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A List of Famous Malcolm X Quotes

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A list of quotes from Malcolm X. Here are the best Malcolm X quotes on various subjects. The Malcolm X quotations list is sorted by popularity, so only the best quotes are at the top of the list. Enjoy these sayings coined by Malcolm X. You may copy this factual list to build your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your opinions, then publish it to share with your friends. Malcom X is a very important figure in American History and if you are interested in quotes from some other historical figures see our Nelson Mandela quotes, Frederick Douglass quotes, and Martin Luther King Jr quotes.
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    You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it.

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    A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.

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    You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.

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    Nonviolence is fine as long as it works.

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    Without education, you're not going anywhere in this world.

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    You don't have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being.

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    Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or who says it.

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    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.

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    I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color.

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    Speaking like this doesn't mean that we're anti-white, but it does mean we're anti-exploitation, we're anti-degradation, we're anti-oppression.

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    Change Is Only a Good Thing If You Change in a Good Way.

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    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.

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    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.

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

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    I believe in a religion that believes in freedom. Any time I have to accept a religion that won't let me fight a battle for my people, I say to hell with that religion.

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    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.

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    It's just like when you've got some coffee that's too black, which means it's too strong. What do you do? You integrate it with cream, you make it weak. But if you pour too much cream in it, you won't even know you ever had coffee. It used to be hot, it becomes cool. It used to be strong, it becomes weak. It used to wake you up, now it puts you to sleep.

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    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.

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    My alma mater was books, a good library. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.

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    Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it.

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    The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.

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    We declare our right on this earth to be a 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.

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    It is impossible for capitalism to survive, primarily because the system of capitalism needs some blood to suck. Capitalism used to be like an eagle, but now it's more like a vulture. It used to be strong enough to go and suck anybody's blood whether they were strong or not. But now it has become more cowardly, like the vulture, and it can only suck the blood of the helpless. As the nations of the world free themselves, the capitalism has less victims, less to suck, and it becomes weaker and weaker. It's only a matter of time in my opinion before it will collapse completely.

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    You show me a capitalist, and I'll show you a bloodsucker.

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    We do not condemn the preachers as an individual but we condemn what they teach. We urge that the preachers teach the truth, to teach our people the one important guiding rule of conduct -- unity of purpose.