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 (Malcolm X Speeches and Writings) (Malcolm X Speeches & Writings))
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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 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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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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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 [Japanese-Language Edition].)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Achievement is talent plus preparation
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Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers: The Story of Success)
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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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...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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You can't hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree.
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Malcolm X
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Emotion is contagious.
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Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference)
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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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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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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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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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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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Truly successful decision-making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking.
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Malcolm Gladwell
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning.
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Malcolm Gladwell
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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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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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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 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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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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When you rebuild yourself to be the type of person you want to be, there are two versions of you that must be constructed: The โ€œyouโ€ that exists within your own mind The โ€œyouโ€ that exists in the minds of other people
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Malcolm Collins (The Pragmatistโ€™s Guide to Life: A Guide to Creating Your Own Answers to Lifeโ€™s Biggest Questions (The Pragmatist's Guide))
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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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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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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 (The Love Hypothesis))
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There are four steps to gaining ownership and intentionality over your personal identity and beliefs: Determining your objective function What is the purpose of my life? Determining your ideological tree How do I best fulfill that purpose? Determining your personal identity Who do I want to be? Determining your public identity How do I want others to think of me?
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Malcolm Collins (The Pragmatistโ€™s Guide to Life: A Guide to Creating Your Own Answers to Lifeโ€™s Biggest Questions (The Pragmatist's Guide))
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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)