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Malcolm X

El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, or Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little (19 May 1925 21 February 1965) was an American black nationalist leader.
Found 38 thoughts of Malcolm X

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

Malcolm X

You can always chase a dream but it will not count if you never catch it.

Malcolm X

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

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I have no mercy or compassion in me for a society that will crush people, and then penalize them for not being able to stand up under the weight.

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

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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.

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Power in defense of freedom is greater than power on behalf of tyranny and oppression.

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Time is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. Truth is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. You don't need anything else.

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The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.

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Without education, you are not going anywhere in this world.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.

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My thinking had been opened up wide in Mecca. I wrote long letters to my friends, in which I tried to convey to them my new insights into the American black man’s struggle and his problems as well as the depths of my search for truth and justice. “I’ve had enough of someone else’s propaganda,” I had written to these friends. “I am for truth, no matter who tells it. I am for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I am a human being first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.” The American white man’s press called me the angriest Negro in America. I wouldn’t deny that charge; I spoke exactly as I felt. I believe in anger. I believe it is a crime for anyone who is being brutalized to continue to accept that brutality without doing something to defend himself. I am for violence if non-violence means that we continue postponing or even delaying a solution to the American black man’s problem. White man hates to hear anybody, especially a black man, talk about the crime that the white man perpetrated on the black man. But let me remind you that when the white man came into this country, he certainly wasn’t demonstrating non-violence.

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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, Venezuelan Haiti and Cuba.

Malcolm X

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.

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

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

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If violence is wrong in America, violence is wrong abroad. If it is wrong to be violent defending black women, then it is wrong for America to draft us, and make us violent abroad in defence of her. If it is right for America to draft us, and teach us how to be violent in defence 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.

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

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

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

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

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