75+ Best Huey P. Newton Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Huey Percy Newton was a revolutionary American political activist and cofounder of the Black Panther Party. Profoundly inspirational Huey P. Newton quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Huey P. Newton Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 goverment – 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

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

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

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

The rest of the Third World people are seeing, that the country can make a real change. No changing or trading one master for another. The only real change would be to socialize the means of production and this is what’s happening in Jamaica. – Huey Newton

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 Newton

I don’t want people to think he [Eldridge Cleaver] is so important – our party is important because our party works for the people and no individual is important in our party, including myself. – Huey Newton

The Cuban Revolutionary Government has been generous and very considerate to me and my family. I lived in Santa Clara for a few months because I wanted to work in the countryside and get to know the country better. – 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 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

I am very happy here [on Cuba], but I feel I have work to do in the United States. It’s where I can identify with the total world struggle for socialism. But 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 Amerian experience. – Huey Newton

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 disciminations come out, if there is an institution for it but the Cubans have attempted to create institutions free of discrimination. – Huey Newton

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

I think it’s wrong for North America in particular, the West in general to make a comparison between the economic situation in Cuba and the extraordinarily developed industrial complex of North America. – Huey Newton

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

A rather honored guest of the Cuban government, so I wouldn’t experience the problems. I think it would take a black Cuban to really articulate this because I’m being treated in a very generous way. – Huey Newton

We always had a central committee. They were mesmerized by Eldridge Cleaver. – Huey Newton

I think generally speaking, both people are trying to be free from the abuses of the white racist North American authorities. I think that’s the one common denominator. The Cubans found a way to liberate themselves and we haven’t found the way yet. So that’s the difference. – Huey Newton

The United States is already antique. – Huey Newton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Existence is violent, I exist, therefore I’m violent. . . in that way. – Huey Newton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Laws should be made to serve the people. People should not be made to serve the laws. – Huey Newton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I would like to add I’m innocent. I am not guilty. – Huey Newton

I’m not ruling. I never ruled. I have one vote and I’m the leader of the party. I’ve always had a vote on the central committee. I always had more influence than that one vote. I’ll admit that. – Huey Newton

The neighbors were more than neighbors [on Cuba]. They were like part of the family. – Huey Newton

By surrendering my life to the revolution, I found eternal life – Huey Newton

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 oppressed people in the society. – Huey Newton