We have collected memorable Cesar Chavez quotes that you can use for inspiration and motivation.

Chavez was born on March 31, 1927. He was a Latino American civil rights activist and labor leader. Chavez co-founded the National Farm Workers Association in 1962 for the rights of labors. He was a strong proponent of American labor movement. He is remembered as a historical icon and folk saint for the Latino community. His famous slogan ” Yes, it can be done ” was adopted by Barack Obama for his 2008 election campaign. His birthday has became a state holiday in California, Colorado, and Texas. It is known as “Cesar Chavez day”.


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.
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To make a great dream come true, the first requirement is a great capacity to dream; the second is persistence.
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True wealth is not measured in money or status or power. It is measured in the legacy we leave behind for those we love and those we inspire.
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Organizing is an educational process. The best educational process in the union is the picket line and the boycott. You learn about life.
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We are organizers at heart. Most of us in the movement take great pride in being able to put things together.
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If you give yourself totally to the nonviolence struggle for peace and justice you also find that people give you their hearts and you will never go hungry and never be alone.
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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.
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Students must have initiative; they should not be mere imitators. They must learn to think and act for themselves – and be free.
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The people united will never be defeated.
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Non violence means people in action. People have to understand that with non-violence goes a hell of a lot of organization.
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We know we cannot be kind to animals until we stop exploiting them — exploiting animals in the name of science, exploiting animals in the name of sport, exploiting animals in the name of fashion, and yes, exploiting animals in the name of food.
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We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.
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We are confident. We have ourselves. We know how to sacrifice. We know how to work. We know how to combat the forces that oppose us. But even more than that, we are true believers in the whole idea of justice. Justice is so much on our side, that that is going to see us through.
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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.
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Kindness and compassion toward all living things is the mark of a civilized society.
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There is no such thing as defeat in non-violence.
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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.
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The basis for peace is respecting all creatures.
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Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.
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Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed.
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Non-violence is not inaction. It is not discussion. It is not for the timid or weak… Non-violence is hard work.
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The non-violent technique does not depend for its success on the goodwill of the oppressor, but rather on the unfailing assistance of God.
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The end of all knowledge must be the building up of character.
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If you’re not frightened that you might fail, you’ll never do the job. If you’re frightened, you’ll work like crazy.
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We’ll organize workers in this movement as long as we’re willing to sacrifice. The moment we stop sacrificing, we stop organizing.
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Our union represents a breaking away…represents sharing a power, represent questioning, represents a new force…however long it takes, we are geared for a struggle.
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We’re going to pray a lot and picket a lot.
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Grant me courage to serve others;
For in service there is true life.
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Our struggle is not easy. Those who oppose our cause are rich and powerful and they have many allies in high places. We are poor. Our allies are few. But we have something the rich do not own. We have our bodies and spirits and the justice of our cause as our weapons.
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I am convinced that the truest act of courage, the strongest act of manliness, is to sacrifice ourselves for others in a totally nonviolent struggle for justice. To be a man is to suffer for others. God help us to be men!
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When a man or woman, young, or old, takes a place on the picket line for even a day or two, he will never be the same again.
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What is at stake is human dignity. If a man is not accorded respect he cannot respect himself and if he does not respect himself, he cannot demand it.
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Years of misguided teaching have resulted in the destruction of the best in our society, in our cultures and in the environment.
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Being of service is not enough. You must become a servant of the people. When you do, you can demand their commitment in return.
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The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people.
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It’s ironic that those who till the soil, cultivate and harvest the fruits, vegetables, and other foods that fill your tables with abundance have nothing left for themselves.
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In the no-nonsense school of adversity, which we did not choose for ourselves, we are learning how to operate a labor union.
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Do not romanticize the poor…We are all people, human beings subject to the same temptations and faults as all others. Our poverty damages our dignity.
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The first principle of non-violent action is that of non-cooperation with everything humiliating.
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We don’t know how God chooses martyrs. We do know that they give us the most precious gift they possess – their very lives.
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We must understand that the highest form of freedom carries with it the greatest measure of discipline.
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“The life of the union depends upon more people getting to share the limelight, because with the limelight also comes responsibility and with the responsibility comes a little sharing of the load.” “There isn’t enough money to organize poor people. There never is enough money to organize anyone. If you put it on the basis of money, you’re not going to succeed.”
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In giving of yourself, you will discover a whole new life full of meaning and love.
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Imagine the National Guard being called against a group of peaceful people. How far can we get; how disgraceful can it become? It’s the most disgraceful, the most wicked thing I’ve seen in all my years of organizing farm labor.
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Nonviolence is really tough. You don’t practice nonviolence at conferences; you practice it on picket-lines.
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A symbol is an important thing. That is why we chose an Aztec eagle. It gives pride…When people see it they know it means dignity.
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From the depth of need and despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength.
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It is my deepest belief that only by giving our lives do we find life.
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There is no substitute for hard work, 23 or 24 hours a day. And there is no substitute for patience and acceptance.
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Self dedication is a spiritual experience.
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Talk is cheap. It is the way we organize and use our lives everyday that tells what we believe in.
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When any person suffers for someone in greater need, that person is a human.
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I became a vegetarian after realizing that animals feel afraid, cold, hungry and unhappy like we do. I feel very deeply about vegetarianism and the animal kingdom. It was my dog Boycott who led me to question the right of humans to eat other sentient beings.
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I am an organizer, not a union leader. A good organizer has to work hard and long. There are no shortcuts. You just keep talking to people, working with them, sharing, exchanging and they come along.
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When the man who feeds the world by toiling in the fields is himself deprived of the basic rights of feeding, sheltering, and caring for his own family, the whole community of man is sick.
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It takes a lot of punishment to be able to do anything to change the social order.
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Our language is the reflection of ourselves.
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In some cases non-violence requires more militancy than violence.
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Concentration is inspiration. You must be completely overtaken by your work and your subject. Only then do all your influences and experience come up to the surface.
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I’ve always maintained that it isn’t the form that’s going to make the difference. It isn’t the rule or the procedure or the ideology, but it’s human beings that will make it.
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Only when we have become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well with others.
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We are suffering. We have suffered. And we are not afraid to suffer in order to win our cause.
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Money is not going to organize the disadvantaged, the powerless, or the poor. We need other weapons. That’s why the War on Poverty is such a miserable failure. You put out a big pot of money and all you do is fight over it. Then you run out of money and you run out of troops.
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When workers fall back on violence, they are lost. Oh, they might win some of their demands and might end a strike a little earlier, but they give up their imagination, their creativity, their will to work hard and to suffer for what they believe is right.
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Never, never is it possible to reach someone if you become angry or bitter only love and gentleness can do it. Maybe not this time but maybe the next or the hundredth time.
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You are never strong enough that you don’t need help.
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There’s no reason to be non-violent. There’s no challenge unless you are living for people.
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Our very lives are dependent, for sustenance, on the sweat and sacrifice of the campesinos. Children of farm workers should be as proud of their parents’ professions as other children are of theirs.
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In 1968, I became a vegetarian after realizing that animals feel afraid, cold, hungry, and unhappy like we do.
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When you sacrifice, you force others to sacrifice. It’s an extremely powerful weapon.
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Our language is the reflection of ourselves. A language is an exact reflection of the character and growth of its speakers.
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When you have people together who believe in something very strongly – whether it’s religion or politics or unions – things happen.
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It’s amazing how people can get so excited about a rocket to the moon and not give a damn about smog, oil leaks, the devastation of the environment with pesticides, hunger, disease. When the poor share some of the power that the affluent now monopolize, we will give a damn.
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There are many reasons for why a man does what he does. To be himself he must be able to give it all. If a leader cannot give it all he cannot expect his people to give anything.
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The people who give you their food give you their heart.
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We draw our strength from the very despair in which we have been forced to live. We shall endure.
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Those who are willing to sacrifice and be of service have very little difficulty with people. They know what they are all about. People can’t help but want to be near them. They help them; they work with them. That’s what love is all about. It starts with your heart and radiates out.
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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.
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Today, the growers are like a punch-drunk old boxer who doesn’t know he’s past his prime. The times are changing. The political and social environment has changed. The chickens are coming home to roost – and the time to account for past sins is approaching.
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Just as Dr. King was a disciple of Gandhi and Christ, we must now be Dr. King’s disciples.
Dr. King challenged us to work for a greater humanity. I only hope that we are worthy of his challenge.
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The love for justice that is in us is not only the best part of our being but it is also the most true to our nature.
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What I do shows people what kind of person I am.
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You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore.
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Because we have suffered, and we are not afraid to suffer in order to survive, we are ready to give up everything – even our lives – in our struggle for justice.
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A movement with some lasting organization is a lot less dramatic than a movement with a lot of demonstrations and a lot of marching and so forth. The more dramatic organization does catch attention quicker. Over the long haul, however, it’s a lot more difficult to keep together because you’re not building solid…A lasting organization is one in which people will continue to build, develop and move when you are not there.
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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?
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I’m not going to ask for anything unless the workers want it. If they want it, they’ll ask for it.
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Together, all things are possible.
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In the final analysis it doesn’t really matter what the political system is…We don’t need perfect political systems; we need perfect participation.
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There is enough love and good will in our movement to give energy to our struggle and still have plenty left over to break down and change the climate of hate and fear around us.
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We need to help students and parents cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and strengthens this community – and this nation.
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You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read.
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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.
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We have seen the future, and the future is ours.
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