Best Malcolm X Quotes To Inspire You [2022]

Malcolm X Quotes
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The idea that you can achieve your goals with hard work and dedication is a message Malcolm X passionately delivered in his speeches. He’s rightly considered one of the most important public figures in recent times and has always been an inspiration to Penn Book. The best leaders always deliver that power quote or line, which we should all do our best to incorporate into our own daily lives. Here are some of the best Malcolm X quotes – what’s yours?

Malcolm X Quotes On Education

Malcolm X quotes on Education

“Education is an important element in the struggle for human rights. It is the means to help our children and thereby increase self-respect.”

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

“I have often reflected upon the new vistas that reading opened to me. I knew right there in prison that reading had changed forever the course of my life. As I see it today, the ability to read awoke in me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.”

“You can’t legislate goodwill – that comes through education.”

“My homemade education gave me, with every additional book that I read, a little bit more sensitivity to the deafness, dumbness, and blindness that was afflicting the black race in America.”

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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.”

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

“Who taught you to hate yourself?”

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

“I find it difficult [to believe] that… Christians accuse [Black Muslims] of teaching racial supremacy or… hatred because their own history and… teachings are filled with it.”

“You have to wake the people up first, then you’ll get action.”

“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.”

“History is a people’s memory, and without a memory, man is demoted to the lower animals.”

Malcolm X Quotes

Malcolm X Quotes

Malcolm X, an African-American Muslim leader who was also a human rights activist and activist for black rights, is widely admired. He was the founder/co-founder of Organisation of African Unity, Muslim Mosque, Inc., Organization of Afro-American Unity

“I believe in human rights for everyone, and none of us is qualified to judge each other and that none of us should therefore have that authority.”

“The holiest and most sacred city on earth. The fountain of truth, love, peace, and brotherhood.”

“I am not a racist. I am against every form of racism and segregation, every form of discrimination. I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color.”

“In any organization, someone must be the boss. If it’s even just one person, you’ve got to be the boss of yourself.”

“We’re not Americans, we’re Africans who happen to be in America. We were kidnapped and brought here against our will from Africa. We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock. Plymouth rock landed on us”.

“It is a time for martyrs now, and if I am to be one, it will be for the cause of brotherhood. That’s the only thing that can save this country.”

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

“A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can’t play the part of a wise man.”

“One of the things that made the Black Muslim movement grow was its emphasis upon things African. This was the secret to the growth of the Black Muslim movement. African blood, African origin, African culture, African ties. And you’d be surprised – we discovered that deep within the subconscious of the black man in this country, he is still more African than he is American.”

“The price of freedom is death.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“Once I was, yes. But now I have turned my direction away from anything that’s racist.”

“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.”

“Nonviolence is fine as long as it works.”

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

“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.”

“I believe that there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those that do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice, and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the systems of exploitation.”

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“A new world order is in the making, and it is up to us to prepare ourselves that we may take our rightful place in it.”

“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 [why] they hate him?”

“Yes, I’m an extremist. The black race… is in extremely bad condition. You show me a black man who isn’t an extremist and I’ll show you the one who needs psychiatric attention!”

“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.”

“I don’t even call it violence when it’s in self-defense; I call it intelligence.”

“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.”

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“People don’t realize how a man’s whole life can be changed by one book.”

“I want Dr. King to know that I didn’t come to Selma to make his job difficult. I really did come thinking I could make it easier. If the white people realize what the alternative is, perhaps they will be more willing to hear Dr. King.”

“Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny, because the power of a just cause is based on conviction, and leads to resolute and uncompromising action.”

“Concerning nonviolence, it is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks.”

“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.”

“A race of people is like an individual man; until it uses its own talent, takes pride in its own history, expresses its own culture, affirms its own selfhood, it can never fulfill itself.”

“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.”

“Truth does not change, only our awareness of it.”If you turn the other cheek, you can be enslaved for 1,000 years.”

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

“Integration will not bring a man back from the grave.”

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

“I believe in the brotherhood of all men, but I don’t believe in wasting brotherhood on anyone who doesn’t want to practice it with me. Brotherhood is a two-way street.”

“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.”

“Dr. King wants the same thing I want. Freedom.”

“In all our deeds, the proper value and respect for time determine success or failure.”

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

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

“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.”

“They put your mind right in a bag, and take it wherever they want.”

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

“To me, the thing that is worse than death is betrayal. You see, I could conceive death, but I could not conceive betrayal.”

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“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.”

“We are nonviolent with people who are nonviolent with us.”

“I don’t see an American Dream, I see an American Nightmare.”

“I’m the man you think you are. If you want to know what I’ll do, figure out what you’ll do. I’ll do the same thing–only more of it.”

“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.”

“I am neither a fanatic nor a dreamer. I am a black man who loves peace, and justice, and loves his people.”

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

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

“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.”

“You can’t hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree. You can’t hate Africa and not hate yourself.”

“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!”

“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.”

“Change is only a good thing if you change in a good way.”

“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

“It’s hard for anyone intelligent to be nonviolent.”

“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.”

“I was going through the hardest thing, also the greatest thing, for any human being to do; to accept that which is already within you, and around you.”

“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time.”

Quotes About His Life

Quotes About His Life

“This was a brother you could believe. There was the sense that he was not in it for something. That was the extraordinary thing about him. He was in it because of his commitment to our liberation.” – James Turner, Founding Director of African Studies at Cornell University

“The black student group I was in wrote him a letter saying we’d heard he’d suspended security provisions – people weren’t being searched fully like before. We told him we thought that was not wise, in fact, more security should be in place. He wrote back, and after thanking us, said, ‘Brothers, our people are patted down and knocked down every day of their lives. We want them to come in here and know that they are among their brothers and sisters.’” – James Turner, Founding Director of African Studies at Cornell University

“I always had a deep affection for Malcolm and felt that he had a great ability to put his finger on the existence and the root of the problem. He was an eloquent spokesman for his point of view and no one can honestly doubt that Malcolm had a great concern for the problems we face as a race.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Here – at this final hour, Harlem has come to bid farewell to one of its brightest hopes – extinguished now, and gone from us forever. Many will ask what Harlem finds to honor in this stormy, controversial, and bold young captain – and we will smile.We will answer and say unto them, ‘Did you ever talk to Brother Malcolm? Did you ever really listen to him?For if you did you would know him. And if you knew him you would know why we must honor him.’” – Ossie Davis, Actor

“I had just moved to Harlem. It was the first night I was there, and I went for a walk and there was a rally going on. Of course, I had heard about Malcolm before that, but it was mostly the kind of negative things they were running about him in the press then. I felt as if I was hearing the truth. I had never heard anyone speak with such clarity and forcefulness. And he just stimulated me. I found if he mentioned a book or a magazine article, I would try to find it. You hear people use that cliche about the University of the Streets. It really was that.” – A. Peter Bailey, Journalist

5 Fun Facts About Malcolm X

5 Fun Facts About Malcolm X

  1. Malcolm X had nine siblings. He was the son of six half-siblings and one brother.
  2. The FBI tracked every move of Malcolm X after an incident in one of his speeches.
  3. He was the founder of Muslim Mosque, Inc., and Pan-Africanist Organisation of Afro-American Unity.
  4. Malcolm X inspired Cassius Clay, aka Muhammad Ali, to join Islam.
  5. Malcolm X started robbing stores from 9 because his family was so poor.

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