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    When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    tags: morality 
     
    As things are now, no one can tell to whom members of Congress are responsible, except that it does not often appear to be to the people. Everyone else is represented in Washington by a rich and powerful lobby, it seems. But there is no lobby for the people.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    I am and always will be a catalyst for change.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    Rhetoric never won a revolution yet.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    tags: revolution 
     
    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.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    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.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    tags: health  right  care  real  american 
     
    The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, 'It's a girl.'
    — Shirley Chisholm
    At present, our country needs women's idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    I have never cared too much what people say. What I am interested in is what they do.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    tags: people 
     
    Tremendous amounts of talent are lost to our society just because that talent wears a skirt.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    tags: society  lost  talent 
     
    Racism is so universal in this country, so widespread and deepseated, that it is invisible because it is so normal.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    tags: racism 
     
    Women must become revolutionary. This cannot be evolution but revolution.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    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.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    tags: heart  human  law  prejudice 
     
    Health is a human right, not a privilege to be purchased.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    tags: health  human  right 
     
    I've always met more discrimination being a woman than being Black...men are men.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    tags: men  women 
     
    The Constitution they wrote was designed to protect the rights of white, male citizens. As there were no black Founding Fathers, there were no founding mothers - a great pity, on both counts. It is not too late to complete the work they left undone. Today, here, we should start to do so.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    tags: work  right  father  mother  black 
     
    In the end anti-black, anti-female, and all forms of discrimination are equivalent to the same thing: anti-humanism.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    I ran for the presidency, despite hopeless odds, to demonstrate the sheer will and refusal to accept the status quo.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    Defeat should not be the source of discouragement, but a stimulus to keep plotting.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    tags: earth  service 
     
    Don't list to those who say YOU CAN'T. Listen to the voice inside yourself that says, I CAN.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    When I die, I want to be remembered as a woman who lived in the twentieth century and who dared to be a catalyst of change. I don't want to be remembered as the first black woman who went to Congress. And I don't even want to be remembered as the first woman who happened to be black to make a bid for the Presidency I want to be remembered as a woman who fought for change in the twentieth century. That's what I want.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    tags: women  die  congress  black 
     
    You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    tags: progress  ideas 
     
    Which is more like genocide, I have asked some of my black brothers - this, the way things are, or the conditions I am fighting for in which the full range of family planning services is available to women of all classes and colors, starting with effective contraception and extending to safe, legal terminations of undesired pregnancies at a price they can afford?
    — Shirley Chisholm
    tags: women  service  fighting  black 
     
    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.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    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.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    Political organizations are formed to keep the powerful in power.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    As there were no black Founding Fathers, there were no founding mothers - a great pity, on both counts.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    tags: father  mother  black 
     
    I don't measure America by its achievement but by its potential.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    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.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    tags: time  right  conflict 
     
    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.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    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.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    tags: work  real  school 
     
    ... all Americans are the prisoners of racial prejudice.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    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.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    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.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    Some members of Congress are among the best actors in the world.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    tags: world  congress 
     
    Be as bold as the first man or [woman] to eat an oyster.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    tags: men 
     
    That's what's wrong with the country. There are too many 'good soldiers' accepting too many bad decisions.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    tags: decision  wrong  bad 
     
    Racism keeps people who are being managed from finding out the truth through contact with each other.
    — Shirley Chisholm
    tags: truth  people  racism 
     
    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.
    — Shirley Chisholm
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    shirley chisholm
    Birth    : November 30, 1924
    Death  : January 1, 2005
    Occupation  : American Politician

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