Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Christian minister and activist. In 1954, King became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Shortly thereafter, he became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968.

1. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

2. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

3. “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”

4. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

5. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

6. “Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”

7. “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”

8. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”

9. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

10. “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

11. “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”