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" It's got to be the ballot or the bullet. The ballot or the bullet. If you're afraid to use an expression like that, you should get back in the cotton patch, you should get back in the alley. "
" The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us that God, now, is about to establish a kingdom on this earth, based upon brotherhood and peace. And the white man is against brotherhood, and the white man is against peace. "
" History is a people's memory, and without a memory, man is demoted to the lower animals. "
" The white man, in his press, is going to identify me with 'hate.' "
" America preaches integration and practices segregation. "
" The American Negro never can be blamed for his racial animosities - he is only reacting to 400 years of the conscious racism of the American whites. "
" If ballots won't work, bullets will. "
" If it's lawful to have a rifle club to kill pheasants, it should be just as lawful to have one to kill wolves or dogs that are being sicked on little black babies. In fact, it's constitutional. Article Number Two of the constitution guarantees the right of every citizen to own a rifle or a shot gun. "
" Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression, because power, real power, comes from our conviction which produces action, uncompromising action. "
" We won't organize any black man to be a Democrat or a Republican because both of them have sold us out. Both of them have sold us out; both parties have sold us out. Both parties are racist, and the Democratic Party is more racist than the Republican Party. "
" I have more respect for a man who lets me know where he stands, even if he's wrong, than the one who comes up like an angel and is nothing but a devil. "
" When we see that our problem is so complicated and so all-encompassing in its intent and content, then we realize that it is no longer a Negro problem, confined only to the American Negro; that it is no longer an American problem, confined only to America, but it is a problem for humanity. "
" America in its entirety is segregationist and is racist. It's more camouflaged in the north, but it's the same thing. "
" Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. "
" America is the first country... that can actually have a bloodless revolution. "
" The Negro revolution is controlled by foxy white liberals, by the Government itself. But the Black Revolution is controlled only by God. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it. "
" I just don't believe that when people are being unjustly oppressed that they should let someone else set rules for them by which they can come out from under that oppression. "
" My black brothers and sisters - of all religious beliefs, or of no religious beliefs - we all have in common the greatest binding tie we could have. We are all black people! "
" We who follow the Honorable Elijah Muhammad feel that when you try and pass integration laws here in America, forcing white people to pretend that they are accepting black people, what you are doing is making white people act in a hypocritical way. "
" In all our deeds, the proper value and respect for time determines success or failure. "
" If you turn the other cheek, you can be enslaved for 1,000 years. "
" 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 the next time. "
" Nonviolence is fine as long as it works. "
" I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color. "
" Truth is on the side of the oppressed. "
" You don't have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being. "
" We are not anti-white. But we don't have time for the white man. The white man is on top already, the white man is the boss already... he has first-class citizenship already. So you are wasting your time talking to the white man. We are working on our own people. "
" I want to take Negroes out of the ghetto and put them in good neighborhoods in good houses. "