Maxims of Marcus Garvey

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    1. What you do to-day that is worthwhile

    inspires others to act at some future time.

    2. There is nothing in the world common to

    man, that man cannot do.

    3. 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

    even into eternity.

    4. EDUCATION is the medium by which a

    people are prepared for the creation of their

    own particular civilization, and the

    advancement and glory of their own race.

    5. The masses make the nation and the race. If

    the masses are illiterate, that is the judgment

    passed on the race by those who are critical of

    its existence.

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    6. Every student of Political Science, every student of Economics knows that the

    race can only be saved through a solid industrial foundation. That the race can only

    be saved through political independence. Take away industry from a race; take

    away political freedom from a race, and you have a group of slaves.

    7. Be as proud of your race today as our fathers were in days of yore. We have

    beautiful history, and we shall create another in the future that will astonish the


    8. So many of us find excuses to get out of the Negro Race, because we are led to

    believe that the race is unworthythat it has not accomplished anything. Cowards

    that we are! It is we who are unworthy, because we are not contributing to the

    uplift and upbuilding of this noble race.

    9. For over three hundred years the white man has been our oppressor, and he

    naturally is not going to liberate us to the higher freedomthe truer libertythe

    truer Democracy. We have to liberate ourselves.

    10. 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.

    11. The evolutionary scale that weights nations and races, balances alike for

    peoples; hence we feel sure that some day the balance will register a change for the


    12. The world ought to know that it could not keep 400,000,000 Negroes down


    13. There is always a turning point in the destiny of every race, every nation, of all

    peoples, and we have come now to the turning point of Negro, where we have

    changed from the old cringing weakling, and transformed into full-grown men,

    demanding our portion as MEN.

    14. A race without authority and power is a race without respect.

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    15. The only protection against INJUSTICE in man is POWERPhysical,

    financial and scientific.

    16. Men who are in earnest are not afraid of consequences.

    17. CHANCE has never yet satisfied the hope of a suffering people.

    18. Action, self-reliance, the vision of self and the future have been the only means

    by which the oppressed have seen and realized the light of their own freedom.

    19. Any sane man, race or nation that desires freedom must first of all think in

    terms of blood. Why even the Heavenly Father tells us that "without the shedding

    of blood there can be no remission of sins." Then how in the name of God, with

    history before us, do we expect to redeem Africa without preparing ourselves

    some of us to die.

    20. LEADERSHIP means everythingPAIN, BLOOD, DEATH.

    21. Let Africa be our guiding StarOUR STAR OF DESTINY.

    22. How dare anyone tell us that Africa cannot be redeemed, when we have

    400,000,000 men and women with warm blood coursing through their veins? The

    power that holds Africa is not divine.

    23. The power that holds Africa is human, and it is recognized that whatsoever

    man has done, man can do.

    24. All of us may not live to see the higher accomplishment of an African

    Empireso 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


    25. 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.

    26. No one knows when the hour of Africa's Redemption cometh. It is in the wind.

    It is coming. One day, like a storm, it will be here. When that day comes all Africa

    will stand together.

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    Reference: Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey-The Journal of Pan African

    Studies 2009 eBook