100+ Cesar Chavez Quotes - American Labor Leader & Activist

Cesar Chavez Quotes

We can choose to use our lives for others to bring about a better and more just world for our children. People who make that choice will know hardship and sacrifice. But if you give yourself totally to the non-violence struggle for peace and justice you also find that people give you their hearts and you will never go hungry and never be alone. And in giving of yourself you will discover a whole new life full of meaning and love.


The love for justice that is in us is not only the best part of our being but it is also the most true to our nature


If you are interested in preventing animal suffering, the first thing you should give up is eggs and milk because the animals who produce those foods lead the unhappiest lives. You would do better to eat meat and stop eating eggs and dairy products.


The name of the game is to talk to people. If you don’t talk to people, you can’t get started…You knock on twenty doors or so, and twenty guys tell you to go to hell, or that they haven’t got time. But maybe at the fortieth or sixtieth house you find the one guy who is all you need. You’re not going to organize everything; you’re just going to get it started.


True wealth is not measured in money or status or power. It is measured in the legacy we leave behind for those we love and those we inspire.


Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. Cesar Chavez Address to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Nov. 9, 1984


Together, all things are possible.


When the man who feeds the world by toiling in the fields is himself deprived of the basic rights of feeding, sheltering, and caring for his own family, the whole community of man is sick.


[We believe that unions have always been about much more than the industries in which they operate. The fight is never about grapes or lettuce, … It is always about people.


A movement with some lasting organization is a lot less dramatic than a movement with a lot of demonstrations and a lot of marching and so forth. The more dramatic organization does catch attention quicker. Over the long haul, however, it’s a lot more difficult to keep together because you’re not building solid…A lasting organization is one in which people will continue to build, develop and move when you are not there.


The people united will never be defeated.


There is no substitute for hard work, 23 or 24 hours a day. And there is no substitute for patience and acceptance.


Our language is the reflection of ourselves. A language is an exact reflection of the character and growth of its speakers.


It’s ironic that those who till the soil, cultivate and harvest the fruits, vegetables, and other foods that fill your tables with abundance have nothing left for themselves.


“The life of the union depends upon more people getting to share the limelight, because with the limelight also comes responsibility and with the responsibility comes a little sharing of the load.” “There isn’t enough money to organize poor people. There never is enough money to organize anyone. If you put it on the basis of money, you’re not going to succeed.”

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