Poem of Quotes - Poetry, Quotations, and Relationships
Home > Quotes > Biographies > Malcolm X Quotes

Quotes by Malcolm X

Malcolm X

Malcolm X, also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, was born on May 19, 1925 as Malcolm Little in Omaha Nebraska to Earl Little and Louise Helen. His father was a Baptist lay speaker and supporter of Marcus Garvey and a member of the Universal Negro Improvement Association. Three of Earl's brothers died violently at the hands of white men and one of his uncles was lynched.

He was a famous Civil Rights leader during the 1960s. He is best known due to his criminal past and Muslim brotherhood. After overcoming his faults, Malcolm X, also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, went on to become one of the largest influences of the Civil Rights Movement. Read some of his greatest quotes below.


History is a people's memory, and without a memory, man is demoted to the lower animals.
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.
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.
You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong no matter who does it or who says it.
The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.
Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.
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.
You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
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.