When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses.
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.
I am and always will be a catalyst for change.
Rhetoric never won a revolution yet.
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.
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.
The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, 'It's a girl.'
At present, our country needs women's idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else.
I have never cared too much what people say. What I am interested in is what they do.
Tremendous amounts of talent are lost to our society just because that talent wears a skirt.
Racism is so universal in this country, so widespread and deepseated, that it is invisible because it is so normal.
Women must become revolutionary. This cannot be evolution but revolution.
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've always met more discrimination being a woman than being Black...men are men.
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.
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.
Defeat should not be the source of discouragement, but a stimulus to keep plotting.
Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth.
Don't list to those who say YOU CAN'T. Listen to the voice inside yourself that says, I CAN.
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.
You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing 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?
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.
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.
Political organizations are formed to keep the powerful in power.
As there were no black Founding Fathers, there were no founding mothers - a great pity, on both counts.
I don't measure America by its achievement but by its potential.
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.
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.
... all Americans are the prisoners of racial prejudice.
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.
Some members of Congress are among the best actors in the world.
Be as bold as the first man or [woman] to eat an oyster.
That's what's wrong with the country. There are too many 'good soldiers' accepting too many bad decisions.
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.