Marcus Garvey Quotes and Sayings

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  • Full name: Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr. ONH
  • Born: August 17, 1887
  • Born in: Saint Ann’s Bay, Jamaica
  • Died: June 10, 1940
  • Died in: West Kensington, London, United Kingdom
  • Occupation: Jamaican political activist, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator
  • Net worth: $1 million

Marcus Garvey quotes on intelligence


Intelligence rules the world, ignorance carries the burden…

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Therefore, remove yourself as far as possible from ignorance and seek as far as possible to be intelligent.

Marcus Garvey quotes on economics


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.

Marcus Garvey quotes about confidence and success


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.

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If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.


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.

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With confidence, you have won before you have started.


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.

Powerful Marcus Garvey quotes


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

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Men who are in earnest are not afraid of consequences.

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


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


Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!


Chance has never yet satisfied the hope of a suffering people.


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.


Real men laugh at opposition; real men smile when enemies appear.


Up, you mighty race, accomplish what you will.


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


I like honesty and fair play.


Progress is the attraction that moves humanity.


The enemies are not so much from without as from within the race.


Whatsoever things common to man, that man has done, man can do.


This hour we are stretching forth our hands with the desire to teach the world the true principles of mercy and justice.


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


We welcome the opposition of the world, because we are determined to see the battle through. Africa’s battle-cry is not yet heard.


Ambition is the desire to go forward and improve one’s condition. It is a burning flame that lights up the life of the individual and makes him see himself in another state.


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