Malcolm X Quotes on freedom & growth:
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.
You don’t have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being.
I believe that there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those that 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 systems of exploitation.
You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
If you’re not ready to die for it, put the word ‘freedom’ out of your vocabulary.
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.
My alma mater was books, a good library… I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.
Stumbling is not falling.
There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time.
Without education, you’re not going anywhere in this world.
“A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.”
Malcolm x Quotes on Non-violence & Life:
We are nonviolent with people who are nonviolent with us.
Concerning nonviolence, it is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks.
There is nothing in our book, the Koran, that teaches us to suffer peacefully. Our religion teaches us to be intelligent. Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone, but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery. That’s a good religion.
If violence is wrong in America, violence is wrong abroad. If it is wrong to be violent defending black women and black children and black babies and black men, then it is wrong for America to draft us, and make us violent abroad in defense of her. And if it is right for America to draft us, and teach us how to be violent in defense of her, then it is right for you and me to do whatever is necessary to defend our own people right here in this country.
Early in my life, I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise.
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.
The ability to read awoke inside of me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.
It is only after slavery and prison that the sweetest appreciation of freedom can come.
I want to be remembered as someone who was sincere. Even if I made mistakes, they were made in sincerity.
To me, the thing that is worse than death is betrayal.
Malcolm X was an American human rights activist and a Muslim minister. He was a popular figure during the civil rights movement. He is best known for his staunch and controversial black racial advocacy and for his time spent as the vocal spokesperson of the Nation of Islam.
Malcolm joined the Nation of Islam while he was in prison. He quickly became one of the organization’s most influential leaders after being paroled in 1952. He served as the public face of the organization for a dozen years and advocated for black supremacy, black empowerment, and the separation of black and white Americans.
Malcolm X is often described as one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history and credited with raising the self-esteem of black Americans and reconnecting them with their African heritage.
Malcolm X’s birthday (May 19) is commemorated as Malcolm X Day in cities around the world. Time named The Autobiography of Malcolm X one of the ten most influential nonfiction books of the 20th century in 1998. The U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp in his honour in 1999.