Jesse Jackson

If you fall behind, run faster. Never give up, never surrender, and rise up against the odds.
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

Keep hope alive!
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

America is not a blanket woven from one thread, one color, one cloth.
Jesse Jackson

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

Your children need your presence more than your presents.
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

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

Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.
Jesse Jackson

It is time for us to turn to each other, not on each other.
Jesse Jackson

If you run, you might lose. If you don’t run, you’re guaranteed to lose.
Jesse Jackson

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.
Jesse Jackson

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

Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day.
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

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

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

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

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

There’s great disparity between who goes to college and who goes to jail. 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

Watch the walls come down, whether it’s in the South or on Wall Street. When the walls come down, what do we find? More markets, more talent, more capital and growth. Which means that the race and sex discrimination stunt economic growth. It’s not good for capitalism. It’s not good for America’s growth. And it’s not morally right.
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

We blacks were the first people embracing Obama, long before the people at expensive fundraisers were supporting him. We gave him his first love, 96 percent of blacks voted for him in 2008. Yet today we are the number one in unemployment, with 16 percent of American blacks out of work.
Jesse Jackson

I think reconciliation is Obama’s goal – but the fight with the Republicans is like a fight with pit bulls, they never let go. Even worse, now the Republicans feel they can keep pushing and he will keep giving. They have not seen a stiff resistance on his part.
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

Look at the coded language the Right is using against President Barack Obama. Openly calling him a liar in Congress, saying he is ‘not a Christian, he was not born here, he is not one of us.’ That makes addressing such issues trickier for the first African-American in the White House.
Jesse Jackson

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

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

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

We reveal our joys and successes, we conceal our pain.
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

I remember being taught my place.
Jesse Jackson

I was born in a slum, but the slum wasn’t born in me.
Jesse Jackson

I had to steal to survive.
Jesse Jackson

Statehood for the District of Columbia is the most important civil rights and social justice issue in America today.
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

There have been more people disenfranchised in Washington than there have been in Kuwait.
Jesse Jackson

I take my role seriously as a pastor.
Jesse Jackson

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

I know how to run a nationally paced campaign.
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

You may choose your mate, but you cannot deny someone else the right to choose their mate.
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

Those powers that control the tent are not threatened at all by any activity that you engage in, in the shadows, that’s not moving toward the tent. And I am rather convinced that we have a generation that is so preoccupied with life in the shadows, they never even focus on getting to the sunlight where you open up the big tent.
Jesse Jackson

When they wrote the Constitution, only white male landowners had the right to vote.
Jesse Jackson

Those who have the most wealth and the most property, their children have the first, the best, and the most.
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

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

I had gained a greater appreciation of hearing the concerns of woman, doctors, and so many others.
Jesse Jackson

In tough economic times, desperate people do desperate things, and the abortion rate goes up.
Jesse Jackson

People always grow and mature.
Jesse Jackson

So many bright stars, bright in life, burn out quickly.
Jesse Jackson

Success needs no explanation. Failure does not have one that matters.
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

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 a black doctor discovers a cure for cancer, ain’t no hospital going to lock him out.
Jesse Jackson

In many ways Africa subsidised America and Europe’s development.
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

I want to make America better!
Jesse Jackson

Negroes’ problem is that they do not have their egos. That’s why our churches end up having a white service, because our preacher is not arrogant enough to take God’s word, so he have to go and get some white fellow’s agenda and put it in his church.
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

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

I’m too mature to be angry.
Jesse Jackson

I’m not wasting my time with any more non-straight-talking candidates.
Jesse Jackson

Conservatives and liberals can find common ground.
Jesse Jackson

Black and Jewish leaders have been a coalition of conscience.
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

Most blacks will argue that they excel because of hard work, because of intellect, determination, sweat, blood, tears and risk.
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

While I’ve spent a lot of quality time with my children, perhaps it’s not been enough.
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

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

America needs young people to be inspired to choose sacrifice over greed.
Jesse Jackson

Ronald Reagan was older than I was when he ran for president.
Jesse Jackson

Life has its dimensions in the mysterious.
Jesse Jackson

If you don’t know what tomorrow holds, you need to know who holds tomorrow!
Jesse Jackson

There is no power in cynicism. There is no forward thrust in cynicism.
Jesse Jackson

When you create more small businesses, you create small entrepreneurship. Out of that comes self-determination and employment.
Jesse Jackson

At least the politicians are accountable to the voters.
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

At the end of the day, we’re defined by our predicament, not by the sides of town.
Jesse Jackson

We must all learn a good lesson – how to live together.
Jesse Jackson

Fighting disparities is very significant.
Jesse Jackson

I am a journalist.
Jesse Jackson

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

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 have worked hard to build relationships between Jewish people and black people.
Jesse Jackson

Humanitarian appeals always help. They penetrate deeper than political tradeoffs.
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

Music of all arts should be expansive and inclusive.
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

Obama used to be a community organizer. He knows how to build communities.
Jesse Jackson

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

The laws are stacked for the wealthy.
Jesse Jackson

The American people on the ground need a clearer, stronger, Lyndon B. Johnson-type voice from their president.
Jesse Jackson

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

When journalists and politicians speak of a dwindling middle class that’s under economic assault and a poor community that’s getting bigger, they’re talking about Ferguson. Independent of the racial demographics and dynamics of Ferguson, Missouri, there’s a ‘Ferguson’ near you.
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

Many are observing Ferguson and witnessing the anger, demonstrations, looting and vandalism and calling for quiet. But quiet isn’t enough. The absence of noise isn’t the presence of justice – and we must demand justice in Ferguson and the other ‘Fergusons’ around America.
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

Those companies that don’t see the black and brown communities are missing, out of their closed eye, talent, which leads to money and growth. When baseball, football and basketball couldn’t see the field, they missed talent and growth. The same is true in the tech industry.
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

There’s a full-court press to put down an uprising around Ferguson, but no preparation for lifting up the people there.
Jesse Jackson

The coffers are full of money and equipment for the Ferguson Police and the Missouri National Guard to put down a potential uprising, but no money for actually uplifting the people of Ferguson, St. Louis, Missouri and around the nation.
Jesse Jackson

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