In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, we’ve compiled some of the most underrated – yet amazing – quotes of the revolutionist. May you be inspired to take a stand towards that one cause you feel so strongly about, and remember that you too can make a difference in your community and in this world. 

1. ” A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplifting is approaching spiritual doom.”

2. “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

3. “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

4. ” The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we’ll be. Will we be extremists of hate or love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice?”

5. “True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.”

6. “We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”

7. “We will never have peace in the world until men everywhere recognize that ends are not cut off from means, because the means represent the ideal in the making, and the end in process. Ultimately, you can’t reach good ends through evil means, because the means represent the seed and the end represents the tree.”

8. “I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, quality and freedom for their spirit. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, other-centered men can build up.”

9. “Many people fear nothing more terribly than to take a position which stands out sharply and clearly from the prevailing opinion. The tendency of most is to adopt a view that is so ambiguous that it will include everything and so popular that it will include everybody.”