Vernon Jordan Quotes (14 Quotes)


    September 11 stands on its own as a terrible tragedy.

    I want to say absolutely and unequivocally that Ms. Lewinsky told me in no uncertain terms that she did not have a sexual relationship with the president. At no time did I ever say, suggest or intimate to her that she should lie.

    But there will come a time and a place to give back, and each individual will recognize that time and place.

    Every company, every boardroom in which I sit, has a plan, and they have objectives, goals, and a process. And to make it work, the pressure and incentive have to come from the top.

    Where institutions in corporate America have, in fact, committed, you see the results. And where there is no commitment, the results are bad.


    I'm here because I stand on many, many shoulders, and that's true of every black person I know who has achieved.


    I had a sense of what leadership meant and what it could do for you. So am I surprised that I am sitting up here on the 62nd floor of Rockefeller Plaza? No.

    You have to be careful how you're using the word boycott.

    I was a little concerned. I thought maybe Mr. Jordan didn't really understand . . . what it was that was happening here with me being subpoenaed and what this really meant. Well, we've had phone sex.

    The last job I applied for was to be a bus driver for the Chicago Transit Authority in 1957.

    My mother was the president of the PTA at every school I attended.

    A lot of companies make diversity a part of the performance goals against which an executive gets paid. Just as you have to make a certain sales number, you have to make a diversity number to get your bonus.

    What I know about this world is that white people will take care of themselves. And what I have learned is that if you are where they are on an equal basis, they cannot take care of themselves without taking care of you.


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