Quotes

Malcolm X

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'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it's for or against.

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.

Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it.

Sitting at the table doesn't make you a diner, unless you eat some of what's on that plate. Being here in America doesn't make you an American. Being born here in America doesn't make you an American.

Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.

You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.

Time is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. Truth is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. You don't need anything else.

Early in life I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise.

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.

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.

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.

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.

I don't see an American Dream, I see an American Nightmare.

MLK

We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.

There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself.

Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, "What are you doing for others?"

We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind.

We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.

No person has the right to rain on your dreams.

There comes a time when people get tired of being pushed out of the glittering sunlight of life's July and left standing amid the piercing chill of an alpine November.

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.

Only in the darkness can you see the stars.

The principle of self defense, even involving weapons and bloodshed, has never been condemned, even by Gandhi.

A riot is the language of the unheard.

Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.

People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated with each other.

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.

No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

Paulo Freire

While no one liberates himself by his own efforts alone, neither is he liberated by others.

The atmosphere of the home is prolonged in school, where students soon discover that (as in the home) in order to achieve some satisfaction they must adapt to the precepts which have been set from above. One of these precepts is not to think.

Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.

Marcus Aurelius

Think of the life you have lived until now as over and, as a dead man, see what's left as a bonus and live it according to Nature. Love the hand that fate deals you and play it as your own, for what could be more fitting?

It's time you realized that you have something in you more powerful and miraculous than the things that affect you and make you dance like a puppet.

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.

It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own

If it is not right, do not do it, if it is not true, do not say it.

If anyone can refute me ‐ show me I'm making a mistake or looking at things from the wrong perspective ‐ I'll gladly change. It's the truth I'm after, and the truth never harmed anyone.

Seneca

This is our big mistake: to think we look forward to death. Most of death is already gone. Whatever time has passed is owned by death.

Life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present, and fear the future.

I judge you unfortunate because you have never lived through misfortune. You have passed through life without an opponent ‐ no one can ever know what you are capable of, not even you.

Live in such a way that there is nothing which you could not as easily tell your enemy as keep to yourself.

Albert Einstein

Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.

Potter Stewart

Censorship reflects society's lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.

Mark Twain

Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them.

John Stuart Mill

We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavoring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still.

Theodore Schroeder

Obscenity is not a quality inherent in a book or picture, but is solely and exclusively a contribution of the reading mind, and hence cannot be defined in terms of the qualities of a book or picture.

James Otis

Taxation without representation is tyranny.

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