In honor of the iconic civil rights leader’s 92nd birthday, we gathered several of his most famous quotes.

17 Iconic Malcolm X Quotes was originally published on hellobeautiful.com

1. Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

“If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.”

2. Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

“The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”

3. Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

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

4. Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time.”

5. Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

“I for one believe that if you give people a thorough understanding of what confronts them and the basic causes that produce it, they’ll create their own program, and when the people create a program, you get action.”

6. Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

“The common goal of 22 million Afro-Americans is respect as human beings, the God-given right to be a human being. Our common goal is to obtain the human rights that America has been denying us. We can never get civil rights in America until our human rights are first restored. We will never be recognized as citizens there until we are first recognized as humans.”

7. Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

“I believe that there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those that do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the systems of exploitation.”

8. Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

“We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock landed on us.”

9. Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”

10. Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

“Without education, you’re not going anywhere in this world.”

11. Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

“Anytime you see someone more successful than you are, they are doing something you aren’t.”

12. Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

“I am not a racist. I am against every form of racism and segregation, every form of discrimination. I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color.”

13. Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

“Sitting at the table doesn’t make you a diner. You must be eating 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.”

14. Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

“You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.”

15. Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”

16. Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

“You show me a capitalist, and I’ll show you a bloodsucker.”

17. Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

Iconic Malcolm X Quotes

“A race of people is like an individual man; until it uses its own talent, takes pride in its own history, expresses its own culture, affirms its own selfhood, it can never fulfill itself.”

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