Inspirational Quotes by Jesse Jackson

By | April 30, 2017

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

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

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

Jesse Jackson

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

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

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

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

Jesse Jackson

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

Jesse Jackson

Life has its dimensions in the mysterious.

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

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

Jesse Jackson

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

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

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

Keep hope alive!

Jesse Jackson

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

Jesse Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jesse Jackson

Your children need your presence more than your presents.

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

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

Jesse Jackson

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

Jesse Jackson

I’m too mature to be angry.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our dreams must be stronger than our memories. We must be pulled by our dreams, rater than pushed by our memories.

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

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

Jesse Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

Jesse Jackson

We must not measure greatness from the mansion down, but from the manger up.

Jesse Jackson

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

Jesse Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

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