Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

César Chávez, fully César Estrada Chávez

Mexican-American Organizer and Leader of U.S. Migrant Farm Workers

"The end of all education should surely be service to others. We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about the progress and prosperity of our community. Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others for their sake and for our own."

"When we are really honest with ourselves we must admit our lives are all that really belong to us. so it is how we use our lives that determines the kind of men we are."

"In some cases non-violence requires more militancy than violence."

"A word as to the education of the heart: We don't believe that this can be imparted through books; it can only be imparted through the loving touch of the teacher."

"I am convinced that the truest act of courage, the strongest act of manliness is to sacrifice ourselves for others in a totally non-violent struggle for justice."