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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Top Seventeen Sayings and Quotes by Marcus Mosiah Garvey

Marcus Garvey was born on August the seventeenth, and so this is a blessed day in my Journey. On this day a man was born in 1887 who would affect the way I perceive my SELF in relation to my community and my place in the world in general. Black Marcus screamed Self-identity, Self-worth, Self-reliance, Self-improvement, not just in the context of the singular person, but in the greater context of Black Community. In honor of the most Right and Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey's earthstrong/earthlight/earthday (birthday), I have composed this list of seventeen immensely memorable phrases, sayings and quotes from the Prophet that have influenced I, Kaya. SALUTE, Black Marcus!

17. Having had the wrong kind of education, the Negro has become his own greatest enemy.

16. 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.

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

14. We must canonize our own saints, create our own martyrs, and elevate to positions of fame and honor black men and women who have made their distinct contributions to our racial history. Sojourner Truth is worthy of the place of sainthood alongside of Joan of Arc; Crispus Attucks and George William Gordon are entitled to the halo of martyrdom with no less glory than that of the martyrs of any other race. Toussaint L'Ouverture's brilliancy as a soldier and statesman outshone that of a Cromwell, Napoleon and Washington; hence, he is entitled to the highest place as a hero among men. Africa has produced countless numbers of men and women, in war and in peace, whose lustre and bravery outshine that of any other people. Then why not see good and perfection in ourselves?

13. 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.

12. I do not speak carelessly or recklessly but with a definite object of helping the people, especially those of my race, to know, to understand, and to realize themselves.

11. Lift up yourselves, men, take yourselves out of the mire and hitch your hopes to the very stars themselves. Let no man pull you down, let no man destroy your ambition, because man is but your companion, your equal; man is your brother; he is not your Lord, he is not your sovereign master.

10. The Mystic Touch Many years ago we fell asleep by the sedative of the superman, but the mystic magic of nature wand says awake and rise again. Too long has thou slumbered, too long has time passed you by, your work on earth is delinquent and you cannot reign on high. If it's true that you've awaken, good for you,

9. We must give up the silly idea of folding our hands and waiting on God to do everything for us.If God had intended for that, then he would not have given us a mind. Whatever you want in life, you must make up your mind to do it for yourself
8. Liberate the minds of men and ultimately you will liberate the bodies of men.
7. We Are Arbiters of Our Own Destiny. God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own creative genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law.
6. Our UNION MUST KNOW NO CLIME, BOUNDARY, or NATIONALITY… PRACTICE ONE FAITH, that of Confidence in themselves, with One God! One Aim! One Destiny! Let no religious scruples, no political machination divide us.
5. If the white man has the idea of a white God, let him worship his God as he desires. If the yellow man's God is of his race let him worship his God as he sees fit. We, as Negroes, have found a new ideal. Whilst our God has no color, yet it is human to see everything through one's own spectacles, and since the white people have seen their God through white spectacles, we have only now started out (late though it be) to see our God through our own spectacles.The God of Isaac and the God of Jacob let Him exist for the race that believes in the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. We Negroes believe in the God of Ethiopia…

4. I know no national boundary where the Negro is concerned. The whole world is my province until Africa is free.
3. Look to Africa for the crowning of a Black king; for the day of deliverance is near.
2. A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.
1. A reading man and woman is a ready man and woman, but a writing man and woman is exact.


  1. Marcus Garvey's words and philosophy remain relevant. I am most convinced by this one, " We Are Arbiters of Our Own Destiny. God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own creative genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law." Must take out destiny into our own hands. Yes!

  2. @ So true. Marcus Garvey's principles are as relevant now as they were then. The inspiration that this man has radiated is immeasurable. I KNOW he has impacted me in ways that can only a prophet can. We should tell the story, our story of Mosiah and perpetuate his legacy.
    One Love

  3. @unknown,yea didnt get dat 1 too......but i think if we had even 1 of marcus in each african country we cud have made get improvements in our continent.........sooo inspirational

  4. Wow, this is such a very useful site. I've been blog hopping to see some of the best quotes ever that I can list to my favorites and Ive found a few here. They're truly amazing and meaningful. Thanks for sharing.

    1. @Regina, Glad to be of help. I have a few more Garvey quoutes on site. Also, you can read here what other leaders have said about Marcus

  5. Nice. I appreciate the wisdom found in song too. I"ve posted a few at my blog

    1. @Stephen. Greetings. Sorry I took sooo long to reply. Glad you enjoyed it , though. And thanks for stopping by. I'll try to be home next time...

  6. Let him be praised for his Prophecy..Heavenely sent indeed Sir Marcus stood up for every black men and woman let's follow in his footsteps and fear death no more!!JAH RASTAFARAI

  7. The Honorable Marcus Garvey

  8. Absolutely fantastic posting! Lots of useful information and inspiration,
    Einstein Quotes

  9. hail to th blak king to deliver us from chains of slavery and sin of dark spirit . unite afrika in love to conquere them and prays b to th most HIGH JAH GOD of isreal[afrika] prepare we go to the holy mount Zion.
    Freedom is state of mind to liberate your self mind,body and soul going aganst the ways of our creator JEHOVAH. MY BLAK PEOPLE DONT SAT AROUND AND WAIT TO B TURNED INTO BABYLON , AWAKE FROM TH SLUMBER. Go forth and enter thru gates holy land and lock ua self inside and wait to see the destruction of the wicked land because the anger of the most HIGH is at hand so repent or suffer. DONT SUPPORT immorals acts [sem sex mariage,killngs,figthng for minerals in afrika and arab state. we afrikans r peaceful and luving so pliz leave our people ALONE

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