Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Quote of the Day: Malcolm X on Assertiveness

"I learned early on that crying out in protest could accomplish things. My older brothers and sisters had started to school when, sometimes, they would come in and ask for a buttered biscuit or something and my mother, impatiently, would tell them no. But I would cry out and make a fuss until I got what I wanted. I remember well how my mother asked me why I couldn't be a nice boy like Wilfred; but I would think to myself that Wilfred, for being so nice and quiet, often stayed hungry. So early in life, I learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise."

from The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Ballantine Books (1999). p. 8.

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