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Huey P. Newton Quotes on Race, Society, and More

Huey P. Newton was an American activist, civil rights leader, and author. Learn more about his fight for equality in the Huey P. Newton quotes below. 

What have you learned about Huey P. Newton in the past? 

Newton is most well-known for co-founding the Black Panther Party in 1966. The party developed a Ten-Point Program to express their wants and ideals, which included full employment for Black people, an end to police brutality, and a truthful education curriculum.

A variety of community programs were developed under Newton’s leadership including its most popular: the Free Breakfast for Children program. Throughout his life, Newton fought to provide resources for the most vulnerable and to educate his community. 

Check out the Huey P. Newton quotes below!

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Powerful Huey P. Newton quotes

1. “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 P. Newton

2. “My fear was not of death itself, but a death without meaning.” – Huey P. Newton

3. “I think what motivates people is not great hate, but great love for other people.” – Huey P. Newton

4. “If you stop struggling, then you stop life.” – Huey P. Newton

5. “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 P. Newton

6. “Power is the ability to define phenomena, and make it act in a desired manner.” – Huey P. Newton

7. “You can only die once, so do not die a thousand times worrying about it.” – Huey P. Newton

8. “You can kill my body, and you can take my life but you can never kill my soul. My soul will live forever!” – Huey P. Newton

9. “Revolutionary suicide does not mean that I and my comrades have a death wish; it means just the opposite.” – Huey P. Newton

10. “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 P. Newton

11. “Marriage, family, and debt; in a sense, another kind of slavery.” ― Huey P. Newton

12. “I have the people behind me and the people are my strength.” – Huey P. Newton

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13. “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 P. Newton

14. “Existence is violent, I exist, therefore I’m violent. . . in that way.” ― Huey P. Newton

Huey P. Newton quotes on race

15. “Black Power is giving power to people who have not had power to determine their destiny.” – Huey P. Newton

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

17. “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 P. Newton
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18. “The Black Panther Party is a revolutionary Nationalist group and we see a major contradiction between capitalism in this country and our interests. We realize that this country became very rich upon slavery and that slavery is capitalism in the extreme.” – Huey P. Newton

19. “IQ tests are routinely used as weapons against Black people in particular and minority groups and poor people generally. 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 P. Newton

20. “I think as a North American, as a Black North American, I have certain understandings – certain contributions – to make that are unique to the North American experience.” – Huey P. Newton

21. “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 P. Newton

Huey P. Newton quotes on revolution

22. “The revolution has always been in the hands of the young. The young always inherit the revolution.” – Huey P. Newton

23. “The first lesson a revolutionary must learn is that he is a doomed man.” – Huey P. Newton

24. “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 P. Newton

25. “By surrendering my life to the revolution, I found eternal life.” – Huey P. Newton

26. “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 P. Newton

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27. “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 P. Newton

Huey P. Newton quotes on society and government

28. “Any unarmed people are slaves, or are subject to slavery at any given moment.” – Huey P. Newton

29. “We have two evils to fight, capitalism and racism. We must destroy both racism and capitalism.” – Huey P. Newton

30. “I do not expect the white media to create positive black male images.” – Huey P. Newton

31. “Sometimes if you want to get rid of the gun, you have to pick the gun up.” – Huey P. Newton

32. “Laws should be made to serve the people. People should not be made to serve the laws.” – Huey P. Newton

33. “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 P. Newton

34. “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 P. Newton

35. “The United States is already antique.” – Huey P. 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 P. Newton

37. “The task is to transform society; only the people can do that – not heroes, not celebrities, not stars.” – Huey P. Newton

38. “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 P. Newton

39. “I know sociologically that words, the power of the word, words stigmatize people.” – Huey P. Newton

Huey P. Newton quotes on education

40. “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 P. Newton

41. “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 P. Newton

42. “Youths are passed through schools that don’t teach. Then forced to search for jobs that don’t exist and finally left stranded to stare at the glamorous lives advertised around them.” – Huey P. Newton

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43. “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 P. Newton

Huey P. Newton quotes on prison and police

44. “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 P. Newton

45. “When I was in the penitentiary after being accused of killing a policeman, I was more in the system in the penitentiary than ever.” – Huey P. Newton

46. “There will be no prison which can hold our movement down.” – Huey P. Newton

47. “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 P. Newton

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

49. “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 P. Newton

50. “The policemen or soldiers are only a gun in the establishment’s hand. They make the racist secure in his racism.” – Huey P. Newton

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How often do you volunteer? 

Huey P. Newton helped create an organization that catered to the needs of his community. Along with a group of like-minded people, they were able to create a positive change within the lives of many. Volunteering is a great way to help your community and work towards the issues you’re passionate about. 

Whether you love social media or cooking, there are many ways you can aid the organizations within your neighborhood. Reach out and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the opportunities you may find. 

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