Malcolm X Quotes

American Muslim minister and a human rights activist

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.
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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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The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.
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Envy blinds men and makes it impossible for them to think clearly.
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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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Power never takes a back step – only in the face of more power.
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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.
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To have once been a criminal is no disgrace. To remain a criminal is the disgrace.
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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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You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
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Hence 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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Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the Gun down.
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You show me a capitalist, and I’ll show you a bloodsucker.
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If someone puts their hands on you make sure they never put their hands on anybody else again.
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If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success.
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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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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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So early in my life, I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise.
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I don’t even call it violence when it’s in self defense; I call it intelligence.
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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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