Best Quotes by Eldridge Cleaver (Top 10)

  1. You don't have to teach people how to be human. You have to teach them how to stop being inhuman.
  2. Respect commands itself and can neither be given nor withheld when it is due.
  3. The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.
  4. And why does it make you sad to see how everything hangs by such thin and whimsical threads? Because you’re a dreamer, an incredible dreamer, with a tiny spark hidden somewhere inside you which cannot die, which even you cannot kill or quench and which tortures you horribly because all the odds are against its continual burning. In the midst of the foulest decay and putrid savagery, this spark speaks to you of beauty, of human warmth and kindness, of goodness, of greatness, of heroism, of martyrdom, and it speaks to you of love.
  5. You're either part of the solution or you're part of the problem.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. I know that sometimes people fake on each other out of genuine motives to hold onto the object of their tenderest feelings. They see themselves as so inadequate that they feel forced to wear a mask in order to continuously impress the other. I do not want to "hold" you, I want you to "stay" out of your own need for me.
  9. We shall have our manhood. We shall have it or the earth will be leveled by our attempts to gain it.
  10. What America demands in her black champions is a brilliant, powerful body and a dull, bestial mind.

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