Malcolm X Quotes On Life, Freedom, And Equality


Malcolm X was a contentious figure in history. A vehement advocator for civil rights, he did not shy away from expressing his convictions. Malcolm X quotes are a principal example of just that. 

How Malcolm became a historical figure began with his journey of self-enlightenment. Malcolm faced incredible hardship from a young age. At just 13, Malcolm entered foster care. He struggled without much support. As a young adult, he was arrested for burglary. With a 10-year prison sentence facing him, Malcolm’s future seemed hopeless. Yet, his prison time turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

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While serving time, Malcolm reaffirmed his value for education and religion.

Inspired by his brother Reginald’s spiritual growth through Islam, Malcolm converted to Islam as well. This set a major tone for Malcolm’s life beyond prison walls.

Spirituality and education remained primary forces for Malcolm X. He became a minister and national spokesman for the Nation of Islam. At the same time, the Civil Rights movement was progressing fast. Malcolm spoke eloquently and openly about the importance of total freedom and racial equality. He founded the Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU) in 1964, a secular organization centered on eradicating racism, the primary evil against justice.

Sadly, Malcolm X was assassinated only a year after the OAAU’s formation. Nevertheless, Malcolm X’s steadfast spirit will live on through his remarkable words.

Malcolm X quotes

Here are some of the most influential Malcolm X’ quotes on life, freedom, and equality for all. 

  1. “You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom. ”
  2. “Stumbling is not falling.”
  3. “Without education, you’re not going anywhere in this world.”
  4. “I believe in human rights for everyone, and none of us is qualified to judge each other and that none of us should therefore have that authority.”
  5. “You can’t legislate goodwill – that comes through education”
  6. “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
  7. “People don’t realize how a man’s whole life can be changed by one book.”
  8. “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.”
  9. “One day, may we all meet together in the light of understanding.”
  10. “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.”Image result for malcolm x
  11. “If you’re not ready to die for it, put the word ”freedom” out of your vocabulary.”
  12. “Power never takes a back step – only in the face of more power. ”
  13. “In all our deeds, the proper value and respect for time determine success or failure.”
  14. “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.”
  15. “I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against.”
  16. “If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success.”
  17. “I am not a racist. I’m 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.”
  18. “Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.”
  19. “I’m the man you think you are. If you want to know what I’ll do, figure out what you’ll do. I’ll do the same thing–only more of it.”
  20. “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’s words emphasize the importance and value of our freedom. To celebrate Black History Month, do not be shy to share these Malcolm X quotes with others. They are truly pieces of history.

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