Malcolm X Quotes

You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom. If you have no critics you'll likely have no success. Education is the passport to the future for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time. 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. Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery. A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything. You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it. We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience and patience creates unity. Without education, you're not going anywhere in this world. I'm going to tell it like it is. I hope you can take it like it is. Anytime you see someone more successful than you are, they are doing something you aren't. I do not pretend to be a divine man but I do believe in divine guidance, divine power and divine prophecy. I am not an educated man, nor am I an expert in any particular field but I am sincere and my sincerity is my credential. So early in my life, I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise. I believe that there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those that do the oppressing. The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty adn to make the guilty innocent and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses. One day, may we all meet together in the light of understanding. I don't even call it violence when it's in self defense: I call it intelligence. Don't be in such a hurry to condemn a person 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. Envy blinds men and makes it impossible for them to think clearly. We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves. That's not a chip on my shoulder, that's your foot on my neck. The main thing you got to remember is that everything in the world is hustle. Read absolutely everything you get your hands on because you'll never know where you'll get an idea from... Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it. 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. I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it's for or against. In the ghettos the white man has built for us, he has forced us not to aspire to greater things but to view everyday living as survival. I believe in the brotherhood of all men, but I don't believe in wasting brotherhood on anyone who doesn't want to practice it with me. Brotherhood is a two way street. Racism is a human problem and a crime that is absolutely so ghastly that a person who is fighting racism is well within his rights to fight against it by any means necessary until it is eliminated.

Malcolm X

1925 - 1965