Malcolm Quotes

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If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything.
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Gordon A. Eadie
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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.
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Malcolm X (By Any Means Necessary)
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My alma mater was books, a good library.... I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.
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Malcolm X
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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.
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Malcolm X
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Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.
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Malcolm X
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People don't realize how a man's whole life can be changed by one book.
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Malcolm X
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The main thing you got to remember is that everything in the world is a hustle.
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Alex Haley (The Autobiography of Malcolm X)
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Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success)
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To me, the thing that is worse than death is betrayal. You see, I could conceive death, but I could not conceive betrayal.
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Malcolm X
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If someone puts their hands on you make sure they never put their hands on anybody else again.
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Malcolm X (The Autobiography of Malcolm X)
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If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.
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Malcolm X
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Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.
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Malcolm X
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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.
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Malcolm X
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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.
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Malcolm X
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So early in my life, I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise.
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Malcolm X (The Autobiography Of Malcolm X)
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We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.
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Malcolm X
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The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming in the former. We are desperately lacking in the latter.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking)
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Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.
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C.S. Lewis (Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer)
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We have, as human beings, a storytelling problem. We're a bit too quick to come up with explanations for things we don't really have an explanation for.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking)
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Hence I have no mercy or compassion in me for a society that will crush people, and then penalize them for not being able to stand up under the weight.
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Malcolm X (The Autobiography of Malcolm X)
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Truth is on the side of the oppressed.
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Malcolm X
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If you have no critics you'll likely have no success.
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Malcolm X
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If you're not ready to die for it, take the word 'freedom' out of your vocabulary.
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Malcolm X
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We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.
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Malcolm X
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The ability to read awoke inside of me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.
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Malcolm X (The Autobiography of Malcolm X)
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Who we are cannot be separated from where we're from.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success)
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Don't be in a hurry to condemn because he doesn't do what you do or think as you think or as fast. There was a time when you didn't know what you know today.
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Malcolm X
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We will stand bravely with you!โ€ Malcolm announced. Catarina looked darkly at him, and he quailed. โ€œWell, we will stand bravely near you. Or at least within earshot.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6))
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To have once been a criminal is no disgrace. To remain a criminal is the disgrace
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Malcolm X
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A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.
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Malcolm X
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Those three things - autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward - are, most people will agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success)
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The only way we'll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world. We are blood brothers to the people of Brazil, Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba -- yes Cuba too.
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Malcolm X
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You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
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Malcolm Forbes
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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 is yours?
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Malcolm X
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Why am I as I am? To understand that of any person, his whole life, from Birth must be reviewed. All of our experiences fuse into our personality. Everything that ever happened to us is an ingredient.
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Malcolm X (The Autobiography of Malcolm X)
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Let's be clear. The planet is not in jeopardy. We are in jeopardy. We haven't got the power to destroy the planet - or to save it. But we might have the power to save ourselves.
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Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park, #1))
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I see America through the eyes of the victim. I don't see any American dream--I see an American nightmare.
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Malcolm X
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Laws are meaningless, child. There is nothing more important than love. And no law higher.
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Cassandra Clare (Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1))
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No one who can rise before dawn three hundred sixty days a year fails to make his family rich.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success)
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...If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires. (151)
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Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success)
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A hundred people is rather a large handful for the four of us to take on," Malcolm pointed out. "Do you have any ideas about how we're going to handle that task?" "Simple," Halt told him. "We'll surround them.
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John Flanagan (Halt's Peril (Ranger's Apprentice, #9))
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Achievement is talent plus preparation
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Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success)
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You can't hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree.
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Malcolm X
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If youโ€™re looking for the full deal, the till-death deal, then look at me. No oneโ€™s ever going to love you, stick by you, understand how you work the way I do. (Malcolm Kavanaugh)
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Nora Roberts (Happy Ever After (Bride Quartet, #4))
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The greatest mistake of the movement has been trying to organize a sleeping people around specific goals. You have to wake the people up first, then you'll get action.
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Malcolm X (Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements)
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They allโ€”Malcolm with his houses, Willem with his girlfriends, JB with his paints, he with his razorsโ€”sought comfort, something that was theirs alone, something to hold off the terrifying largeness, the impossibility, of the world, of the relentlessness of its minutes, its hours, its days.
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Hanya Yanagihara (A Little Life)
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Sometimes he wakes so far from himself that he canโ€™t even remember who he is. โ€œWhere am I?โ€ he asks, desperate, and then, โ€œWho am I? Who am I?โ€ And then he hears, so close to his ear that it is as if the voice is originating inside his own head, Willemโ€™s whispered incantation. โ€œYouโ€™re Jude St. Francis. You are my oldest, dearest friend. Youโ€™re the son of Harold Stein and Julia Altman. Youโ€™re the friend of Malcolm Irvine, of Jean-Baptiste Marion, of Richard Goldfarb, of Andy Contractor, of Lucien Voigt, of Citizen van Straaten, of Rhodes Arrowsmith, of Elijah Kozma, of Phaedra de los Santos, of the Henry Youngs. โ€œYouโ€™re a New Yorker. You live in SoHo. You volunteer for an arts organization; you volunteer for a food kitchen. โ€œYouโ€™re a swimmer. Youโ€™re a baker. Youโ€™re a cook. Youโ€™re a reader. You have a beautiful voice, though you never sing anymore. Youโ€™re an excellent pianist. Youโ€™re an art collector. You write me lovely messages when Iโ€™m away. Youโ€™re patient. Youโ€™re generous. Youโ€™re the best listener I know. Youโ€™re the smartest person I know, in every way. Youโ€™re the bravest person I know, in every way. โ€œYouโ€™re a lawyer. Youโ€™re the chair of the litigation department at Rosen Pritchard and Klein. You love your job; you work hard at it. โ€œYouโ€™re a mathematician. Youโ€™re a logician. Youโ€™ve tried to teach me, again and again. โ€œYou were treated horribly. You came out on the other end. You were always you.
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Hanya Yanagihara (A Little Life)
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It's not how much money we make that ultimately makes us happy between nine and five. It's whether or not our work fulfills us. Being a teacher is meaningful.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success)
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The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.
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Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference)
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In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success)
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Don't condemn if you see a person has a dirty glass of water, just show them the clean glass of water that you have. When they inspect it, you won't have to say that yours is better." -said by Elijah Muhammad to Malcolm X
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Malcolm X (The Autobiography of Malcolm X)
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ู„ู‚ุฏ ุบูŠุฑุช ุงู„ู‚ุฑุงุกุฉ ู…ุฌุฑู‰ ุญูŠุงุชูŠ ุชุบูŠูŠุฑุงู‹ ุฌุฐุฑูŠุงู‹ ูˆู„ู… ุฃูƒู† ุฃู‡ุฏู ู…ู† ูˆุฑุงุฆู‡ุง ุงู„ู‰ ูƒุณุจ ุฃูŠุฉ ุดู‡ุงุฏุงุช ู„ุชุญุณูŠู† ู…ุฑูƒุฒูŠ ูˆุงู†ู…ุง ูƒู†ุช ุงุฑูŠุฏ ุงู† ุงุญูŠุง ููƒุฑูŠุง.
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Malcolm X
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Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.
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Malcolm Muggeridge
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To be someone's best friend requires a minimum investment of time. More than that, though, it takes emotional energy. Caring about someone deeply is exhausting.
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Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference)
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Insight is not a lightbulb that goes off inside our heads. It is a flickering candle that can easily be snuffed out.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking)
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Who am I? Who am I?โ€ โ€œYouโ€™re Jude St. Francis. You are my oldest, dearest friend. Youโ€™re the son of Harold Stein and Julia Altman. Youโ€™re the friend of Malcolm Irvine, of Jean-Baptiste Marion, of Richard Goldfarb, of Andy Contractor, of Lucien Voigt, of Citizen van Straaten, of Rhodes Arrowsmith, of Elijah Kozma, of Phaedra de los Santos, of the Henry Youngs. Youโ€™re a New Yorker. You live in SoHo. You volunteer for an arts organization; you volunteer for a food kitchen. Youโ€™re a swimmer. Youโ€™re a baker. Youโ€™re a cook. Youโ€™re a reader. You have a beautiful voice, though you never sing anymore. Youโ€™re an excellent pianist. Youโ€™re an art collector. You write me lovely messages when Iโ€™m away. Youโ€™re patient. Youโ€™re generous. Youโ€™re the best listener I know. Youโ€™re the smartest person I know, in every way. Youโ€™re the bravest person I know, in every way. Youโ€™re a lawyer. Youโ€™re the chair of the litigation department at Rosen Pritchard and Klein. You love your job; you work hard at it. Youโ€™re a mathematician. Youโ€™re a logician. Youโ€™ve tried to teach me, again and again. You were treated horribly. You came out on the other end. You were always you.โ€ "And who are you?" "I'm Willem Ragnarsson. And I will never let you go.
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Hanya Yanagihara (A Little Life)
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I don't even call it violence when it's in self defense; I call it intelligence.
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Malcolm X
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Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning. Once it does, it becomes the kind of thing that makes you grab your wife around the waist and dance a jig. (150)
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Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success)
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The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.
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Malcolm X (Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power)
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We declare our right on this earth...to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary.
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Malcolm X
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Julian spoke through his teeth. "Malcolm, this is not a love story." "Every story is a love story.
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Cassandra Clare (Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1))
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Good writing does not succeed or fail on the strength of its ability to persuade. It succeeds or fails on the strength of its ability to engage you, to make you think, to give you a glimpse into someone else's head.
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Malcolm Gladwell (What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures)
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The depravity of man is at once the most empirically verifiable reality but at the same time the most intellectually resisted fact.
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Malcolm Muggeridge
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Emotion is contagious.
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Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference)
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Concerning non-violence: it is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks.
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Malcolm X (Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements)
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Children have a lesson adults should learn, to not be ashamed of failing, but to get up and try again. Most of us adults are so afraid, so cautious, so 'safe,' and therefore so shrinking and rigid and afraid that it is why so many humans fail. Most middle-aged adults have resigned themselves to failure.
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Malcolm X (The Autobiography of Malcolm X)
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Courage is not something that you already have that makes you brave when the tough times start. Courage is what you earn when youโ€™ve been through the tough times and you discover they arenโ€™t so tough after all.
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Malcolm Gladwell (David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants)
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..... it would be interesting to find out what goes on in that moment when someone looks at you and draws all sorts of conclusions.
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Malcolm Gladwell
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Truly successful decision-making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking.
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Malcolm Gladwell
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In the act of tearing something apart, you lose its meaning.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking)
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I believe that there will be ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those who 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 system of exploitation. I believe that there will be that kind of clash, but I don't think it will be based on the color of the skin...
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Malcolm X
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Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith. I don't agree at all. They are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the Passion of Christ
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C.S. Lewis (Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer)
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I always tell my students that Malcolm X came both to his spirituality and to his consciousness as a thinker when he had solitude to read. Unfortunately, tragically, like so many young black males, that solitude only came in prison.
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bell hooks
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In fact, once he is motivated no one can change more completely than the man who has been at the bottom. I call myself the best example of that.
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Malcolm X (The Autobiography of Malcolm X)
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I'm sorry to say that the subject I most disliked was mathematics. I have thought about it. I think the reason was that mathematics leaves no room for argument. If you made a mistake, that was all there was to it.
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Malcolm X (The Autobiography of Malcolm X)
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And just because you have colleges and universities doesn't mean you have education.
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Malcolm X (Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power)
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It is those who are successful, in other words, who are most likely to be given the kinds of special opportunities that lead to further success. Itโ€™s the rich who get the biggest tax breaks. Itโ€™s the best students who get the best teaching and most attention. And itโ€™s the biggest nine- and ten-year-olds who get the most coaching and practice. Success is the result of what sociologists like to call โ€œaccumulative advantage.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success)
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Hello, Anneโ€™s clitoris. Itโ€™s me, Malcolm, your lord and master.โ€ โ€œOh, god, no.โ€ I covered my face with my hands. โ€œPlease donโ€™t.โ€ โ€œShh. This is a private conversation.โ€ He brushed hot, feverish kisses up and down the lips of my sex. My stomach tensed so hard it hurt. โ€œLook at you all pretty, pink, and excited. Donโ€™t worry, Iโ€™ll look after you.
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Kylie Scott (Play (Stage Dive, #2))
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You don't have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being.
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Malcolm X
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Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it.
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Malcolm X (Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements)
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We overlook just how large a role we all play--and by 'we' I mean society--in determining who makes it and who doesn't.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success)
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You know, at times like this one feels, well, perhaps extinct animals should be left extinct.
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Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park, #1))
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The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
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Malcolm Forbes
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If you want to bring a fundamental change in people's belief and behavior...you need to create a community around them, where those new beliefs can be practiced and expressed and nurtured.
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Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference)
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Anytime you find someone more successful than you are, especially when you're both engaged in the same business - you know they're doing something that you aren't.
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Malcolm X (The Autobiography of Malcolm X)
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I believe in the brotherhood of man, all men, but I don't believe in brotherhood with anybody who doesn't want brotherhood with me. I believe in treating people right, but I'm not going to waste my time trying to treat somebody right who doesn't know how to return the treatment
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Malcolm X
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Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning.
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Malcolm Gladwell
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You don't stick a knife in a man's back nine inches and then pull it out six inches and say you're making progress ... No matter how much respect, no matter how much recognition, whites show towards me, as far as I am concerned, as long as it is not shown to everyone of our people in this country, it doesn't exist for me.
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Malcolm X
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Success is not a random act. It arises out of a predictable and powerful set of circumstances and opportunities.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success)
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Once a musician has enough ability to get into a top music school, the thing that distinguishes one performer from another is how hard he or she works. That's it. And what's more, the people at the very top don't work just harder or even much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success)
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You get your freedom by letting your enemy know that you'll do anything to get it. Then you'll get it. It's the only way you'll get it.
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Malcolm X
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Malcolm: A karate master does not kill people with his bare hands. He does not lose his temper and kill his wife. The person who kills is the person who has no discipline, no restraint, and who has purchased his power in the form of a Saturday night special. And that is why you think that to build a place like this is simple. Hammond: It was simple. Malcolm: Then why did it go wrong?
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Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park, #1))
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There can be as much value in the blink of an eye as in months of rational analysis.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking)
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Hard work is only a prison sentence when you lack motivation
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Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success)
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Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message.
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Malcolm Muggeridge
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It's just like when you've got some coffee that's too black, which means it's too strong. What do you do? You integrate it with cream, you make it weak. But if you pour too much cream in it, you won't even know you ever had coffee. It used to be hot, it becomes cool. It used to be strong, it becomes weak. It used to wake you up, now it puts you to sleep.
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Malcolm X
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Giants are not what we think they are. The same qualities that appear to give them strength are often the sources of great weakness.
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Malcolm Gladwell (David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants)
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One day, may we all meet together in the light of understanding.
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Malcolm X (The Autobiography of Malcolm X)
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As long as you are convinced you have never done anything, you can never do anything.
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Malcolm X
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I want to convince you that these kinds of personal explanations of success don't work. People don't rise from nothing....It is only by asking where they are from that we can unravel the logic behind who succeeds and who doesn't.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success)
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Dr. Ian Malcolm, "God creates dinosaurs, God destroys dinosaurs. God creates Man, man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs" Dr. Ellie Sattler, "Dinosaurs eat man..... Woman inherits the earth
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Jurassic Park
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ุงุฐุง ูƒุงู† ุงู„ุงู†ุณุงู† ู…ุน ุงู„ู„ู‡ ูƒุงู† ุงู„ู„ู‡ ู…ุนู‡ ูˆุฃุฑุณู„ ู„ู‡ ุนู†ุฏ ุงู„ุญุงุฌุฉ ุนู„ุงู…ุงุช ุชุฏู„ ุนู„ู‰ ุฐู„ูƒ.
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Malcolm X
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When we become expert in something, our tastes grow more esoteric and complex.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking)
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Malcolm looked warily at her. 'She may be dangerous,' he said to Julian. 'Then again, all women are dangerous.
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Cassandra Clare (Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1))
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What did Adam's fortune cookie say?" "Mmm." Olive made a show to look at the strip. "Not much. Just 'Holden Rodrigues, Ph.D., is a loser.'" Malcolm sped up just as Holden flipped her off, making her burst into laughter. "What does it really say?" Adam asked when they were finally alone. Olive handed him the crumpled paper and remained silent as he angled it to read it in the lamplight. She wasn't surprised when she saw a muscle jump in his jaw, or when he slid the fortune into the pocket of his jeans. She knew what it said, after all. You can fall in love: someone will catch you.
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Ali Hazelwood (The Love Hypothesis)
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I believe in recognizing every human being as a human being--neither white, black, brown, or red; and when you are dealing with humanity as a family there's no question of integration or intermarriage. It's just one human being marrying another human being or one human being living around and with another human being.
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Malcolm X (The Autobiography of Malcolm X)
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ู„ู‚ุฏ ูƒู†ุช ููŠ ุงุณูู„ ุณุงูู„ูŠู† ููŠ ู‚ุงุน ุงู„ู…ุฌุชู…ุน ุงู„ุงู…ุฑูŠูƒูŠ ูˆุนู†ุฏู…ุง ุงู‡ุชุฏูŠุช ุงู„ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ูˆุงู„ู‰ ุงู„ุงุณู„ุงู… ุชุบูŠุฑ ู…ุฌุฑู‰ ุญูŠุงุชูŠ.
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Malcolm X
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It is only after slavery and prison that the sweetest appreciation of freedom can come.
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Malcolm X (The Autobiography of Malcolm X)
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If God is dead, somebody is going to have to take his place. It will be megalomania or erotomania, the drive for power or the drive for pleasure, the clenched fist or the phallus, Hitler or Hugh Hefner.
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Malcolm Muggeridge
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Success is a function of persistence and doggedness and the willingness to work hard for twenty-two minutes to make sense of something that most people would give up on after thirty seconds.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success)
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People do not believe lies because they have to, but because they want to
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Malcolm Muggeridge
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You believe someone not because you have no doubts about them. Belief is not the absence of doubt. You believe someone because you donโ€™t have enough doubts about them.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Donโ€™t Know)
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our world requires that decisions be sourced and footnoted, and if we say how we feel, we must also be prepared to elaborate on why we feel that way...We need to respect the fact that it is possible to know without knowing why we know and accept that - sometimes - we're better off that way.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking)
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That is the paradox of the epidemic: that in order to create one contagious movement, you often have to create many small movements first.
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Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference)
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How, unless you drink as I do, could you hope to understand the beauty of an old Indian woman playing dominoes with a chicken?
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Malcolm Lowry (Under the Volcano)
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True Islam taught me that it takes all of the religious, political, economic, psychological, and racial ingredients, or characteristics, to make the Human Family and the Human Society complete.
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Malcolm X
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My earliest memories of my father are of seeing him work at his desk and realizing that he was happy. I did not know it then, but that was one of the most precious gifts a father can give his child.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success)
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By any means necessary.
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Malcolm X
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Iโ€™ve had enough of someone elseโ€™s propagandaโ€ฆ Iโ€™m for truth, no matter who tells it. Iโ€™m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. Iโ€™m a human being first and foremost, and as such Iโ€™m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.
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Malcolm X (The Autobiography of Malcolm X)
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There are exceptional people out there who are capable of starting epidemics. All you have to do is find them.
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Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference)
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There is nothing in our book, the Qur'an, that teaches us to suffer peacefully. Our religion teaches us to be intelligent. Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone lays a hand on you, send him to the cemetery.
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Malcolm X
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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.
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Malcolm X
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To measure the man, measure his heart.
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Malcolm Forbes
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Our first impressions are generated by our experiences and our environment, which means that we can change our first impressions . . . by changing the experiences that comprise those impressions.
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Malcolm Gladwell
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I am a Muslim, because it's a religion that teaches you an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. It teaches you to respect everybody, and treat everybody right. But it also teaches you if someone steps on your toe, chop off their foot. And I carry my religious axe with me all the time.
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Malcolm X
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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.
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Malcolm X
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All new news is old news happening to new people
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Malcolm Muggeridge
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Books are time travel. True readers all know this. But books donโ€™t just take you back to the time in which they were written; they can take you back to different versions of yourself.
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Peter Swanson (Eight Perfect Murders (Malcolm Kershaw, #1))
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I remember one night at Muzdalifa with nothing but the sky overhead I lay awake amid sleeping Muslim brothers and I learned that pilgrims from every land--every color, and class, and rank; high officials and the beggar alike--all snored in the same language.
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Malcolm X (The Autobiography of Malcolm X)
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I have often reflected upon the new vistas that reading has opened to me. I knew right there in prison that reading had changed forever the course of my life. As I see it today, the ability to read awoke inside me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.
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Malcolm X
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To build a better world we need to replace the patchwork of lucky breaks and arbitrary advantages today that determine success--the fortunate birth dates and the happy accidents of history--with a society that provides opportunities for all.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success)
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Cultural legacies are powerful forces. They have deep roots and long lives. They persist, generation after generation, virtually intact, even as the economic and social and demographic conditions that spawned them have vanished, and they play such a role in directing attitudes and behavior that we cannot make sense of our world without them.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success)
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Despite my firm convictions, I have been always a man who tries to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds it. I have always kept an open mind, which is necessary to the flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of intelligent search for truth.
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Malcolm X (The Autobiography of Malcolm X)
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ู„ู‚ุฏ ุชุนู„ู…ุช ุจุงูƒุฑุงูŽ ุฅู† ุงู„ุญู‚ ู„ุง ูŠุนุทูŠ ู„ู…ู† ูŠุณูƒุช ุนู†ู‡, ูˆุฅู† ุนู„ู‰ ุงู„ู…ุฑุก ุฃู† ูŠุญุฏุซ ุจุนุถ ุงู„ุถุฌูŠุฌ ุฅู† ุฃุฑุงุฏ ุฃู† ูŠุญุตู„ ุนู„ู‰ ุดูŠุก
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Malcolm X (The Autobiography of Malcolm X)
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We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking)
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the fallen leaves in the forest seemed to make even the ground glow and burn with light
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Malcolm Lowry (October Ferry To Gabriola)
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Read absolutely everything you get your hands on because you'll never know where you'll get an idea from...
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Malcolm X (Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements)
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The lesson here is very simple. But it is striking how often it is overlooked. We are so caught in the myths of the best and the brightest and the self-made that we think outliers spring naturally from the earth. We look at the young Bill Gates and marvel that our world allowed that thirteen-year-old to become a fabulously successful entrepreneur. But that's the wrong lesson. Our world only allowed one thirteen-year-old unlimited access to a time sharing terminal in 1968. If a million teenagers had been given the same opportunity, how many more Microsofts would we have today?
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Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success)
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And when I speak, I don't speak as a Democrat. Or a Republican. Nor an American. I speak as a victim of America's so-called democracy. You and I have never seen democracy - all we've seen is hypocrisy. When we open our eyes today and look around America, we see America not through the eyes of someone who has enjoyed the fruits of Americanism. We see America through the eyes of someone who has been the victim of Americanism. We don't see any American dream. We've experienced only the American nightmare.
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Malcolm X
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Life breaks free. Life expands to new territories. Painfully, perhaps even dangerously. But life finds a way.
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Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park, #1))
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Anyone who has ever scanned the bookshelves of a new girlfriend or boyfriend- or peeked inside his or her medicine cabinet- understands this implicitly; you can learn as much - or more - from one glance at a private space as you can from hours of exposure to a public face.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking)
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As the playwright George Bernard Shaw once put it: โ€œThe reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
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Malcolm Gladwell (David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants)
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They cripple the bird's wing, and then condemn it for not flying as fast as they.
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Malcolm X
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Does it matter?" Halt asked. Horace shrugged. "Not really, I suppose. I just wondered why you'd gone to the kitchen and why you took the trouble to remain unseen. Were you hiding from Master Chubb yourself? And Will just turned up by coincidence?" "And why would I be hiding from Master Chubb in his own kitchen?" Halt challenged. Again. Horace shrugged innocently. "Well,there was a tray of freshly made pies airing on the windowsill, wasn't there? And you're quite fond of pies, aren't you, Halt?" Halt drew himself up very straight in the saddle. "Are you accusing me of sneaking into that kitchen to steal the pies for myself? Is that it?" His voice and body language simply reeked of injured dignity. "Of course not, Halt!" Horace hurried to assure him, and Halt's stiff-shouldered form relaxed a little. "I just thought I'd give you the opportunity to confess," Horace added. This time, Malcolm couldn't conceal his sudden explosion of laughter. Halt gave them both a withering glance. "You know, Horace," he said at length, "you used to be a most agreeable young man. Whatever happened to you?" Horace turned a wide grin on him. "I've spent too much time around you, I suppose," he said. And Halt had to admit that was probably true.
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John Flanagan (Halt's Peril (Ranger's Apprentice, #9))
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The right way to talk to strangers is with caution and humility.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Donโ€™t Know)
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We need to look at the subtle, the hidden, and the unspoken.
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Malcolm Gladwell
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Scientists are actually preoccupied with accomplishment. So they are focused on whether they can do something. They never stop to ask if they should do something.
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Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park, #1))
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As if you have discovered a beach you have been visiting all your life is made not of sand but of diamonds, and they blind you with their beauty." Diamonds might be blinding in their beauty, but they were also the hardest and sharpest gems in the world. They could cut you or grind you down, smash and slice you apart. Malcolm, deranged with love, had not thought of that. But Julian could think of nothing else.
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Cassandra Clare (Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2))
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It wasn't an excuse. It was a fact. He'd had to make his way alone, and no oneโ€”not rock stars, not professional athletes, not software billionaires, and not even geniuses โ€” ever makes it alone.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success)
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Arousal leaves us mind-blind.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking)
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I saw all races, all colors, blue eyed blonds to black skinned Africans in true brotherhood! In unity! Living as one! Worshiping as one! No segregationists, no liberals; they would not have known how to interpret the meaning of those words
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Malcolm X (The Autobiography of Malcolm X)
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A book, I was taught long ago in English class, is a living and breathing document that grows richer with each new reading.
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Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference)
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ู‡ู†ุง ูŠุฑู‚ุฏ ุฑุฌู„ ุงุตูุฑ ู‚ุชู„ู‡ ุฑุฌู„ ุงุณูˆุฏ ููŠ ุญุฑุจ ุฑุฌู„ ุฃุจูŠุถ ูƒุงู† ู‚ุฏ ู‚ุชู„ ูƒู„ ุงู„ุฑุฌุงู„ ุงู„ุญู…ุฑ
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Malcolm X (The Autobiography of Malcolm X)
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This was my first lesson about gambling: if you see somebody winning all the time, he isn't gambling, he's cheating. Later on in life, if I were continuously losing in any gambling situation, I would watch very closely.
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Malcolm X (The Autobiography of Malcolm X)
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There is a simple way to package information that, under the right circumstances, can make it irresistible. All you have to do is find it.
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Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference)
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The biggest mistake people make in life is not trying to make a living at doing what they most enjoy.
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Malcolm Forbes
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Often a sign of expertise is noticing what doesn't happen.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking)
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being able to act intelligently and instinctively in the moment is possible only after a long and rigorous of education and experience
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Malcolm Gladwell (Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking)
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ุงุฑู‰ ุงู† ุงู„ุณุฌู† ูŠุฃุชูŠ ุจุนุฏ ุงู„ุฌุงู…ุนุฉ ู…ุจุงุดุฑุฉ ูƒุฃู†ุณุจ ู…ูƒุงู† ู„ู…ู† ูŠุฑูŠุฏ ุงู† ูŠููƒุฑ
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ู…ุงู„ูƒูˆู… ุฅูƒุณ (The Autobiography of Malcolm X)
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So the final conclusion would surely be that whereas other civilizations have been brought down by attacks of barbarians from without, ours had the unique distinction of training its own destroyers at its own educational institutions, and then providing them with facilities for propagating their destructive ideology far and wide, all at the public expense. Thus did Western Man decide to abolish himself, creating his own boredom out of his own affluence, his own vulnerability out of his own strength, his own impotence out of his own erotomania, himself blowing the trumpet that brought the walls of his own city tumbling down, and having convinced himself that he was too numerous, labored with pill and scalpel and syringe to make himself fewer. Until at last, having educated himself into imbecility, and polluted and drugged himself into stupefaction, he keeled over--a weary, battered old brontosaurus--and became extinct.
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Malcolm Muggeridge (Vintage Muggeridge: Religion and Society)
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It"s good to keep wide-open ears and listen to what everybody else has to say, but when you come to make a decision, you have to weigh all of what you"ve heard on its own, and place it where it belongs, and come to a decision for yourself; you"ll never regret it. But if you form the habit of taking what someone else says about a thing without checking it out for yourself, you"ll find that other people will have you hating your friends and loving your enemies.
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Malcolm X
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Any fool can spend money. But to earn it and save it and defer gratificationโ€”then you learn to value it differently.
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Malcolm Gladwell (David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants)
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Working really hard is what successful people do...
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Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success)
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the 10,000hr rule is a definite key in success
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Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success)
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You canโ€™t concentrate on doing anything if you are thinking, โ€œWhatโ€™s gonna happen if it doesnโ€™t go right?
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Malcolm Gladwell (David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants)
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We all like chicken
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Malcolm X (The Autobiography of Malcolm X)
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We cling to the idea that success is a simple function of individual merit and that the world in which we all grow up and the rules we choose to write as a society don't matter at all.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success)
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In the end, coming to faith remains for all a sense of homecoming, of picking up the threads of a lost life, of responding to a bell that had long been ringing, of taking a place at a table that had long been vacant.
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Malcolm Muggeridge
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To assume the best about another is the trait that has created modern society. Those occasions when our trusting nature gets violated are tragic. But the alternative - to abandon trust as a defense against predation and deception - is worse.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Donโ€™t Know)
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Superstar lawyers and math whizzes and software entrepreneurs appear at first blush to lie outside ordinary experience. But they don't. They are products of history and community, of opportunity and legacy. Their success is not exceptional or mysterious. It is grounded in a web of advantages and inheritances, some deserved, some not, some earned, some just plain lucky--but all critical to making them who they are. The outlier, in the end, is not an outlier at all.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success)
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Whatever it is you seek, you have to put in the time, the practice, the effort. You must give up a lot to get it. It has to be very important to you. And once you have attained it, it is your power. It can't be given away : it resides in you. It is literally the result of your discipline.
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Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park, #1))
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[Research] suggests that what we think of as free will is largely an illusion: much of the time, we are simply operating on automatic pilot, and the way we think and act โ€“ and how well we think and act on the spur of the moment โ€“ are a lot more susceptible to outside influences than we realize.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking)
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Times change so quickly that if you and I don't keep up with the times, we'll find ourselves with an umbrella in our hand, over our head, when the sun is out. Or we'll find ourselves standing in the rain, with the umbrella inside the door.
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Malcolm X
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The tragedy of Tupac is that his untimely passing is representative of too many young black men in this country....If we had lost Oprah Winfrey at 25, we would have lost a relatively unknown, local market TV anchorwoman. If we had lost Malcolm X at 25, we would have lost a hustler named Detroit Red. And if I had left the world at 25, we would have lost a big-band trumpet player and aspiring composer--just a sliver of my eventual life potential.
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Quincy Jones
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Those three things - autonomy, complexity and a connection between effort and reward - are, most people agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying. It is not how much money we make that ultimately makes us happy between nine and five. It's whether our work fulfills us.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success)
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Do you see the consequences of the way we have chosen to think about success? Because we so profoundly personalize success, we miss opportunities to lift others onto the top rung...We are too much in awe of those who succeed and far too dismissive of those who fail. And most of all, we become much too passive. We overlook just how large a role we all playโ€”and by โ€œweโ€ I mean societyโ€”in determining who makes it and who doesnโ€™t.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success)
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America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met, talked to, and even eaten with people who in America would have been considered white, but the white attitude was removed from their minds by the religion of Islam. I have never before seen sincere and true brotherhood practiced by all together, irrespective of their color.
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Malcolm X
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We live in a world that assumes that the quality of a decision is directly related to the time and effort that went into making it...We believe that we are always better off gathering as much information as possible an depending as much time as possible in deliberation. We really only trust conscious decision making. But there are moments, particularly in times of stress, when haste does not make waste, when our snap judgments and first impressions can offer a much better means of making sense of the world. The first task of Blink is to convince you of a simple fact: decisions made very quickly can be every bit as good as decisions made cautiously and deliberately.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking)
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Suddenly, I viddied what I had to do, and what I had wanted to do, and that was to do myself in; to snuff it, to blast off for ever out of this wicked, cruel world. One moment of pain perhaps and, then, sleep forever, and ever and ever.
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Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
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I myself am convinced that the theory of evolution, especially to the extent to which it has been applied, will be one of the greatest jokes in the history books of the future. Posterity will marvel that so very flimsy and dubious an hypothesis could be accepted with the incredible credulity it has.
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Malcolm Muggeridge
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His hand rested on my hair, and without knowing quite how it happened, I found myself curled against him, my head just fitting in the hollow of his shoulder. For so many years," he said, "for so long, I have been so many things, so many different men." I felt him swallow, and he shifted slightly, the linen of his nightshirt rustling with starch. I was Uncle to Jenny's children, and Brother to her and Ian. 'Milord' to Fergus, and 'Sir' to my tenants. 'Mac Dubh' to the men of Ardsmuir and 'MacKenzie' to the other servants at Helwater. 'Malcolm the printer,' then, and 'Jamie Roy' at the docks." The hand stroked my hair, slowly, with a whispering sound like the wind outside. "But here," he said, so softly I could barely hear him, "here in the dark, with you...I have no name.
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Diana Gabaldon
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I grew up in the midst of poverty but every black kid that I knew could read and write. We have to talk about the fact that we cannot educate for critical consciousness if we have a group of people who cannot access Fanon, Cabral, or Audre Lorde because they canโ€™t read or write. How did Malcolm X radicalize his consciousness? He did it through books. If you deprive working-class and poor black people of access to reading and writing, you are making them that much farther removed from being a class that can engage in revolutionary resistance.
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bell hooks
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he was worried because to be alive was to worry. Life was scary; it was unknowable. Even Malcolmโ€™s money wouldnโ€™t immunize him completely. Life would happen to him, and he would have to try to answer it, just like the rest of them. They allโ€”Malcolm with his houses, Willem with his girlfriends, JB with his paints, he with his razorsโ€”sought comfort, something that was theirs alone, something to hold off the terrifying largeness, the impossibility, of the world, of the relentlessness of its minutes, its hours, its days.
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Hanya Yanagihara (A Little Life)
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...legitimacy is based on three things. First of all, the people who are asked to obey authority have to feel like they have a voice--that if they speak up, they will be heard. Second, the law has to be predictable. There has to be a reasonable expectation that the rules tomorrow are going to be roughly the same as the rules today. And third, the authority has to be fair. It can't treat one group differently from another.
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Malcolm Gladwell (David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants)
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You've known him how long?" Malcolm asked. "Since he was a small boy. I firs noticed him when he slipped into Master Chubb's kitchen to steal some pies." "So, what did you have to say to Will when you caught him stealing these pies? "Oh, I didn't let on I was there. We rangers can be very unobtrusive when we choose. I remained out of sight and watched him. I thought he might have potential to be a ranger." Halt said. Horace joined in "Why?" Halt answered carefully. "Because he was excellent at moving from cover to cover. Chubb entered 3 times and never noticed him. So i thought that if he could acheive that with no training, he would make a good ranger." "No" Horace spoke. "Thats not what I meant. Why were you hiding in the kitchen in the first place?" "I told you. I was watching Will to see if he had the potential to be a ranger." "Thats not what you said. You said that was the first time you noticed Will." "Does it matter?" "Not really. Were you hiding from chub yourself and Will just turned up by coincidence?" "And why would I be hiding from master Chubb in his own kitchen?" "Well, there were freshly made pies on the windowsill, and you like pies, don't you?" "Are you acusing me of trying to steal those pies?!?!" "No, of course not. I just thought i'd give you the opportunity to confess." After a pause, Halt continued. "You know, Horace, you used to be a most agreeable young man. Whatever happened to you?" "I've spent to much time around you, I suppose." And Halt had to admit that was probably true.
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John Flanagan
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My point is that life on earth can take care of itself. In the thinking of a human being, a hundred years in a long time. A hundred years ago, we didn't have cars and airplanes and computers and vaccines...It was a whole different world. But to the earth, a hundred years is *nothing*. A million years is *nothing*. This planet lives and breathes on a much vaster scale. We can't imagine its slow and powerful rhythms, and we haven't got the humility to try. We have been residents here for the blink of an eye. If we are gone tomorrow, the earth will not miss us." - Ian Malcolm
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Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park, #1))
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We are all of us not merely liable to fear, we are also prone to be afraid of being afraid, and the conquering of fear produces exhilaration.โ€ฆThe contrast between the previous apprehension and the present relief and feeling of security promotes a self-confidence that is the very father and mother of courage.
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Malcolm Gladwell (David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants)
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A study at the University of Utah found that if you ask someone why he is friendly with someone else, heโ€™ll say it is because he and his friend share similar attitudes. But if you actually quiz the two of them on their attitudes, youโ€™ll find out that what they actually share is similar activities. Weโ€™re friends with the people we do things with, as much as we are with the people we resemble. We donโ€™t seek out friends, in other words. We associate with the people who occupy the same small, physical spaces that we do.
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Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference)
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Economists often talk about the 80/20 Principle, which is the idea that in any situation roughly 80 percent of the โ€œworkโ€ will be done by 20 percent of the participants. In most societies, 20 percent of criminals commit 80 percent of crimes. Twenty percent of motorists cause 80 percent of all accidents. Twenty percent of beer drinkers drink 80 percent of all beer. When it comes to epidemics, though, this disproportionality becomes even more extreme: a tiny percentage of people do the majority of the work.
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Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference)
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[..]Although personally, I think cyberspace means the end of our species." Yes? Why is that?" Because it means the end of innovation," Malcolm said. "This idea that the whole world is wired together is mass death. Every biologist knows that small groups in isolation evolve fastest. You put a thousand birds on an ocean island and they'll evolve very fast. You put ten thousand on a big continent, and their evolution slows down. Now, for our own species, evolution occurs mostly through our behaviour. We innovate new behaviour to adapt. And everybody on earth knows that innovation only occurs in small groups. Put three people on a committee and they may get something done. Ten people, and it gets harder. Thirty people, and nothing happens. Thirty million, it becomes impossible. That's the effect of mass media - it keeps anything from happening. Mass media swamps diversity. It makes every place the same. Bangkok or Tokyo or London: there's a McDonald's on one corner, a Benetton on another, a Gap across the street. Regional differences vanish. All differences vanish. In a mass-media world, there's less of everything except the top ten books, records, movies, ideas. People worry about losing species diversity in the rain forest. But what about intellectual diversity - our most necessary resource? That's disappearing faster than trees. But we haven't figured that out, so now we're planning to put five billion people together in cyberspace. And it'll freeze the entire species. Everything will stop dead in its tracks. Everyone will think the same thing at the same time. Global uniformity. [..]
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Michael Crichton (The Lost World (Jurassic Park, #2))
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People think of faith as being something that you don't really believe, a device in helping you believe simply it. Of course that is quite wrong. As Pascal says, faith is a gift of God. It is different from the proof of it. It is the kind of faith God himself places in the heart, of which the proof is often the instrument... He says of it, too, that it is the heart which is aware of God, and not reason. That is what faith is: God perceived by the heart, not be reason.
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Malcolm Muggeridge (The End of Christendom)
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And because I had been a hustler, I knew better than all whites knew, and better than nearly all of the black 'leaders' knew, that actually the most dangerous black man in America was the ghetto hustler. Why do I say this? The hustler, out there in the ghetto jungles, has less respect for the white power structure than any other Negro in North America. The ghetto hustler is internally restrained by nothing. He has no religion, no concept of morality, no civic responsibility, no fear--nothing. To survive, he is out there constantly preying upon others, probing for any human weakness like a ferret. The ghetto hustler is forever frustrated, restless, and anxious for some 'action'. Whatever he undertakes, he commits himself to it fully, absolutely. What makes the ghetto hustler yet more dangerous is his 'glamour' image to the school-dropout youth in the ghetto.These ghetto teen-agers see the hell caught by their parents struggling to get somewhere, or see that they have given up struggling in the prejudiced, intolerant white manโ€™s world. The ghetto teen-agers make up their own minds they would rather be like the hustlers whom they see dressed โ€˜sharpโ€™ and flashing money and displaying no respect for anybody or anything. So the ghetto youth become attracted to the hustler worlds of dope, thievery, prostitution, and general crime and immorality.
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Malcolm X (The Autobiography of Malcolm X)
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I learned early that crying out in protest could accomplish things. My older brothers and sister had started to school when, sometimes, they would come in and ask for a buttered biscuit or something and my mother, impatiently, would tell them no. But I would cry out and make a fuss until I got what I wanted. I remember well how my mother asked me why I couldn't be a nice boy like Wilfred; but I would think to myself that Wilfred, for being so nice and quiet, often stayed hungry. So early in life, I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise.
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Malcolm X (The Autobiography of Malcolm X)
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When I am dead--I say it that way because from the things I know, I do not expect to live long enough to read this book in its finished form--I want you to just watch and see if I'm not right in what I say: that the white man, in his press, is going to identify me with "hate". He will make use of me dead, as he has made use of me alive, as a convenient symbol, of "hatred"--and that will help him escape facing the truth that all I have been doing is holding up a mirror to reflect, to show, the history of unspeakable crimes that his race has committed against my race.
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Malcolm X (The Autobiography of Malcolm X)
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Write poorly. Suck. Write Awful. Terribly. Frightfully. Donโ€™t care. Turn off the inner editor. Let yourself write. Let it flow. Let yourself fail. Do something crazy. Write 50,000 words in the month of November. I did it. It was fun. It was insane. It was 1,667 words per day. It was possible, but you have to turn off the inner critic off completely. Just write. Quickly. In bursts. With joy. If you canโ€™t write, run away. Come back. Write again. Writing is like anything else. You wonโ€™t get good at it immediately. Itโ€™s a craft. You have to keep getting better. You donโ€™t get to Juilliard unless you practice. You want to get to Carnegie Hall? Practice. Practice. Practice ..or give them a lot of money. Like anything else it takes 10,000 hours to get to mastery. Just like Malcolm Gladwell says. So write. Fail. Get your thoughts down. Let it rest. Let is marinate. Then edit, but donโ€™t edit as you type. That just slows the brain down. Find a daily practice. For me itโ€™s blogging. Itโ€™s fun. The more you write the easier it gets. The more it is a flow, the less a worry. Itโ€™s not for school, itโ€™s not for a grade, itโ€™s just to get your thoughts out there. You know they want to come out. So keep at it. Make it a practice. Write poorly. Write awfully. Write with abandon and it may end up being really really good.
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Colleen Hoover
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I certainly wasn't seeking any degree, the way a college confers a status symbol upon its students. My homemade education gave me, with every additional book that I read, a little bit more sensitivity to the deafness, dumbness and blindness that was afflicting the black race in America. Not long ago, an English writer telephoned me, asking questions. One was, "What's your alma mater?" I told him, "Books.
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Alex Haley (The Autobiography of Malcolm X)
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Ellie said, "Isn't it a little warm for black?" You're extremely pretty, Dr. Sattler," he said. "I could look at your legs all day. But no, as a matter of fact, black is an excellent color for heat. If you remember your black-body radiation, black is actually best in heat. Efficient radiation. In any case, I wear only two colors, black and gray." Ellie was staring at him, her mouth open. "These colors are appropriate for any occasion," Malcolm continued, and they go well together, should I mistakenly put on a pair of gray socks with my black trousers." But don't you find it boring to wear only two colors?" Not at all. I find it liberating. I believe my life has value, and I don't want to waste it thinking about clothing," Malcolm said. "I don't want to think about what I will wear in the morning. Truly, can you imagine anything more boring than fashion? Professional sports, perhaps. Grown men swatting little balls, while the rest of the world pays money to applaud. But, on the whole, I find fashion even more tedious than sports." Dr. Malcolm," Hammond explained, "is a man of strong opinions." And mad as a hatter," Malcolm said cheerfully. "But you must admit, these are nontrivial issues. We live in a world of frightful givens. It is given that you will behave like this, given that you will care about that. No one thinks about the givens. Isn't it amazing? In the information society, nobody thinks. We expected to banish paper, but we actually banished thought.
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Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park (Parque Jurรกsico, #1))
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For almost a generation, psychologists around the world have been engaged in a spirited debate over a question that most of us would consider to have been settled years ago. The question is this: is there such a thing as innate talent? The obvious answer is yes. Not every hockey player born in January ends up playing at the professional level. Only some do โ€“ the innately talented ones. Achievement is talent plus preparation. The problem with this view is that the closer psychologists look at the careers of the gifted, the smaller the role innate talent seems to play and the bigger role preparation seems to play.
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Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success)
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It was not the privileged and the fortunate who took in the Jews in France. It was the marginal and damaged, which should remind us that there are real limits to what evil and misfortune can accomplish. If you take away the gift of reading, you create the gift of listening. If you bomb a city, you leave behind death and destruction. But you create a community of remote misses. If you take away a mother or a father, you cause suffering and despair. But one time in ten, out of that despair rises as indomitable force. You see the giant and the shepherd in the Valley of Elah and your eye is drawn to the man with sword and shield and the glittering armor. But so much of what is beautiful and valuable in the world comes from the shepherd, who has more strength and purpose than we ever imagine.
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Malcolm Gladwell (David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants)
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Bad, or good, as it happens to be, that is what it is to exist! . . . It is as though I have been silent and fuddled with sleep all my life. In spite of all, I know now that at least it is better to go always towards the summer, towards those burning seas of light; to sit at night in the forecastle lost in an unfamiliar dream, when the spirit becomes filled with stars, instead of wounds, and good and compassionate and tender. To sail into an unknown spring, or receive one's baptism on storm's promontory, where the solitary albatross heels over in the gale, and at last come to land. To know the earth under one's foot and go, in wild delight, ways where there is water.
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Malcolm Lowry (Ultramarine)