I read Plato’s ‘Republic.’ I read it through about five times until I could actually understand it.
The law of humanity ought to be composed of the past, the present, and the future, that we bear within us; whoever possesses but one of these terms, has but a fragment of the law of the moral world.
Universal orthodoxy is enriched by every new discovery of truth: what at first appeared universal, by wishing to stand still, sooner or later becomes a sect.
We’ve never advocated violence; violence is inflicted upon us. But we do believe in self-defense for ourselves and for black people.
Time is the fairest and toughest judge.
I have the people behind me and the people are my strength.
I think what motivates people is not great hate, but great love for other people.
There will be no prison which can hold our movement down.
The first book I ever really read was Plato’s ‘Republic,’ and then I had to go over that five times or something.
Malcolm X was the first political person in this country that I really identified with. If he had lived and not been purged, I probably would have joined the Muslims.