"The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges. But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred."
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
(1929-1968) US civil rights leader
Speech delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963.
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Yes, Yes, Yes - "...Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred."
 -- Robert, Sarasota     
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    Yet bitterness and hatred is what our government breeds.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    "We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools." Dr. King.
     -- matt, Georgia     
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    i think that this quote is a very go quote and i think that part of Dr. Martin Luther King's dream is done. Although there is still racism!!!!!
     -- Anonymous, eagle pass     
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     -- Anonymous      
     -- Ashley, Norway      
    How blessed the marchers were not to have been required to pursue justice in China, the people of which, in 1963, were experiencing the glories of Mao's "Great Leap Forward", noteworthy aspects of which were mass starvation and cannibalism.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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     -- Ronw13, OR      
    ABSOLUTELY ! ! ! We hold this truth to be self evident. Self preservation nor self defense fall within the category of "the whirlwinds of revolt"
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    History has shown that violence affects no real change in social /economic inequalities and have, generally failed in their purported objectives. This is because those espoused objectives have been, largely, false. Simply making slavery illegal did nothing to change the minds and hearts of those who willingly enslaved others. Throughout history slavery has been a fact of life. I beat you up; kill all those of your kind who can present any possibility of mounting resistance to my domination then enslave all others, whom I can, without possibility of gaining a citizen status. The Romans gave that opportunity. it ultimately, coupled with their own degeneracy led to their destruction. Which came first? Moral reasons aside.

     -- John Shuttleworth, New York City     
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     -- Mary - MI      
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