The Morrow Book of Quotations in American History

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Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.

( Malcolm X Speaks, 1965)

A segregated school system produces children who, when they graduate, graduate with crippled minds.

(Ibid.)

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.

(Ibid.)

Time is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. Truth is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. You don't need anything else.

(Ibid.)

Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it.

(Ibid.)

If being a communist or being a capitalist or being a socialist is a crime, first you have to study which of those systems is the most criminal. And then you'll be slow to say which one should be in jail.

(Ibid.)

You show me a capitalist, I'll show you a bloodsucker.

(Ibid.)

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.

(Ibid.)

You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.

(Ibid.)

Power never takes a back step -- only in the face of more power.

(Ibid.)

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