The first lesson a revolutionary must learn is that he is a doomed man. Unless he understands this, he does not grasp the essential meaning of his life.
Any unarmed people are slaves, or are subject to slavery at any given moment.
Black Power is giving power to people who have not had power to determine their destiny.
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.
The walls, the bars, the guns and the guards can never encircle or hold down the idea of the people.
There's no reason for the establishment to fear me. But it has every right to fear the people collectively - I am one with the people.
An unarmed people are slaves or are subject to slavery at any given moment.
To die for the racists is lighter than a feather, but to die for the people is heavier than any mountain and deeper than any sea.
I expected to die. At no time before the trial did I expect to escape with my life. Yet being executed in the gas chamber did not necessarily mean defeat. It could be one more step to bring the community to a higher level of consciousness.
If you stop struggling, then you stop life.
When you deal with a man, deal with his most valuable possession, his life. There's play and there's the deep flow. I like to take things to the deep flow of play, because everything is a game, serious and nonserious at the same time. So play life like it's a game.
My fear was not of death itself, but a death without meaning.
The revolution has always been in the hands of the young. The young always inherit the revolution.
You can jail a Revolutionary, but you can't jail the Revolution.