Jesse Jackson Quotes (25 quotations)

1. 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

2. 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

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

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

5. Common ground. America is not a blanket woven from one thread, one color, one cloth. When I was a child growing up in Greenville, South Carolina my grandmamma could not afford a blanket, she didn't complain and we did not freeze. Instead she took pieces of old cloth - patches, wool, silk, gabardine, crockersack - only patches, barely good enough to wipe off your shoes with. But they didn't stay that way very long. With sturdy hands and a strong cord, she sewed them together into a quilt, a thing of beauty and power and culture... Be as wise as my grandmamma. Pull the patches and the pieces together, bound by a common thread. When we form a great quilt of unity and common ground, we'll have the power to bring about health care and housing and jobs and education and hope to our Nation. - Jesse Jackson

6. Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy. - Jesse Jackson

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

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

9. 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

10. 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. - Jesse Jackson

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

12. I know they are all environmentalists. I heard a lot of my speeches recycled. - Jesse Jackson

13. 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. - Jesse Jackson

14. Keep hope alive! - Jesse Jackson

15. Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together. - Jesse Jackson

16. My constituency is the desperate, the damned, the disinherited, the disrespected and the despised. - Jesse Jackson

17. Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up. - Jesse Jackson

18. 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

19. Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow-red, yellow, brown, black and white-and we're all precious in God's sight. - Jesse Jackson

20. The white, the Hispanic, the black, the Arab, the Jew, the woman, the Native American, the small farmer, the businessperson, the environmentalist, the peace activist, the young, the old, the lesbian, the gay and the disabled make up the American quilt. - Jesse Jackson

21. 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

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

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

24. you may not be responsible for being down. but you are respinsible for getting up. - Jesse Jackson

25. Your children need your presence more than your presents. - Jesse Jackson

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