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Jesse Jackson Quotes


An American civil rights activist and Baptist minister.
(1941 - )

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

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

America is not a blanket woven from one thread, one color, one cloth.
[America]
 

As I develop and serve, be patient. God is not finished with me yet.
 

At the end of the day, we must go forward with hope and not backward by fear and division.
 

Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change.
[Change]
 

Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy.
 

From seeds of his body blossomed the flower that liberated a people and touched the soul of a nation.
 

George Bush has met more foreign heads of state than I have. But a substantial number of them were dead.
 

God doesn't make orange juice, God makes oranges.
[Action]
 

Great things happen in small places. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Jesse Jackson was born in Greenville.
 

Hold your head high, stick your chest out. You can make it. It gets dark sometimes, but morning comes. ... Keep hope alive.
[Hope]
 

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.
[Against]
 

I cast my bread on the waters long ago. Now it's time for you to send it back to me - toasted and buttered on both sides.
 

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

I know they are all environmentalists. I heard a lot of my speeches recycled.
 

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.
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If there are occasions when my grape turned into a raisin and my joy bell lost its resonance, please forgive me. Charge it to my head and not to my heart.
 

If you run, you might lose. If you don't run, you're guaranteed to lose.
 

In many ways, history is marked as 'before' and 'after' Rosa Parks. She sat down in order that we all might stand up, and the walls of segregation came down.
 


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