Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

'Letter from Birmingham Jail' in Why We Can't Wait 1963.
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'Letter from Birmingham Jail' in Why We Can't Wait 1963.