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Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like any man, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.
I've Been to the Mountaintop (Speech in Memphis, TN, April 3 1968)
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Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.
Letter from a Birmingham Jail, 16 April 1963
The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be.
'Letter from Birmingham Jail' in Why We Can't Wait 1963.
Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
Acceptance Speech, on the occasion of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, December 10, 1964
We have genuflected before the god of science only to find that it has given us the atomic bomb, producing fears and anxieties that science can never mitigate.
Strength to Love ch. 13 (1963)
The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important. If you are cut down in a movement that is designed to save the soul of a nation, then no other death could be more redemptive.
Spoken at Ebenezer Baptist Church the month before his death, and recalled at Dr. King's funeral.