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Malcolm X quotes

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.

Sitting at the table doesn't make you a diner. You must be eating 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.

If you're not ready to die for it, put the word 'freedom' out of your vocabulary.

America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met, talked to, even eaten with people who in America would have been considered 'white,' but the 'white' attitude had been removed from their minds by the religion of Islam.

I just don't believe that when people are being unjustly oppressed that they should let someone else set rules for them by which they can come out from under that oppression.

America is the first country... that can actually have a bloodless revolution.

Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.

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 the next time.

A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.

I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it's for or against.

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

You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it.

If you have no critics you'll likely have no success.

I don't even call it violence when it's in self defense; I call it intelligence.

I have more respect for a man who lets me know where he stands, even if he's wrong. Than the one who comes up like an angel and is nothing but a devil.

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

If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything.

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

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.