A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.— Malcolm X
The most emotional Malcolm X quotes you will be delighted to read
If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything.
When 'I' replaced with 'We', even the illness becomes wellness.
Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone;
but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.
If you have no critics you'll likely have no success.
If you stick a knife nine inches into my back and pull it out three inches, that is not progress. Even if you pull it all the way out, that is not progress. Progress is healing the wound, and America hasn't even begun to pull out the knife.
If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.
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.
If you want something, you better make some noise.
You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it.
Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.
You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
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.
America's greatest crime against the black man was not slavery or lynching, but that he was taught to wear a mask of self-hate and self-doubt.
If you form the habit of taking what someone else says about a thing without checking it out for yourself, you'll find that other people will have you hating your friends and loving your enemies.
The most disrespected person in America is the black woman.
The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman.
If you have no critics, you'll likely have no success.
Without education, you're not going anywhere in this world.
Learn to see, listen, and think for yourself.
That's not a chip on my shoulder, that's your foot on my neck.
If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything
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.
Don't be in a hurry to condemn because he doesn't do what you do or think as you think or as fast. There was a time when you didn't know what you know today.
Anytime anyone is enslaved or in any way deprived of his liberty, that person, as a human being, as far as I'm concerned he is justified to resort to whatever methods necessary to bring about his liberty again.
The mental flexibility of the wise man permits him to keep an open mind and enables him to readjust himself whenever it becomes necessary for a change.
The greatest mistake of the movement has been trying to organize a sleeping people around specific goals. You have to wake the people up first, then you'll get action.
You have to be very careful introducing the truth to the black man, who has never previously heard the truth about himself. The black brother is so brainwashed that he may reject the truth when he first hears it. You have to drop a little bit on him at a time, and wait a while to let that sink in before advancing to the next step
There can be no black-white unity until there is first some black unity.
.. We cannot think of uniting with others, until after we have first united among ourselves. We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.
Concerning non-violence: it is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks.
You can cuss out colonialism, imperialism, and all other kinds of ism, but it's hard for you to cuss that dollarism. When they drop those dollars on you, your soul goes.
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.
You don't have a revolution in which you love your enemy, and you don't have a revolution in which you are begging the system of exploitation to integrate you into it. Revolutions overturn systems. Revolutions destroy systems.
Daring to reach, to climb, to crawl, to scratch, to get back up when you've been knocked down, to push forward - ever forward - to forgive. It means sacrificing everything if necessary, to carve out a place for your own existence. It means living.
If you have no critics you'll likely have no success.
One of the tricks of the west is to use or create images, they create images of a person who doesn't go along with their views and then they make certain that this image is distasteful, and then anything that that person has to say from thereon, from thereon in, is rejected.
Just as a tree without roots is dead, a people without history or cultural roots also becomes a dead people.
My Alma mater was books, a good library.
.. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.
A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.
An English writer telephoned me from London, asking questions.
One was, ‘What’s your alma mater?’ I told him, ‘Books.
I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color.
We black men have a hard enough time in our own struggle for justice, and already have enough enemies as it is, to make the drastic mistake of attacking each other and adding more weight to an already unbearable load.
My alma mater was books, a good library.
America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem.
You get your freedom by letting your enemy know that you'll do anything to get it. Then you'll get it. It's the only way you'll get it.
The political philosophy of black nationalism means that the black man should control the politics and the politicians in his own community; no more.
You show me a capitalist, and I'll show you a bloodsucker.
To me, the thing that is worse than death is betrayal.
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.
Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it.
I want to be remembered as someone who was sincere.
Even if I made mistakes, they were made in sincerity. If I was wrong, I was wrong in sincerity.
They're not leading our people toward any kind of independence, but they're using their positions and their education and their talent to exploit our people worse than the slave master did during slavery.
The religion of Islam actually restores one's human feelings, human rights, human incentives, human, his talent.
I have been blessed to visit the Holy City of Mecca.
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.
We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.