The Best John Lewis Quotes

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      John Lewis quotes on people


      I wanted young people to know that I was just a typical child. -John Lewis

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      You have to tell the whole truth, the good and the bad, maybe some things that are uncomfortable for some people. -John Lewis

      We must continue to go forward as one people, as brothers and sisters. -John Lewis

      Many young people, many children, are being abused, being put down, being bullied because of their sexual orientation. -John Lewis

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      When you make mistakes, when you’re wrong, you should admit you’re wrong and ask people to forgive you. -John Lewis

      We need some creative tension; people crying out for the things they want. -John Lewis

      President trump’s attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum. -John Lewis

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      The last thing we want is a monolithic viewpoint where six people are standing before a president saying the same thing over and over again. -John Lewis

      We’re one people, and we all live in the same house. Not the American house, but the world house. -John Lewis

      We need someone who is going to stand up, speak up, and speak out for the people who need help, for the people who have been discriminated against. -John Lewis

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      We must teach people in power that we will not be satisfied with the order of things. -John Lewis

      Too many people struggled, suffered, and died to make it possible for every American to exercise their right to vote. -John Lewis

      I believe in forgiveness; I believe in trying to work with people. -John Lewis

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      To make it hard, to make it difficult almost impossible for people to cast a vote is not in keeping with the democratic process. -John Lewis

      It’s a shame and a disgrace that so few people take part in the political process. -John Lewis

      Sensible people have got to work together. -John Lewis

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      Some people know Rosa Parks, they know Daisy Bates in Arkansas, but every… Ruby Doris Smith, Diane Nash, countless individuals. -John Lewis

      Sometimes I hear people saying, ‘Nothing has changed.’ Come and walk in my shoes. -John Lewis

      When people tell me nothing has changed, I say come walk in my shoes and I will show you change. -John Lewis

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      This book [March], in my estimation, is a road map. It is a change agent. It is saying to people, “This is a way”. -John Lewis

      I grew up very poor in rural Alabama. -John Lewis

      You must be bold, brave, and courageous and find a way… to get in the way. -John Lewis

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      I don’t have any extraordinary gifts. I’m just an average Joe who grew up very poor in rural Alabama. -John Lewis

      Many of us in Nashville accepted nonviolence as a way of life, a way of living, not simply as a technique or a tactic. -John Lewis

      He worked a lifetime to help others and make the world a better place in which to live. -John Lewis

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      John Lewis quotes on love


      Races don’t fall in love, genders don’t fall in love: Individuals fall in love. We all should be free to marry the person that we love. -John Lewis

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      John Lewis quotes on trump


      This man [ Donald Trump] won in an electoral landslide. -John Lewis

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      John Lewis stood up and said in an interview that Donald Trump was not a legitimate president. It’s insanity. -John Lewis

      Well, what Cory Booker and John Lewis are right about is to talk about the racist past of Donald Trump. -John Lewis

      It’s going to be very difficult. I don’t see the president-elect [Donald Trump] as a legitimate president. -John Lewis

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      Donald Trump has made it clear that certainly over the last few years that President [Barack] Obama was born in Hawaii. -John Lewis

      I want [Donald] Trump to send out a tweet saying that he’s going to keep his campaign promises. -John Lewis

      Donald Trump] is not going to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. -John Lewis

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      I think right now, the focus has got to be on how we hold [Donald] Trump accountable. -John Lewis

      We may not have chosen the time, but the time has chosen us. -John Lewis

      You have to be optimistic in order to continue to move forward. -John Lewis

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      John Lewis quotes on president


      I think President Barack Obama has been a good president. -John Lewis

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      I think, in fact, I think President [Barack] Obama could step up. -John Lewis

      President-elect [Donald] Trump won 30 of 50 states, more counties since Ronald Reagan. -John Lewis

      I’m gonna say that I have followed every presidential campaign since the campaign of President [John F.] Kennedy in 1960. -John Lewis

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      John Lewis quotes on king


      The assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. made me very, very sad, and I mourned and I cried like many of our citizens did. -John Lewis

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      Listening to Dr. King on the radio inspired me. Coming under the influence of Jim Lawson inspired me to think that I, too, could do something. -John Lewis

      When I was 15 years old in 1955, I heard of Rosa Parks. I heard the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. on our radio. -John Lewis

      I couldn’t say no to A. Philip Randolph and no to Martin Luther King, Jr. These two men, I loved them, I admired them, and they were my heroes. -John Lewis

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      I heard Dr. King speaking on the radio, and it seemed like he was saying, “John Robert Lewis, you too can make a contribution. You can get involved! -John Lewis

      The action of Rosa Parks, the words and leadership of Dr. King inspired me. I was deeply inspired. I wanted to do something. -John Lewis

      I am very, very hopeful about the American South-I believe that we will lead America to what Dr. King called ‘the beloved community.’ -John Lewis

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      Dr. King was one of the most inspiring human beings I ever met. He was such a warm, compassionate, and loving human being. -John Lewis

      Following the teaching of Gandhi and Thoreau, Dr. King, it set me on a path. And I never looked back. -John Lewis

      Early on, I wrote a letter to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. I was 17. I felt called, moved. -John Lewis

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      Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse. -John Lewis

      I think all Americans should be hopeful, and try to be optimistic. -John Lewis

      The vote is precious. It’s almost sacred, so go out and vote like you never voted before. -John Lewis

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      Without the Sisters of St. Joseph, I might not be standing here. -John Lewis

      Selma was the turning point. -John Lewis

      The scars and stains of racism are still deeply embedded in the American society. -John Lewis

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      We will stand up for what is right, for what is fair and what is just. Health care is a right and not a privilege. -John Lewis

      If you ask me whether the election of Barack Obama is the fulfillment of Dr. King’s dream, I say, ‘No, it’s just a down payment.’ -John Lewis

      Sometimes I feel like crying, tears of happiness, tears of joy, to see the distance we’ve come and the progress we’ve made. -John Lewis

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      We must be headlights and not taillights. -John Lewis

      Fury spends itself pretty quickly when there’s no fury facing it. -John Lewis

      We have to do the right thing. we are called to do the right thing, we have been selected, we have been chosen. -John Lewis

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      Nobody thinks that Obamacare is perfect. It has its problems. -John Lewis

      You cannot give up-you have to be persistent and keep pushing, and press on. -John Lewis

      I think the russians participated in helping this man get elected. and they helped destroy the candidacy of hillary clinton. -John Lewis

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      You cannot be afraid to speak up and speak out for what you believe. You have to have courage, raw courage. -John Lewis

      I’m very hopeful. I am very optimistic about the future. -John Lewis

      My mother and father and many of my relatives had been sharecroppers. -John Lewis

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      The vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have. -John Lewis

      We were actually surprised that he actually came into the zoo, we have security that monitors the site at night. -John Lewis

      You can not be at home with something that you feel meet the press is wrong, is not right. -John Lewis

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      The government, both state and federal, has a duty to be reasonable and accommodating. -John Lewis

      There is a need for a movement of non-violent direct action. -John Lewis

      Not one of us can rest, be happy, be at home, be at peace with ourselves, until we end hatred and division. -John Lewis

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      Rosa Parks inspired me to find a way to get in the way, to get in trouble… good trouble, necessary trouble. -John Lewis

      I think that [James] Comey acted in an outrageous way during the [presidential ] campaign [in 2016]. -John Lewis

      If someone had told me in 1963 that one day I would be in Congress, I would have said, ‘You’re crazy. You don’t know what you’re talking about.’ -John Lewis

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      We built a coalition of conscience, and that we can do it again, and we can go forward, and help redeem the soul of America. -John Lewis

      I think my whole life has been one of sort of daring, and sort of sailing against the wind instead of just going with the wind. -John Lewis

      When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something. -John Lewis

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      We will not give up on anyone. -John Lewis

      The speaker wants to know how this all got started. -John Lewis

      The lessons of nonviolence are universal. Not just for America. -John Lewis

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      I’ve said it in the past and I’ll say it again today: the vote is precious; it’s almost sacred. -John Lewis

      I really believe that all of us, as Americans… we all need to be treated like fellow human beings. -John Lewis

      We come to Selma to be renewed. We come to be inspired. We come to be reminded that we must do the work that justice and equality calls us to do. -John Lewis

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      You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong, is not right. -John Lewis

      Too many of us still believe our differences define us. -John Lewis

      The press is supposed to serve as a check on government. -John Lewis

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      Nonviolence is one of those immutable principles that we cannot and must not deviate from. -John Lewis

      What ‘March’ is saying is that it doesn’t matter whether we are black or white, Latino or Asian. It doesn’t matter whether we are straight or gay. -John Lewis

      I am not here to talk about my involvement in the american civil rights movements. -John Lewis

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      Don`t give up! Don`t give in! Keep the faith! And keep your eyes on the prize! -John Lewis

      If you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation to do something about it. -John Lewis

      There’s nothing wrong with a little agitation for what’s right or what’s fair. -John Lewis

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      The vote controls everything that you do. -John Lewis

      I never praised Mr. Snowden or said his actions rise to those of Mohandas Gandhi or other civil rights leaders. -John Lewis

      Without prayer, without faith in the Almighty, the civil rights movement would have been like a bird without wings. -John Lewis

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      The party of Kennedy is also the party of Eastland. The party of Javits is also the party of Goldwater. -John Lewis

      I believe that you see something that you want to get done, you cannot give up, and you cannot give in. -John Lewis

      I cannot in all good conscience be in a room with what he has said about so many americans, i just cannot do it. i wouldn’t be honest with myself. -John Lewis

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      I may miss a few votes during this period, but with god’s grace i will be back on the front lines soon. -John Lewis

      You have to be persistent. -John Lewis

      Never give up. Never give in. Never become hostile… Hate is too big a burden to bear. -John Lewis Be hopeful. Be optimistic. Never lose that sense of hope. -John Lewis

      In spite of all of the things, the issues, that we may be confronting today, I’m very hopeful, very optimistic about the future. -John Lewis

      It’s not just Barack Obama, but I doubt Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton would have made it to the White House without Selma. -John Lewis Many of my republican friends fear where he can take them, they feel that it may mean the destruction of the republican party. -John Lewis

      I think it’s important for us to come together in a reasonable fashion. -John Lewis

      I have never faced a fight quite like the one i have now. -John Lewis

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