El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz  better known as Malcolm X, was an American Muslim minister and human rights activist who was a popular figure during the civil rights movement. Here are 28 Influential Malcolm X Quotes.

Malcolm X Quotes

1. “Stumbling is not falling.” – Malcolm X

2. “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

3. “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

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

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

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

Malcolm X Quotes

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

9. “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

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

11. “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

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

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

14. 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

Malcolm X Quotes

15. “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

16. “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

17. “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

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

19. “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

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

21. 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

Malcolm X Quotes

22. “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

23. “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

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

25. 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

26. 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

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

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


Best Malcolm X Quotes

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Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.
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The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.
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I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it's for or against.

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