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Bayard Rustin Quotes: "We are all one - and if we don't know it, we will learn it the hard way."

We are all one - and if we don't know it, we will learn it the hard way.




Bayard Rustin Quotes: "We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers."

We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers.




Bayard Rustin Quotes: "When an individual is protesting society's refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him."

When an individual is protesting society's refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him.



Bayard Rustin Quotes: "The real radical is that person who has a vision of equality and is willing to do those things that will bring reality closer to that vision. . ."

The real radical is that person who has a vision of equality and is willing to do those things that will bring reality closer to that vision. . .




Bayard Rustin Quotes: "The only weapon we have is our bodies, and we need to tuck them in places so wheels don't turn"

The only weapon we have is our bodies, and we need to tuck them in places so wheels don't turn



Bayard Rustin Quotes: "To be afraid is to behave as if the truth were not true."

To be afraid is to behave as if the truth were not true.



Bayard Rustin Quotes: "If I do not fight bigotry wherever it is, bigotry is thereby strengthened. And to the degree that it is strengthened, it will, thereby, have the power to turn on me."

If I do not fight bigotry wherever it is, bigotry is thereby strengthened. And to the degree that it is strengthened, it will, thereby, have the power to turn on me.




Bayard Rustin Quotes: "The moral man is he who is opposed to injustice per se, opposed to injustice wherever he finds it; the moral man looks for injustice first of all in himself."

The moral man is he who is opposed to injustice per se, opposed to injustice wherever he finds it; the moral man looks for injustice first of all in himself.



Bayard Rustin Quotes: "Every indifference to prejudice is suicide because, if I don’t fight all bigotry, bigotry itself will be strengthened and, sooner or later, it will return on me."

Every indifference to prejudice is suicide because, if I don’t fight all bigotry, bigotry itself will be strengthened and, sooner or later, it will return on me.



Bayard Rustin Quotes: "God does not require us to achieve any of the good tasks that humanity must pursue. What God requires of us is that we not stop trying."

God does not require us to achieve any of the good tasks that humanity must pursue. What God requires of us is that we not stop trying.



Bayard Rustin Quotes: "Bigotrys birthplace is the sinister back room of the mind where plots and schemes are hatched for the persecution and oppression of other human beings."

Bigotrys birthplace is the sinister back room of the mind where plots and schemes are hatched for the persecution and oppression of other human beings.



Bayard Rustin Quotes: "My activism did not spring from being black...The racial injustice that was present in this country during my youth was a challenge to my belief in the oneness of the human family."

My activism did not spring from being black...The racial injustice that was present in this country during my youth was a challenge to my belief in the oneness of the human family.




Bayard Rustin Quotes: "People will never fight for your freedom if you have not given evidence that you are prepared to fight for it yourself."

People will never fight for your freedom if you have not given evidence that you are prepared to fight for it yourself.



Bayard Rustin Quotes: "The proof that one truly believes is in action."

The proof that one truly believes is in action.



Bayard Rustin Quotes: "I believe in social dislocation and creative trouble."

I believe in social dislocation and creative trouble.



Bayard Rustin Quotes: "There is a strong moralistic strain in the civil rights movement that would remind us that power corrupts, forgetting that the absence of power also corrupts."

There is a strong moralistic strain in the civil rights movement that would remind us that power corrupts, forgetting that the absence of power also corrupts.



Bayard Rustin Quotes: "Since Israel is a democratic state surrounded by essentially undemocratic states which have sworn her destruction, those interested in democracy everywhere must support Israel's existence."

Since Israel is a democratic state surrounded by essentially undemocratic states which have sworn her destruction, those interested in democracy everywhere must support Israel's existence.



Bayard Rustin Quotes: "The organizers and perpetuators of segregation are as much the enemy of America as any foreign invader."

The organizers and perpetuators of segregation are as much the enemy of America as any foreign invader.



Bayard Rustin Quotes: "When you're wrong, you're wrong. But when you're right, you're wrong anyhow."

When you're wrong, you're wrong. But when you're right, you're wrong anyhow.



Bayard Rustin Quotes: "Surely, I must at all times attempt to obey the law of the state. But when the will of God and the will of the state conflict, I am compelled to follow the will of God."

Surely, I must at all times attempt to obey the law of the state. But when the will of God and the will of the state conflict, I am compelled to follow the will of God.



Bayard Rustin Quotes: "You have to join every other movement for the freedom of people."

You have to join every other movement for the freedom of people.



Bayard Rustin Quotes: "Martin Luther King, with whom I worked very closely, became very distressed when a number of the ministers working for him wanted him to dismiss me from his staff because of my homosexuality."

Martin Luther King, with whom I worked very closely, became very distressed when a number of the ministers working for him wanted him to dismiss me from his staff because of my homosexuality.



Bayard Rustin Quotes: "I believe there are certain types of movements which cannot be married."

I believe there are certain types of movements which cannot be married.



Bayard Rustin Quotes: "The principal factors which influenced my life are 1) nonviolent tactics 2) constitutional means 3) democratic procedures 4) respect for human personality 5) a belief that all people are one."

The principal factors which influenced my life are 1) nonviolent tactics 2) constitutional means 3) democratic procedures 4) respect for human personality 5) a belief that all people are one.



Bayard Rustin Quotes: "The only way to reduce ugliness in the world is to reduce it in yourself, "

The only way to reduce ugliness in the world is to reduce it in yourself,