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Malcolm X Quotes


Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little and also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, was an African-American Muslim minister, public speaker, and human rights activist.
(1925 - 1965)

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A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.
 

Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.
 

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

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

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.
 

I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color.
 

I don't even call it violence when it's in self defense; I call it intelligence.
 

I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it's for or against.
[Against]
 

If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything.
 

If you have no critics you'll likely have no success.
 

If you're not ready to die for it, put the word 'freedom' out of your vocabulary.
 

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

My Alma mater was books, a good library... I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.
 

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.
 

Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression.
 

Power never takes a back step - only in the face of more power.
[Power]
 

Stumbling is not falling.
 

The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.
 

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


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