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African-American activist and author (d. 2006), Birth: 27-4-1927, Death: 30-1-2006 Coretta Scott King Quotes
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It doesn't matter how strong your opinions are. If you don't use your power for positive change, you are, indeed, part of the problem.
Coretta Scott King

No matter how passionate your convictions may be, if you fail to take action for the betterment of society, you are a contributing factor to the issue.
2.
Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.
Coretta Scott King

Perseverance is an unending pursuit. Liberty is never truly attained, it must be gained and safeguarded in each age.
3.
Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don't believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.
Coretta Scott King

'Equality and equity cannot be distributed arbitrarily to serve personal interests. I do not accept that you can support liberation for one set of people yet deny it to others.'
4.
Love is such a powerful force. It's there for everyone to embrace-that kind of unconditional love for all of humankind. That is the kind of love that impels people to go into the community and try to change conditions for others, to take risks for what they believe in.
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5.
Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul.
Coretta Scott King

If the nation is to survive, I firmly believe that ladies must take up the mantle of its spirit.
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I must remind you that starving a child is violence. Suppressing a culture is violence. Neglecting school children is violence. Punishing a mother and her family is violence. Discrimination against a working man is violence. Ghetto housing is violence. Ignoring medical need is violence. Contempt for poverty is violence.
Coretta Scott King

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The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.
Coretta Scott King

The eminence of a society is best evaluated through the altruistic deeds of its citizens.
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Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.
Coretta Scott King

'Carrying a grudge is an unbearable burden that harms the holder more than the perceived enemy.'
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I am convinced that the women of the world, united without any regard for national or racial dimensions, can become a most powerful force for international peace and brotherhood.
Coretta Scott King

I am certain that if females around the globe come together without any prejudice based on nationality or ethnicity, they can become a formidable force for global tranquility and solidarity.
10.
When the heart is right, the mind and the body will follow.
Coretta Scott King

When the soul is in balance, the mind and body will comply.
11.
We have a lot more work to do in our common struggle against bigotry and discrimination. I say "common struggle" because I believe very strongly that all forms of bigotry and discrimination are equally wrong and should be opposed by right-thinking Americans everywhere. Freedom from discrimination based on sexual orientation is surely a fundamental human right in any great democracy, as much as freedom from racial, religious, gender, or ethnic discrimination.
Coretta Scott King

12.
When you are willing to make sacrifices for a great cause, you will never be alone.
Coretta Scott King

When you are prepared to forgo certain luxuries for the greater good, you will never be abandoned.
13.
We must eliminate the gulf of mistrust and ignorance that keeps us from learning from each other.
Coretta Scott King

We must bridge the chasm of skepticism and unfamiliarity that hinders us from gaining knowledge from one another.
14.
If you give your life to a cause in which you believe, and if it is right and just, and if your life comes to an end as a result of this, then your life could not have been spent in a more redemptive way. I think that is what my husband has done.
Coretta Scott King

15.
I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation.
Coretta Scott King

I believe all Americans who uphold liberty, acceptance and human rights ought to fight bigotry and bias based on sexual identity.
16.
Segregation was wrong when it was forced by white people, and I believe it is still wrong when it is requested by black people.
Coretta Scott King

Discrimination was incorrect when it was imposed by Caucasians, and I maintain that it is still unacceptable when it is desired by African Americans.
17.
Behind every good man, there's a good woman reminding you I knew you when you didn't have nothing.
Coretta Scott King

18.
I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice. But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.' I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream to make room at the table of brother- and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people.
Coretta Scott King

19.
Justice is never advanced in the taking of human life.
Coretta Scott King

20.
Women, in general, are not part of the corruption of the past, so they can give a new kind of leadership, a new image for mankind.
Coretta Scott King

21.
All we seek is an America where every person is given the chance to productively contribute to his country and where he can receive a fair and equitable share of the wealth that production creates.
Coretta Scott King

22.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Coretta Scott King

23.
I'm fulfilled in what I do. I never thought that a lot of money or fine clothes - the finer things of life - would make you happy. My concept of happiness is to be filled in a spiritual sense.
Coretta Scott King

24.
People need role models. They need to see examples of people in peoples' lives.
Coretta Scott King

25.
An evil deed is not redeemed by an evil deed in retaliation.
Coretta Scott King

26.
Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood.
Coretta Scott King

27.
If a man had nothing that was worth dying for, then he was not fit to live.
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28.
I always knew that I was called to do something. I didn't know what, but I finally rationalized after I met Martin [Luther King, Jr.] and it took a lot of praying to discover this, that this was probably what God had called me to do, to marry him.
Coretta Scott King

29.
Nelson Mandela sat in a South African prison for 27 years. He was nonviolent. He negotiated his way out of jail. His honor and suffering of 27 years in a South African prison is really ultimately what brought about the freedom of South Africa. That is nonviolence.
Coretta Scott King

30.
People have to allow themselves to be used by God and Martin [Luther King, Jr.] committed himself totally to God's will and purpose and God is always waiting for someone who is willing to do that.
Coretta Scott King

31.
Isn't it strange how the leaders of nations can talk so eloquently about peace while they prepare for war? ... There is no way to make peace while preparing for war.
Coretta Scott King

32.
If American women would increase their voting turnout by ten percent, I think we would see an end to all of the budget cuts in programs benefiting women and children.
Coretta Scott King

33.
As an African American child growing up in the segregated South, I was told, one way or another, almost every day of my life, that I wasn't as good as a white child.
Coretta Scott King

34.
For many years now, I have been an outspoken supporter of civil and human rights for gay and lesbian people. Gays and lesbians stood up for civil rights in Montgomery, Selma, in Albany, Ga. and St. Augustine, Fla., and many other campaigns of the Civil Rights Movement. Many of these courageous men and women were fighting for my freedom at a time when they could find few voices for their own, and I salute their contributions.
Coretta Scott King

35.
Mama and Daddy King represent the best in manhood and womanhood, the best in a marriage, the kind of people we are trying to become.
Coretta Scott King

36.
Because Dr. King was human and not divine - although we think he was divine, he was just a man, an extraordinary man, but a man - and he would get depressed from time to time and disappointed about all kinds of things relative to the movement.
Coretta Scott King

37.
I'm more determined than ever that my husband's dream will become a reality.
Coretta Scott King

38.
Without Coretta Scott King, there would not have been a Martin Luther King, Jr. in the way that we know him.
Coretta Scott King

39.
As one whose husband and mother-in-law have died the victims of murder and assassination, I stand firmly and unequivocally opposed to the death penalty for those convicted of capital offenses. An evil deed is not redeemed by an evil deed of retaliation. Justice is never advanced in the taking of a human life. Morality is never upheld by a legalized murder.
Coretta Scott King

40.
When aroused the American conscience is a powerful force for reform.
Coretta Scott King

41.
When Good Friday comes, these are the moments in life when we feel there's no hope. But then, Easter comes.
Coretta Scott King

42.
Violence diminishes our humanity.
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43.
This was really what I was supposed to be doing, and it was a great blessing to have discovered this, and to be doing what was God's will for your life.
Coretta Scott King

44.
Nonviolence is a method that transforms, first of all, the individual once you understand it and embrace it. It begins with you and, if you can, about transforming individuals so that they love unconditionally.
Coretta Scott King

45.
There is a spirit and a need and a man at the beginning of every great human advance. Every one of these must be right for that particular moment of history, or nothing happens.
Coretta Scott King

46.
I've always felt that homophobic attitudes and policies were unjust and unworthy of a free society and must be opposed by all Americans who believe in democracy. The civil rights movement thrives on unity and inclusion, not division and exclusion. My husband's struggle parallels that of the gay rights movement.
Coretta Scott King

47.
It's going to take an act of Congress to deal with poverty and hunger, not only in this country, but throughout the world. We have the resources but we don't have the will.
Coretta Scott King

48.
I think if people really read Martin Luther King, Jr., then they would begin to understand what he really represented. The philosophy that he developed, of course, he was greatly influenced by Gandhi and Jesus Christ.
Coretta Scott King

49.
You cannot believe in peace at home and not believe in international peace. A war with Iraq will increase anti-American sentiment, create more terrorists, and drain as much as 200 billion taxpayer dollars, which should be invested in human development here in America.
Coretta Scott King

50.
The greatest violence is seeing a child go to bed hungry.
Coretta Scott King