Cesar Chavez Quotes

40+ Cesar Chavez Quotes

Cesar Chavez, in full Cesar Estrada Chavez, born in March 31, 1927, Yuma, Arizona, U.S.—died April 23, 1993, San Luis, Arizona.

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.

Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.

We need to help students and parents cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and strengthens this community — and this nation.

We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community…Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.

From the depth of need an despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength.

Students must have initiative; they should not be mere imitators. They must learn to think and act for themselves – and be free.

The people united will never be defeated.

We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.

We need to help students and parents cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and strengthens this community – and this nation.

We draw our strength from the very despair in which we have been forced to live. We shall endure.

Organizing is an educational process. The best educational process in the union is the picket line and the boycott. You learn about life.

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.

There’s no turning back … we will win. We are winning because ours is a revolution of mind and heart.

You are never strong enough that you don’t need help.

Grant me courage to serve others; For in service there is true life.

Farm workers are society’s canaries. Farm workers- and their children- demonstrate the effects of pesticide poisoning before anyone else.

Being of service is not enough. You must become a servant of the people. When you do, you can demand their commitment in return.

Kindness and compassion towards all living things is a mark of a civilized society. Conversely, cruelty, whether it is directed against human beings or against animals, is not the exclusive province of any one culture or community of people.

History will judge societies and governments – and their institutions – not by how big they are or how well they serve the rich and the powerful, but by how effectively they respond to the needs of the poor and the helpless.

Only when we have become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well with others.

The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people.

Self dedication is a spiritual experience.

The end of all knowledge should be service to others.

Years of misguided teaching have resulted in the destruction of the best in our society, our cultures, and in the environment.

The end of all knowledge must be the building up of character.

In giving of yourself, you will discover a whole new life full of meaning and love.

There is no turning back….we will win. We are winning because ours is a revolution of the mind and heart.

We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community.

Real education should consist of drawing the goodness and the best out of our own students. What better books can there be than the book of humanity?

Together, all things are possible

Being of service is not enough. You must become a servant of the people. When you do, you can demand their commitment in return.

The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people.

If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him…the people who give you their food give you their heart.

There is no such thing as defeat in non violence.

Society is made up of groups, and as long as the smaller groups do not have the same rights and the same protection as others…it is not going to work. Somehow the guys in power have to be reached by counterpower, or through a change in the hearts and minds, or change will not come.

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

preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.

Non-violence means people in action. People have to understand that with non-violence goes a hell of a lot of organization.

A fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It’s about people.

Non-violence is not inaction. It is not discussion. It is not for the timid or weak… Non-violence is hard work.

To be a man is to suffer for others. God help us be men.

I’m 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.

Our language is the reflection of ourselves. A language is an exact reflection of character and growth of its speakers.

What I do shows people what kind of person I am.

Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore.

Students must have initiative; they should not be mere imitators. They must learn to think and act for themselves – and be free.

When poor people get involved in a long conflict such as strike…there is a deep need for spiritual advice. Without it, we see families crumble, leadership weaken, and hard workers grow tired.

The people who give you their food give you their heart.

History will judge societies and governments – and the institutions – not by how big they are or how well they serve the rich and the powerful, but by how effectively they respond to the needs of the poor and the helpless.