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  1. Without education, you're not going anywhere in this world.


  2. Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.

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  3. If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything.


  4. So early in my life, I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise.




  5. A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.


  6. You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it.


  7. My alma mater was books, a good library. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.


  8. You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.


  9. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or who says it.


  10. Power never takes a step back except in the face of more power.


  11. Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it.

    • freedom

  12. If you're not ready to die for it, put the word freedom out of your vocabulary.

    • freedom

  13. Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.


  14. Nonviolence is fine as long as it works.


  15. You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.


  16. You don't have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being.

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  17. I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color.


  18. In all our deeds, the proper value and respect for time determines success or failure.


  19. You show me a capitalist, and I'll show you a bloodsucker.


  20. The Negro revolution is controlled by foxy white liberals, by the Government itself. But the Black Revolution is controlled only by God.


  21. You can't hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree. You can't hate Africa and not hate yourself.


  22. I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I'm a human being, first and foremost, and as such I'm for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.


  23. You have to realize that up until about 1959, Africa was dominated by the colonial powers. And by the colonial powers of Europe having complete control over Africa, they projected Africa always in a negative light - jungles, savages, cannibals, nothing civilized.


  24. If violence is wrong in America, violence is wrong abroad. If it is wrong to be violent defending black women and black children and black babies and black men, then it is wrong for America to draft us, and make us violent abroad in defense of her. And if it is right for America to draft us, and teach us how to be violent in defense of her, then it is right for you and me to do whatever is necessary to defend our own people right here in this country.


  25. If you have no critics you'll likely have no success.


  26. Being an old farm boy myself, chickens coming home to roost never did make me sad; they've always made me glad.


  27. If, if a white man puts his arm around me voluntarily, that's brotherhood. But if you - if you hold a gun on him and make him embrace me and pretend to be friendly or brotherly toward me, then that's not brotherhood, that's hypocrisy.


  28. All I held against Jews was that so many Jews actually were hypocrites in their claim to be friends of the American black man.

    • black

  29. You can't legislate good will - that comes through education.

    • education

  30. We declare our right on this earth to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary.

    • activism



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  1. Picture quote by Malcolm X about desire

    If you want something, you better make some noise.


  2. Picture quote by Malcolm X about condemn

    Don't be in such a hurry to condemn a person because he doesn't do what you do, or think as you think. There was a time when you didn't know what you know today.


  3. Picture quote by Malcolm X about success

    If you have no critics, you'll likely have no success.


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    If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything


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What are the best black quotes by Malcolm X?


    The Negro revolution is controlled by foxy white liberals, by the Government itself. But the Black Revolution is controlled only by God.

    • black

    We won't organize any black man to be a Democrat or a Republican because both of them have sold us out. Both of them have sold us out; both parties have sold us out. Both parties are racist, and the Democratic Party is more racist than the Republican Party.

    • black

    We who follow the Honorable Elijah Muhammad feel that when you try and pass integration laws here in America, forcing white people to pretend that they are accepting black people, what you are doing is making white people act in a hypocritical way.

    • black

    The Honorable Elijah Muhammad says that we should be separate, all right, but in this separate state or separate existence, the black man should be given the opportunity and the incentive to do for himself what the white man has done for himself.

    • black

    If it's lawful to have a rifle club to kill pheasants, it should be just as lawful to have one to kill wolves or dogs that are being sicked on little black babies. In fact, it's constitutional. Article Number Two of the constitution guarantees the right of every citizen to own a rifle or a shot gun.

    • black

    The black man in Africa had mastered the arts and sciences. He knew the course of the stars in the universe before the man up in Europe knew that the earth wasn't flat.


    My black brothers and sisters - of all religious beliefs, or of no religious beliefs - we all have in common the greatest binding tie we could have. We are all black people!

    • black

    Not one black man is prominent in Brazil. The Negroes there are still at the bottom.

    • black

    Nobody should teach the black man in America to turn the other cheek, unless someone is teaching the white man in America to turn the other cheek.

    • black

    What I want to know is how the white man, with the blood of black people dripping off his fingers, can have the audacity to be asking black people, 'Do they hate him?' That takes a lot of nerve.


    I am for violence if non-violence means we continue postponing a solution to the American black man's problem just to avoid violence.

    • black

    All I held against Jews was that so many Jews actually were hypocrites in their claim to be friends of the American black man.

    • black

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What are the best people quotes by Malcolm X?


    America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met, talked to, even eaten with people who in America would have been considered 'white,' but the 'white' attitude had been removed from their minds by the religion of Islam.


    I just don't believe that when people are being unjustly oppressed that they should let someone else set rules for them by which they can come out from under that oppression.


    We are not anti-white. But we don't have time for the white man. The white man is on top already, the white man is the boss already... he has first-class citizenship already. So you are wasting your time talking to the white man. We are working on our own people.


    The real names of our people were destroyed during slavery. The last name of my forefathers was taken from them when they were brought to America and made slaves, and then the name of the slave master was given, which we refuse, we reject that name today and refuse it. I never acknowledge it whatsoever.


    We who follow the Honorable Elijah Muhammad feel that when you try and pass integration laws here in America, forcing white people to pretend that they are accepting black people, what you are doing is making white people act in a hypocritical way.

    • black

    The true Islam has shown me that a blanket indictment of all white people is as wrong as when whites make blanket indictments against blacks.


    My black brothers and sisters - of all religious beliefs, or of no religious beliefs - we all have in common the greatest binding tie we could have. We are all black people!

    • black

    When we say Afro American, we include everyone in the Western Hemisphere of African descent. South America is America. Central America is America. South America has many people in it of African descent.


    What I want to know is how the white man, with the blood of black people dripping off his fingers, can have the audacity to be asking black people, 'Do they hate him?' That takes a lot of nerve.

    • hate

    In the Bible, God offered the Pharaoh freedom if he would just let the oppressed people free to go to the land of milk and honey. But the Pharaoh disobeyed, and he was destroyed.


    We Muslims believe that the white race, which is guilty of having oppressed and exploited and enslaved our people here in America, should and will be the victims of God's divine wrath.

    • god

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What are the best freedom quotes by Malcolm X?


    You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.

    • freedom

    Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it.

    • freedom

    If you're not ready to die for it, put the word freedom out of your vocabulary.

    • freedom

    You don't have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being.

    • freedom

    The only way we'll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world. We are blood brothers to the people of Brazil, Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba -- yes Cuba too.

    • freedom

    When a person places the proper value on freedom, there is nothing under the sun that he will not do to acquire that freedom. Whenever you hear a man saying he wants freedom, but in the next breath he is going to tell you what he won't do to get it, or what he doesn't believe in doing in order to get it, he doesn't believe in freedom. A man who believes in freedom will do anything under the sun to acquire... or preserve his freedom.

    • freedom

    I believe in a religion that believes in freedom. Any time I have to accept a religion that won't let me fight a battle for my people, I say to hell with that religion.

    • freedom

    Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression, because power, real power, comes from our conviction which produces action, uncompromising action.

    • freedom

    In the Bible, God offered the Pharaoh freedom if he would just let the oppressed people free to go to the land of milk and honey. But the Pharaoh disobeyed, and he was destroyed.

    • god

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What are the best education quotes by Malcolm X?


    Without education, you're not going anywhere in this world.

    • education

    Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.

    • education

    Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.

    • education

    You can't legislate good will - that comes through education.

    • education

    Good education, housing and jobs are imperatives for the Negroes, and I shall support them in their fight to win these objectives, but I shall tell the Negroes that while these are necessary, they cannot solve the main Negro problem.

    • education

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What are the best truth quotes by Malcolm X?


    Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or who says it.

    • truth

    I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I'm a human being, first and foremost, and as such I'm for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.

    • activism

    We do not condemn the preachers as an individual but we condemn what they teach. We urge that the preachers teach the truth, to teach our people the one important guiding rule of conduct -- unity of purpose.

    • truth

    Truth is on the side of the oppressed.

    • truth

    Despite my firm convictions, I have always been a man who tries to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds. I have always kept an open mind, a flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of the intelligent search for truth.


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The black man in Africa had mastered the arts and sciences. He knew the course of the stars in the universe before the man up in Europe knew that the earth wasn't flat.

  • stars

Nobody should teach the black man in America to turn the other cheek, unless someone is teaching the white man in America to turn the other cheek.

  • black

I have been blessed to visit the Holy City of Mecca.


We Muslims believe that the white race, which is guilty of having oppressed and exploited and enslaved our people here in America, should and will be the victims of God's divine wrath.

  • god



If you turn the other cheek, you can be enslaved for 1,000 years.


Despite my firm convictions, I have always been a man who tries to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds. I have always kept an open mind, a flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of the intelligent search for truth.

  • life

When we say Afro American, we include everyone in the Western Hemisphere of African descent. South America is America. Central America is America. South America has many people in it of African descent.

  • people

If ballots won't work, bullets will.


We won't organize any black man to be a Democrat or a Republican because both of them have sold us out. Both of them have sold us out; both parties have sold us out. Both parties are racist, and the Democratic Party is more racist than the Republican Party.

  • black

Sitting at the table doesn't make you a diner, unless you eat some of what's on that plate. Being here in America doesn't make you an American. Being born here in America doesn't make you an American.


There is nothing in our book, the Koran, that teaches us to suffer peacefully. Our religion teaches us to be intelligent.


When we see that our problem is so complicated and so all-encompassing in its intent and content, then we realize that it is no longer a Negro problem, confined only to the American Negro; that it is no longer an American problem, confined only to America, but it is a problem for humanity.


History is not hatred.


History proves that the white man is a devil.

  • history

Not one black man is prominent in Brazil. The Negroes there are still at the bottom.

  • black

Sitting at the table doesn't make you a diner. You must be eating some of what's on that plate. Being here in America doesn't make you an American. Being born here in America doesn't make you an American.


The true Islam has shown me that a blanket indictment of all white people is as wrong as when whites make blanket indictments against blacks.

  • islam

You don't have a peaceful revolution. You don't have a turn-the-cheek revolution. There's no such thing as a nonviolent revolution.


Do you know what integration really means? It means intermarriage. That's the real point behind it. You can't have it without intermarriage. And that would result in disintegration of both races.


It's got to be the ballot or the bullet. The ballot or the bullet. If you're afraid to use an expression like that, you should get back in the cotton patch, you should get back in the alley.


I believe in a religion that believes in freedom. Any time I have to accept a religion that won't let me fight a battle for my people, I say to hell with that religion.

  • freedom

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad says that we should be separate, all right, but in this separate state or separate existence, the black man should be given the opportunity and the incentive to do for himself what the white man has done for himself.

  • black

The real names of our people were destroyed during slavery. The last name of my forefathers was taken from them when they were brought to America and made slaves, and then the name of the slave master was given, which we refuse, we reject that name today and refuse it. I never acknowledge it whatsoever.

  • today

I have more respect for a man who lets me know where he stands, even if he's wrong, than the one who comes up like an angel and is nothing but a devil.

  • respect

If you have a dog, I must have a dog. If you have a rifle, I must have a rifle. If you have a club, I must have a club. This is equality.


My father didn't know his last name. My father got his last name from his grandfather, and his grandfather got it from his grandfather who got it from the slavemaster.


The White man pays Reverend Martin Luther King so that Martin Luther King can keep the Negro defenseless.


When a person places the proper value on freedom, there is nothing under the sun that he will not do to acquire that freedom. Whenever you hear a man saying he wants freedom, but in the next breath he is going to tell you what he won't do to get it, or what he doesn't believe in doing in order to get it, he doesn't believe in freedom. A man who believes in freedom will do anything under the sun to acquire... or preserve his freedom.

  • freedom

We do not condemn the preachers as an individual but we condemn what they teach. We urge that the preachers teach the truth, to teach our people the one important guiding rule of conduct -- unity of purpose.

  • truth

It is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks. It is legal and lawful to own a shotgun or a rifle. We believe in obeying the law.

  • gun

I for one believe that if you give people a thorough understanding of what confronts them and the basic causes that produce it, they'll create their own program, and when the people create a program, you get action.

  • activism

My Alma mater was books, a good library... I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.

  • books

I believe in the brotherhood of man, all men, but I don't believe in brotherhood with anybody who doesn't want brotherhood with me. I believe in treating people right, but I'm not going to waste my time trying to treat somebody right who doesn't know how to return the treatment.


Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression, because power, real power, comes from our conviction which produces action, uncompromising action.

  • freedom

America is the first country... that can actually have a bloodless revolution.


The American Negro has no conception of the hundreds of millions of other non-whites' concern for him: he has no conception of their feeling of brotherhood for and with him.


In the Bible, God offered the Pharaoh freedom if he would just let the oppressed people free to go to the land of milk and honey. But the Pharaoh disobeyed, and he was destroyed.

  • god

To have once been a criminal is no disgrace. To remain a criminal is the disgrace.


We who follow the Honorable Elijah Muhammad feel that when you try and pass integration laws here in America, forcing white people to pretend that they are accepting black people, what you are doing is making white people act in a hypocritical way.

  • black

I am for violence if non-violence means we continue postponing a solution to the American black man's problem just to avoid violence.

  • black

I did a lot of things as a Muslim that I am sorry for now.


I want to take Negroes out of the ghetto and put them in good neighborhoods in good houses.


The only way we'll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world. We are blood brothers to the people of Brazil, Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba -- yes Cuba too.

  • freedom

I just don't believe that when people are being unjustly oppressed that they should let someone else set rules for them by which they can come out from under that oppression.

  • believe

The American Negro never can be blamed for his racial animosities - he is only reacting to 400 years of the conscious racism of the American whites.


The goal of Dr. Martin Luther King is to give Negroes a chance to sit in a segregated restaurant beside the same white man who had brutalized them for 400 years.

  • king

My father didn't know his real name. My father got his name from his grandfather and he got his name from his grandfather and he got it from the slave master.

  • father

It is impossible for capitalism to survive, primarily because the system of capitalism needs some blood to suck. Capitalism used to be like an eagle, but now it's more like a vulture. It used to be strong enough to go and suck anybody's blood whether they were strong or not. But now it has become more cowardly, like the vulture, and it can only suck the blood of the helpless. As the nations of the world free themselves, the capitalism has less victims, less to suck, and it becomes weaker and weaker. It's only a matter of time in my opinion before it will collapse completely.


The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.


It's hard for anyone intelligent to be nonviolent. Everything in the universe does something when you start playing with his life, except the American Negro. He lays down and says, 'Beat me, daddy.'

  • life

Power doesn't back up in the face of a smile, or in the face of a threat of some kind of nonviolent loving action. It's not the nature of power to back up in the face of anything but some more power.


What I want to know is how the white man, with the blood of black people dripping off his fingers, can have the audacity to be asking black people, 'Do they hate him?' That takes a lot of nerve.

  • hate

The white man, in his press, is going to identify me with 'hate.'

  • hate

The white man made the mistake of letting me read his history books. He made the mistake of teaching me that Patrick Henry was a patriot and George Washington - wasn't nothing non-violent about old Pat or George Washington.

  • history

Envy blinds men and makes it impossible for them to think clearly.


Integration will not bring a man back from the grave.


Good education, housing and jobs are imperatives for the Negroes, and I shall support them in their fight to win these objectives, but I shall tell the Negroes that while these are necessary, they cannot solve the main Negro problem.

  • education

It's just like when you've got some coffee that's too black, which means it's too strong. What do you do? You integrate it with cream, you make it weak. But if you pour too much cream in it, you won't even know you ever had coffee. It used to be hot, it becomes cool. It used to be strong, it becomes weak. It used to wake you up, now it puts you to sleep.


Power never takes a back step only in the face of more power.


Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.

  • respect

Truth is on the side of the oppressed.

  • truth

White America is in the minority.


In the Muslim world, I had seen that men with white complexions were more genuinely brotherly than anyone else had ever been. That... was the start of a radical alteration in my whole outlook about 'white men.'


The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us that God, now, is about to establish a kingdom on this earth, based upon brotherhood and peace. And the white man is against brotherhood, and the white man is against peace.

  • god

For me, my 'X' replaced the white slave master name of 'Little' which some blue-eyed devil named Little had imposed on my parental forebears.


I don't even call it violence when it's in self defense; I call it intelligence.


We are not anti-white. But we don't have time for the white man. The white man is on top already, the white man is the boss already... he has first-class citizenship already. So you are wasting your time talking to the white man. We are working on our own people.

  • time

When ghetto living seems normal, you have no shame, no privacy.

  • ghetto

There is no more apartheid in South Africa than in the United States.


America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met, talked to, even eaten with people who in America would have been considered 'white,' but the 'white' attitude had been removed from their minds by the religion of Islam.

  • attitude

Segregation is that which is forced upon an inferior by a superior. Separation is done voluntarily by two equals.


In the past, the greatest weapon the white man has had has been his ability to divide and conquer. If I take my hand and slap you, you don't even feel it. It might sting you because these digits are separated. But all I have to do to put you back in your place is bring those digits together.


America in its entirety is segregationist and is racist. It's more camouflaged in the north, but it's the same thing.

  • america

What is a Dixiecrat? A Democrat. A Dixiecrat is nothing but a Democrat in disguise.


Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.

  • education

My black brothers and sisters - of all religious beliefs, or of no religious beliefs - we all have in common the greatest binding tie we could have. We are all black people!

  • black

America preaches integration and practices segregation.


If it's lawful to have a rifle club to kill pheasants, it should be just as lawful to have one to kill wolves or dogs that are being sicked on little black babies. In fact, it's constitutional. Article Number Two of the constitution guarantees the right of every citizen to own a rifle or a shot gun.

  • black

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