Cesar Chavez quotes speak a lot about the picket line and non violence. He clearly believed that much can be accomplished with peaceful resolutions. His quotes deal in great detail with the many struggles he and those who he represented faced. Another person known for choosing to protest peacefully was Martin Luther King Jr. The majority of his quotes deal with finding a better life for all through peaceful protests.
Cesar Chavez is a Latino American civil rights activist and co- founder of United Farm Workers union previously named National Farm Workers Association. He is an American labor leader and community organizer who was diligent in his efforts to help those who fortune didn’t favor. Barack Obama celebrated Cesar Chavez while he was in office in 2012. Below are a number of quotes from this activist.
“We do not need to kill or destroy to win. We are a movement that builds and not destroys.”
“However important the struggle is and however much misery and poverty and degradation exist, we know that it cannot be more important than one human life."
“Our union represents a breaking away...represents sharing a power, represent questioning, represents a new force...however long it takes, we are geared for a struggle."
“I think one of the great, great problems...is confusing people to the point where they become immobile. In fact, the more things people can find out for themselves, the more vigor the organization is going to have."
“If you give yourself totally to the nonviolence struggle for peace and justice you also find that people give you their hearts and you will never go hungry and never be alone.”
"If you win non-violently, then you have a double victory, you have not only won your fight, but you remain free."
“We're going to pray a lot and picket a lot."
“The strike and the boycott, they have cost us much. What they have not paid us in wages, better working conditions, and new contracts, they have paid us in self-respect and human dignity."
“Non-violence has suffered its biggest defeat in the hands of people who most want to talk about it."
“We are organizers at heart. Most of us in the movement take great pride in being able to put things together."
“In non-violence the cause has to be just and clear as well as the means."
“Organizing is an educational process. The best educational process in the union is the picket line and the boycott. You learn about life.”
“Violence just hurts those who are already hurt...Instead of exposing the brutality of the oppressor, it justifies it."
“Look at the John Birch Society. Look at Hitler. The reactionaries are always better organizers."
“You know, if people are not pacifists, it's not their fault. It's because society puts them in that spot. You've got to change it. You don't just change a man - you've got to change his environment as you do it."
“We are certain God's will is that all men share in the good things this earth produces."
“The only ones who make things change are fanatics. If you're not a fanatic around here, you can't cut it."
“If we are full of hatred, we can't really do our work. Hatred saps all that strength and energy we need to plan."
“Non-violence exacts a very high price from one who practices it. But once you are able to meet that demand then you can do most things."
"We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves."
“Non violence means people in action. People have to understand that with non-violence goes a hell of a lot of organization."
"The basis for peace is respecting all creatures."
“If you're not frightened that you might fail, you'll never do the job. If you're frightened, you'll work like crazy."
"When a man or woman, young, or old, takes a place on the picket line for even a day or two, he will never be the same again."
“Years of misguided teaching have resulted in the destruction of the best in our society, in our cultures and in the environment."
“The non-violent technique does not depend for its success on the goodwill of the oppressor, but rather on the unfailing assistance of God."
“What is at stake is human dignity. If a man is not accorded respect he cannot respect himself and if he does not respect himself, he cannot demand it."
“The first principle of non-violent action is that of non-cooperation with everything humiliating."
"A symbol is an important thing. That is why we chose an Aztec eagle. It gives pride...When people see it they know it means dignity."
“Do not romanticize the poor...We are all people, human beings subject to the same temptations and faults as all others. Our poverty damages our dignity."
“Nonviolence is really tough. You don't practice nonviolence at conferences; you practice it on picket-lines."
“Self dedication is a spiritual experience."
“We are suffering. We have suffered. And we are not afraid to suffer in order to win our cause."
“It takes a lot of punishment to be able to do anything to change the social order."
“When any person suffers for someone in greater need, that person is a human."
“When you sacrifice, you force others to sacrifice. It's an extremely powerful weapon."
“Our very lives are dependent, for sustenance, on the sweat and sacrifice of the campesinos. Children of farm workers should be as proud of their parents' professions as other children are of theirs."
“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."
“Because we have suffered, and we are not afraid to suffer in order to survive, we are ready to give up everything - even our lives - in our struggle for justice."
“What I do shows people what kind of person I am."
“Together, all things are possible."
“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."
“[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."
Cesar Chavez quotes speak about a man who has dedicated his life to helping others. He was remembered by the Ella Baker Center for human rights.The rights of others are often trampled and I hope these remarks inspire us all to handle every situation the right way.