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“The ends you serve that are selfish will take you no further than yourself but the ends you serve that are for all, in common, will take you into eternity.”
Marcus Garvey
“If you haven't confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started. ”
Marcus Garvey
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“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”
Marcus Garvey
“Intelligence rules the world, ignorance carries the burden...”
Marcus Garvey
“The pen is mightier than the sword, but the tongue is mightier than them both put together.”
Marcus Garvey
“God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement. ”
Marcus Garvey
“I regard the Klan, the Anglo-Saxon clubs and White American societies, as far as the Negro is concerned, as better friends of the race than all other groups of hypocritical whites put together.”
Marcus Garvey
“Liberate the minds of men and ultimately you will liberate the bodies of men.”
Marcus Garvey
“We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery, for though others may free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind. Mind is our only ruler; sovereign.”
Marcus Garvey
“great principles, great ideals know no nationality.”
Marcus Garvey, Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey
“to be once defeated is to find cause for an everlasting struggle to reach the top.”
Marcus Garvey, Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey
“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots.”
Marcus Garvey
“we were like crabs in a barrel, that none would allow the other to climb over, but on any such attempt all would continue to pull back into the barrel the one crab that would make the effort to climb out.”
Marcus Garvey, Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey
“You at this time can only be destroyed by yourselves, from within and not from without. You have reached the point where the victory is to be won from within and can only be lost from within.”
Marcus Garvey, Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey
“Having had the wrong education as a start in his racial career, the Negro has become his own greatest enemy. Most of the trouble I have had in advancing the cause of the race has come from Negroes. Booker Washington aptly described the race in one of his lectures by stating that we were like crabs in a barrel, that none would allow the other to climb over, but on any such attempt all would continue to pull back into the barrel the one crab that would make the effort to climb out. Yet, those of us with vision cannot desert the race, leaving it to suffer and die.”
Marcus Garvey, Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey
“If I die in Atlanta my work shall then only begin, but I shall live, in the physical or spiritual to see the day of Africa’s glory.”
Marcus Garvey, Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey
“To have built up a new organization, which was not purely political, among Negroes in America was a wonderful feat, for the Negro politician does not allow any other kind of organization within his race to thrive.”
Marcus Garvey, Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey
“Some of us seem to accept the fatalist position, the fatalist attitude, that God accorded to us a certain position and condition, and therefore there is no need trying to be otherwise. The moment you accept such an attitude, the moment you accept such an opinion, the moment you harbor such an idea, you hurl an insult at the great God who created you, because you question Him for His love, you question Him for His mercy.”
Marcus Garvey, Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey
“Men, there is much to live for, and there is much to die for. The man, the race of nation that is not prepared to risk life itself for the possession of an ideal, shall lose that ideal. If you, I repeat, must be free, you yourselves must strike the blow.”
Marcus Garvey, Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey
“With confidence, you have won before you have started.”
Marcus Garvey
“Prohibition is to abstain from intoxicating liquor, as it makes us morbid and sometimes drunk. But we get drunk every day, nevertheless, not so much by the strength of what we sip from the cup, but that which we eat, the water we drink, and the air we inhale, which at fermentation conspire at eventide to make us so drunk and tired that we lose control of ourselves and fall asleep. Everybody is a drunkard, and if we were to enforce real prohibition we should all be dead.”
Marcus Garvey, The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey, Or, Africa for the Africans
“There is no strength but that which is destructive, because man has lost his virtues, and only respects force, which he himself cannot counteract.”
Marcus Garvey, Philosophy And Opinions Of Marcus Garvey
“Do not remove the kinks from your hair - remove them from your brain.”
Marcus Garvey
“was the crying voice from the grave that said, ‘Garvey, we have suffered for 250 years for your day and for your time; we expect something from you at this hour.’”16”
Marcus Garvey, Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey
“whipped. It annoys me to be defeated; hence to me, to be once defeated is to find cause for an everlasting struggle to reach the top.”
Marcus Garvey, Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey
“We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery because whilst others might free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind. Mind is your only ruler, sovereign. The man who is not able to develop and use his mind is bound to be the slave of the other man who uses his mind.”
Marcus Garvey
“be defeated; hence to me, to be once defeated is to find cause for an everlasting struggle to reach the top.”
Marcus Garvey, Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey


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