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American minister and activist (d. 1965), Birth: 19-5-1925, Death: 21-2-1965 Malcolm X Quotes
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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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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The press wields the mightiest authority on the planet. They have the capability to exonerate those wrongly accused and to indict those who are not guilty, and that is strength. As they govern the thoughts of the populous.
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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A sage can masquerade as a jester, but a jester cannot simulate sagacity.
We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.
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We need more illumination about each other. Illumination generates comprehension, comprehension generates affection, affection generates forbearance, and forbearance produces harmony.
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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When 'I' replaced with 'We', even the illness becomes wellness.
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When 'Our' replaces 'Mine', even the sickness turns to health.
If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything.
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If you don't have a strong opinion, you will be easily swayed.
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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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.
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I have more esteem for a person who openly expresses their opinion, even if it is erroneous, than one who appears to be angelic yet behaves like a fiend.
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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'Be tranquil, be polite, follow the regulations, show deference to all; but if someone accosts you, send them to their final resting place.'
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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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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Be wary, for the media can provoke animosity towards the persecuted while lionizing those in power.
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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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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Do not be so zealous in your loyalty that you cannot recognize the truth. It does not matter who utters it; wrong is still wrong.
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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The matriarch is the initial instructor of the offspring. The wisdom she bestows upon them, they impart to society.
Read absolutely everything you get your hands on because you'll never know where you'll get an idea from.
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Peruse all materials you encounter as you never know where inspiration will strike.
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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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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You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
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You cannot isolate serenity from liberty because no one can experience tranquility unless they possess their autonomy.
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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If you get in the practice of blindly believing what others assert about a situation without verifying it independently, you will find that other people will provoke you to detest your companions and cherish your adversaries.
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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America's most egregious offense against African Americans was not bondage or mob justice, but rather instilling in them a sense of self-loathing and uncertainty.
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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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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The most disregarded person in America is the black woman. The most unguarded individual in America is the black woman. The most overlooked person in America is the black woman.
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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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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For tommorow belongs to those that prepare for it today.
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'Those who ready themselves today will reap the rewards of tomorrow.'
Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.
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Learning is the gateway to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who plan for it today.
I believe that there will be ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those who 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 system of exploitation. I believe that there will be that kind of clash, but I don't think it will be based on the color of the skin.
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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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They cripple the bird's wing, and then condemn it for not flying as fast as they.
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They hamper the bird's flight, and then censure it for not soaring as quickly as they.
Learn to see, listen, and think for yourself.
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Develop the ability to observe, hear, and ponder independently.
That's not a chip on my shoulder, that's your foot on my neck.
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'Your oppressive boot on my throat is not to be mistaken for a grudge of mine.'
You and I have never seen democracy; all we've seen is hypocrisy.
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We have yet to witness legitimate governance; all we've beheld is duplicity.
If not now then when, if not me then who?
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'If not today, when else; if not I, who else?'
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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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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Don't be too quick to judge because he doesn't act the way you do or think as you think or at the same pace. Remember that there was a moment in the past when your current level of knowledge wasn't available.
Only those who have already experienced a revolution within themselves can reach out effectively to help others.
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Only those who have undergone an internal transformation can effectively assist others.
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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Generally when individuals are despondent, they don't take action. They simply lament their plight. But when they get incensed, they effect a transformation.
I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it's for or against.
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I advocate veracity, no matter the source. I fight for fairness, regardless of who benefits or suffers.
One day, may we all meet together in the light of understanding.
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One day, may we all come together in the radiance of comprehension.
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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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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The sagacity of the wise man allows him to remain unbiased and permits him to modify his stance if a transformation is needed.
I believe in Islam. I am a Muslim and there is nothing wrong with being a Muslim, nothing wrong with the religion of Islam. It just teaches us to believe in Allah as the God. Those of you who are Christian probably believe in the same God, because I think you believe in the God Who created the universe. That's the One we believe in, the One Who created universe - the only difference being you call Him God and we call Him Allah. The Jews call Him Jehovah. If you could understand Hebrew, you would probably call Him Jehovah too. If you could understand Arabic, you would probably call Him Allah.
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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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The utmost blunder of the cause has been attempting to coordinate a slumbering populace towards particular objectives. You ought to stir up the people first, then you'll get accomplishment.
We won't organize any black man to be a Democrat or a Republican because both of them have sold us out. Both of them have sold us out; both parties have sold us out. Both parties are racist, and the Democratic Party is more racist than the Republican Party.
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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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It is wrong to instruct someone not to defend themselves when they are constantly subjected to ruthless aggression.
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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You can rail against colonialism, imperialism, and all other forms of oppression, but it's hard to resist the lure of money. When those coins come raining down, your spirit is moved.
You don't have a revolution in which you love your enemy, and you don't have a revolution in which you are begging the system of exploitation to integrate you into it. Revolutions overturn systems. Revolutions destroy systems.
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Daring to reach, to climb, to crawl, to scratch, to get back up when you've been knocked down, to push forward - ever forward - to forgive. It means sacrificing everything if necessary, to carve out a place for your own existence. It means living.
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If a dog is biting a black man, the black man should kill the dog, whether the dog is a police dog or a hound dog or any kind of dog. If a dog is fixed on a black man when that black man is doing nothing but trying to take advantage of what the government says is supposed to be his, then that black man should kill that dog or any two-legged dog who sets the dog on him.
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