Every third Monday of January is recognized as Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The civil rights leader has become one of the most celebrated and recognized figures of the 20th century. With his listless desire to help others and bring about revolution, his unconditional love, his bravery in the face of hate and segregation, he will forever be commemorated for his work.Here are 15 quotes by Dr. King that we hope will illicit inspiration.

  1. "Only in the darkness can you see the stars."
  2. "There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right." 
  3. "We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience." 
  4. "A man who won't die for something is not fit to live." 
  5. "Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others." 
  6. "I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls." 
  7. "People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated with each other." 
  8. "The time is always right to do what is right."
  9. "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
  10. "We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."
  11. “Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?”
  12. “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”
  13. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
  14. “Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.”
  15. "If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values - that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control."