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Eldridge Cleaver Quotes





All the gods are dead except the god of war.
 

History could pass for a scarlet text, its jot and title graven red in human blood.
 

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.
 

I have taken an oath in my heart to oppose communism until the day I die.
 

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.
 

In prison, those things withheld from and denied to the prisoner become precisely what he wants most of all.
 

Respect commands itself and can neither be given nor withheld when it is due.
 

The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.
 

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.
 

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.
 

Too much agreement kills a chat.
[Conversation]
 

What America demands in her black champions is a brilliant, powerful body and a dull, bestial mind.
 

You don't have to teach people how to be human. You have to teach them how to stop being inhuman.
 

You're either part of the solution or you're part of the problem.