The ability to read awoke inside of me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.
Other Malcolm X quotes:
There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time.
We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.
The only thing power respects, is power.
I think that the best thing that a person can be is sincere.
In fact, once he is motivated no one can change more completely than the man who has been at the bottom. I call myself the best example of that.
You can always chase a dream but it will not count if you never catch it.
Envy blinds men and makes it impossible for them to think clearly.
Anytime you see someone more successful than you are, they are doing something you aren't.
As long as you are convinced you have never done anything, you can never do anything.
A race of people is like an individual man; until it uses its own talent, takes pride in its own history, expresses its own culture, affirms its own selfhood, it can never fulfill itself.