Hopefully these quotes will inspire, and motivate you.


There are many Negros who will never fight for freedom, but they will gladly accept it when it comes-----DR. KING

If peace means accepting second class citizenship, then I don’t want it. If peace means keeping my mouth shut in the midst of evil and injustice, then I don’t want it. If peace means being complacent and accepting the status quo, then I don’t want it. If peace means being passive, then I don’t want it. If peace means a willingness to be exploited and humiliated, then that’s the kind of peace that I don’t want----DR. KING (from his speech in Louisville Kentucky , 1956)

You have to be very careful introducing the truth to the black man, who has never previously heard the truth about himself. The black brother is so brainwashed that he may reject the truth when he first hears it. You have to drop a little bit on him at a time, and wait a while to let that sink in before advancing to the next step------MALCOLM X (from the autobiography of Malcolm X)

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad found me here in America in the muck and mire, in the filthiest civilization on earth. He pulled me out and cleaned me up, and he stood me on my feet and made me the man I am-----MALCOLM X (from the Autobiography of Malcolm X)

You will not catch me with a free 15 minutes, in which I’m not studying something that I feel might be able to help the black man. Yesterday I spoke in London , and both ways on the plane across the Atlantic , I was studying. Every time I catch a plane, I have with me a book that I want to read, and that’s a lot of books these days, If I wasn’t out here battling the white man everyday, I could spend the rest of my life reading. Reading changed the course of my life forever. I didn’t go to college, my alma mater was books-----MALCOLM X (from the Autobiography of Malcolm X)

When I was young I use to stammer, I couldn’t speak clearly. My mother gave me a violin, and I spoke through my instrument, but I never knew I could speak until I became a follower of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad----MINISTER FARRAKHAN (speaking to students, at the Muhammad School of Music)

In order to be great at anything you have to practice. Greatness can be in you, but you have to practice in order to bring it out. I reached the point that I was practicing 10 hours a day on my violin-----MINISTER FARRAKAHAN (speaking to students, at the Muhammad School of Music)

In High School I was the best in my music class on trumpet. I knew it, and everybody else knew it, but all of the prizes went to the white boys. It made me so mad that I made up my mind to outdo anybody white on my horn. If I had not experienced that prejudice, I probably wouldn’t have the drive that I have today. That gave me the determination, and that made me the player that I am today.----MILES DAVIS (interview with Alex Haley)

White people have certain things that they expect from black musicians. It goes all the way back to slavery days. That’s when Uncle Toming got started because white people demanded it. Every little black child grew up seeing that getting along with white people, meant grinning and acting like a clown. It helped white people to feel easy about what they had done to blacks, and it’s still going on today. When it comes to black musicians, white people want you to do more than play your instrument. They want you to entertain them with grinning and dancing. I’m not an entertainer, and I damn sure aint no Uncle Tom. I won’t do it.
----MILES DAVIS (from his interview with Alex Haley1962)

I’ve never been on the cover of a Black Magazine----MILES DAVIS

Those who desire to serve the Negro people, must be prepared for criticism from his own race. I did not organize the universal Negro Improvement Association without calculating the cost, and the cost is ingratitude of Negros whom we are serving. Their ingratitude does not concern me one bit, Garvey will not be disappointed about anything. My work is cut out------MARCUS GARVEY (from his book called, the philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey)

Having had the wrong kind of education, the Negro has become his own greatest enemy. Most of the trouble I’ve had in advancing the cause of the race, has come from Negros -----MARCUS GARVEY

There is no doubt that the Negro is his own greatest enemy. He is jealous of himself, and envious, and covetous. This accounts for most of our failures in business, and other things-----MARCUS GARVEY (from a book called, Marcus Garvey Life and Lessons)

I was convicted and sent to prison not because I defrauded anyone, but because of the wicked enemies of my own race. I would not blame the few whites that contributed to my conviction, neither will I blame the Government. I blame the malicious and jealous Negros , who for the sake of money will sell their own mothers. My own Black people lied on me and I was sent to jail for 5 years. Our people are so wicked to themselves, and they are not satisfied until they are telling the enemies something about themselves-----MARCUS GARVEY (from the Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey)

We must realize that our greatest enemies are not those on the outside, but those in our midst. When we recognize the enemies on the outside, and do not allow them to pass. Then we have those on the inside working with us to destroy us, without our knowing-----MARCUS GARVEY (from the Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey)

I am not discouraged by what has been done to me. It is natural and to be expected. The enemies that I have are mainly of my own race, and they have worked long and hard to try and destroy me, but they have only succeeded in arousing the fighting spirit of millions of black men, all over the world-----MARCUS GARVEY

Negros threw eggs at me, when I spoke in New York ---DR. KING (from the Autobiography of Dr. King)

Having to live under the threat of death everyday, sometimes I feel discouraged. Having to take so much abuse and criticism from my own people, sometimes I feel discouraged. Having to go to bed often frustrated with the chilly winds of adversity about to stagger me, sometimes I feel discouraged and feel like my work is in vain, but then the Holy Spirit revives my soul again----DR. KING (from the Autobiography of Dr. King)

Those of us who are blazing the way to enlighten our people everywhere, are at times very much annoyed and discouraged by acts of our own people. They do so many things to hurt our feelings of loyalty, and love for the race, but what can we do? Can we forsake them because they hurt our feelings, surely not. Painful though it may be, we must be sympathetic and we must be forgiving. So when that ignorant fellow who happens to be a member of our race, stands up to block some cause that will benefit our people, you will be able to overlook him-----MARCUS GARVEY (from the Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey)

When I think about all of the hell I go through from my own people. I’m fighting for you everyday of my life. My life is on the line, and a bunch of silly Negros want to go and fight me. Why don’t you go and fight the enemy-----MINISTER FARRAKHAN ( First AME Church , Los Angeles )

The illiterate and shallow minded Negro, who can see no further than his nose is now the greatest stumbling block, in the way of the race. He tells us that we must be satisfied with our condition, and that we must not think of building up a nation of our own. He will say that we must not seek to organize ourselves racially, but we must depend on the good feelings of the other fellow for the solution to the problem that now confronts us. This is a dangerous policy, and it is my duty to warn against it. The Negro must take it upon himself to better his own condition------MARCUS GARVEY

The professional Negro leader feels that it is too much work for them to settle down, and build up a civilization of their own. They feel that it is easier to seize onto the civilization of the white man---MARCUS GARVEY (from the Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey)

If white people were dependent on others, they would not be as successful as they are today. If Japan were dependent on other countries, she would not be as successful as she is today. As long as the Negro is dependent on other groups, he will remain the lowest down-----MARCUS GARVEY

No Negro will truly be respected, until the race as a whole has emancipated itself. The Negro will have to build his own government, industry, art, science, literature, and culture before the world will stop to respect him. The slave mind has yet departed from many blacks. They are unable to see themselves as creators of their own need. They still believe that they can only exist through the good graces of their master. The good slaves have not yet thrown off their shackles-----MARCUS GARVEY

Black people should not look to whites for charity forever. What we lack is self help and self reliance. We are always wanting somebody to do something for us. As a race we are too envious, malicious and superficial, and because of this we keep ourselves back------MARCUS GARVEY (from his lecture at Collegiate Hall in Kingston Jamaica , given in 1915)

You’ve been waiting for the crumbs to fall off the white man’s table, but God is going to take the white man’s bread away, and force you to do for self. The only reason you are following the white man, is because you are looking for crumbs, and when you find out he has no more crumbs or bread to give you. Then you will turn him loose like a hot potato------MALCOLM X (from his speech called, Cooperative Economics)

We must give up the silly idea of folding our hands and waiting on God to do everything for us. If God had intended for that, then he would not have given us a mind. Whatever you want in life, you must make up your mind to do it for yourself------MARCUS GARVEY

We must agitate and protest since we are living in a hostile environment, but after you stir the people to dissatisfaction, it is good common sense to give them a way out of their dissatisfaction. In the Universal Negro Improvement Association we did not only talk, but we were trying to lay an economic foundation that would save the race from their trials, trouble, and tribulations. Anybody can talk or write, but writing or talking is not going to save the Negro----MARCUS GARVEY

We do not want to take all Negros back to Africa . Some are no good here, and naturally will be no good there. The no good Negro will die off, and yield his place to the progressive Negro who wants a society and country of his own----MARCUS GARVEY (from the Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey)

If you have no confidence in yourself, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence you have won before you’ve started-----MARCUS GARVEY

Use every spare minute that you have reading. If you are going on a journey that would take you an hour, carry something with you to read for that hour, until you have reached that place. If you are sitting down waiting on someone, have something in your pocket to read until that person comes. Never waste time you should read at least one book a week, and by doing this after 5 years you would have read over 250 books. Then you would be considered a well read man or woman. There will be a great difference between you, and the person that has not read one book. You will be considered intelligent, and the other person will be considered ignorant. Never forget that intelligence rules the world, and ignorance carries the burden.-----MARCUS GARVEY

Always try to associate with people from whom you can learn something. All the knowledge that you want is in the world, and all you have to do is go and seek it-----MARCUS GARVEY

Read everything that you can in order to gain knowledge. You should read at least 4 hours a day. Never go to bed without doing some reading. You are never too old to learn-----MARCUS GARVEY

Negros must be honest enough to admit that our standards do often fall short. One of the true signs of maturity is the ability to rise to the point of self criticism. Even when that criticism comes from whites, we must pick out elements of truth in them. Our crime rate is far too high, and our level of cleanliness is far too low. Too often we live above our means, and spend money on nonessentials. We fail to give to serious causes and organizations. We are often loud and boisterous, and spend far too much on drinks. Even the most poverty stricken among us can purchase a 10 cents bar of soap, and even the most uneducated among us can have high morals----DR. KING (from his book called, a Testament of Hope)

When you realize that you’re wrong, admit it. Even if it is against yourself, when you know for sure that you’re wrong always admit it. Regardless of the consequences, admit the truth and apologize-----MALCOLM X

One thing that the white man can never give the black man is self respect. The black man in the ghettos, have to start self correcting his own material moral, and spiritual defects, and evil. The black man need to start his own program to get rid of drunkenness, drug addiction and prostitution. The black man in America has to lift up his own sense of values------MALCOLM X

I was watching some Hip Hop artist the other day on television, and I just broke down and cried. Because I have been here preaching for 40 years, and our people are still acting like this. I thought about just quitting. Because it’s not the white man, it’s us now destroying one another-----MINISTER FARRAKHAN (from his lecture called, Surely Man is Ungrateful)

Even before I went to prison I had already become an Atheist, because I could see the hypocrisy of Christianity. None of them really practiced what they preached-------MALCOLM X (from his interview with Kenneth B Clark)

I am very much afraid that the Christian church of today will lose its value, and it will be seen as nothing more than a social club, with no meaning and no effectiveness for our time, a form without substance. In my travels I meet many young people of all races, and they are disappointed in the church, and some are outright disgusted------DR. KING (from his interview with Alex Haley)

So often I have been disappointed because we have not received the cooperation of the church. So often the church in our struggle had been a taillight, instead of a headlight-----DR. KING (from the Autobiography of Dr. King)

If your family attended a church, you would go to a Negro church. If you wanted to visit a church attended by white people, you would not be welcome. For although your white citizens would insist that they are Christians, but they practiced segregation as rigidly in the house of God, as they did in the theaters----DR. KING (from his interview with Alex Haley)

I have been so greatly disappointed in the white church, and its leadership. I do no say this as one of the negative critics, who can always find something wrong with the church. I say this as a minister of the Gospel who loves the church. During the Montgomery bus boycott I thought we would get the support of the white church, but white ministers, priest and Rabbi’s have been some of our strongest opponents. I have watched white churches stand on the sideline saying those are issues with which the Gospel have no real concern. I have looked at their beautiful churches, and over and over again I have found myself asking what kind of people worship here, and who is their God? Why were their lips silent when Governor Wallace gave the clarion call for defiance and hatred? Yes these questions are still in my mind-----DR. KING (from his book called, a Testament of Hope)

The contemporary church is often a weak ineffectual voice, with an uncertain sound. It is so often the supporter of the status quo. The power structure is consoled by the church’s silence, but the judgment of God is upon the church as never before------DR. KING

If you attended a Negro church and you wanted to play it safe. You might select a church that didn’t have a pastor with a reputation for speaking out on Civil Rights-----DR. KING (from the Autobiography of Dr. King)

In my talk with black ministers, I inform them that you can’t preach the glories of Heaven, while ignoring social conditions in your own community that causes men to live an earthly hell-----DR. KING (from his interview with Alex Haley)

We have a right to look to the church for leadership, because the church is suppose to be the moral protectors of the community. You have some ministers that are afraid to take a vocal stand, because they fear losing a church, and some people are willing to stand up and lose a church and be damned if necessary, but I’m afraid we don’t have enough people committed---DR. KING (interview with Mike Wallace,1958)

Both political parties have betrayed the cause of justice. The Democrats have betrayed it by capitulating to the prejudice, and undemocratic practices of the Southern Dixiecrats . The Republicans have betrayed it by capitulating to the blatant hypocrisy of the right wing reactionary Northerners-----DR. KING

I made it a point not to endorse any candidate publicly, the SCLC we are a non-partisan organization. Frankly I did not feel at that time that there was much difference, between Kennedy and Nixon. I could find some things in the back ground of both men that I didn’t agree with. I never came out with an endorsement for either party. I took this position in order to maintain a non-partisan posture. Which I have followed all along, in order to be able to look objectively at both parties, at all times----DR. KING (from the Autobiography of Dr. King)

I don’t profess to have much political knowledge. I would not go out and endorse either party. I see some short comings in both parties, and some good in both parties, but I would not endorse either party----DR. KING (interview with Mike Wallace, 1958)

Our people have to become registered voters, but we first have to get a better understand of politics. We go into politics in a gullible way, an emotional way. When politics is cold blooded and heartless, we must first learn the science of politics, and we should not take sides with either party. We should not sell ourselves to either party----MALCOLM X (from his lecture at Harvard Law School , 1964)

I don’t think people should refer to themselves as leftist, or rightist. I think they should be whatever they are, and don’t allow anybody to put labels on them-----MALCOLM X (from his speech given January 7th, 1965)

You give white politicians all of your support, and get nothing in return. You put the Democrats first, and they put you last-----MALCOLM X (from his speech called, the Ballot or the Bullet)

The white liberal differs from the white conservative only in one way. The liberal is more deceitful than the conservative. The liberal is more hypocritical than the conservative. Both want power, but the white liberal is the one who has perfected the art of posing as the Negro’s friend and benefactor, and by winning the friendship and support of the Negro, the white liberal is able to use the Negro as a pawn or tool in this political football game. Politically the American Negro is nothing but a football, and the white liberals control this mentally dead ball. Through tricks of tokenism and false promises, and they have the willing cooperation of Negro leaders. These leaders sell out our people for just a few crumbs of token recognition and token gains-----MALCOLM X ( from his speech called, God’s Judgment of White America)

The white conservatives aren’t friends of the Negro either, but at least they don’t try to hide it. They are like wolves, they show you their teeth in a snarl. That always keep the Negro aware of where he stands with them, but the white liberals are foxes who show their teeth to the Negro also, but they pretend they’re smiling. The white liberal is more dangerous than the conservative. They lure the Negro, and as the Negro runs from the growling wolf. He flees into the open jaws of the smiling fox. The job of the Negro leaders is to make the Negro forget that the wolf and fox belong to the same canine family, and no matter which one of them the Negro puts his trust in. He always ends up in the dog house----MALCOLM X (from his speech called, God’s Judgment of White America)

I don’t think I would ever run for political office. I think I am more effective attacking the establishment, and you can’t do that as well once you’re on the inside-----MALCOLM X (from the Village Voice, 1965)

Although popular Negro leaders are now emerging, most of them are still selected by white leadership, elevated to positions, supplied with resources and inevitably subjected to white control. The masses of Negros are suspicious toward this manufactured leader. We have to create leaders that have virtues that we can respect, who have moral and ethical principles that we can applaud. We have to refuse crumbs from the big city machine, and demand a fair share of the loaf---DR. KING (from his book called, a Testament of Hope)

The black masses reject the Uncle Tom approach of the Negro leadership that has been handpicked by the white man. These Uncle Tom leaders don’t speak for the Negro majority, they don’t speak for the black masses. They speak for the black bourgeoisie, the brainwashed white minded, middle class minority. Who are ashamed of black and don’t want to be identified with the black masses---MALCOLM X (from his speech called, God’s Judgment of White America)

Too often many of us live above our means. Do you ever see people buy cars that they can’t even began to afford based on their income. You’ve seen people riding around in Cadillac’s and Chryslers, who don’t earn enough money to have a good T-Model Ford, but it feeds a repressed ego. Your automobile shouldn’t cost any more than half of your annual income. So if you make 5000 dollars a year, your car shouldn’t cost anymore than 2500, so often you see people making 5000 dollars a year, and driving a car that cost 6000 dollars, and they wonder why their ends never meet. You see people living their lives trying to live like the Joneses. They got to get this coat because it’s a little better looking than Mary’s coat, and they feel they got to drive this car because it’s a little better than their neighbors car. If not controlled this kind of behavior can become destructive----DR. KING (from his speech called, The Drum Major Instinct)

Blacks are 11% of the American population, and consume 40% of the Scotch Whisky imported to the U.S., and spend 72 million at the jewelry store, and when we come asking for Civil Rights donations Negros are just trying to make ends me---DR. KING

White people knew the Negro better than the Negro knew himself. They knew that the Negro would spend every dollar, nickel, and penny he earned. White people planned to get back every penny they paid the Negro in salary. The Negro hasn’t sense enough to see it. Negros love luxuries, they bought silk shirts that cost 10 dollars a piece. They bought dresses and suits that cost 100 dollars. No other race of people have lived like this. The Jews save at least 50% of what they earn. The Italians save at least 60% of what they earn, but what have the Negro saved? Who made those factory silk shirts, and those expensive silk socks that you bought? Who sold them to you, it was the white man. It grieves me, it brings me to tears. When I see a race not of children, but of matured minds playing with their destiny---MARCUS GARVEY

The reason that most black business fail, is because they are selling a product that they bought from white man. They themselves have gone to the white man, to purchase something to resale to you. Everything that’s in the Negro store is a resale, and he has to resale it at a price high enough to get his investment back. The black person that’s in business is acting as a salesman for the white wholesaler, and the white producer. The real owner of merchandise that the black business man is selling, is the white man. He robs you when he sells it to you, and you have to turn around and rob your people in order to get your money back, and then you wonder why they won’t come in your store. As black people we have to learn to produce something. We have to be producers as well as consumers, and then we can set the sale price at a low cost. If you produced the product that you sold, then you would be eliminating the middle man, and you could sell to your people at a low cost. Everything that leaves your pocket goes into the pocket of the white man. We are being robbed because we produce nothing of our own. Mr. Muhammad said that we must be producers as well as consumers. I don’t care if you have a million dollars business, if you are not producing anything, then you are just a rich slave. I don’t care how wealthy you are, if you are not producing you are just a slave for your master. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us that it is better to be independent, than dependent---MALCOLM X (from his speech called, Cooperative Economics)

Go into Japanese neighborhoods, you don’t see Negro stores. Go into China town, you don’t see Negro stores. Go into Jew town, you don’t see Negro stores. But come up here in black town and every kind of store is here but yours----MALCOLM X (from his speech called, Cooperative Economics)

I hope our generation hasn’t come to the point where men only look for beauty in a woman. A marriage that is only based on beauty does not have the stability, and endurance to last. One must discover the soul of beauty, before he has really discovered the meaning of love----DR. KING

Premarital sex is a contributing factor to the break down of the family. If a man breaks a relationship with you because you would not allow him to have sex, then you can be assured that he did not love you from the beginning----DR. KING

I had to have a wife who was as dedicated to the struggle as I was. I wish I could say that I lead her down this path, but I must say we went down it together. Coretta she was actively involved in the struggle when we meet. A wife can either make or break a husband, my wife was always stronger than I was in the struggle. Coretta proved to be the type of wife with the qualities to make a husband, that could have been so easily broken. In the darkest moment she always brought the light of hope. I am convinced that if I had not had a wife with the fortitude, strength and calmness of Coretta. I could not have withstood the ordeals and tension surrounding the Movement. If I have done anything in this struggle, it is because I had beside me a devoted, understanding and dedicated wife----DR. KING (from the Autobiography of Dr. King)

As a young minister I wouldn’t have considered it possible for me to love any woman. I had too much experience that women were only tricky, deceitful, untrustworthy flesh. I had seen too many men ruined or tied down, or in some other way messed up by women. Women talk too much, and to tell a woman not to talk too much, would be like telling Jesse James not to carry a gun, or telling a hen not to cackle. Can you imagine Jesse James without a gun, or a hen that didn’t cackle, and for anyone in leadership or position as I am. The worst thing in the world that a man could have, is the wrong woman. Samson was destroyed by the woman that slept in his arms. It had been 10 years since I thought anything about a woman or a mistress, and as a minister now I was thinking even less about getting a wife------MALCOLM X (from the Autobiography of Malcolm X)

In my years as a Muslim minister, I had always taught so strongly on moral issues. That many Muslim sisters accused me of being anti-woman. I had not even touched a woman for 12 years------MALCOLM X (from the Autobiography of Malcolm X)

I love Sister Betty, she’s the only woman that I ever thought about loving. She’s one of the very few women that I have ever trusted. She’s a good Muslim woman and wife. With me trying to wake up this brainwashed black man, and telling this arrogant white man the truth. Betty knows this is a full time job. I am only home 2 or 3 days a week, but if I have to do work while I’m home she allows me to have that quiet time that I need to work in---MALOLM X ( from the Autobiography of Malcolm X)

While in Beirut I went walking, and I could clearly see the European influence upon their women. It showed me how any country’s moral strength, or it’s moral weakness is quickly measurable by the street attire and attitude of it’s women, especially it’s young women-----MALCOLM X

Look at the women in America , young and old. Hardly any moral values are left in them. You can measure this by their dress and attire. Their spiritual values are almost destroyed, because of their emphasis on material things---MALCOLM X (from the Autobiography of Malcolm X)

Our young girls, our daughters, and our baby sisters are becoming unwed mothers before they are hardly out of their teens. Our community has 1000’s of unwed mothers, that has no hope of ever getting a husband. Our community has 10’s of 1000’s of little black babies who have no father to act as their provider---MALCOLM X (speaking at the University of California , 1963)

When we were growing up as teenagers, our mother would not allow us to wear tight pants and short skirts. She told us that our father would not approve of that kind of dress---ILYASAH SHABAZZ (Malcolm X daughter, from her book called Growing Up X)

There are millions of Negros devoid of pride and self respect, and they will accept injustice. Then you have other Negros that are comfortable and complacent, and they consider themselves above the struggle----DR. KING (from his interview, with Alex Haley)

I only went to the 8th grade, and everything I know above the 8th grade I learned from Mr. Muhammad. He’s been my teacher, and I think he’s a better teacher that I would have had in public school----MALCOLM X (from his interview with Kenneth B Clark)

Mr. Muhammad had raised me from the dead, everything I was he made me. When I was a foul vicious convict, this man had rescued me. He was the man that trained me, he treated me like I was his own flesh and blood. He was the man who had given me my wings to go places, and do things that I otherwise never would have dreamed of-----MALCOLM X (from the Autobiography of Malcolm X)

Mr. Muhammad had rescued me when I was a convict, and he trained me in his home as if I was his son. He allowed me to make important decisions for the Nation of Islam. One day he told me Brother Malcolm I want you to become well known. Because if you are well known it will make me better known, and he went on to say Brother Malcolm there is something you need to know. You will grow to be hated when you become well known. Because people usually get jealous of public figures---MALCOLM X (from the Autobiography of Malcolm X)

I love the Nation of Islam and Mr. Muhammad, I lived for the Nation of Islam and Mr. Muhammad. In 1963 Mr. Muhammad made me the Nation of Islam first National Minster. Mr. Muhammad embracing me told the audience this is my most faithful and hard working minister. No praise from any other earthly person could have meant more to me. White people and Negros would make me uncomfortable, by always trying to give me so much credit for the steady progress of the Nation of Islam. I told everybody anything creditable that I do, is because of Mr. Muhammad. I could not have gained the International prominence I gained, if it was not for Mr. Muhammad giving me my wings---MALCOLM X (for the Autobiography of Malcolm X)

When I left the Nation of Islam, my heart was still there. It’s like a man separating from his wife. Even though they are separated, sometimes the man heart is still with the woman----MALCOLM X

Have you noticed all of your life you can get a good laugh out of white people, as long as you act a fool. As long as you will jump up on stage and dance and sing evil and filthy songs. You are alright with them, you pull off half of your clothes up there, and show the world the filth of yourselves. That‘s all they want the so called Negro for, is to show the world that he the white man, made a fool out of one of your members. As long as the good people of the world refuses you, then he can laugh and say oh I beat your God----The HONORABLE ELIJAH MUHAMMAD (from Muhammadspeaks.com, he's discussing Black Entertainers)

The message that I bring is not for cowards----The HONORABLE ELIJAH MUHAMMAD (from his book called, The Fall of America)

Those of you who follow me must be ready to withstand the barbs and insults of those who come to investigate, pry and claim that our ultimate aim is to undermine the American way of life. We have no such intentions and our critics know it-----The HONORABLE ELIJAH MUHAMMAD (from his book called, the Fall of America)

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, was the father that I never had----MINISTER FARRAKHAN

Don’t look for the easy road in life, if you really want something life. You got to give of yourself and practice hard-----MINISTER FARRAKHAN (speaking to students, at the Muhammad School of Music)

You foolish men and women that worship preachers and teachers, you foolish people that worship your political leaders, so when they die you fall apart. I pity the fool that worship me, any man that worships me now that’s a pitiful fool. I am a man, and I can make mistakes. I can fail you but God will never fail you. Don’t look to man as your source of strength, look to God as your source of strength, but some of you foolish people are looking for things to worship, and the things that you worship are less than yourself. I want to worship the one that Jesus worshiped. Jesus looked to God for his strength. I was born into this world and I will die, and it’s foolish if you put your trust in me. What will you do when I’m no longer here? Put all of your trust in God, not man.-----MINISTER FARRAKHAN (from his lecture called, The Source of Strength)

Gang bangers you make it very difficult for me. In the 60’s we knew who the enemy was, but today you are the enemy. It’s black people killing black people, you have become the #1 slayers of your people. This murder that’s going on in the black community makes it difficult for me. On any given Saturday night it’s us killing each other. You make it easy for racist police to kill you, because you are busy killing yourself.------ MINISTER FARRAKHAN (his lecture given at the Holy Day of Atonement, 2007)

It’s easy for us to talk about the White man, and say the white man did this and the white man did that, but if we get our own feet out of the way. There is no white man on earth that can stop us from attaining what God almighty have already willed for us to have. It is no longer the fault of white people. It is our fault and therefore it is our own responsibility to get our house in order.---- MINISTER FARRAKHAN (from his lecture called, The Prodigal Son)

Malcolm X taught me for 9 straight years, and he was the best teacher that anyone could have. It was Brother Malcolm that gave me my very first Holy Quran-----MINISTER FARRAKHAN

Malcolm X saw in me what I never saw in myself, and he nurtured me to become a minister-----MINISTER FARRAKHAN (Speaking to students, at the Muhammad School of Music)

I want to thank Allah for the life of Malcolm X, because it was Malcolm that taught me of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, and Master Fard Muhammad. He taught me like no other minister ever taught me. Malcolm gave me an example of a real man. Malcolm taught me how to be truthful. Malcolm gave me an example of a man that I had never known. Whatever I am today I owe it to two men, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X. ------MINISTER FARRAKHAN (speaking at Saviors Day, 1999)

When I first took my position against the war in Vietnam , almost every newspaper criticized me. It was a low period in my life, and it wasn’t just white people either, it was Negros . Negro newspapers were criticizing me, even fellow Civil Rights Leaders and members of Congress were criticizing me, for not sticking to the business of Civil Rights. Something said to me Martin, you have got to stand up on this, no matter what it means. I came to the conclusion that there are moments in your life, when you must speak for yourself. Nobody else can speak for you----DR. KING (from the Autobiography of Dr. King)

If you have never found something so dear and precious to you that you will die for it. Then you are not fit to live. You might be 38 years old as I happen to be, and one day you are called upon to stand up for some great principle or cause, and you refuse because you are afraid. You refuse to do it because you want to live longer. You are afraid that you will lose your job. You are afraid that you will be criticized by others. You are afraid that you will lose your popularity, or you are afraid that somebody will stab you, or shoot at you, or bomb your house. So you refuse to take a stand. Well you may go on and live to be 90 years old, but you are already dead. You died when you refused to stand up for right. You died when you refused to stand up for truth. You died when you refused to stand up for justice. Don’t ever think that you are by yourself. Go to jail if necessary, but you never go alone. Take a stand for that which you know is right. The world might misunderstand you and criticize you, but you are never alone. One with God is the majority----DR. KING (from the Autobiography of Dr. King)

I knew I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos, without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today. Which is my own government-----DR. KING (from his speech called, Beyond Vietnam )

I wish I was draft age, I tell you this morning I would not fight in the war in Vietnam . I’d go to jail before I would do it, and I say to the Federal government or anybody else, they can just as well get ready to convict me. I’m going to continue to tell young men, not to go and fight in this war----DR. KING (from the Autobiography of Dr. King, page number 345)

I remember when Negros were just going around scratching where they didn’t itch, and laughing when they were not tickled, but those days are all over. We mean business now, and we are determined to gain our rightful place in the world----DR. KING (from the Autobiography of Dr. King)

God didn’t call America to do what she’s doing in the world now. God didn’t call America to engage in a senseless unjust war, as the war in Vietnam . We are criminals in that war. We’ve committed more war crimes, than almost any nation in the world, and I’m going to continue to say it. America won’t stop it because of our pride and arrogance as a nation, but God has a way of even putting Nations in their place. The God that I worship has a way of saying, don’t play with me. Be still and know that I am God, and if you don’t stop your reckless course. I’ll rise up and break the backbone of your power, and that can happen to America ----DR. KING (from his speech called, The Drum Major Instinct)

The sanitation worker that picks up our garbage, is as significant as the physician. For if he doesn’t do his job disease are rampant. All labor has dignity---DR. KING (from the Autobiography of Dr. King)

If one black person suffers, if one black person is down, then we are all down. The Negro haves must join hands with the Negro have nots-----DR. KING (from the Autobiography of Dr. King)

The American Negro can not afford to destroy its leadership. Men of talent are too scarce to be destroyed by envy, greed, and tribal rivalry before they reach their maturity----DR. KING (from the Autobiography of Dr. King)

The question of self defense was unnecessary, since few people were suggesting that Negros should not defend themselves as individuals when attacked. The question was not whether one should use his gun when his home was attacked, but whether it was wise to use a gun while participating in an organized demonstration----DR. KING (from the Autobiography of Dr. King, page number 317)

I come by here to say that America to is going to hell, if we don’t use her wealth. If America does not use her vast resources of wealth to end poverty, and make it possible for all of God’s children to have the basic necessities of life, she to will go to hell-----DR. KING (March 18th, 1968 from his speech given to the sanitation workers in Memphis Tennessee)

America will be faced with more violence and rioting. As long as Negros are in rat filled ghettos, as long as Negros remain smothered by poverty in this wealthy society, as long as Negros are made to feel like exiles in their own country, as long as Negros are dehumanized. The more injustice in a community, the more violence or potential for violence you will have in that community----DR. KING (from his interview, with Alex Haley)

In every one of us there is a Civil War going on in our lives, I don’t care who you are, I don’t care where you live. There is a Civil War going on in your life. Every time you set out to be good, there is something pulling on you telling you to be evil. Every time you set out to love, something keeps pulling on you trying to get you to hate. Every time you set out to be kind and say nice things about people, something is pulling on you to be jealous, and envious, and spread gossip about them. There is a Civil War going on in your life. God knows that his children are weak, and they are frail, but in the final analysis God requires that your heart be right-----DR. KING

Malcolm X was an eloquent spokesman for his point of view, and no one can honestly doubt that Malcolm had a great concern for the problem, that we face as a race. While we did not always see eye to eye on methods to solve the race problem, I always had a deep affection for Malcolm----DR. KING (from the Autobiography of Dr. King)

Dr. King works 20 hours a day, travels 325,000 miles and makes 450 speeches a year on behalf of the Negro cause, and he still finds the time to visit the sick and help the poor, among his congregation at Ebenezer Baptist church---ALEX HALEY (from his interview, with Dr. King)

There is no better teacher than adversity. Every defeat, every heart break, every loss contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time----MALCOLM X

We are living in a world that is so hypocritical. White people pretend they want Negros to be free, and Negros pretend like they believe white people. This is hypocrisy, you fool me and I fool you. This is the game that the white man, and Negros play with each other----MALCOLM X

Don’t try and change the white man’s mind, we have to change our own mind. You can’t change his mind, and this whole thing about appealing to the moral conscience of America . America ’s conscience is bankrupt, she lost it a long time ago. Uncle Sam has no conscience. We can’t waste time trying to change the white man’s mind. We’ve got to change our own mind about each other. We have to see each other as brothers and sisters. We have to come together in unity and avoid jealousy and division-----MALCOLM X

Being white is not a skin color, it is an attitude. We have Negros who are as white as some white people. Being white is a Holier than thou attitude, it’s an arrogant attitude it’s not a skin color-----MALCOLM X

There’s plenty wrong with Negros . They have no society, they’re robots, automations with no mind of their own. I hate to say this about us, but it’s the truth. They are a black body with a white brain like the monster Frankenstein. The top part is your bourgeois Negro, he’s not interested in his poor black brother. He’s usually so far in debt from trying to copy the white man’s social habits that he doesn’t have time to worry about anything else. They buy the most expensive clothes and cars, and eat the cheapest food. They act more like the white man, than the white man does himself------MALCOLM X (from his interview with Alex Haley)

Now the Negro leaders are demanding the white man’s job. Which mean they are demanding a certain quota, or percentage of white people’s job. What will this lead to? First the Negro leadership demanded the white man’s house, and whites vacated their run down houses, and they built new homes for themselves out in the suburbs, but now the Negro leadership are demanding the white man’s job. Can the whites vacate their jobs, like they vacated their houses and schools? Not without violence and blood shed. The same white liberals that use to praise you for patience and non violence, have now become openly inpatient in defense of their jobs-----MALCOLM X (speaking on Affirmative Action, at the Harlem Unity Rally)

If the master said we got a good house, that House Negro would say yeah we got a good house here. If the master’s house caught on fire, that House Negro would fight harder to put the blaze out than his master. If the master got sick that House Negro would say what’s the matter boss, we sick? He identified with his master more than his master identified with himself. If you came to that House Negro and said let’s escape, let’s run away. He would look at you and say man you crazy. Where can I get a better house than this? Where can I wear better clothes than this? That’s that old House Negro, and we still have some House Negros today. They say where am I going to find a better place than America ? They say where am I going to find a better job, than this white man gave me? They don’t want to do for self, they don’t want to work for themselves, but that Field Negro was intelligent. If the master’s house caught on fire that Field Negro prayed Lord let it burn, they didn’t try to put it out. There are Field Negros today, I am a Field Negro----MALCOLM X

Interviewer Claude Lewis: Malcolm X have you ever received any kind of award for your work?

Malcolm X: NO, whenever I walk the street and people love what I’m doing, that’s my reward. Whenever people come out to hear me speak and they’re in agreement, that’s my reward.

Interviewer Claude Lewis: Malcolm how do you want to be remembered?

Malcolm X: I want to be remembered as someone that was sincere. Even if I made mistakes, they were made in sincerity. If I was wrong, I was wrong in sincerity. I can deal with a person that’s wrong, as long as they are sincere.

White folks didn’t need anybody to remind them that they are men. We do, and this is what Malcolm did for us. Malcolm taught us to get up off of our knees, and fight our own battles. He scared the hell out of some of us. He kept speaking the plainful truth that whites and blacks did not want to hear, and he wouldn’t stop for love nor money. He would make you angry as hell, but he would also make you proud. He was one of the most charming men that I ever met, and when you left his presence you had a sneaky suspicion that maybe after all, you were a man---OSSIE DAVIS

My father rejected personal gain, he was never out for money-----Malcolm X daughter, ILYASAH SHABAZZ

My father had 600 dollars to his name, on the day he was assassinated-----ILYASAH SHABAZZ (from her book called, Growing up X)

Like a lot of Negro kids, we never would have made it without our Momma. When there was no fatback to go with the beans, no socks to go with the shoes, no hope to go with tomorrow. She’d smile and say we aint poor, we’re just broke. Being poor is a state of mind that you never out grow, but being broke is just a temporary condition-----DICK GREGORY (from his Autobiography called, Nigger)

When the welfare worker came to our house, I had to hide in the closet. Because my mother wasn’t suppose to have but two kids in the house----DICK GREGORY

The teacher thought I was stupid, couldn’t spell, couldn’t read, couldn’t do arithmetic, just stupid. Teachers were never interested in finding out that you couldn’t concentrate because you were hungry, and you hadn’t had any breakfast---DICK GREGORY (from his Autobiography called, Nigger)

I don’t care what people think of me, and I don’t plan on changing. I’ve already been through too much. I should be dead just from what I went through with dope. I aint scared of nothing or nobody. I just say what I think, and that bugs people, especially white people. When they look in my eyes and they don’t see fear. They know that it’s a draw.-----MILES DAVIS (interview with Alex Haley)

As they say in the old days, I’m not an Uncle Tom. I don’t dance I just do what I do, and I don’t care who like it. I use to get put in jail all of the time, for driving my Ferrari. The police use to stop me and say who car is this, and I asked them who car do you think it is, who do you see driving it ? They would say ok come on, I just refuse to be under anyone, don’t allow anyone to belittle you---MILES DAVIS

Look at the movies and television shows and count how many black people you see in them. Then walk outside of your door, and you see people of all races, but white people don’t put them in movies. I pointed this out to a television producer, and he said they hadn’t thought about it, and I told him I know. Nobody ever thinks about Black people, and Chinese, and Puerto Ricans and Japanese that watch TV, and buys the things they advertise. All of these different races want to see their own people represented in these movies, and television shows. Movies and television shows should reflect the racial make up of America.-----MILES DAVIS (interview with Alex Haley)

There are a lot of places I won’t play. I won’t play anywhere in the South, because I can’t stand Jim Crow. We have enough of it here in the North, so I aint going down there in it. They want some Uncle Tom entertainment. They are the kind that will holler hey boy play Sweet Georgia Brown, and you’re suppose to grin and play it. I can’t stand dumb ass people not respecting the other customers that came to hear the music. I would rather invest in some more property and just collect rent. I aint going to play nowhere in the South that Negros can’t come, and I aint going to play nowhere in the north that Negros don’t come. There are one or two reason why they don’t come. Either because they are not wanted, or because they don’t like the regular music at the club.----MILES DAVIS (interview with Alex Haley)

I remember when I was a little boy a white man ran me down the street hollering Nigger Nigger, and my father went after him with a shot gun, so race pride has always been in my family going all the way back to slavery days. My father was born six years after slavery and he wanted to play music, but his grandfather wanted him to be more than an entertainer for white folks, so my father went to Northwestern and he became a dental surgeon. My father is worth more than I am, he’s a high price dental surgeon. -----MILES DAVIS (interview with Alex Haley)

Every Negro meets prejudice I don’t care who you are. I called this electrician to fix something in my house, and when he rang the door bell and I answered he looked at me like I was dirt. He said I want to speak to the owner, and I said you’re looking at him, and he turned red as hell. He thought I was the porter, and now he’s mad and embarrassed. What had I done to him, but call and give him work.------MILES DAVIS (interview with Alex Haley)

I don’t see myself as middle class despite all of the money I’ve earned. I come from the street, I come from the people. Middle class people often forget where they came from. As black people we are still fighting for our rights. I am an Ambassador for blacks. If there were 10 more black musicians as free as I am to play this part, it would make things much better-----JAMES BROWN

I think Rap music can be a great tool if it’s used in the right way, but if it’s used in a negative way, it can be damaging------JAMES BROWN

Like Dr. King I want to be remembered as a man that tried to help somebody. That’s how I want to be remembered-----JAMES BROWN

I grew up in the heart of the ghetto in Chicago during the depression. There was a gang on every street, and our biggest struggle everyday was we were either running from the gangs or with the gangs, and this was just getting to school and back. I still have scars from a switchblade that I received through my hands. I had an ice pick stuck in my temple. My high school was probably the roughest school in America . I saw teachers getting hurt and maimed----QUINCY JONES (interview with the Academy of Achievement )

In the summer time I visited my grandmother in Louisville. She lived in a shotgun shack with no electricity, and we had to take a bath in these big tin tubs on the floor. My grandmother would tell us to go down to the river, and catch the rats with the tails still moving. She would cook the rats. She took the greens from her back yard, and she would cook them and she would fry the rats with onions, and we would eat them-----QUINCY JONES (interview with the Academy of Achievement )

When I was a young musician we played the juke joints, and people would get shot, and we would go on through Texas ------QUINCY JONES

Being a singer is a way for me to get a platform, and do more----CHAKA KHAN

I believe that God gave me this platform, so I can stand up for my people----JUDGE MATHIS

As a young musician we would hit the road and go to places like Texas . Sometimes we would see effigies like black dummies hanging by nooses from church steeples. That was pretty heavy man to see black dummies hanging from church steeples. That meant don’t stop, don’t even think about coming here. We always had a white bus driver, because we couldn’t go in the restaurants. We would get to places and we would get the white bus driver to go in and get the food for the band. There were no hotels and I remember Jimmy Scott and I slept in a funeral parlor, where the bodies where. This guy told us that we could stay there for two days. We made 17 dollars a night, and you’re not thinking about getting a suite at the Waldorf----QUINCY JONES (Interview with the Academy of Achievement )

My idol is a man name Elijah Muhammad, his teachings is what gave me so much confidence----MUHAMMAD ALI (2001 interview with Readers Digest)

What’s wrong with me going to jail for something I believe in? Boys are dying in Vietnam for something they don’t believe in. I met 2 black soldiers in the airport, and they said champ it takes a lot of guts to do what you’re doing. I told them brother you just don’t know. If you knew your chances of coming home with no arms, no legs, no eyes. Fighting Asian brothers in their own country, and they never lynched you, they never called you Nigger. They never put dogs on you, they never killed your leaders. You go and shoot people that haven’t done anything to you, and as soon as you get home you won’t be able to find a job, so going to jail is nothing compared to that. We’ve come too far to turn around. They got to either free me or put me in jail. Because I’m going to take a stand, even if I have to go to jail, even if I have to die I’m ready-----MUHAMMAD ALI

Malcolm X raised my consciousness about myself, and about my people and other people more than anybody I know. I knew him before he was Malcolm X----LENA HORNE (from brainyquote.com)

Malcolm X made me very strong at a time that I needed to know and understand what I was angry about, he had peace in his heart. He exerted a big influence on me-----LENA HORNE (from brainyquote.com)

When it comes to politics, I’m not on the right side or the left side. Do you remember when they crucified Christ? There were someone on his left side, and someone on his right side, and they were both thieves. That’s the same way with politics, politics is madness-----BOB MARLEY

One of the most important things that I have learned along the way is having the courage to stand by my convictions. Those things that I know are right. Sometimes that means standing out from the crowd or not being popular, but sometime that is the only place to be. It takes real courage to do what you think is best, even when you might be ridicule for it----Super bowl coach TONY DUNGY (from his book called, Uncommon Finding Your Path to Significance)

God calls us to be faithful, not successful. He calls us to pursue those dreams that are in our hearts, and to pursue them with all of our might. Sometimes we’ll be able to change lives, and sometimes the only life we can see changed is our own lives. God’s scoreboard is different from ours. He does want to bless us, but his scoreboard doesn’t use money, or material possession, or fame, or status. He judges by the state of our heart, and our desire to serve him. Don’t ever sell yourself short, God’s purpose is greater than man’s purpose----COACH TONY DUNGY (from his book called, Uncommon Finding Your Path to Significance)

I always wanted to be a minister and preach and be a missionary, and then for a while after Mrs. Duncan’s 4th grade class, I wanted to be a teacher. I think in many ways I have been able to fulfill all of that. I feel that my show is a ministry. We just don’t take up a collection. I feel that it is also a teaching tool without preaching to people. I really do this is my intent. This show is very important to me, because it is a platform for me to make a difference in people’s lives----OPRAH WINFREY (interview with the Academy of Achievement )

I normally work 13 hour days, 15 hours days and 12 hour days. A 12 hour day is a short day for me. I feel like after a 12 hour day, what am I going to do with the rest of the day. I get home and I don’t know what to do with myself, because I have all of this time left over, so I feel most comfortable working 14 to 16 hour days. It doesn’t feel like work because I would do this even if I didn’t get a dime for it---OPRAH WINFREY (interview with the Academy of Achievement )

Most of all of the mistakes I’ve made in my life, I’ve made them because I was trying to please other people, every one of them. There’s not one that I made because I did something that I really wanted to do for myself----OPRAH WINFREY (interview with the Academy of Achievement )

I believe that the reason I’ve been able to be so successful, is because my focus has never been on money. The fact that money has come has really been a surprise to me, but money has never been my focus. You know that you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not get paid for it. I would do this job, and take a second job to make ends meet even if nobody paid me, just for the opportunity to do it. That’s how you know you are doing the right thing. As long as I can be an influence and make a difference. That’s what I want to do----OPRAH WINFREY (interview with the Academy of Achievement )


I gave up all of my possessions and wealth. I remember that it was painful in the beginning, but as time went on it became a joy to give up those things. Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, and Ramakrishna were men that greatly influenced the world, and they were all men that rejected wealth and material possessions. One must give up attachment to material possessions, and dedicate one’s life to God----MAHATMA GANDHI

As food is necessary for the body, prayer is necessary for the soul. A man may be able to go days without food, but a man can not and should not live a moment without prayer----MAHATMA GANDHI

I claim to be a man of faith and prayer, and even if I were cut to pieces. I trust that God would give me the strength not to deny him. No act of mine is done without prayer------MAHATMA GANDHI

Religions are different roads converging to the same point. What does it matter that we take different roads, as long as we reach the same goal. My Hinduism teaches me to respect all religions----MAHATMA GANDHI

I believe that we should read the scriptures of different religions. Religion is one tree with many branches----MAHATMA GANDHI

Each of us must respect other’s religions, and we must refrain from even secretly thinking ill of others religion----MAHATMA GANDHI

It is the height of intolerance to believe that your religion is superior to other religions, and you would not be justified in wanting others to change over to your faith. All worship the same spirit, but in different forms. There is no religion greater than another. The Allah of Islam is the same as the God of Christians, and the Ishvara of Hindu’s. The need is not for one religion, but respect of all religions----MAHATMA GANDHI

How can I believe that my neighbor’s religion is inferior to mine, and wish that he should give up his religion and embrace mine? As a true friend I can only hope and pray that he may live and grow perfect in his own religion----MAHATMA GANDHI

If a Christian came to me and said he wanted to convert to Hinduism, I would try to talk him out of it. I would tell him what Hinduism offers the Bible also offers, and you must make the attempt to find out and become a good Christian---MAHATMA GANDHI

I am humble enough to even look to babes, and suckling for help-----MAHATMA GANDHI

Worship or prayer is not performed with the lips, but with the heart. The language of the lips can be taught, but who can teach the language of the heart----MAHATMA GANDHI

How can one speak the truth without fearlessness? The path of the Lord is the path of the brave, not of cowards----MAHATMA GANDHI

Possession of power makes men blind and deaf, and they can not see things which are under their nose, and they can not hear things which invade their ears. There is no telling what a power intoxicated government will do----MAHATMA GANDHI

Given the choice between cowardice and violence, I would choose violence. I would rather India resort to arms to defend her honor, than to remain a helpless coward----MAHATMA GANDHI

If a man when faced with danger behaves like a mouse, then he is rightly called a coward. There is hope for a violent man to change, but there is no hope for a coward----MAHATMA GANDHI

The remedy against cowardice is you must face danger. As long as parents are timid and afraid, they will pass this own to their children---MAHATMA GANDHI

Non Violence can not be taught to a person that fears death. I must not allow a coward to seek shelter behind non-violence. Running away from danger is not apart of non-violence-----MAHATMA GANDHI

For God let us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr. You must be willing to face bullets without flinching----MAHATMA GANDHI

I believe I have an unflinching faith in God. I have deliberately made an attempt to cast all fear out of my heart, including the fear of death-----MAHATMA GANDHI

Non-violence is an extremely active force, there is no room for cowardice or even weakness. To run away from danger instead of facing it, is to deny one’s faith in God-----MAHATMA GANDHI

I have said more than once that if we do not know how to defend ourselves, our women, and our places of worship through suffering and non-violence. Then as men we must be able to defend ourselves by fighting----MAHATMA GANDHI

Where there is fear there is no religion. Let us fear God and we shall cease to fear man, fear is a thing which I dislike. Why should one man be afraid of another man? Man should stand in the fear of God alone, and then he can shed all other fears. There is no bravery greater than the refusal to bend the knee to an earthly power, no matter how great-----MAHATMA GANDHI

God appears to different people in different forms, but he is one. There is nothing wrong with everyone following truth according to his own faith----MAHATMA GANDHI

Weak people can never forgive, only strong people can forgive----MAHATMA GANDHI

It is my belief that no man loses his freedom, except through his own weakness---MAHATMA GANDHI

The voice within tells me you have to stand against the world, although you might have to stand alone. You have to stare the whole world in the face, although the world may look at you with blood shot eyes. Do not fear even if you have to forsake friends, family, and all. I will not be a traitor to God to please the world----MAHATMA GANDHI

Those who are timid likes to fight in large numbers, but the brave glory in fighting alone----MAHATMA GANDHI

Without control over the mind, you will never control the physical body. Where the mind wonders the body will soon follow. The mind is even more difficult to curb than the wind, but with the help of God it is possible to control the mind. Don’t think it is impossible because it is difficult---MAHATMA GANDHI

I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unalike your Christ-----MAHATMA GANDHI

God travels at a snails pace, those who want to do good are not selfish. They are not in a hurry. They know in order to impregnate people with good, requires a long time----MAHATMA GANDHI

The Devil succeeds only by receiving help from his fellows. He always takes advantage of the weakest spot in our nature, in order to gain mastery over us. So does the government retain control over us, through our weakness and vices----MAHATMA GANDHI

All exploitation is based on cooperation, whether willing or forced. There would be no exploitation if people refused to obey the exploiter, but often we hug the chains that binds us---MAHATMA GANDHI

What is victory? For a fighter the fight itself is victory. Joy lies in the fight, joy lies in the attempt, joy lies in the suffering involved. Not the victory itself----MAHATMA GANDHI

It is my belief that we are insight of the promise land, but the danger is the greatest when victory seems the nearest. No victory can be won without a final battle. God’s last test is the most difficult, and Satan’s last temptation is the most seductive. We must stand God’s last test, and we must resist Satan’s last temptation if we are to be free----MAHATMA GANDHI

To my knowledge through out my public an private career, I have never broken a promise----MAHATMA GANDHI

I claim to be no more than an average man, with less than average ability. Any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she makes the same effort----MAHATMA GANDHI

Confession of error is like a broom that sweeps away dirt, and it leaves the surface cleaner than before. It is a million times better to appear untrue before the world, than to be untrue to ourselves----MAHATMA GANDHI

There is no discredit greater than the refusal to acknowledge errors---MAHATMA GANDHI

The expansion of the mind comes from hard experience, not necessarily from college or the school house----MAHATMA GANDHI

Silence is part of spiritual discipline. A man of few words will rarely be thoughtless in his speech, he will measure every word---MAHATMA GANDHI

In the last 50 years we have seen brilliant inventions and discoveries, but they have not added one inch to the moral fiber of society----MAHATMA GANDHI

We should be willing to sacrifice all, for the poor----MAHATMA GANDHI

Forced sacrifice is no sacrifice at all, for it will not last. There should be no sorrow felt over a sacrifice. Any sacrifice which causes pain loses its sacred character, and will break down under stress----MAHATMA GANDHI

What shall we do when the leaders die? We shall continue to work in spite of the death, or imprisonment of our leaders. We must be able to stand on our own legs without support, even as we breathe naturally. There should be no surrender in the face of fire. When the leader dies, the battle should intensify----MAHATMA GANDHI

Relief will come when there is least hope, for God test his followers through a fiery furnace-----MAHATMA GANDHI

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