You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.— Shirley Chisholm
The most joyful Shirley Chisholm quotes that are guaranted to improve your brain
In the end anti-black, anti-female, and all forms of discrimination are equivalent to the same thing: anti-humanism.
I ran for the presidency, despite hopeless odds, to demonstrate the sheer will and refusal to accept the status quo.
Laws will not eliminate prejudice from the hearts of human beings.
But that is no reason to allow prejudice to continue to be enshrined in our laws - to perpetuate injustice through inaction.
Health is a human right, not a privilege to be purchased.
I am and always will be a catalyst for change.
We have never seen health as a right.
It has been conceived as a privilege, available only to those who can afford it. This is the real reason the American health care system is in such a scandalous state.
It is not heroin or cocaine that makes one an addict, it is the need to escape from a harsh reality. There are more television addicts, more baseball and football addicts, more movie addicts, and certainly more alcohol addicts in this country than there are narcotics addicts.
America has the laws and the material resources it takes to insure justice for all its people. What it lacks is the heart, the humanity.
Racism is so universal in this country, so widespread and deepseated, that it is invisible because it is so normal.
There is a good deal of evidence that the United States is moving to the right, and that the main force behind the movement is a resurgence, in a new form, of racial prejudice.
My greatest political asset, which professional politicians fear, is my mouth, out of which come all kinds of things one shouldn't always discuss for reasons of political expediency.
Racism keeps people who are being managed from finding out the truth through contact with each other.
Congress seems drugged and inert most of the time.
.. its idea of meeting a problem is to hold hearings or, in extreme cases, to appoint a commission.
It is not heroin or cocaine that makes one an addict, it is the need to escape from a harsh reality.
Most Americans have never seen the ignorance, degradation, hunger, sickness, and futility in which many other Americans live...They won't become involved in economic or political change until something brings the seriousness of the situation home to them.
That I am a national figure because I was the first person in 192 years to be at once a congressman, black, and a woman proves, I would think, that our society is not yet either just or free.
Rhetoric never won a revolution yet.
... all Americans are the prisoners of racial prejudice.
That's what's wrong with the country.
There are too many 'good soldiers' accepting too many bad decisions.
Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.
My God, what do we want? What does any human being want? Take away an accident of pigmentation of a thin layer of our outer skin and there is no difference between me and anyone else. All we want is for that trivial difference to make no difference.
There is little place in the political scheme of things for an independent, creative personality, for a fighter. Anyone who takes that role must pay a price.
The difference between de jure and de facto segregation is the difference between open, forthright bigotry and the shamefaced kind that works through unwritten agreements between real estate dealers, school officials, and local politicians.
As a black person I am no stranger to prejudice.
But the truth is that in the political world I have been far more often discriminated against because I am a woman than because I am black.
Our representative democracy is not working because the Congress that is supposed to represent the voters does not respond to their needs. I believe the chief reason for this is that it is ruled by a small group of old men.
I was well on the way to forming my present attitude toward politics as it is practiced in the United States; it is a beautiful fraud that has been imposed on the people for years, whose practitioners exchange gelded promises for the most valuable thing their victims own: their votes. And who benefits the most? The lawyers.
We Americans have a chance to become someday a nation in which all racial stocks and classes can exist in their own selfhoods, but meet on a basis of respect and equality and live together, socially, economically, and politically.
We have been so patient and loyal ... and what has it gotten us? We want our full share now.
I am not antiwhite, because I understand that white people, like black ones, are victims of a racist society. They are products of their time and place.
Of my two handicaps, being female put many more obstacles in my path than being black.
To label family planning and legal abortion programs "genocide" is male rhetoric, for male ears.
The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says: It's a girl.
The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says: 'It's a girl.'
Some members of Congress are among the best actors in the world.
As there were no black Founding Fathers, there were no founding mothers - a great pity, on both counts.
Don't list to those who say YOU CAN'T. Listen to the voice inside yourself that says, I CAN.
I've always met more discrimination being a woman than being Black...men are men.
I had met far more discrimination because I am a woman than because I am black.
Any time things appear to be going better, you have overlooked something.
The minorities have been confined to the city by a moat of bigotry.
The liberals in the House strongly resemble liberals I have known through the last two decades in the civil rights conflict. When it comes time to show on which side they will be counted, they excuse themselves.
Women know, and so do many men, that two or three children who are wanted, prepared for, reared amid love and stability, and educated to the limit of their ability will mean more for the future of the black and brown races from which they come than any number of neglected, hungry, ill-housed and ill-clothed youngsters. Pride in one's race, as will simple humanity, supports this view.
My God, what do we want? What does any human being want?
I was the first American citizen to be elected to Congress in spite of the double drawbacks of being female and having skin darkened by melanin. When you put it that way, it sounds like a foolish reason for fame. In a just and free society it would be foolish. That I am a national figure because I was the first person in 192 years to be at once a congressman, black and a woman proves, I think, that our society is not yet either just or free.
I don’t measure America by its achievement but by its potential.
I’d like them to say that Shirley Chisholm had guts. That’s how I’d like to be remembered.
Defeat should not be the source of discouragement, but a stimulus to keep plotting.
Political organizations are formed to keep the powerful in power.