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quotes that have not been used yet
(because the current quote is being left to soak in for a while)

A large collection of quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. is at
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/martin_luther_king_jr.html


quotes used earlier:

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

True peace is not the absence of tension but the presence of Justice. - Martin Luther King Jr.

Peace is all around us. It is not a matter of faith; it is a matter of practice. - Thich Nhat Hanh

Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other and learns from the other. - Eduardo Galeano

When we are in partnership and have stopped clutching each other's throats, when we have stopped enslaving each other, we will stand together, hands clasped, and be friends. we will be comrades, we will be brothers, and we will begin the march to the grandest civilization the human race has ever known. ~ Eugene Debs

WAR - terrorism with a bigger budget ~ bumper sticker

If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. If you have come to because your liberation is bound up in mine, we can work together. - Lilla Watson

The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt. - Frederick Buechner

"Revolutionary change does not come as one cataclysmic moment (beware such moments!) but as an endless succession of surprises, moving zigzag toward a more decent society. We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world." - Howard Zinn, "The Optimism of Uncertainty," in The Impossible Will Take a Little While, edited by Paul Rogat Loeb

"Those who say it can't be done are usually interrupted by others doing it"-- James Baldwin

"We are here to abet creation and to witness it, to notice each others' beautiful face and complex nature so that creation need not play to an empty house." - Annie Dillard

Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will. ~ Frederick Douglass

"Washing ones hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral." - Paulo Freire

"One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change." - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It's always too soon to go home. And it's always too soon to calculate effect. I once read an anecdote by someone involved in Women's Strike for Peace (WSP). . .[She] told of how foolish and futile she felt standing in the rain one morning protesting at the Kennedy White House. Years later she heard Dr. Benjamin Spock. . .say that the turning point for him was spotting a small group of women standing in the rain, protesting at the White House. If they were so passionately committed, he thought, he should give the issue more consideration himself. - Rebecca Solnit

"Patriotism at the expense of another nation is as wicked as racism at the expense of another race. Let us resolve to be patriots always, nationalists never. Let us love our country, but pledge allegiance to the earth and to the flora and fauna and human life that it supports - one planet indivisible, with clean air, soil and water; with liberty, justice and peace for all." - William Sloan Coffin

Go to the people. Learn from them. Live with them. Start with what they know. Build with what they have. The best of leaders when the job is done, when the task is accomplished, the people will say we have done it ourselves. - Lao Tzu (604 BCE)

"They can cut all the flowers, but they cannot stop the coming of the spring." ~ Pablo Neruda

The future will belong to those who have passion, and to those who are willing to make the personal commitment to make our country better. -Paul Wellstone

Let us then try what love will do. - William Penn

To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. - Theodore Roosevelt

We know that if evil is not confronted, it gains in strength and audacity and returns to strike us again. We know that when the work is hard, the proper response is not retreat, it is courage. And we know that this great ideal of human freedom is entrusted to us in a special way and that the ideal of liberty is worth defending. - George Bush, with advice for the peace-and-liberty movement