Quotes by Eldridge Cleaver

Eldridge Cleaver

Eldridge Cleaver

American afro-amerikan leader, writer

Alive from: 1935-

Category: Politics | Writers (Contemporary)

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    You don't have to teach people how to be human. You have to teach them how to stop being inhuman.
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    All the gods are dead except the god of war.
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    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.
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    I have taken an oath in my heart to oppose communism until the day I die.
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    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.
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    In prison, those things withheld from and denied to the prisoner become precisely what he wants most of all.
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    Respect commands itself and it can neither be given nor withheld when it is due.
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    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.
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    The most revolutionary statement in history is: love thine enemy.
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    The myth of the strong black woman is the other side of the coin of the myth of the beautiful dumb blonde.
    Source: Soul on ice (1968)
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    The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.
    Source: Target Zero: A Life in Writing (2015)
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    The Twist was a guided missile, launched from the ghetto into the very 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.
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    Too much agreement kills the chat.
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    With all its faults, the American political system is the freest and most democratic in the world.
    Source: Target Zero: A Life in Writing (2015)
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    You are either part of the solution or part of the problem.
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