Jesse Jackson Quotes (116 Quotes)


    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.

    When God rang the bell that ended the fight, the world cried out for one more round.

    I hope that we've done something to facilitate a detente on threatening rhetoric,

    I think President Bush and Secretary Powell are doing their best, but there must be some bridge to break the impasse. We must prioritize getting the release of the American soldiers who are, in fact, being held hostage.

    The fact that we had nine months of this drama, it is obviously embarrassing to him, ... But somehow I'm convinced that Monday he will face that grand jury and make his case, but what I think is most important to him is that Chelsea and Hillary are standi


    The agreement will involve a commitment over a three- to five-year period for more employment, a commitment to end a hostile work environment for women as well as economic development in terms of car dealerships and use of professional services.

    I think he should have made it very clear to Monica, to her family. ... The responsibility should have been in his lap, and I think in time that as he has the healing, the strength overcomes the anger, that we'll hear even more of that contrition,

    When the doors of opportunity swing open, we must make sure that we are not too drunk or too indifferent to walk through.

    Of course, at the age of nineteen or twenty, she knows about sex, ... She's seen videos, watched television, listened to music. She knows what is expected in marriage, and knows what, in fact, happens.

    The burden of being black is that you have to be superior just to be equal. But the glory of it is that, once you achieve, you have achieved, indeed.

    It's not enough to vote for a democracy, ... Democracy requires vigilance. Democracy requires patience.

    Racism as a form of skin worship, and as a sickness and a pathological anxiety for America, is so great, until the poor whites -- rather than fighting for jobs or education -- fight to remain pink and fight to remain white. And therefore they cannot see an alliance with people that they feel to be inherently inferior.

    This is the next stage of our struggle. The first stage was to end slavery. The second stage was to end legal Jim Crow. The third stage was the right to vote. The fourth stage is access to capital.

    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.

    most qualified and experienced candidate in a generation.

    We must democratize access to health care, education, and housing. Without an agenda of economic security, democracy is just recycling poverty.


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

    He brings to the table a body of invaluable accomplishments as a former congressman, senator and vice president.


    We are not going to compromise the Voting Rights Act.

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

    Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up.

    All of those ideas, the politics of isolation and assassination, must give way to reconciliation and reconstruction... we must pursue good neighbor policies,

    Yesterday, when a new president came in, the wind shifted. For many of us, it shifted from a tail wind to a head wind, so much of what we fought for ... will be challenged now. Our mandate is to go forward.

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

    This light called Sweetness now belongs to heaven and to the ages. Thank God for Sweetness.

    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.

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

    The tallest tree in the history of African American journalism has fallen, but has fallen gracefully. The tree that stood tall for over 60 years and a tree that planted a forest, a tree with widespread limbs and full of fruit. He connected to Africa and African Americans. He shared the pain of Emmett Till, the development of Martin Luther King Jr., and was a source of information and inspiration. He was the number one black publisher for 60 years. His impact had been felt through the whole world of journalism.


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