Jesse Jackson Quotes


America is not like a blanket-one piece of unbroken cloth, the same color, the same texture, the same size. America is more like a quilt-many patches, many pieces, many colors, many sizes, all woven and held together by a common thread. Jesse Jackson Source:


Today's students can put dope in their veins or hope in their brains. If they can conceive it and believe it, they can achieve it. They must know it is not their aptitude but their attitude that will determine their altitude. Jesse Jackson Source:

Capital Punishment

Capital punishment turns the state into a murderer. But imprisonment turns the state into a gay dungeon-master. Jesse Jackson Source:


Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change. Jesse Jackson Source:


Your children need your presence more than your presents. Jesse Jackson Source:


My constituency is the desperate, the damned, the disinherited, the disrespected and the despised. Jesse Jackson Source:


A man must be willing to die for justice. Death is an inescapable reality and men die daily, but good deeds live forever. Jesse Jackson Source:


No one should negotiate their dreams. Dreams must be free to fly high. No government, no legislature, has a right to limit your dreams. You should never agree to surrender your dreams. Jesse Jackson Source: Our dreams must be stronger than our memories. We must be pulled by our dreams, rater than pushed by our memories. Jesse Jackson Source: We've removed the ceiling above our dreams. There are no more impossible dreams. Jesse Jackson Source:


A check or credit card, a Gucci bag strap, anything of value will do. Give as you live. Jesse Jackson Source:


We must not measure greatness from the mansion down, but from the manger up. Jesse Jackson Source:


Hold your head high, stick your chest out. You can make it. It gets dark sometimes, but morning comes. Keep hope alive. Jesse Jackson Source:


Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together. Jesse Jackson Source: Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things. Jesse Jackson Source: "Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day." Jesse Jackson Source:

Looking Down

Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up. Jesse Jackson Source:


In politics, an organized minority is a political majority. Jesse Jackson Source:


I hear that melting-pot stuff a lot, and all I can say is that we haven't melted." Jesse Jackson Source:


When the doors of opportunity swing open, we must make sure that we are not too drunk or too indifferent to walk through. Jesse Jackson Source:


Pictures can live in one's memory. That's why they are important. Jesse Jackson Source: Name=Jackson,_Jesse&Type=Q


"Racism as a form of skin worship, and as a sickness and a pathological anxiety for America, is so great, until the poor whites -- rather than fighting for jobs or education -- fight to remain pink and fight to remain white. And therefore they cannot see an alliance with people that they feel to be inherently inferior." Jesse Jackson Source:


I am not a perfect servant. I am a public servant doing my best against the odds. As I develop and serve, be patient. God is not finished with me yet. Jesse Jackson Source:


Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy. Jesse Jackson Source:


When we're unemployed, we're called lazy; when the whites are unemployed it's called a depression. Jesse Jackson Source:

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