Chickens coming home to roost never did make me sad; they've always made me glad.
It'll be the ballot or it'll be the bullet. It'll be liberty or it'll be death. And if you're not ready to pay that price don't use the word freedom in your vocabulary.
A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.
You don't have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being.
They don't practice what they preach, whereas South Africa preaches and practices the same thing. 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.
Whether we are Christians or Muslims or nationalists or agnostics or atheists, we must first learn to forget our differences. If we have differences, let us differ in the closet; when we come out in front, let us not have anything to argue about until we get finished arguing with the man.
How can you thank a man for giving you what's already yours? How then can you thank him for giving you only part of what's already yours?
I don't even call it violence when it's in self defense; I call it intelligence.
How can anyone be against love?
As I say, if we bring up religion we'll have differences; we'll have arguments; and we'll never be able to get together.
The young whites, and blacks, too, are the only hope that America has, the rest of us have always been living in a lie.
You can't legislate good will - that comes through education.
Nonviolence is fine as long as it works.
The political philosophy of black nationalism means: we must control the politics and the politicians of our community.
If you stick a knife in my back nine inches and pull it out six inches, there's no progress. If you pull it all the way out that's not progress. Progress is healing the wound that the blow made.
Armed with the knowledge of our past, we can with confidence charter a course for our future. Culture is an indispensable weapon in the freedom struggle. We must take hold of it and forge the future with the past.