if god himself wills such misery on people whom i love, then i say i will deal with him
The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.
History could pass for a scarlet text, its jot and title graven red in human blood.
Americans think of themselves collectively as a huge rescue squad on twenty-four-hour call to any spot on the globe where dispute and conflict may erupt.
I have taken an oath in my heart to oppose communism until the day I die.
All the gods are dead except the god of war.
What America demands in her black champions is a brilliant, powerful body and a dull, bestial mind.
If a man like Malcolm X could change and repudiate racism, if I myself and other former Muslims can change, if young whites can change, then there is hope for America.
The white youth of today have begun to react to the fact that the ''American Way of Life'' is a fossil of history. What do they care if their old baldheaded and crew-cut elders don't dig their caveman mops They couldn't care less about the old, stiff-assed honkies who don't like their new dances Frog, Monkey, Jerk, Swim, Watusi. All they know is that it feels good to swing to way-out body-rhythms instead of dragging across the dance floor like zombies to the dead beat of mind-smothered Mickey Mouse music.
Respect commands itself and can neither be given nor withheld when it is due.
You're either part of the solution or part of the problem.
Too much agreement kills a chat.
The Twist was a guided missile launched from the ghetto into the heart of suburbia. The Twist succeeded, as politics, religion and law could never do, in writing in the heart and soul what the Supreme Court could only write on the books.
The ''paper tiger'' hero, James Bond, offering the whites a triumphant image of themselves, is saying what many whites want desperately to hear reaffirmed I am still the White Man, lord of the land, licensed to kill, and the world is still an empire at my feet.
In prison, those things withheld from and denied to the prisoner become precisely what he wants most of all.
I feel that I am a citizen of the American dream and that the revolutionary struggle of which I am a part is a struggle against the American nightmare.
And we had thought that our hard climb out of that cruel valley led to some cool, green, and peaceful, sunlit place but it's all jungle here, a wild and savage wilderness that's overrun with ruins.
You don't have to teach people how to be human. You have to teach them how to stop being inhuman.
There is no calamity which a great nation can invite which equals that which follows a supine submission to wrong and injustice and the consequent loss of national self-respect and honor, beneath which are shielded and defended a people's safety and greatness.
You're either part of the solution or you're part of the problem.
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