Malcolm X

militant civil rights leader (1925-1965)

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Power never takes a back step - only in the face of more power.
The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.
Power in defense of freedom is greater than power on behalf of tyranny and oppression.
Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.
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.
It's just like when you've got some coffee that's too black, which means it's too strong. What do you do? You integrate it with cream, you make it weak. But if you pour too much cream in it, you won't even know you ever had coffee. It used to be hot, it becomes cool. It used to be strong, it becomes weak. It used to wake you up, now it puts you to sleep.
Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it.
Nonviolence is fine as long as it works.
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.
Speaking like this doesn't mean that we're anti-white, but it does mean we're anti-exploitation, we're anti-degradation, we're anti-oppression.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Without education, you're not going anywhere in this world.
You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
You show me a capitalist, and I'll show you a bloodsucker.
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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