Here’s a selection of Marcus Garvey Quotes, covering topics such as confidence, rastafarians, life and poverty.
We really hope you enjoy these quotes and that they give you something to think about.
Whatsoever things common to man, that man has done, man can do.
If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.
To be once defeated is to find cause for an everlasting struggle to reach the top.
Black men, you were once great; you shall be great again. Lose not courage or faith, go forward.
Be Black, buy Black, think Black, and all else will take care of itself.
She makes one happy, then miserable. You are to her kind, then unkind. Constant yet inconstant. Thus we have WOMAN. No real man can do without her.
With confidence, you have won before you have started.
Intelligence rules the world, ignorance carries the burden.
Be as proud of your race today as our as our fathers were in days of yore. We have beautiful history, and we shall create another in the future that will astonish the world.
The history of a movement, the history of a nation, the history of a race is the guide-post of that movement’s destiny, that nation’s destiny, that race’s destiny.
I read “Up From Slavery” and then my dream – if I may so call it – of being a race leader dawned.
Look to Africa, for there a king will be crowned.
History is the land-mark by which we are directed into the true course of life.
Wake up Ethiopia! Wake up Africa! Let us work towards the one glorious end of a free, redeemed and mighty nation. Let Africa be a bright star among the constellation of nations.
Real men laugh at opposition; real men smile when enemies appear.
Liberate the minds of men and ultimately you will liberate the bodies of men.
The Black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness.
The only protection against INJUSTICE in man is POWER?Physical, financial and scientific.
Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement.
The power that holds Africa is human, and it is recognized that whatsoever man has done, man can do.
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.
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.
If we as a people realized the greatness from which we came we would be less likely to disrespect ourselves.
You must not mistake lip-service and noise for bravery and service.
Our success educationally, industrially and politically is based upon the protection of a nation founded by ourselves. And the nation can be nowhere else but in Africa.
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.
Take advantage of every opportunity; where there is none, make it for yourself, and let history record that as we toiled laboriously and courageously, we worked to live gloriously.
Great principles, great ideals know no nationality.
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
There can be no peace among men and nations, so long as the strong continues to oppress the weak, so long as injustice is done to other peoples, just so long we will have cause for war, and make a lasting peace an impossibility.
When all else fails to organize the people, conditions will.
Let no voice but your own speak to you from the depths. Let no influence but your own raise you in time of peace and time of war. Hear all, but attend only that which concerns you.
A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.
There is no strength but that which is destructive, because man has lost his virtues, and only respects force, which he himself cannot counteract.
Look to Africa, when a black king shall be crowned for the day of deliverance is at hand!
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.
If the Negro is not careful he will drink in all the poison of modern civilization and die from the effects of it.
Never forget that intelligence rules the world and ignorance carries the burden. Therefore, remove yourself as far as possible from ignorance and seek as far as possible to be intelligent.
Men who are in earnest are not afraid of consequences.
There shall be no solution to this race problem until you, yourselves, strike the blow for liberty.
We are not engaged in domestic politics, in church building or in social uplift work, but we are engaged in nation building.
Do not remove the kinks from your hair–remove them from your brain.
Let us prepare TODAY. For the TOMORROWS in the lives of the nations will be so eventful that Negroes everywhere will be called upon to play their part in the survival of the fittest human group.
The race needs workers at this time, not plagiarists, sopists and mere imitators; but men and women who are able to create, to originate and improve, and thus make an independent racial contribution to the world and civilisation.
The thing to do is to get organized; keep separated and you will be exploited, you will be robbed, you will be killed. Get organized and you will compel the world to respect you.
It is by education that we become prepared for our duties and responsibilities in life. If one is badly educated he must naturally fail in the proper assumption and practice of his duties and responsibilities.
I pray God that we shall never use our physical prowess to oppress the human race, but we will use our strength, physically, morally and otherwise to preserve humanity and civilization.
Chance has never yet satisfied the hope of a suffering people.
Always try to associate with people from whom you can learn something. All the knowledge that you want is in the world, and all you have to do is go and seek it.
The UNIA teaches our race self-help and self-reliance… in all those things that contribute to human happiness and well-being.
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.
The negro will have to build his own industry, art, sciences, literature, and culture before the world will stop to consider him.
You may call me a Klansman if you will, but, potentially, every white man is a Klansman, as far as the Negro in competition with whites socially, economically and politically is concerned, and there is no use lying.
Glorious shall be the battle when the time comes to fight for our people and our race.
Let us not try to be the best or worst of others, but let us make the effort to be the best of ourselves.
What you do to-day that is worthwhile, inspires others to act at some future time.
Present day statesmen are making the biggest blunder of the age if they believe that there can be any peace without equity and justice to all mankind.
There is no humanity before that which starts with yourself.
The value of knowledge is to use it. It is not humanly possible that a person can retain all knowledge of the world, but if a person knows how to search for all the knowledge of the world, he will find it when he wants it.
We see a new Ethiopia, a new Africa, stretching her hands of influence throughout the world, teaching man the way of life and peace, The Way to God.
Every man has a right to his own opinion. Every race has a right to its own action; therefore let no man persuade you against your will, let no other race influence you against your own.
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.
Hungry men have no respect for law, authority or human life.
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!
Take advantage of every opportunity; where there is none, make it for yourself.
I know no national boundary where the Negro is concerned. The whole world is my province until Africa is free.
To see your enemy and know him is a part of the complete education of man.
The Greatest Weapon Used Against the Negro is Disorganization.
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.
This hour we are stretching forth our hands with the desire to teach the world the true principles of mercy and justice.
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.
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.
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.
Go to work! Go to work in the morn of a new creation… until you have… reached the height of self-progress, and from that pinnacle bestow upon the world a civilization of your own.
No two persons think alike, even if they outwardly profess the same faith, so we have as many religions in Christianity as we have believers.
If you get up everyday and you don’t learn you are
There is no force like success, and that is why the individual makes all effort to surround himself throughout life with the evidence of it; as of the individual, so should it be of the nation.
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.
There is nothing in the world common to man, that man cannot do.
We were the first Fascists, when we had 100,000 disciplined men, and were training children, Mussolini was still an unknown. Mussolini copied our Fascism.
We welcome the opposition of the world, because we are determined to see the battle through. Africa’s battle-cry is not yet heard.
It is only the belief and the confidence we have in a God why man is able to understand his own social institutions, and move and live like a rational human being.
Negro producers, Negro distributors, Negro consumers! The world of Negroes can be self contained. We desire earnestly to deal with the rest of the world, but if the rest of the world desire not, we seek not
The pen is mightier than the sword, but the tongue is mightier than them both put together.
American suffragist, speech “Is Woman Suffrage Progressing?” at Stockholm, Sweden Radicalism is a label that is always applied to people who are endeavoring to get freedom.