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From the Acceptance Speech, the Nobel Peace Prize

(Dec 10, 1964)  "I accept this award today with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind. I refuse to accept the idea that the 'is Ness' of man's present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal 'ought Ness' that forever confronts him. I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsam and jetsam in the river of life unable to influence the unfolding of events which surround him. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality."

"I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of a thermonuclear destruction. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger that evil triumphant."

 

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