Mother Jones Quotes

Mary Harris "Mother" Jones (1837 - 1930)

Mother Jones
Mother Jones. Courtesy Library of Congress

Labor activist Mother Jones was known for her support of strikers and other union organizing efforts, especially mine workers.

Selected Mother Jones Quotations

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

• I live in the United States," said I, "but I do not know exactly where. My address is wherever there is a fight against oppression. Sometimes I am in Washington, then in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Texas, Minnesota, Colorado.

My address is like my shoes: it travels with me.

• How can it change things if I am Irish from Dublin or Irish from Cork, or that I am Irish at all? It is enough that I am of the world. I'm just plain Mary Jones of the U.S.A.

• I belong to a class which has been robbed, exploited, and plundered down through many long centuries. And because I belong to that class, I have an impulse to go and help break the chains.

• I abide where there is a fight against wrong.

• 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 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.

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

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

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

• I met every President of the United States since President Lincoln down. I have had talks with them with regard to conditions in certain places.  [She met with McKinley, Taft, Wilson and Coolidge]

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Quote collection assembled by Jone Johnson Lewis. Each quotation page in this collection and the entire collection © Jone Johnson Lewis. This is an informal collection assembled over many years. I regret that I am not be able to provide the original source if it is not listed with the quote.

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