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I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I told him if he had stolen a railroad he would be a United States Senator.
You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
I know that there are no limits to which the powers of privilege will not go to keep the workers in slavery
Injustice boils in men's hearts as does steel in its cauldron, ready to pour forth, white hot, in the fullness of time.
Mourn the dead, fight like hell for the living
Sit down and read. Educate yourself for the coming conflicts.
If they want to hang me, let them. And on the scaffold I will shout Freedom for the working class!
The employment of children is doing more to fill prisons, insane asylums, almshouses, reformatories, slums, and gin shops than all the efforts of reformers are doing to improve society.
I'm not a lady, I'm a hellraiser
God almighty made women and the Rockefeller gang of thieves made the ladies.
Little girls and boys, barefooted, walked up and down between the endless rows of spindles, reaching thin little hands into the machinery to repair snapped threads
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 live in the United States, but I do not know exactly where. My address is wherever there is a fight against oppression.
Reformation, like education, is a journey, not a destination
No matter what the fight, don't be ladylike!
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!
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!
The militant not the meek shall inherit the earth!
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'm not a humanitarian, I'ma hell-raiser.
I would fight God Almighty Himself if He didn't play square with me
You must stand for free speech in the streets.
In Georgia where children work day and night in the cotton mills they have just passed a bill to protect song birds. What about the little children from whom all song is gone?
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
Slowly those who create the wealth of the world are permitted to share it. The future is in labor's strong, rough hands.
I hope to live long enough to be the great-grandmother of all agitators.
What one state could not get alone, what one miner against a powerful corporation could not achieve, can be achieved by the union.
Life comes to the miners out of their deaths, and death out of their lives
I am not unaware that leaders betray, and sell out, and play false.
My teachers treated me as a diamond in the rough, someone who needed smoothing.
My address is like my shoes. It travels with me. I abide where there is a fight against wrong.
But in Shimabukuro's hands, as he breaks out experimental jazz, lays down a steady blues train, or shreds on rock anthems, this little jumping flea becomes a melodic monster.
I'm not afraid of the press or the Militia.
And who is responsible for this appalling child slavery? Everyone.
What is a good enough principle for an American citizen ought to be good enough for the working man to follow.
Today the white child is sold for two dollars a week to the manufacturers.
I have always advised men to read
I am not blind to the shortcomings of our own people.
I am Mother Jones. The Government can't take my life and you can't take my arm, but you can take my suitcase.
Men's hearts are cold. They are indifferent.
I nursed men back to sanity who were driven to despair. I solicited clothes for the ragged children, for the desperate mothers. I laid out the dead, the martyrs of the strike.
I want to hold a series of meetings all over the country and get the facts before the American people
I believe that movements to suppress wrongs can be carried out under the protection of our flag.
You know I took an oath to tell the truth when I took the witness stand
Not all the coal that is dug warms the world.
Freedom for the working class!
I am not afraid of the pen, or the scaffold, or the sword. I will tell the truth wherever I please.
That is, the wife must care for what the husband cares for if he is to remain resolute.
I was born in revolution.
...Poetic injustice...having made over Japan in our own image. The Japanese, ...are now, next to us, the greatest consumers of meat in the world.