Mother Jones, referring to Mary Harris Jones

Mother
Jones, referring to Mary Harris Jones
1837
1930

American Labor Activist and Community Organizer

Author Quotes

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.

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!

A lady is the last thing on earth I want to be. Capitalists sidetrack the women into clubs and make ladies of them.

I preferred sewing to bossing little children.

Often while sewing for the lords and barons who lived in magnificent houses on the Lake Shore Drive, I would look out of the plate glass windows and see the poor, shivering wretches, jobless and hungry, walking alongside the frozen lake front. The contrast of their condition with that of the tropical comfort of the people for whom I sewed was painful to me.

All the average human being asks is something he can call a home; a family that is fed and warm; and now and then a little happiness; once in a long while an extravagance.

I want to hold a series of meetings all over the country and get the facts before the American people.

Out of labor's struggle in Arizona came better conditions for the workers, who must everywhere, at all times, under advantage and disadvantage work out their own salvation.

God almighty made women and the Rockefeller gang of thieves made the ladies.

I was born in revolution.

Reformation, like education, is a journey, not a destination.

Goodbye, boys; I'm under arrest. I may have to go to jail. I may not see you for a long time. Keep up the fight! Don't surrender! Pay no attention to the injunction machine at Parkersburg. The Federal judge is a scab anyhow. While you starve he plays golf. While you serve humanity, he serves injunctions for the money powers.

I went West and took part in the strike of the machinists - the Southern Pacific Railroad, the corporation that swung California by its golden tail, that controlled its legislature, its farmers, its preachers, its workers.

Sit down and read. Educate yourself for the coming conflicts.

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.

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First Name
Mother
Last Name
Jones, referring to Mary Harris Jones
Birth Date
1837
Death Date
1930
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American Labor Activist and Community Organizer