One of the most influential African Americans in history, Malcolm X was a human rights activist and an American Muslim minister.
Due to his father’s civil rights activism, Malcolm’s family was subjected to frequent harassment that ended up tragically — his father was killed, his mother was committed to a mental institution since she never recovered from the grief over her husband and Malcolm and his brothers were placed in foster homes.
In 1946 he was arrested for larceny and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but was granted parole after serving seven years. During that time, Malcolm embraced the ideology of black nationalism.
Charismatic and a naturally gifted orator, Malcolm became an influential leader of the Nation of Islam, but decided to get out after his mentor, the leader of NOI, had deeply disappointed him by violating many of his own teachings.
The experiences he had after leaving NOI turned Malcolm X from an angry man into one who believed that peaceful resolution is the key to resolving America’s discrimination problems. Sadly, not long after his epiphany, he was assassinated.
Here are 20 Malcolm X quotes to inspire you to take control of your life.
You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.
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.
Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.
A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.
We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.
If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success.
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.
Stumbling is not falling.
If you’re not ready to die for it, put the word ‘freedom’ out of your vocabulary.
We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.
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.
Truth is on the side of the oppressed.
You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
So early in my life, I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise.
The ability to read awoke inside of me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.
A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can’t play the part of a wise man.
All of our experiences fuse into our personality. Everything that ever happened to us is an ingredient.
I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against.
Children have a lesson adults should learn, to not be ashamed of failing, but to get up and try again.
You have to wake the people up first, then you’ll get action.