Huey Newton

The revolution has always been in the hands of the young. The young always inherit the revolution.
Huey Newton

Black Power is giving power to people who have not had power to determine their destiny.
Huey Newton

If you stop struggling, then you stop life.
Huey Newton

You can jail a Revolutionary, but you can’t jail the Revolution.
Huey Newton

I do not expect the white media to create positive black male images.
Huey Newton

The first lesson a revolutionary must learn is that he is a doomed man.
Huey Newton

There will be no prison which can hold our movement down.
Huey Newton

The walls, the bars, the guns and the guards can never encircle or hold down the idea of the people.
Huey Newton

Any unarmed people are slaves, or are subject to slavery at any given moment.
Huey Newton

My fear was not of death itself, but a death without meaning.
Huey Newton

Sometimes if you want to get rid of the gun, you have to pick the gun up.
Huey Newton

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

I think what motivates people is not great hate, but great love for other people.
Huey Newton

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

We have two evils to fight, capitalism and racism. We must destroy both racism and capitalism.
Huey Newton

I have the people behind me and the people are my strength.
Huey Newton

The policemen or soldiers are only a gun in the establishments hand. They make the racist secure in his racism.
Huey Newton

We’ve never advocated violence; violence is inflicted upon us. But we do believe in self-defense for ourselves and for black people.
Huey Newton

I read Plato’s ‘Republic.’ I read it through about five times until I could actually understand it.
Huey Newton

Malcolm X was the first political person in this country that I really identified with. If he had lived and not been purged, I probably would have joined the Muslims.
Huey Newton

My mother and my father have been married 50 years, and he’s just started to understand that something’s wrong with the system. He accepted the whole thing, you see. Yet this industrious kind of engagement didn’t bring him the success, according to American terms, that he wanted. I was probably affected by this very much. In fact, I know I was.
Huey Newton

I didn’t get trained by the school system like other kids, and when I did concentrate on learning, my mind was cluttered and locked by the programming of the system.
Huey Newton

The first book I ever really read was Plato’s ‘Republic,’ and then I had to go over that five times or something.
Huey Newton

No one can say, ‘I have dropped out – I am no longer in the system.’ When you’re in prison, you’re even closer to the system: you feel it more, and you might be in there for whatever reason. You don’t transform the system as an absolute thing.
Huey Newton

You can tell the tree by the fruit it bears. You see it through what the organization is delivering as far as a concrete program. If the tree’s fruit sours or grows brackish, then the time has come to chop it down – bury it and walk over it and plant new seeds.
Huey Newton

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