You are either part of the solution or part of the problem.

ā€” Eldridge Cleaver

The most proven Eldridge Cleaver quotes that will activate your desire to change

You don't have to teach people how to be human. You have to teach them how to stop being inhuman.


Respect commands itself and it can neither be given nor withheld when it is due.


You're either part of the solution or you're part of the problem.


The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.


I feel that I am a citizen of the American dream and that the revolutionary struggle of which I am a part is a struggle against the American nightmare.


Pig power in America was infuriating, but pig power in the communist framework was awesome and unaccountable.


Every highly successful person is a maniac on a mission. Too much agreement kills a chat


The racist conscience of America is such that murder does not register as murder really, unless the victim is white... blacks knew that white blood is the coin of freedom in a land where for four hundred years black blood has been shed unremarked and with impunity.


The most revolutionary statement in history is "Love thine enemy


The paper tiger hero, James Bond, offering the whites a triumphant image of themselves, is saying what many whites want desperately to hear reaffirmed: I am still the White Man, lord of the land, licensed to kill, and the world is still an empire at my feet.


History could pass for a scarlet text, its jot and title graven red in human blood.


In prison, those things withheld from and denied to the prisoner become precisely what he wants most of all.


About Eldridge Cleaver

Quotes 37 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Activist
Birthday October 16

Americans think of themselves collectively as a huge rescue squad on twenty-four-hour call to any spot on the globe where dispute and conflict may erupt.


The myth of the strong black woman is the other side of the coin of the myth of the beautiful dumb blonde.


Too much agreement kills the chat.


The Twist was a guided missile, launched from the ghetto into the very heart of suburbia. The Twist succeeded, as politics, religion, and law could never do, in writing in the heart and soul what the Supreme Court could only write on the books.


I have taken an oath in my heart to oppose communism until the day I die.


All the gods are dead except the god of war.


If a man like Malcolm X could change and repudiate racism, if I myself and other former Muslims can change, if young whites can change, then there is hope for America.


Too much agreement kills a chat.


With all its faults, the American political system is the freest and most democratic in the world.


In the increasingly mechanized, automated, cybernated environment of the modern world a cold, bodiless world of wheels, smooth plastic surfaces, tubes, pushbuttons, transistors, computers, jet propulsion, rockets to the moon, atomic energy man's need for affirmation of his biology has become that much more intense.


The Twist was a guided missile launched from the ghetto into the heart of suburbia. The Twist succeeded, as politics, religion and law could never do, in writing in the heart and soul what the Supreme Court could only write on the books.


Everybody changes, not just me.


But it is not that easy, is it? I seek a lasting relationship, something permanent in a world of change, in which all is transitory, ephemeral, and full of pain.


I know that sometimes people fake on each other out of genuine motives to hold onto the object of their tenderest feelings. They see themselves as so inadequate that they feel forced to wear a mask in order to continuously impress the other. I do not want to "hold" you, I want you to "stay" out of your own need for me.


The object is for everyone to do their own thing, but the thing is to make one's thing the Revolution.


We have dedicated our lives, our blood, to the freedom and liberation of our people, and nothing, no force can stop us from achieving our goal. If it is necessary to destroy the United States of America, then let us destroy it with a smile on our faces.


Respect commands itself and can neither be given nor withheld when it is due.


They use force, to make you do, what the deciders, have decided you must do.


If God himself wills such misery on people whom I love, then I say I will deal with him


The struggle of our people for freedom has progressed to the form where all of us must take a stand either for or against the freedom of our people You are either with Your People or against them. You are either part of the solution or part of the problem.


Every time I embrace a black woman Iā€™m embracing slavery, and when I put my arms around a white woman, well, Iā€™m hugging freedom. The white man forbade me to have the white woman on pain of death... I will not be free until the day I can have a white woman in my bed.


We shall have our manhood. We shall have it or the earth will be leveled by our attempts to gain it.


The white youth of today have begun to react to the fact that the American Way of Life is a fossil of history. What do they care if their old baldheaded and crew-cut elders don't dig their caveman mops? They couldn't care less about the old, stiff-assed honkies who don't like their new dances: Frog, Monkey, Jerk, Swim, Watusi. All they know is that it feels good to swing to way-out body-rhythms instead of dragging across the dance floor like zombies to the dead beat of mind-smothered Mickey Mouse music.


I have lived those lines and I know that if I had not been apprehended I would have slit some white throats.

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