Jesse Jackson Quotes

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Born: October 8, 1941, Greenville, South Carolina, USA
Birth Country: USA
Occupation: Politician

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.
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

3.
At the end of the day, we must go forward with hope and not backward by fear and division.
- Jesse Jackson

4.
Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy sweat will get you change.
- Jesse Jackson

5.
For me, Barack Obama's election was a milestone of the most extraordinary kind. On the day he was elected I felt such hope in my heart. I thought we were seeing the beginning of a new era of equal opportunity across race and gender such as America had never known before.
- Jesse Jackson

6.
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

7.
I came to the conclusion that in order to end racial barriers, I needed to run for the office of the president and put forth an agenda of social justice and world peace. In addition, I concluded that someone needed to run and challenge the liberal orthodoxy.
- Jesse Jackson

8.
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

9.
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

10.
In Afghanistan, there is a plan to build democracy hundreds of thousands of troops are protecting it. There is a plan to rebuild and reconstruct there. But many thousands of Americans die from violence and poverty every year and we don't have a plan for reconstruction at home.
- Jesse Jackson

11.
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

12.
In politics, an organized minority is a political majority.
- Jesse Jackson

13.
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

14.
Keep hope alive!
- Jesse Jackson

15.
Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day.
- Jesse Jackson

16.
Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together.
- Jesse Jackson

17.
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

18.
Music of all arts should be expansive and inclusive.
- Jesse Jackson

19.
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

20.
On the political front, of course it's a zero-sum game. If it's all white males holding positions, you bring 10 women in, then it's, 'Women are coming!' Get 10 blacks and it's, 'Blacks are coming!' 'Hispanics are coming!' Zero-sum game. The seatmates might change but the chairs don't move. In the economy, the number of chairs can actually increase.
- Jesse Jackson

21.
Our dreams must be stronger than our memories. We must be pulled by our dreams, rater than pushed by our memories.
- Jesse Jackson

22.
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

23.
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

24.
Success needs no explanation. Failure does not have one that matters.
- Jesse Jackson

25.
The relationship between the prophet and the President, the priest and the President, is a sacred one.
- Jesse Jackson

26.
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

27.
Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things.
- Jesse Jackson

28.
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

29.
Urban America has been redlined. Government has not offered tax incentives for investment, as it has in a dozen foreign markets. Banks have redlined it. Industries have moved out, they've redlined it. Clearly, to break up the redlining process, there must be incentives to green-line with hedges against risk.
- Jesse Jackson

30.
We have to judge politicians by their cumulative score. In one innings they make a great catch, in another they drop the ball. In one they score a home run, in another they strike out. But it is their cumulative batting average that we are interested in.
- Jesse Jackson

31.
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

32.
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

33.
We've removed the ceiling above our dreams. There are no more impossible dreams.
- Jesse Jackson

34.
Your children need your presence more than your presents.
- Jesse Jackson

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