Mother Jones, referring to Mary Harris Jones

Mother
Jones, referring to Mary Harris Jones
1837
1930

American Labor Activist and Community Organizer

Author Quotes

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 am not blind to the shortcomings of our own people. I am not unaware that leaders betray, and sell out, and play false. But this knowledge does not outweigh the fact that my class, the working class, is exploited, driven, fought back with the weapon of starvation, with guns and with venal courts whenever they strike for conditions more human, more civilized for their children, and for their children's children.

In spite of oppressors, in spite of false leaders, in spite of labor's own lack of understanding of its needs, the cause of the worker continues onward. Slowly his hours are shortened, giving him leisure to read and to think. Slowly his standard of living rises to include some of the good and beautiful things of the world. Slowly the cause of his children becomes the cause of all. His boy is taken from the breaker, his girl from the mill. Slowly those who create the wealth of the world are permitted to share it. The future is in labor's strong, rough hands.

No matter what the fight, don't be ladylike! God almighty made women and the Rockefeller gang of thieves made the ladies.

My address is like my shoes. It travels with me. I abide where there is a fight against wrong.

The miners lost because they had only the constitution. The other side had bayonets. In the end, bayonets always win.

Some day the workers will take possession of your city hall, and when we do, no child will be sacrificed on the altar of profit!

Injustice boils in men's hearts as does steel in its cauldron, ready to pour forth, white hot, in the fullness of time.

I learned in the early part of my career that labor must bear the cross for others' sins, must be the vicarious sufferer for the wrongs that others do.

I have never had a vote, and I have raised hell all over this country. You don't need a vote to raise hell! You need convictions and a voice!

I believe that no man who holds a leader's position should ever accept favors from either side. He is then committed to show favors. A leader must stand alone.

I am not afraid of the pen, or the scaffold, or the sword. I will tell the truth wherever I please.

Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.

Author Picture
First Name
Mother
Last Name
Jones, referring to Mary Harris Jones
Birth Date
1837
Death Date
1930
Bio

American Labor Activist and Community Organizer