Martin Luther King Jr. an American Christian minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968.

1. “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

King at age 24. Getty Images

King at age 24. (Getty Images)

2. “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.”

3. “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability but comes through continuous struggle.”

4. “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”

5. “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.”

6. “Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”

7. “Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”

8. “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.”

9. “The time is always right to do what is right.”

10. “Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.”

11. “We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now because I’ve been to the mountaintop… 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.”