Top 10 Cesar Chavez Quotes

Cesar Chavez(March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993) was a Latino American labor leader and civil rights activist. He was best known for his efforts in helping improve wages and working conditions for farm workers.

Here are the Cesar Chavez’s top ten most inspirational quotes:


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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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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Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.

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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 end of all knowledge should be service to others.

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You are never strong enough that you don’t need help.

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Together, all things are possible.

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The basis for peace is respecting all creatures.

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We do not need to kill or destroy to win. We are a movement that builds and not destroys.

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True wealth is not measured by 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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Thank you Cesar Chavez!

Interesting Facts:

  • He was a vegetarian.
  • He founded the National Farm Workers Association.
  • He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1993.
  • He fasted for 36 days to protest.
  • More than 50,000 people attended his funeral.

What are some of your favorite quotes?

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