Quotes by Jesse Jackson

Keep hope alive!
- Jesse Jackson
I am a journalist.
- Jesse Jackson
I had to steal to survive.
- Jesse Jackson
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People always grow and mature.
- Jesse Jackson
I want to make America better!
- Jesse Jackson
I'm too mature to be angry.
- Jesse Jackson
I remember being taught my place.
- Jesse Jackson
I take my role seriously as a pastor.
- Jesse Jackson
The laws are stacked for the wealthy.
- Jesse Jackson
Fighting disparities is very significant.
- Jesse Jackson
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Life has its dimensions in the mysterious.
- Jesse Jackson
I know how to run a nationally paced campaign.
- Jesse Jackson
Conservatives and liberals can find common ground.
- Jesse Jackson
Music of all arts should be expansive and inclusive.
- Jesse Jackson
We reveal our joys and successes, we conceal our pain.
- Jesse Jackson
So many bright stars, bright in life, burn out quickly.
- Jesse Jackson
At least the politicians are accountable to the voters.
- Jesse Jackson
We must all learn a good lesson - how to live together.
- Jesse Jackson
Your children need your presence more than your presents.
- Jesse Jackson
I was born in a slum, but the slum wasn't born in me.
- Jesse Jackson
In politics, an organized minority is a political majority.
- Jesse Jackson
It is time for us to turn to each other, not on each other.
- Jesse Jackson
Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up.
- Jesse Jackson
Black and Jewish leaders have been a coalition of conscience.
- Jesse Jackson
Ronald Reagan was older than I was when he ran for president.
- Jesse Jackson
Any attempt to dilute my support for Sen. Obama will not succeed.
- Jesse Jackson
If the states had to vote on slavery, we would have lost the vote.
- Jesse Jackson
America is not a blanket woven from one thread, one color, one cloth.
- Jesse Jackson
Success needs no explanation. Failure does not have one that matters.
- Jesse Jackson
In many ways Africa subsidised America and Europe's development.
- Jesse Jackson
Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy.
- Jesse Jackson
There is no power in cynicism. There is no forward thrust in cynicism.
- Jesse Jackson
America needs young people to be inspired to choose sacrifice over greed.
- Jesse Jackson
Obama used to be a community organizer. He knows how to build communities.
- Jesse Jackson
I'm not wasting my time with any more non-straight-talking candidates.
- Jesse Jackson
We must not measure greatness from the mansion down, but from the manger up.
- Jesse Jackson
I know they are all environmentalists. I heard a lot of my speeches recycled.
- Jesse Jackson
If you don't know what tomorrow holds, you need to know who holds tomorrow!
- Jesse Jackson
If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.
- Jesse Jackson
Humanitarian appeals always help. They penetrate deeper than political tradeoffs.
- Jesse Jackson
I have worked hard to build relationships between Jewish people and black people.
- Jesse Jackson
If you run, you might lose. If you don't run, you're guaranteed to lose.
- Jesse Jackson
When they wrote the Constitution, only white male landowners had the right to vote.
- Jesse Jackson
We've removed the ceiling above our dreams. There are no more impossible dreams.
- Jesse Jackson
I hear that melting-pot stuff a lot, and all I can say is that we haven't melted.
- Jesse Jackson
A check or credit card, a Gucci bag strap, anything of value will do. Give as you live.
- Jesse Jackson
At the end of the day, we're defined by our predicament, not by the sides of town.
- Jesse Jackson
Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together.
- Jesse Jackson
There have been more people disenfranchised in Washington than there have been in Kuwait.
- Jesse Jackson
At the end of the day, we must go forward with hope and not backward by fear and division.
- Jesse Jackson
You may choose your mate, but you cannot deny someone else the right to choose their mate.
- Jesse Jackson
If a black doctor discovers a cure for cancer, ain't no hospital going to lock him out.
- Jesse Jackson
If you fall behind, run faster. Never give up, never surrender, and rise up against the odds.
- Jesse Jackson
In tough economic times, desperate people do desperate things, and the abortion rate goes up.
- Jesse Jackson
Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things.
- Jesse Jackson
While I've spent a lot of quality time with my children, perhaps it's not been enough.
- Jesse Jackson
Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day.
- Jesse Jackson
I had gained a greater appreciation of hearing the concerns of woman, doctors, and so many others.
- Jesse Jackson
From seeds of his body blossomed the flower that liberated a people and touched the soul of a nation.
- Jesse Jackson
The relationship between the prophet and the President, the priest and the President, is a sacred one.
- Jesse Jackson
Great things happen in small places. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Jesse Jackson was born in Greenville.
- Jesse Jackson
George Bush has met more foreign heads of state than I have. But a substantial number of them were dead.
- Jesse Jackson
Those who have the most wealth and the most property, their children have the first, the best, and the most.
- Jesse Jackson
The American people on the ground need a clearer, stronger, Lyndon B. Johnson-type voice from their president.
- Jesse Jackson
When we're unemployed, we're called lazy; when the whites are unemployed it's called a depression.
- Jesse Jackson
Our dreams must be stronger than our memories. We must be pulled by our dreams, rater than pushed by our memories.
- Jesse Jackson
Statehood for the District of Columbia is the most important civil rights and social justice issue in America today.
- Jesse Jackson
So much talent comes from the base of poverty and those in the margins. You limit the base, you miss too much talent.
- Jesse Jackson
The great responsibility that we have today is to put the poor and the near poor back on front of the American agenda.
- Jesse Jackson
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
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
Black men of integrity cannot make a deal with a politician and leave out the poor of the nation, all God's children.
- Jesse Jackson
Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change.
- Jesse Jackson
There's a full-court press to put down an uprising around Ferguson, but no preparation for lifting up the people there.
- Jesse Jackson
When you create more small businesses, you create small entrepreneurship. Out of that comes self-determination and employment.
- Jesse Jackson
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
Most blacks will argue that they excel because of hard work, because of intellect, determination, sweat, blood, tears and risk.
- Jesse Jackson
If you think black people have a motivation problem, open up a Wal-Mart and advertise a thousand jobs. Watch 5,000 people show up.
- Jesse Jackson
If you don't feel apologetic for slavery, if you don't feel apologetic for colonialism, if you feel proud of it then say that.
- Jesse Jackson
Few would deny that blacks have become very dominant in athletics: football, basketball, track, now dominant in tennis and dominant in golf.
- Jesse Jackson
A man who cannot be enticed by money or intimidated by the threat of jail or death has two of the strongest weapons that anyone has to offer.
- Jesse Jackson
The law protects you from being abused. It doesn't threaten your lifestyle for someone else to have the right to exhibit their lifestyle.
- Jesse Jackson
We must all learn a good lesson - how to live together. That is the new challenge of the new world... learning to co-exist and not co-annihilate.
- Jesse Jackson
I was extended secret service protection during my presidential run in 1984, when I received the most death threats ever made toward a candidate.
- Jesse Jackson
You know, people'd always ask 'Why is Jesse Jackson running for the White House?' They never seen the house I'm running from.
- Jesse Jackson
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
The American people on the ground need a clearer, stronger, Lyndon B. Johnson-type voice from their president. Obama has that voice. It has to be used.
- Jesse Jackson
You can be out of slavery and have the right to vote, but unless you have access to capital, industry and technology, you can't fulfill your dreams.
- Jesse Jackson
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
The more you focus on sex without love, and drugs and violence, lifestyle of intimidation and recycling, the less energy you spend on opening up the big tent.
- Jesse Jackson
Many have fought for and even lost their lives to end segregation, to win the right to vote. It disappoints me to now have to cajole people to register and to vote.
- Jesse Jackson
If the American people in a matter of months can love the people of Kuwait, whom they have not seen, they can love the people of our nation's capital just as well.
- Jesse Jackson
Who lives long and who dies prematurely, is the defining issue of our time. And I submit to you, there's a significant race dimension, it is basically class-driven.
- Jesse Jackson
My very first recollection of life on earth was waking up in bed with my mother, and she was showing me a picture of my father, Charles Jackson, with a group of soldiers.
- Jesse Jackson
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.
- Jesse Jackson
Those who write the editorials and those who write the columns, they simply are unaccountable. They're free to impose their cultural politics in the name of freedom of the press.
- Jesse Jackson
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
I mean, the fight for a health care bill to cover all Americans and leave none behind is attacked as being a race appeal, which is not true, but then it's put out in the media as true.
- Jesse Jackson
So here we are today with a new conversation. When University of Georgia plays Georgia Tech, it's uniform color versus skin color. We have - we've overcome that level of racial fear.
- Jesse Jackson
Many kids come out of college, they have a credit card and a diploma. They don't know how to buy a house or a car or health insurance or life insurance. They do not know basic microeconomics.
- Jesse Jackson
People internalize, from the jail to student loan debt, to credit card debt, to unemployment to the whole collective. It manifests itself in many ways, in people's home lives, domestic stuff.
- Jesse Jackson
Republicans are the party of 'no,' and Democrats are the party of 'don't know' because it hasn't fought for bold ideas, policies, or plans to turn us in a new direction.
- Jesse Jackson
What is the American dream? The American dream is one big tent. One big tent. And on that big tent you have four basic promises: equal protection under the law, equal opportunity, equal access, and fair share.
- Jesse Jackson
We've been so preoccupied with getting the government to behave in a fair and democratic way, we were not able to focus on the private sector where most of the jobs are, where most of the wealth and opportunities are.
- Jesse Jackson
To allow injustice and inequality invites a Ferguson to your community. We must stand together, black, white, brown, red, and yellow and fight for justice and equality for all. It's the only way to avoid more Fergusons.
- Jesse Jackson
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
It is a historical error for those who were not there to just refer to August 28th as 'I Have a Dream' speech day. That is a real disservice to those who were there. It was a sad day. It was not a celebration environment.
- Jesse Jackson

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