Malcolm X quotes page 1
1925 - 1965, American human rights activist
You can't separate peace
from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has
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. Education
our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.
You don't have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an
I'm not an American. I'm one of the 22 million Black people
who are the victims of
Americanism. One of the 22 million Black people who are the victims of democracy, nothing
but disguised hypocrisy.
We declare our right on this earth to be a man, to be 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.
If you have no critics you'll likely have no success.
Concerning non-violence: It is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the
constant victim of brutal attacks.
Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on
you, send him to the cemetery.
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.
If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything.
You get your freedom by letting your enemy know that you'll do anything to get it. Then
you'll get it. It's the only way you'll get it.
Without education, you're not going anywhere in this world.
I am neither a fanatic nor a dreamer. I am a black man who loves peace, and justice, and
loves his people.
I don't favor violence. If we could bring about recognition and respect of our people by
peaceful means, well and good. Everybody would like to reach his objectives peacefully. But
I'm also a realist. The only people in this country who are asked to be nonviolent are black
It is a time for martyrs now, and if I am to be one, it will be for the cause of brotherhood.
That's the only thing that can save this country.
We're not Americans, we're Africans who happen to be in America. We were kidnapped and
brought here against our will from Africa. We didn't land on Plymouth Rock - that rock landed
I do believe that there will be a clash between East and West. 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. I believe that there will be that kind of clash,
but I don't think that it will be based upon the color of the skin.
In fact, once he is motivated no one can change more completely than the man who has
been at the bottom. I call myself the best example of that.
To have once been a criminal is no disgrace. To remain a criminal is the disgrace.
You can't have capitalism without racism.
Did the Zionists have the legal or moral right to invade Arab Palestine, uproot its Arab citizens
from their homes and seize all Arab property for themselves just based on the "religious" claim
that their forefathers lived there thousands of years ago? Only a thousand years ago the
Moors lived in Spain. Would this give the Moors of today the legal and moral right to invade
the Iberian Peninsula, drive out its Spanish citizens, and then set up a new Moroccan nation?
I don't even call it violence when it's in self defense; I call it intelligence.
The government has failed us; you can't deny that. Anytime you live in the twentieth century,
1964, and you walking around here singing "We Shall Overcome," the government has failed us.
This is part of what's wrong with you - you do too much singing. Today it's time to stop
singing and start swinging. You can't sing up on freedom, but you can swing up on some
I imagine that one of the biggest troubles with colleges is there are too many distractions,
too much panty-raiding, fraternities, and boola-boola and all of that.
Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression.
History is a people's memory, and without a memory, man is demoted to the lower animals.
If you are in a country that is progressive, the woman is progressive. If you're in a country
that reflects the consciousness toward the importance of education, it's because the woman
is aware of the importance of education. But in every backward country you'll find the women
are backward, and in every country where education is not stressed its because the women
don't have education.
Here I am, back in Mecca. I am still traveling, trying to broaden my mind, for I've seen too
much of the damage narrow-mindedness can make of things, and when I return home to
America, I will devote what energies I have to repairing the damage.
Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the gun down.