Mother Jones, referring to Mary Harris Jones

Jones, referring to Mary Harris Jones

American Labor Activist and Community Organizer

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You must stand for free speech in the streets.

Your organization is not a praying institution. It's a fighting institution. It's an educational institution along industrial lines. Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living!

What one state could not get alone, what one miner against a powerful corporation could not achieve, can be achieved by the union.

Whatever your fight, don't be ladylike.

Women need to realize that with what they have in their hands there is no limit to what they could accomplish. The trouble is they let the capitalists make them believe they wouldn't be ladylike.

You know I took an oath to tell the truth when I took the witness stand.

I abide where there is a fight against wrong.

I will tell the truth wherever I please.

Sometimes it seemed to me I could not look at those silent little figures; that I must go north, to the grim coal fields, to the Rocky Mountain camps, where the labor fight is at least fought by grown men.

I am Mother Jones. The Government can't take my life and you can't take my arm, but you can take my suitcase.

I would fight God Almighty Himself if He didn't play square with me.

Taking men into the union is just the kindergarten of their education and every force is against their further education. Men who live up those lonely creeks have only the mine owners' Y.M.C.As, the mine owners' preachers and teachers, the mine owners' doctors and newspapers to look to for their ideas. So they don't get many.

I am not a suffragist, nor do I believe in "careers" for women, especially a "career" in factory and mill where most working women have their "careers." A great responsibility rests upon woman?the training of children. This is her most beautiful task.

If they want to hang me, let them. And on the scaffold I will shout Freedom for the working class!

That is, the wife must care for what the husband cares for if he is to remain resolute.

I am not an anti to anything which will bring freedom to my class.

I'm not a humanitarian, I'm a hell-raiser.

The employment of children is doing more to fill prisons, insane asylums, almshouses, reformatories, slums, and gin shops than all the efforts of reformers are doing to improve society.

I am not unaware that leaders betray, and sell out, and play false.

I'm not afraid of the press or the Militia.

The first thing is to raise hell, says I. That?s always the first thing to do when you?re faced with an injustice and you feel power. That?s what I do in my fight for the working class.

I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I said if he had stolen a railroad, he would be a United States Senator.

In Georgia where children work day and night in the cotton mills they have just passed a bill to protect song birds. What about the little children from whom all song is gone?

The rank and file have let their servants become their masters and dictators... Provision should be made in all union constitution.

I believe that movements to suppress wrongs can be carried out under the protection of our flag.

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American Labor Activist and Community Organizer