Quotations by Cesar Chavez





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“We draw our strength from the vary despair in which we find we have been forced to live. We shall endure.”   

“There is so much human potential wasted by poverty, so many children are forced to quit school and go to work.”    

“My motivation to change these injustices came from my personal life … from watching what my mother and father went through when I was growing up; from what we experienced as migrant farm workers in California .”   

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

“When you have people together that believe in something very strongly, whether it be politics, unions or religion — things happen.”    

“There is no turning back. We are winning because ours is a revolution of the mind and the heart.”    

“There is enough love and good will in our movement to give energy to our struggle and still have plenty left over to break down and change the climate of hate and fear around us.”   

“The fast is a very personal and spiritual thing, and it is not done out of recklessness. It's not done out of a desire to destroy yourself, but it is done out of a deep conviction that we can communicate with people, either those that are for us or against us, faster and more effectively spiritually than any other way.”    

“Our struggle is not easy. Those that oppose our cause are rich and powerful, and they have many allies in high places. We are poor. Our allies are few. But we have something the rich do not own. We have our own bodies and spirits and the justice of our cause as our weapons.”     

“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducated the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the person who is not afraid anymore. We have looked into the future and the future is ours.”    

"The end of all education should surely be service to others." 

"Non-violence is not inaction. It is not discussion. It is not for the timid or weak... Non-violence is hard work. It is the willingness to sacrifice. It is the patience to win."

"You are never strong enough that you don't need help. "

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