I actually believed that after living as fully as humanly possible, one should then die violently. I expected then as I still expect today.
To me, the thing that is worse than death is betrayal.
Yes, I'm an extremist. The Black race here in North America is in extremely bad condition. You show me a Black man who isn't an extremist and I'll show you one who needs psychiatric attention.
It has taken us that long to get the deaf, dumb, and blind black men in the wilderness of North America to wake up and understand who they are.
Those who would hunt a man need to remember that a jungle also contains those who hunt the hunters.
Right now, in every big city ghetto, tens of thousands of yesterday's and today's school dropouts are keeping body and soul together by some form of hustling in the same way I did.
One day, may we all meet together in the light of understanding.
In any organization, someone must be the boss. If it's even just one person, you've got to be the boss of yourself.
You can't hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree.
You can't hate your origin and not end up hating yourself.
Why am I as I am? To understand that of any person, his whole life, from
Birth must be reviewed. All of our experiences fuse into our personality. Everything that ever happened to us is an ingredient.
When 'I' replaced with 'We,' even the illness becomes wellness.
We didn't land on Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock landed on us.
Anytime you find someone more successful than you are, especially when you're both engaged in the same business -- you know they're doing something that you aren't.
Education is our passport to the future.
The black nation of Egypt is the only country that has a science named after its culture: Egyptology.
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.
I simply refused to believe.
The white man's system has been imposed upon non-white peoples all over the world.
They used as a reason for my transfer from one prison to another that I refused to take some kind of shots, an innoculation or something.
I don't think anybody ever got more out of going to prison than I did.
The F.B.I. and the C.I.A. and the I.R.S. all combined can't turn up a thing I got, beyond a car to drive and a seven-room house to live in.
I hadn't hustled in the streets for years for nothing. I knew when I was being set up.
They called me 'the angriest Negro in America.' I wouldn't deny that charge. I spoke exactly as I felt. 'I believe in anger. The Bible says there is a time for anger.'
And just because you have colleges and universities doesn't mean you have education.
Our unity shocked them and we should continue to shock the white man by working together.
The whites of the younger generation, in the colleges and universities, will see the handwriting on the wall and many of them will turn to the spiritual path of truth.
The American Negro never can be blamed for his racial animosities -- he is only reacting to four hundred years of the conscious racism of the American whites.
There was no racism; there was no problem in Mecca.
America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem.
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.
My alma mater was books, a good library.... I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.
Don't be in a hurry to condemn 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.
The greatest mistake of the movement has been trying to organize a sleeping people around specific goals. You have to wake the people up first, then you'll get action.
We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.
After you get your freedom, your enemy will respect you.
If you're not ready to die for it, take the word freedom out of your vocabulary.
Nonviolence is fine as long as it works.
If you turn the other cheek, you can be enslaved for 1,000 years.
Power doesn't back up in the face of a smile, or in the face of a threat of some kind of nonviolent loving action. It's not the nature of power to back up in the face of anything but some more power.
The White man pays Reverend Martin Luther King so that Martin Luther King can keep the Negro defenseless.
You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
Segregation is that which is forced upon an inferior by a superior. Separation is done voluntarily by two equals.
Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression, because power, real power, comes from our conviction which produces action, uncompromising action.
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.
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.
I have been blessed to visit the Holy City of Mecca.
Without education, you are not going anywhere in this world.
America is the first country... that can actually have a bloodless revolution.
You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it.
I did a lot of things as a Muslim that I am sorry for now.
Being an old farm boy myself, chickens coming home to roost never did make me sad; they've always made me glad.
It's got to be the ballot or the bullet. The ballot or the bullet. If you're afraid to use an expression like that, you should get back in the cotton patch, you should get back in the alley.
The true Islam has shown me that a blanket indictment of all white people is as wrong as when whites make blanket indictments against blacks.
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.
If ballots won't work, bullets will.
Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.
The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.
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.
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.
We Muslims believe that the white race, which is guilty of having oppressed and exploited and enslaved our people here in America, should and will be the victims of God's divine wrath.
What I want to know is how the white man, with the blood of black people dripping off his fingers, can have the audacity to be asking black people, 'Do they hate him?' That takes a lot of nerve.
My father didn't know his real name. My father got his name from his grandfather and he got his name from his grandfather and he got it from the slave master.
The American Negro has no conception of the hundreds of millions of other non-whites' concern for him: he has no conception of their feeling of brotherhood for and with him.
If you have a dog, I must have a dog. If you have a rifle, I must have a rifle. If you have a club, I must have a club. This is equality.
I want to take Negroes out of the ghetto and put them in good neighborhoods in good houses.
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