Quotes by Malcolm X

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.
– Malcolm X

The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.
– Malcolm X

Power never takes a back step – only in the face of more power.
– Malcolm X

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.
– Malcolm X

To have once been a criminal is no disgrace. To remain a criminal is the disgrace.
– Malcolm X

Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the Gun down.
– Malcolm X

You show me a capitalist, and I’ll show you a bloodsucker.
– Malcolm X

To me, the thing that is worse than death is betrayal. You see, I could conceive death, but I could not conceive betrayal.
– Malcolm X

I’m sorry to say that the subject I most disliked was mathematics. I have thought about it. I think the reason was that mathematics leaves no room for argument. If you made a mistake, that was all there was to it.
– Malcolm X

Anytime you find someone more successful than you are, especially when you’re both engaged in the same business – you know they’re doing something that you aren’t.
– Malcolm X

You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
– 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.
– Malcolm X

You get your freedom by letting your enemy know that you’ll do anything to get it. Then you’ll get it. It’s the only way you’ll get it.
– Malcolm X

So early in my life, I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise.
– Malcolm X

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.
– Malcolm X

If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success.
– Malcolm X

Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.
– Malcolm X

People don’t realize how a man’s whole life can be changed by one book.
– Malcolm X

If someone puts their hands on you make sure they never put their hands on anybody else again.
– Malcolm X

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

Envy blinds men and makes it impossible for them to think clearly.
– Malcolm X

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

It is only after slavery and prison that the sweetest appreciation of freedom can come.
– Malcolm X

And just because you have colleges and universities doesn’t mean you have education.
– Malcolm X

And when I speak, I don’t speak as a Democrat. Or a Republican. Nor an American. I speak as a victim of America’s so-called democracy. You and I have never seen democracy – all we’ve seen is hypocrisy. When we open our eyes today and look around America, we see America not through the eyes of someone who has enjoyed the fruits of Americanism. We see America through the eyes of someone who has been the victim of Americanism. We don’t see any American dream. We’ve experienced only the American nightmare.
– Malcolm X

I don’t even call it violence when it’s in self defense; I call it intelligence.
– Malcolm X

If you’re not ready to die for it, take the word “freedom” out of your vocabulary.
– Malcolm X

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.
– Malcolm X

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.
– Malcolm X

We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.
– Malcolm X

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