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50 Malcolm X Quotes about Life, Justice and Freedom

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Malcolm X was an African-American Muslim leader and human rights activist who’s widely admired for his courageousness in advocating for the rights of blacks.

Born on May 19, 1925, in Omaha, Nebraska, Malcolm was only 6 years old when he lost his father, and thirteen when his mother was placed in a mental hospital. Thereafter, Malcolm and his siblings were sent to foster homes or to live with family members.

At age 20, he was sent to prison, where he underwent a conversion and became a member of the Nation of Islam. He changed his birth name Malcolm Little to Malcolm X because he considered the name “Little” to have originated with white slaveholders.

After his release from prison, Malcolm became one of the Nation of Islam’s most influential leaders and helped make many of social achievements. In his final years, he continued to emphasize black self-determination, Pan-Africanism, and black-self defense. He was assassinated on February 21, 1965, at the age of 39.

Malcolm X was an advocate for universal freedom. People of all colors and religions can draw inspiration from his words of wisdom.

In that respect, below are some powerful Malcolm X quotes about life, love, equality and freedom. Enjoy!

 

Powerful Malcolm X quotes about Life, Justice and Freedom

 

1.) A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.” – Malcolm X 

 

2.) “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.”  – Malcolm X 

 

3.) We are nonviolent with people who are nonviolent with us.”  – Malcolm X 

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

 

5.) “Stumbling is not falling.” – Malcolm X 

 

6.) “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 

 

7.) “They put your mind right in a bag, and take it wherever they want.”  – Malcolm X 

 

8.) “Concerning nonviolence, it is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks.” – Malcolm X 

 

9.) “We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock landed on us.” – Malcolm X 

 

10.) “A race of people is like an individual man; until it uses its own talent, takes pride in its own history, expresses its own culture, affirms its own self hood, it can never fulfill itself.”  – Malcolm X 

 

11.) “If you’re not ready to die for it, put the word ‘freedom’ out of your vocabulary.” – Malcolm X 

 

12.) “I for one believe that if you give people a thorough understanding of what confronts them and the basic causes that produce it, they’ll create their own program, and when the people create a program, you get action.”  – Malcolm X 

 

13.) “I feel like a man who has been asleep somewhat and under someone else’s control. I feel that what I’m thinking and saying is now for myself.”  – Malcolm X 

 

14.) “The thing that you have to understand about those of us in the Black Muslim movement was that all of us believed 100 percent in the divinity of Elijah Muhammad. We believed in him. We actually believed that God, in Detroit by the way, that God had taught him and all of that. I always believed that he believed in himself. And I was shocked when I found out that he himself didn’t believe it.”  – Malcolm X 

 

Malcolm X Quotes on The Future

15.) “I believe that there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those that do the oppressing. 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.” – Malcolm X 

 

16.) “Without education, you’re not going anywhere in this world. – Malcolm X 

 

 

17.) “You don’t have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being.”  – Malcolm X 

 

18.) “When a person places the proper value on freedom, there is nothing under the sun that he will not do to acquire that freedom. Whenever you hear a man saying he wants freedom, but in the next breath he is going to tell you what he won’t do to get it, or what he doesn’t believe in doing in order to get it, he doesn’t believe in freedom. A man who believes in freedom will do anything under the sun to acquire . . . or preserve his freedom.” – Malcolm X 

 

19.) “Dr. King wants the same thing I want. Freedom.” – Malcolm X 

 

20.) “I want Dr. King to know that I didn’t come to Selma to make his job difficult. I really did come thinking I could make it easier. If people realize what the alternative is, perhaps they will be more willing to hear Dr. King. – Malcolm X 

 

21.) “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 

 

22.) 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. – Malcolm X 

 

23.) 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. – Malcolm X 

 

24.) Power never takes a step back except in the face of more power. – Malcolm X 

 

Malcolm X Quotes on Doing the Right Thing

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

 

26.) “In all our deeds, the proper value and respect for time determines success or failure.” – Malcolm X 

 

27.) You show me a capitalist, and I’ll show you a bloodsucker. – Malcolm X 

 

28.) 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. – Malcolm X 

 

29.) 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 

 

 

30.) Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it. – Malcolm X 

 

31.) Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or who says it. – Malcolm X 

 

32.) 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. – Malcolm X

 

Malcom X quotes about change and freedom 

 

33.) 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 

 

34.) 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. – Malcolm X 

 

35.) 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. – Malcolm X 

 

36.) Nonviolence is fine as long as it works. – Malcolm X 

 

37.) Change Is Only a Good Thing If You Change in a Good Way. – Malcolm X 

 

38.) You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom. – Malcolm X 

 

Malcolm X quotes about education and reading

 

39.) Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. – Malcolm X

 

40.) Education is an important element in the struggle for human rights. It is the means to help our children and thereby increase self-respect. – Malcolm X 

 

41.) When you live in a poor neighborhood, you are living in an area where you have poor schools. When you have poor schools, you have poor teachers. When you have poor teachers, you get a poor education. When you get a poor education, you can only work in a poor-paying job. And that poor-paying job enables you to live again in a poor neighborhood. So, it’s a very vicious cycle. – Malcolm X 

 

42.) Only a fool would let his enemy teach his children.– Malcolm X 

 

43.) Read absolutely everything you get your hands on because you never know where you’ll get an idea from. – Malcolm X 

 

44.) I have often reflected upon the new vistas that reading opened to me. I knew right there in prison that reading had changed forever the course of my life. As I see it today, the ability to read awoke in me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive. – Malcolm X 

 

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

 

46.) You can’t legislate good will – that comes through education. – Malcolm X 

 

Other Powerful Malcolm X quotes

 

47.) 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. – Malcolm X 

 

48.) 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.– Malcolm X 

 

49.) If you turn the other cheek, you can be enslaved for 1,000 years. – Malcolm X 

 

50.) Anytime you see someone more successful than you are, they are doing something you aren’t. – Malcolm X 

 

What’s your favorite Malcolm X quote?

Malcolm X accomplished a lot in his life. He changed his mindset and turned his life around to become a role model. He stood up for himself and set an example of courage.

And no matter how controversial, he got a lot of people thinking about the race problem and alternative ways to address it.

Hopefully, these Malcolm X quotes have motivated you to conquer your weaknesses and reach your full potential.

Did you enjoy these Malcolm X quotes? What other quotes by Malcolm X would you add to the list? Tell us in the comment section below.

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