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A collection of Mary Harris Jones quotes and sayings on children, labour, struggle, women, God, exploitation, work, yourself, struggle, life, government etc.

45 Powerful Quotes By Mary Harris Jones

Quick Facts

Famous As: Labor and Community Organizer

Born On: August 1, 1837

Died On: November 30, 1930

Born In: Cork, County Cork, Ireland

Died At Age: 93

Mary Harris Jones was an Irish-born American school teacher and dressmaker who was also a labor and community organizer. She played an important role in the establishment of Industrial Workers of the World, which was a blend of both socialist and anarchist movement. Jones also founded the Social Democratic Party in the United States. She earned the tag of being “one of the most dangerous women in America” after successfully leading a revolt against the mine owners. Jones was also instrumental in protest against lax enforcement of the child labor laws in the Pennsylvania mines and silk mills. Critically remarked as “the largest selling radical magazine of the decade”, the Mother Jones magazine was aptly named after her to commemorate her contribution in American society. Mary Jones also finds her place in various folklores and hymns namely "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain", "Union Maid" and "The Spirit of Mother Jones". Her thoughts and sayings centered on the issues of equality, individualism, unification, strength, motivation, hope, hard work, positivity and freedom. Read through these uplifting quotes from Mary Harris Jones.

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I'm not a humanitarian, I'm a hell-raiser.

Mary Harris Jones

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

Mary Harris Jones

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?

Mary Harris Jones

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.

Mary Harris Jones

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

Mary Harris Jones

Sit down and read. Educate yourself for the coming conflicts.

Mary Harris Jones

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

Mary Harris Jones

I am not afraid of the pen, or the scaffold, or the sword.

Mary Harris Jones

I will tell the truth wherever I please.

Mary Harris Jones

A lady is the last thing on earth I want to be. Capitalists sidetrack the women into clubs and make ladies of them.

Mary Harris Jones

I hope to live long enough to be the great-grandmother of all agitators.

Mary Harris Jones

No matter what the fight, don't be ladylike!

Mary Harris Jones

Sometimes it seemed to me I could not look at those silent little figures; that I must go north, to the grim coal fields, to the Rocky Mountain camps, where the labor fight is at least fought by grown men.

Mary Harris Jones

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!

Mary Harris Jones

My teachers treated me as a diamond in the rough, someone who needed smoothing.

Mary Harris Jones

My address is like my shoes. It travels with me.

Mary Harris Jones

[Women need to realize that with] what they have in their hands there is no limit to what they could accomplish. The trouble is they let the capitalists make them believe they wouldn't be ladylike.

Mary Harris Jones

Men's hearts are cold. They are indifferent.

Mary Harris Jones

You know I took an oath to tell the truth when I took the witness stand.

Mary Harris Jones

I want to hold a series of meetings all over the country and get the facts before the American people.

Mary Harris Jones

What is a good enough principle for an American citizen ought to be good enough for the working man to follow.

Mary Harris Jones

I am not unaware that leaders betray, and sell out, and play false.

Mary Harris Jones

Today the white child is sold for two dollars a week to the manufacturers.

Mary Harris Jones

I was born in revolution.

Mary Harris Jones

I am not an anti to anything which will bring freedom to my class.

Mary Harris Jones

I believe that movements to suppress wrongs can be carried out under the protection of our flag.

Mary Harris Jones

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.

Mary Harris Jones

I abide where there is a fight against wrong.

Mary Harris Jones

I'm not afraid of the press or the Militia.

Mary Harris Jones

I have always advised men to read.

Mary Harris Jones

I am Mother Jones. The Government can't take my life and you can't take my arm, but you can take my suitcase.

Mary Harris Jones

Not all the coal that is dug warms the world.

Mary Harris Jones

I'm not a humanitarian. I'm a hell-raiser.

Mary Harris Jones

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.

Mary Harris Jones

You must stand for free speech in the streets.

Mary Harris Jones

I am not blind to the shortcomings of our own people.

Mary Harris Jones

I would fight God Almighty Himself if He didn't play square with me.

Mary Harris Jones

God almighty made women and the Rockefeller gang of thieves made the ladies.

Mary Harris Jones

Life comes to the miners out of their deaths, and death out of their lives.

Mary Harris Jones

Reformation, like education, is a journey, not a destination.

Mary Harris Jones

And who is responsible for this appalling child slavery? Everyone.

Mary Harris Jones

What one state could not get alone, what one miner against a powerful corporation could not achieve, can be achieved by the union.

Mary Harris Jones

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.

Mary Harris Jones

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.

Mary Harris Jones

The strike of the miners in Arizona was one of the most remarkable strikes in the history of the American labor movement. Its peaceful character, its successful outcome, were due to that most remarkable character, Governor Hunt.

Mary Harris Jones