We must give up the silly idea of folding our hands and waiting on God to do everything for us. If God had intended for that, then he would not have given us a mind. Whatever you want in life, you must make up your mind to do it for yourself.— Marcus Garvey
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The Black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness.
A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.
Never forget that intelligence rules the world and ignorance carries the burden. Therefore, remove yourself as far as possible from ignorance and seek as far as possible to be intelligent.
If we as a people realized the greatness from which we came we would be less likely to disrespect ourselves.
I trust that you will so live today as to realize that you are masters of your own destiny, masters of your fate; if there is anything you want in this world, it is for you to strike out with confidence and faith in self and reach for it.
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!
Do not remove the kinks from your hair--remove them from your brain.
The man who is not able to develop and use his mind is bound to be the slave of the other man who uses his mind
Every man has a right to his own opinion.
Every race has a right to its own action; therefore let no man persuade you against your will, let no other race influence you against your own.
The white man has succeeded in subduing the world by forcing everybody to think his way....The white man's propaganda has made him the master of the world, and all those who have come in contact with it and accepted it have become his slaves.
There can be no peace among men and nations, so long as the strong continues to oppress the weak, so long as injustice is done to other peoples, just so long we will have cause for war, and make a lasting peace an impossibility.
When all else fails to organize the people, conditions will.
It is by education that we become prepared for our duties and responsibilities in life. If one is badly educated he must naturally fail in the proper assumption and practice of his duties and responsibilities.
The value of knowledge is to use it. It is not humanly possible that a person can retain all knowledge of the world, but if a person knows how to search for all the knowledge of the world, he will find it when he wants it.
God does not... give people positions or jobs or... good conditions such as they desire; they must do that for themselves.. God does not build cities nor towns nor nations, nor homes, nor factories; men and people do that and all those who want must work for themselves and pray to God to give them strength to do it.
We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery because whilst others might free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind. Mind is your only ruler, sovereign. The man who is not able to develop and use his mind is bound to be the slave of the other man who uses his mind.
She makes one happy, then miserable. You are to her kind, then unkind. Constant yet inconstant. Thus we have WOMAN. No real man can do without her.
Africa with 400 million Black People can do it.
If you cannot do it, if you are not prepared to do it then you will DIE. You race of cowards, you race of imbeciles, you race of good for-nothings, if you cannot do what other men have done, what other nations have done, what other races have done, THEN YOU HAD BETTER DIE.
If the Negro is not careful he will drink in all the poison of modern civilization and die from the effects of it.
God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement.
Look for me in the whirlwind or the storm, look for me all around you, for, with God's grace, I shall come and bring with me countless millions of black slaves who have died in America and the West Indies and the millions in Africa to aid you in the fight for Liberty, Freedom and Life.
The pen is mightier than the sword, but the tongue is mightier than them both put together.
What you do to-day that is worthwhile, inspires others to act at some future time.
You must not mistake lip-service and noise for bravery and service.
I regard the Klan, the Anglo-Saxon clubs and White American societies, as far as the Negro is concerned, as better friends of the race than all other groups of hypocritical whites put together.
Progress is the attraction that moves humanity.
The whole world is run on bluff. No race, no nation, no man has any divine right to take advantage of others. Why allow the other fellow to bluff you?
Black men of Carthage, Ethiopia, of Timbuktu and Alexandria gave the likes of civilization to this world
I am not opposed to the white race as charged by my enemies.
I have no time to hate any one. All my time is devoted to the up-building and development of the Negro Race.
They subjugate first, if the weaker peoples will stand for it;
then exploit, and if they will not stand for SUBJUGATION nor EXPLOITATION, the other recourse is EXTERMINATION.
A man's bread and butter is only insured when he works for it.
At no time within the last five-hundred years can one point to a single instance of the Negro as a race of haters.
Be as proud of your race today as our as our fathers were in days of yore.
We have beautiful history, and we shall create another in the future that will astonish the world.
LIFE is that existence that is given to man to live for a purpose, to live to his own satisfaction and pleasure, providing he forgets not the God who created him and who expects a spiritual obedience and observation of the moral laws that He has inspired.
If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.
I have no desire to take all black people back to Africa;
there are blacks who are no good here and will likewise be no good there.
Take the kinks out your mind, not your hair.
Hungry men have no respect for law, authority or human life.
Negro producers, Negro distributors, Negro consumers! The world of Negroes can be self contained. We desire earnestly to deal with the rest of the world, but if the rest of the world desire not, we seek not
God Almighty created each and every one of use for a place in the world, and for the least of us to think that we were created only to be what we are and not what we can make ourselves, is to impute an improper motive to the Creator for creating is.
They said that the Negro had no initiative;
that he was not a business man, but a laborer; that he had not the brain to engineer a corporation, to own and run ships; that he had no knowledge of navigation, therefore the proposition was impossible. Oh! ye of little faith. The Eternal has happened.
Chance has never yet satisfied the hope of a suffering people.
Action, self-reliance, the vision of self and the future have been the only means by which the oppressed have seen and realized the light of their own freedom.
Look for me in the whirlwind or the storm.
I pray God that we shall never use our physical prowess to oppress the human race, but we will use our strength, physically, morally and otherwise to preserve humanity and civilization.
I like honesty and fair play.
When the facts of history are written Haile Selassie of Abyssinia will go down as a great coward who ran away from his country to save his skin and left the millions of his countrymen to struggle through a terrible war that he brought upon them because of his political ignorance and his racial disloyalty.
Wake up Ethiopia! Wake up Africa! Let us work towards the one glorious end of a free, redeemed and mighty nation. Let Africa be a bright star among the constellation of nations.
History is the land-mark by which we are directed into the true course of life.
The traitor of other races is generally confined to the mediocre or irresponsible individual, but, unfortunately, the traitors among the Negro race are generally to be found among the men with the highest place in education and society, the fellows who call themselves leaders.