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55+ Marcus Garvey Quotes From The Jamaican Journalist And Political Activist

Marcus Garvey Rastafari quotes on empowerment.

Marcus Garvey was a Jamaican political activist and journalist.

He organized the first important American Black nationalist movement in 1919. He advocated that all black people should return to Africa.

Here are some Marcus Garvey quotes that are immensely inspirational and powerful. For similar quotes, check out [Madam CJ Walker quotes] and John Henrik Clarke quotes.

Marcus Garvey Quotes On Black Pride

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These are some famous Marcus Garvey quotes that show us his love towards his people and culture.

1.“The world today is indebted to us for the benefits of civilization. They stole our arts and sciences from Africa. Then why should we be ashamed of ourselves?”

― Marcus Garvey.

2.“We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery, for though others may free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind.”

― Marcus Garvey.

3.“The Black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness.”

― Marcus Garvey.  

4."I know no national boundary where the Negro is concerned. The whole world is my province until Africa is free."

― Marcus Garvey.

5.“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds.”

― Marcus Garvey.  

6."I am a Negro. I make absolutely no apology for being a Negro."

― Marcus Garvey.  

7.“Africa has produced countless numbers of men and women, in war and in peace, whose luster and bravery outshine that of any other people. Then why not see good and perfection in ourselves?”

― Marcus Garvey, 'Emancipated From Mental Slavery: Selected Sayings of Marcus Garvey'.  

8."All of us may not live to see the higher accomplishment of an African Empire - so strong and powerful, as to compel the respect of mankind, but we in our life-time can so work and act as to make the dream a possibility within another generation."

― Marcus Garvey.  

9.“Melanin currently worth over $380 a gram more than gold that makes Black people black.”

― Marcus Garvey.

10.“Hail! United States of Africa-free! Country of the brave black man's liberty; State of greater nationhood thou hast won, A new life for the race is just begun.”

― Marcus Garvey.

11.“Rise up Black Men, and take your stand. Reach up black men and women and pull all nature’s knowledge to you.”

- Marcus Garvey.

12."We have a beautiful history, and we will create another in the future, which will astonish the world."

- Marcus Garvey.

13."Up, up, you mighty race! You can accomplish what you will."

- Marcus Garvey.

14.“In a world of wolves one should go armed, and one of the most powerful defensive weapons within the reach of Negroes is the practice of race first in all parts of the world.”

- Marcus Garvey.

15.“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.

Marcus Garvey Quotes On Education

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Marcus Garvey quotes that promote the importance of education in our lives.

16.“Intelligence rules the world, ignorance carries the burden...”

― Marcus Garvey.

17.“Liberate the minds of men and ultimately you will liberate the bodies of men.”

― Marcus Garvey.

18.“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”

― Marcus Garvey.

19.“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.

20.“The pen is mightier than the sword, but the tongue is mightier than them both put together.”

― Marcus Garvey.

21.“A reading man and woman is a ready man and woman, but a writing man and woman is exact.”

- Marcus Garvey.

22.“Having had the wrong education as a start in his racial career, the Negro has become his own greatest enemy."

― Marcus Garvey.

24."To see your enemy and know him is a part of the complete education of man."

― Marcus Garvey.

25.“Before we can properly help the people, we have to destroy the old education... that teaches them that somebody is keeping them back and that God has forgotten them and that they can't rise because of their color”

- Marcus Garvey.

26.“Let the sky and God be our limit, and Eternity our measurement. There is no height to which we cannot climb by using the active intelligence of our own minds.”

― Marcus Garvey.

Marcus Garvey Quotes On Business

Here are Marcus Garvey quotes on poverty and business and how industries are important for a strong foundation of any culture.

27.“Ideals of liberty, freedom and righteousness do not prosper in the 20th century excepts they coincide with oil, rubber, gold, diamond, coal, iron, sugar, coffee, and such other minerals and products desired by the privileged, capitalists and leaders who control the system of government.”

― Marcus Garvey.

28.“Take advantage of every opportunity; where there is none, make it for yourself.”

-Marcus Garvey.

29.“I trust that you will so live today as to realize that you are masters of your own destiny, masters of your fate; if there is anything you want in this world, it is for you to strike out with confidence and faith in self and reach for it.”

-Marcus Garvey.

30.“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.”

- Marcus Garvey.

31."Now is the chance for every Negro to make every effort toward a commercial, industrial standard that will make us comparable with the successful business men of other races."

-Marcus Garvey.  

32.“The Negro will have to build his own industry, art, sciences, literature, and culture before the world will stop to consider him.”

― Marcus Garvey.

33."Take away industry from a race, take away political freedom from a race and you have a slave race.”

― Marcus Garvey.

34."A race that is solely dependent upon another for its economic existence sooner or later dies."

― Marcus Garvey.

35."The race can only be saved through a solid industrial foundation."

― Marcus Garvey.

36.“All peoples are struggling to blast a way through the industrial monopoly of races and nations, but the Negro as a whole has failed to grasp its true significance and seems to delight in filling only that place created for him by the white man.”

- Marcus Garvey.

Marcus Garvey Famous Quotes

The most famous Marcus Garvey quotes helped people shape their lives and bring an actual change.

37.“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.

38."I like honesty and fair play."

― Marcus Garvey.

39.“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.

40.“I have no desire to take all black people back to Africa; there are blacks who are no good here and will likewise be no good there.”

-Marcus Garvey.

41."Men who are in earnest are not afraid of consequences."

- Marcus Garvey.

42."Turn ye around and make a conquest of everything North and South, East and West. And then we you have wrought well, you will have merited God's blessing, you will become God's chosen people and naturally you'll become leaders of the world."

- Marcus Garvey.

43."There shall be no solution to this race problem until you, yourselves, strike the blow for liberty."

- Marcus Garvey.

44.“Mind creates and as much as we desire in nature we can have through the creation of our own minds.”

- Marcus Garvey.

45."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."

- Marcus Garvey.

46.“Great principles, great ideals know no nationality.”

― Marcus Garvey, 'Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey'.

47.“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.

48."Let it be your constant method to look into the design of people's actions, and see what they would be at, as often as it is practicable; and to make this custom the more significant, practice it first upon yourself."

- Marcus Garvey.

49."The whole world is run on bluff."

― Marcus Garvey.

50."Progress is the attraction that moves humanity."

- Marcus Garvey.

51.“Lose not courage, lose not faith, go forward.”

- Marcus Garvey.

52."Races and peoples are only safeguarded when they are strong enough to protect themselves."

- Marcus Garvey.

53."Look for me in a whirlwind or a storm."

- Marcus Garvey.

54.“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.”

― Marcus Garvey, ‘Marcus Garvey: Ultimate Collection of Speeches and Poems’.

55.“Do not remove the kinks from your hair - remove them from your brain.”

― Marcus Garvey.

56.“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.

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