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Malcolm X

May 19, 1925 - February 21, 1965 ·


You get freedom by letting your enemy know that you'll do anything to get your freedom; then you'll get it. It's the only way you'll get it.

- Malcolm X (1964) ·

We cannot think of uniting with others, until after we have first united among ourselves. We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.

- Malcolm X (1964) ·

We didn't land on Plymouth Rock. The rock was landed on us.

- Malcolm X (1964) ·

The press is so powerful in its image-making role, it can make the criminal look like he's a the victim and make the victim look like he's the criminal.

- Malcolm X (1964) ·

Whether we are Christians or Muslims or nationalists or agnostics or atheists, we must first learn to forget our differences. If we have differences, let us differ in the closet; when we come out in front, let us not have anything to argue about until we get finished arguing with the man.

- Malcolm X (1964) ·

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.

- Malcolm X (1964) ·

I don’t see any American dream; I see an American nightmare.

- Malcolm X (1964) ·

We want freedom now, but we’re not going to get it saying “We Shall Overcome.” We’ve got to fight until we overcome.

- Malcolm X (1964) ·

Islam is my religion, but I believe my religion is my personal business. It governs my personal life, my personal morals. And my religious philosophy is personal between me and the God in whom I believe; just as the religious philosophy of these others is between them and the God in whom they believe. And this is best this way. Were we to come out here discussing religion, we’d have too many differences from the outstart and we could never get together.

- Malcolm X (1964) ·

Today it’s time to stop singing and start swinging. You can’t sing up on freedom, but you can swing up on some freedom.

- Malcolm X (1964) ·

You don’t have a revolution in which you love your enemy, and you don’t have a revolution in which you are begging the system of exploitation to integrate you into it. Revolutions overturn systems. Revolutions destroy systems.

- Malcolm X (1964) ·

It’ll be the ballot or it’ll be the bullet. It’ll be liberty or it’ll be death. And if you’re not ready to pay that price don’t use the word freedom in your vocabulary.

- Malcolm X (1964) ·

They call me "a teacher, a fomenter of violence." I would say point blank, "That is a lie. I'm not for wanton violence, I'm for justice."

- Malcolm X (1965) ·

I've had enough of someone else's propaganda. I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it's for or against. I'm a human being first and foremost, and as such I am for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.

- Malcolm X (1965) ·

Power never takes a back step — only in the face of more power.

- Malcolm X (1965) ·

I am not a racist. I am against every form of racism and segregation, every form of discrimination. I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color.

- Malcolm X (1965) ·