Political Freedom without economic equality is a pretense, a fraud, a lie; and the workers want no lying.
To my utter despair I have discovered, and discover every day anew, that there is in the masses no revolutionary idea or hope or passion.
A jealous lover of human liberty, deeming it the absolute condition of all that we admire and respect in humanity, I reverse the phrase of Voltaire, and say that, if God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish him.
A soil, exhausted by the long culture of Pagan empires, was to lie fallow for a still longer period.
A new civilization was not to be improvised by a single mind.
All I demand for the black man is, that the white people shall take their heels off his neck, and let him have a chance to rise by his own efforts.
The passion for destruction is also a creative passion.
People don’t follow titles, they follow courage.
I listen to them freely and with all the respect merited by their intelligence, their character, their knowledge, reserving always my incontestable right of criticism and censure.
Enthusiasm could not supply the place of experience.