Malcolm X Quotes

A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.

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When 'I' replaced with 'We', even the illness becomes wellness.

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

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We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.

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The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses.

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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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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.

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The mother is the first teacher of the child. The message she gives that child, that child gives to the world.

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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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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.

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

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For tommorow belongs to those that prepare for it today.

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Read absolutely everything you get your hands on because you'll never know where you'll get an idea from.

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When you live in a poor neighborhood, you are living in an area where you have poor schools. When you have poor schools, you have poor teachers. When you have poor teachers, you get a poor education. When you get a poor education, you can only work in a poor-paying job. And that poor-paying job enables you to live again in a poor neighborhood. So, it's a very vicious cycle.

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One of the first things I think young people, especially nowadays, should learn is how to see for yourself and listen for yourself and think for yourself. Then you can come to an intelligent decision for yourself. If you form the habit of going by what you hear others say about someone, or going by what others think about someone, instead of searching that thing out for yourself and seeing for yourself, you will be walking west when you think you're going east, and you will be walking east when you think you're going west.

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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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When the people who are in power want to use again, create an image, to justify something that's bad, they use the press. And they'll use the press to create a humanitarian image, for a devil, or a devil image for a humanitarian. They'll take a person who's a victim of the crime, and make it appear he's the criminal, and they'll take the criminal and make it appear that he's the victim of the crime.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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They cripple the bird's wing, and then condemn it for not flying as fast as they.

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Learn to see, listen, and think for yourself.

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If not now then when, if not me then who?

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That's not a chip on my shoulder, that's your foot on my neck.

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You and I have never seen democracy; all we've seen is hypocrisy.

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One day, may we all meet together in the light of understanding.

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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.

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Only those who have already experienced a revolution within themselves can reach out effectively to help others.

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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.

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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

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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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When you hear me say "by any means necessary," I mean exactly that. I believe in anything that is necessary to correct unjust conditions-political, economic, social, physical, anything that is necessary.

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For the white man to ask the black man if he hates him is just like the rapist asking the raped, or the wolf asking the sheep, 'Do you hate me?' The white man is in no moral position to accuse anyone else of hate! Why, when all of my ancestors are snake-bitten, and I'm snake-bitten, and I warn my children to avoid snakes, what does that snake sound like accusing me of hate-teaching?

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The only thing power respects, is power.

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How can you thank a man for giving you what's already yours?

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

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As long as a white man does it, it's alright, a black man is supposed to have no feelings. But when a black man strikes back he's an extremist, he's supposed to sit passively and have no feelings, be nonviolent, and love his enemy no matter what kind of attack, verbal or otherwise, he's supposed to take it. But if he stands up in any way and tries to defend himself, then he's an extremist.

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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.

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

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A man without any history is like a tree without roots

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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.

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You're living at a time of extremism, a time of revolution A time where there's got to be a change. People in power have misused it And now there has to be a change and a better world has to be built And the only way is going to be built is with extreme methods And I for one will join with anyone, don't care what color you are As long as you want change this miserable condition that exists on this earth

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Only a fool would let his enemy teach his children.

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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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Concerning non-violence: it is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks.

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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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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.

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Just as a tree without roots is dead, a people without history or cultural roots also becomes a dead people.

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My alma mater was books, a good library.

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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.

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