"If any man claims the Negro should be content... let him say he would willingly change the color of his skin and go to live in the Negro section of a large city. Then and only then has he a right to such a claim."
Equality

"Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law. And when the law loses, freedom languishes."
Politics

"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly."

"It will help erase the idea that politics is a second-rate profession and a dirty business."

"Now I can go back to being ruthless again."

"I'm tired of chasing people."

"There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?"

"One-fifth of the people are against everything all the time."

"What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists, is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents."

"Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation."

"All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don't. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity."

"Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live."

"I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil."

"Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world."

"But suppose God is black? What if we go to Heaven and we, all our lives, have treated the Negro as an inferior, and God is there, and we look up and He is not white? What then is our response?"

"People say I am ruthless. I am not ruthless. And if I find the man who is calling me ruthless, I shall destroy him."

"Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies."

"I was the seventh of nine children. When you come from that far down you have to struggle to survive."

"There is no substitute for athletics."

"Our attitude toward immigration reflects our faith in the American ideal. We have always believed it possible for men and women who start at the bottom to rise as far as their talen and energy allow. Neither race nor place of birth should affect their chances."

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