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  You cant separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  Time is on the side of the oppressed today, it is against the oppressor. Truth is on the side of the oppressed today, it is against the oppressor. You dont need anything else. Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  You dont have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  I am not an American. I am 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
  

  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.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  If you have no critics you'll likely have no success.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  Concerning non-violence: It is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

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

  I am for truth, no matter who tells it. I am for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I am a human being, first and foremost, and as such I am for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  If you dont stand for something you will fall for anything.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  You get your freedom by letting your enemy know that you'll do anything to get it. Then you'll get it. It is the only way you'll get it.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

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

  I am neither a fanatic nor a dreamer. I am a black man who loves peace, and justice, and loves his people.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  I dont 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 am also a realist. The only people in this country who are asked to be nonviolent are black people.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  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.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  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 on us.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  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 dont think that it will be based upon the color of the skin.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  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.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  To have once been a criminal is no disgrace. To remain a criminal is the disgrace.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  You cant have capitalism without racism.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  I dont even call it violence when it is in self defense; I call it intelligence.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  The government has failed us; you cant 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 is time to stop singing and start swinging. You cant sing up on freedom, but you can swing up on some freedom.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  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.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  History is a people's memory, and without a memory, man is demoted to the lower animals.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  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 is 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 dont have education.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  Here I am, back in Mecca. I am still traveling, trying to broaden my mind, for I have 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.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the gun down.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

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

  Anytime you see someone more successful than you are, they are doing something you aren't.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  Early in life I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you cant face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  If someone puts their hands on you make sure they never put their hands on anybody else again.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  I am a Muslim, because it is a religion that teaches you an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. It teaches you to respect everybody, and treat everybody right. But it also teaches you if someone steps on your toe, chop off their foot. And I carry my religious axe with me all the time.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  We have to keep in mind at all times that we are not fighting for integration, nor are we fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition... for the right to live as free humans in this society.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  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.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  An integrated cup of coffee isn't sufficient pay for four hundred years of slave labor.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

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

  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 next time.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  We black men have a hard enough time in our own struggle for justice, and already have enough enemies as it is, to make the drastic mistake of attacking each other and adding more weight to an already unbearable load.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  The zionist argument to justify Israel's present occupation of Arab Palestine has no intelligent or legal basis in history.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  A new world order is in the making, and it is up to us to prepare ourselves that we may take our rightful place in it.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  A ballot is like a bullet. You dont throw your ballots until you see a target, and if that target is not in reach, keep your ballot in your pocket.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  I believe in the brotherhood of man, all men, but I dont believe in brotherhood with anybody who doesnt want brotherhood with me. I believe in treating people right, but I am not going to waste my time trying to treat somebody right who doesnt know how to return the treatment.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  Once you change your philosophy, you change your thought pattern. Once you change your thought pattern, you change your - your attitude. Once you change your attitude, it changes your behavior pattern and then you go on into some action.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  The price of freedom is death.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  I am and always will be a Muslim. My religion is Islam.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  One of the things that made the Black Muslim movement grow was its emphasis upon things African. This was the secret to the growth of the Black Muslim movement. African blood, African origin, African culture, African ties. And you'd be surprised - we discovered that deep within the subconscious of the black man in this country, he is still more African than he is American.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  The only true world solution today is governments guided by true religion - of the spirit.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  Sitting at the table doesnt make you a diner, unless you eat some of what's on that plate. Being here in America doesnt make you an American. Being born here in America doesnt make you an American.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  Dr. King wants the same thing I want - freedom!  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  It is only after slavery and prison that the sweetest appreciation of freedom can come.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  You show me a capitalist, and I will show you a bloodsucker.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  Usually when people are sad, they dont do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  When I am born I am black, when I grow up I am black, when I am in the sun I am black, when I am sick I am black, when I die I am black, and you... When you're born you're pink, when you grow up you're white, when you're cold you're blue, when you're sick you're blue, when you die you're green and you dare call me colored.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown cant play the part of a wise man.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  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.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

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

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

  If you have no critics you'll likely have no success.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

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

  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.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  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 next time.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  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 on us.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  The zionist argument to justify Israel's present occupation of Arab Palestine has no intelligent or legal basis in history.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

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

  To have once been a criminal is no disgrace. To remain a criminal is the disgrace.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  Concerning non-violence: It is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  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.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

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

  We black men have a hard enough time in our own struggle for justice, and already have enough enemies as it is, to make the drastic mistake of attacking each other and adding more weight to an already unbearable load.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

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

  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.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

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

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

  History is a people's memory, and without a memory, man is demoted to the lower animals.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

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

  The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

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

  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.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  I am for violence if non-violence means we continue postponing a solution to the American black man's problem just to avoid violence.  
 -  Malcolm X