„So I have tried to make it clear that it is wrong to use immoral means to attain moral ends. But now I must affirm that it is just as wrong, or even more so, to use moral means to preserve immoral ends.“

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„I have consistently preached that nonviolence demands that the means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.“

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