65 Huey Newton Quotes On Success In Life

Huey Percy Newton was an African-American revolutionary, most known for co-founding the Black Panther Party (BPP) with Bobby Seale. Together, Newton and Seale created the party’s manifesto, the ten-point program. These Huey Newton quotes will motivate you.

Best Huey Newton Quotes

  1. “Youths are passed through schools that don’t teach, then forced to search for jobs that don’t exist and finally left stranded in the street to stare at the glamorous lives advertised around them.” ~ Huey Newton
  2. “The task is to transform society; only the people can do that – not heroes, not celebrities, not stars.” ~ Huey Newton
  3. “Any unarmed people are slaves, or are subject to slavery at any given moment. If the guns are taken out of the hands of the people and only the pigs have guns, then it’s off to the concentration camps, the gas chambers, or whatever the fascists in America come up with. One of the democratic rights of the United States, the Second Amendment to the Constitution, gives the people the right to bear arms. However, there is a greater right; the right of human dignity that gives all men the right to defend themselves.” ~ Huey Newton
  4. “The revolution has always been in the hands of the young. The young always inherit the revolution.” ~ Huey Newton

  5. “Black men and women who refuse to live under oppression are dangerous to white society because they become symbols of hope to their brothers and sisters, inspiring them to follow their example.” ~ Huey Newton
  6. “Institutions work this way. A son is murdered by the police, and nothing is done. The institutions send the victim’s family on a merry-go-round, going from one agency to another, until they wear out and give up. this is a very effective way to beat down poor and oppressed people, who do not have the time to prosecute their cases. Time is money to poor people. To go to Sacramento means loss of a day’s pay – often a loss of job. If this is a democracy, obviously it is a bourgeois democracy limited to the middle and upper classes. Only they can afford to participate in it.” ~ Huey Newton
  7. “Laws should be made to serve the people. People should not be made to serve the laws.” ~ Huey Newton

  8. “Power is the ability to define phenomena, and make it act in a desired manner.” ~ Huey Newton
  9. “Black Power is giving power to people who have not had power to determine their destiny.” ~ Huey Newton
  10. “I think what motivates people is not great hate, but great love for other people.” ~ Huey Newton
  11. “We have two evils to fight, capitalism and racism. We must destroy both racism and capitalism.” ~ Huey Newton
  12. “You can kill my body, and you can take my life but you can never kill my soul. My soul will live forever!” ~ Huey Newton
  13. “You can jail a Revolutionary, but you can’t jail the Revolution.” ~ Huey Newton

  14. “The nature of a panther is that he never attacks. But if anyone attacks or backs into a corner, the panther comes up to wipe that aggressor or that attacker out.” ~ Huey Newton
  15. “The policemen or soldiers are only a gun in the establishment’s hand. They make the racist secure in his racism.” ~ Huey Newton
  16. “My fear was not of death itself, but a death without meaning.” ~ Huey Newton
  17. “You can only die once, so do not die a thousand times worrying about it.” ~ Huey Newton

  18. “White America has seen to it that Black history has been suppressed in schools and in American history books. The bravery of hundreds of our ancestors who took part in slave rebellions has been lost in the mists of time, since plantation owners did their best to prevent any written accounts of uprisings.” ~ Huey Newton
  19. “I do not expect the white media to create positive black male images.” ~ Huey Newton
  20. “The racist dog policemen must withdraw immediately from our communities, cease their wanton murder and brutality and torture of black people, or face the wrath of the armed people.” ~ Huey Newton
  21. “Too many so-called leaders of the movement have been made into celebrities and their revolutionary fervor destroyed by mass media. They become Hollywood objects and lose identification with the real issues. The task is to transform society; only the people can do that” ~ Huey Newton
  22. “I have the people behind me and the people are my strength.” ~ Huey Newton

  23. “Let us go on outdoing ourselves; a revolutionary man always transcends himself or otherwise he is not a revolutionary man, so we always do what we ask of ourselves or more than what we know we can do.” ~ Huey Newton
  24. “If you stop struggling, then you stop life.” ~ Huey Newton
  25. “During those long years in Oakland public schools, I did not have one teacher who taught me anything relevant to my own life or experience. Not one instructor ever awoke in me a desire to learn more or to question or to explore the worlds of literature, science, and history. All they did was try to rob me of the sense of my own uniqueness and worth, and in the process nearly killed my urge to inquire.” ~ Huey Newton
  26. “By surrendering my life to the revolution, I found eternal life” ~ Huey Newton

  27. “I do not think that life will change for the better without an assault on the Establishment, which goes on exploiting the wretched of the earth.” ~ Huey Newton
  28. “There will be no prison which can hold our movement down.” ~ Huey Newton
  29. “There’s no reason for the establishment to fear me. But it has every right to fear the people collectively – I am one with the people.” ~ Huey Newton
  30. “We [Panthers] have not said much about the homosexual at all, but we must relate to the homosexual movement because it is a real thing. And I know through reading, and through my life experience and observations that homosexuals are not given freedom and liberty by anyone in the society. They might be the most oppresed people in the society.” ~ Huey Newton
  31. “Any unarmed people are slaves, or are subject to slavery at any given moment.” ~ Huey Newton

  32. “IQ tests are routinely used as weapons against Black people in particular and minority groups and poor people generally. The tests are based on white middle-class standards, and when we score low on them, the results are used to justify the prejudice that we are inferior and unintelligent. Since we are taught to believe that the tests are infallible, they have become a self-fulfilling prophecy that cuts off our initiative and brainwashes us.” ~ Huey Newton
  33. “To die for the racists is lighter than a feather, but to die for the people is heavier than any mountain and deeper than any sea.” ~ Huey Newton
  34. “We felt that the police needed a label, a label other than that fear image that they carried in the community. So we used the pig as the rather low-lifed animal in order to identify the police. And it worked.” ~ Huey Newton
  35. “The first lesson a revolutionary must learn is that he is a doomed man.” ~ Huey Newton

  36. “The United States can hide behind a facade simply because it is sucking the blood of other people…The Third World people: Africa, Asia and Latin America.” ~ Huey Newton
  37. “You can Jail a Revolutionary but you can’t jail the Revolution. You can run a freedom fighter around the country, but you can’t run freedom fighting around the country. You can murder a liberator, but you can’t murder liberation.” ~ Huey Newton
  38. “Those in the community who defy authority and ‘break the law’ seem to enjoy the good life and have everything in the way of material possessions. On the other hand, people who work hard and struggle and suffer much are the victims of greed and indifference, losers. This insane reversal of values presses heavily on the Black community. The causes originate from outside and are imposed by a system that ruthlessly seeks its own rewards, no matter what the cost in wrecked human lives.” ~ Huey Newton
  39. “Sometimes if you want to get rid of the gun, you have to pick the gun up.” ~ Huey Newton

  40. “We have to realize our black heritage in order to give us strength to move on and progress. But as far as returning to the old African culture, it’s unnecessary and it’s not advantageous in many respects. We believe that culture itself will not liberate us. We’re going to need some stronger stuff.” ~ Huey Newton
  41. “I think the time is right for organizing and to give Blacks more political – the progressive Blacks, you have to make a distinction – participation, more Blacks in more authoritative positions, in more electoral political positions. But we want the right ones.” ~ Huey Newton
  42. “I know sociologically that words, the power of the word, words stigmatize people.” ~ Huey Newton

  43. “But before we die, how shall we live? I say with hope and dignity; and if premature death is the result, that death has a meaning reactionary suicide can never have. It is the price of self-respect.” ~ Huey Newton
  44. “When you deal with a man, deal with his most valuable possession, his life. There’s play and there’s the deep flow. I like to take things to the deep flow of play, because everything is a game, serious and nonserious at the same time. So play life like it’s a game.” ~ Huey Newton
  45. “The reactionary suicide is ‘wise,’ and the revolutionary suicide is a ‘fool,’ a fool for the revolution in the way Paul meant when he spoke of being a ‘fool for Christ,’ That foolishness can move mountains of oppression; it is our great leap and our commitment to the dead and the unborn.” ~ Huey Newton
  46. “The walls, the bars, the guns and the guards can never encircle or hold down the idea of the people.” ~ Huey Newton

  47. “The imperialistic or capitalistic system occupies areas. It occupies Vietnam now. They occupy them by sending soldiers there, by sending policeman there. The policemen or soldiers are only a gun in the establishments hand. They make the racist secure in his racism. The gun in the establishment’s hand makes the establishment secure in its exploitation.” ~ Huey Newton
  48. “Existence is violent, I exist, therefore I’m violent. . . in that way.” ~ Huey Newton
  49. “I always said this and the people think it’s a cute answer, but I say we have always been in the system and that’s why we fight because we don’t like the system. We are trying to transform it.” ~ Huey Newton
  50. “I had a lot of time and the first year I was in prison, I tried to get the party to stop the shooting, to stop the talk about the gun thing.” ~ Huey Newton

  51. “What I’m really trying to say is that I believed an armed insurrection could work. After I was shot and went to prison, that ended that illusion. I had time to think.” ~ Huey Newton
  52. “My fear was not of death itself, but a death without meaning. I wanted my death to be something the people could relate to, a basis for further mobilization of the community.” ~ Huey Newton
  53. “When I founded the party in 1966, I had just turned 24.And each year, no, not each year, each day I live I’ve gained new experiences. Now the criticism is not to say the party did not play a positive part in those times, but, in order to be objective, we did not accomplish the things we set out to accomplish.” ~ Huey Newton
  54. “We were trying to increase the conflict that was already happening… we felt that we would take the conflict to so high a level that some change had to come.” ~ Huey Newton
  55. “I think the basis – the foundation – has already been laid for a society where people will work together and enjoy the wealth of the whole nation together. I think this will be accomplished because this is the theme of the revolutionary government’s program.” ~ Huey Newton
  56. “Revolutionary suicide does not mean that I and my comrades have a death wish; it means just the opposite.” ~ Huey Newton

  57. “I don’t like to just talk of Africa, and south of the Sahara in general. No, I’ll talk about the Third World in general. I’ll like to say this – we in the United States would never believe that another form of government – I don’t care even if it’s against the racism, etc. – it is hard to get the masses of people to believe or accept that a socialist government will relieve them of most of the problems.” ~ Huey Newton Quotes
  58. “I think it’s absurd to talk about – one time you were outside the system, now you are in the system – no, we fight, the cause of the fight is because the system is bad that we can’t get out of it.” ~ Huey Newton
  59. “I worked in the mechanical factories repairing cement trucks. The Cuban government wanted me to work in the university as a teacher in literature, but I declined because I wanted a more sense of the countryside.” ~ Huey Newton

  60. “Just before I left [Cuba], I was about to transfer to the university. I had decided I had had enough experience in work in the manual areas. But then I got word from the United States that I could return…that my party had gathered enough information about the false charges that were against me for me to return to the United States.” ~ Huey Newton
  61. “There is a very strong socialist movement in Jamaica. I was in Jamaica years ago. All the talk, all day they talk politics. The literacy rate is very low. Everyone is so interested in politics, more than those who can read in the United States.” ~ Huey Newton
  62. “I expected to die. At no time before the trial did I expect to escape with my life. Yet being executed in the gas chamber did not necessarily mean defeat. It could be one more step to bring the community to a higher level of consciousness.” ~ Huey Newton

  63. “I wanted to leave high school in 1958 and join the Cuban revolution. So the only reason I did not come to join [Fidel] Castro was because my mother would not let me. I was only 16.” ~ Huey Newton
  64. “Cuba was neo-colony of the United States and still suffers a blockade. So, therefore, the consumer goods and so forth, we don’t have here, especially when you leave the city areas it’s a spartan life. But what is impressive about it is what is coming about. It’s the future that all these socialists look forward to.” ~ Huey Newton
  65. “I would like to say that racial attitude and prejudice are probably here…It is very difficult to act this out – discrimination – discrimination is an act. After you have the prejudices, the discriminations come out, if there is an institution for it but the Cubans have attempted to create institutions free of discrimination.” ~ Huey Newton

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