Malcolm X quotes page 2
My alma mater was books, a good library. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just
satisfying my curiosity.
Anytime you see someone more successful than you are, they are doing something you
Early in life I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise.
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.
If someone puts their hands on you make sure they never put their hands on anybody else
I am a Muslim, because it's a religion that teaches you an eye for an eye and a tooth for a
tooth. It teaches you to respect everybody, and treat everybody right. But it also teaches
you if someone steps on your toe, chop off their foot. And I carry my religious axe with me all
We have to keep in mind at all times that we are not fighting for integration, nor are we
fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition... for the right to live as free humans in
The only way we'll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed
people in the world. We are blood brothers to the people of Brazil, Venezuela, Haiti... Cuba -
yes, Cuba too.
I've never seen a sincere white man, not when it comes to helping black people. Usually
things like this are done by white people to benefit themselves. The white man's primary
interest is not to elevate the thinking of black people, or to waken black people, or white
people either. The white man is interested in the black man only to the extent that the black
man is of use to him. The white man's interest is to make money, to exploit.
An integrated cup of coffee isn't sufficient pay for four hundred years of slave labor.
If you're not ready to die for it, put the word "freedom" out of your vocabulary.
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.
We black men have a hard enough time in our own struggle for justice, and already have
enough enemies as it is, to make the drastic mistake of attacking each other and adding more
weight to an already unbearable load.
The zionist argument to justify Israel's present occupation of Arab Palestine has no intelligent
or legal basis in history.
A new world order is in the making, and it is up to us to prepare ourselves that we may take
our rightful place in it.
A ballot is like a bullet. You don't throw your ballots until you see a target, and if that target
is not in reach, keep your ballot in your pocket.
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.
Once you change your philosophy, you change your thought pattern. Once you change your
thought pattern, you change your - your attitude. Once you change your attitude, it
changes your behavior pattern and then you go on into some action.
The price of freedom is death.
I am and always will be a Muslim. My religion is Islam.
One of the things that made the Black Muslim movement grow was its emphasis upon things
African. This was the secret to the growth of the Black Muslim movement. African blood,
African origin, African culture, African ties. And you'd be surprised - we discovered that deep
within the subconscious of the black man in this country, he is still more African than he is
The field Negro was beaten from morning to night; he lived in a shack, in a hut; he wore old,
castoff clothes. He hated his master. I say he hated his master. He was intelligent. That
house Negro loved his master, but that field Negro - remember, they were in the majority, and
they hated the master. When the house caught on fire, he didn't try to put it out; that field
Negro prayed for a wind, for a breeze. When the master got sick, the field Negro prayed that
he'd die. If someone came to the field Negro and said, "Let's separate, let's run," he didn't say,
"Where we going?" He'd say, "Any place is better than here."
The only true world solution today is governments guided by true religion - of the spirit.
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.
Dr. King wants the same thing I want - freedom!
We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to
It is only after slavery and prison that the sweetest appreciation of freedom can come.
You show me a capitalist, and I'll show you a bloodsucker.