My father didn’t know his real name. My father got his name from his grandfather and he got his name from his grandfather and he got it from the slave master.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad says that we should be separate, all right, but in this separate state or separate existence, the black man should be given the opportunity and the incentive to do for himself what the white man has done for himself.
If you have a dog, I must have a dog. If you have a rifle, I must have a rifle. If you have a club, I must have a club. This is equality.
If, if a white man puts his arm around me voluntarily, that’s brotherhood. But if you – if you hold a gun on him and make him embrace me and pretend to be friendly or brotherly toward me, then that’s not brotherhood, that’s hypocrisy.
Envy blinds men and makes it impossible for them to think clearly.
You can’t hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree. You can’t hate Africa and not hate yourself.
Some people revel in taking risks, and some go through life taking no risks at all.
Without education, you are not going anywhere in this world.
Nonviolence is fine as long as it works.
You don’t have a peaceful revolution. You don’t have a turn-the-cheek revolution. There’s no such thing as a nonviolent revolution.