One of the most influential leaders during the civil rights movement in Black history in America was Malcolm X. He was an activist and advocate for the Black National Movement, which focused on race [African] pride, self-defense, social and economic empowerment within the Black community. He was a prominent figure and speaker in the Nation of Islam for years but eventually left. After he was assassinated, his life story and legacy lived on to influence millions around the world. If you are unfamiliar with Malcolm X and his influence, you can view a short clip featuring his daughter here or check out director Spike Lee’s movie Malcolm X featuring Denzel Washington (one of my favorite actors) here. Many quotes have been shared by Malcolm X however I found these quotes I had not heard before and wanted to share. Here are 10 Malcolm X quotes about life, love, and grief.
10 Malcolm X quotes about life, love, and grief
- “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.” – Malcolm X
- “Stumbling is not falling.” – Malcolm X
- “It is only after the deepest darkness that the greatest light can come; it is only after extreme grief that the greatest joy can come.” – Malcolm X
- “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.” – Malcolm X
- “I believe in human rights for everyone, and none of us is qualified to judge each other and that none of us should therefore have that authority.” – Malcolm X
- “Read absolutely everything you get your hands on because you never know where you’ll get an idea from.” – Malcolm X
- “People don’t realize how a man’s whole life can be changed by one book.” – Malcolm X
- “How can anyone be against love?” – Malcolm X
- “Hatred and anger are powerless when met with kindness.” – Malcolm X
- “We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.” – Malcolm X
Are you familiar with this civil rights leader from history? Did any of these Malcolm X quotes resonate with you? Would you agree the greatest light can come from our greatest grief? Share your thoughts in the comments below.