Most Impactful Marcus Garvey Quotes

Marcus Garvey was born on August 17, 1887, and died on June 10, 1940. He was a political activist, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator from Jamaica. He founded and served as the first President-General of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL), through which he declared himself Provisional President of Africa. Garveyism originated from his ideologies as a black nationalist and Pan-Africanist.

26 Marcus Garvey Quotes

Marcus Garvey Quotes
  1. “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”
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2. “If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.”

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3. “With confidence, you have won before you have started.”

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

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

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

7. “Every man has a right to his own opinion. Every race has a right to its own action; therefore let no man persuade you against your will, let no other race influence you against your own.”

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8. “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.”

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

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

Also Read – Julius Nyerere Quotes.

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11. “Every man has a right to his own opinion. Every race has a right to its own action; therefore let no man persuade you against your will, let no other race influence you against your own.”

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

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

14. “Be as proud of your race today as our as our fathers were in days of yore. We have beautiful history, and we shall create another in the future that will astonish the world.”

15. “There can be no peace among men and nations, so long as the strong continues to oppress the weak, so long as injustice is done to other peoples, just so long we will have cause for war, and make a lasting peace an impossibility.”

16. “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.”

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

18. “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 Quotes on Education and Intelligence

19. “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.. we can only build… with faith in ourselves and with self-reliance, believing in our own possibilities, that we can rise to the highest in God’s creation.”

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

Also Read – Nelson Mandela Quote 

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

22. “To see your enemy and know him is a part of the complete education of man.”

23. “A race that is solely dependent upon another for its economic existence sooner or later dies.”

24. “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.”

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25. “Progress is the attraction that moves humanity.”

26 “I know a way to stay friends forever, There’s really nothing to it, I tell you what to do, And you do it.”

My favorite Marcus Garvey quote, “With confidence, you have won before you have started.”

Garvey was a controversial figure in his time. Some members of the African diaspora viewed him as a pretentious demagogue who was criticized for his collaboration with white supremacists, his violent statements, and his bigotry against mixed-race persons and Jews. However,   he was praised for instilling a feeling of dignity and self-worth among Africans and the African diaspora. He is largely recognized as a national hero in Jamaica. His beliefs had a significant impact on groups like Rastafari, the Nation of Islam, and the Black Power Movement.

Additional Read: 25 Facts about Marcus Mosiah Garvey

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