What Malcolm said (it being his birthday)


Children have a lesson adults should learn,
to not be ashamed of failing, but to get up
and try again. Most of us adults are so afraid,
so cautious, so 'safe,' and therefore so shrinking
and rigid and afraid, that is why so many humans
fail. Most middle-aged adults have resigned
themselves to failure.

Haley, Alex, and Malcolm X. The Autobiography of Malcolm X. New York, NY: Ballantine, 1993. 418. Print.

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