50 Jackie Robinson Quotes That Will Motivate You

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50 Best Jackie Robinson Quotes

1. “But as I write these words now, I cannot stand and sing the national anthem. I have learned that I remain a Black in a White world.” – Jackie Robinson

2. “Pop flies, in a sense, are just a diversion for a second baseman. Grounders are his stock trade.” – Jackie Robinson

3. “No matter how much or how little I knew technically, I was able to get the best out of people I worked with.” – Jackie Robinson

4. “Are you looking for a Negro who won’t fight back?” – Jackie Robinson

5. “But I do believe that what I was able to attain came to be because we put behind us. No matter how slowly the dogmas of the past.” – Jackie Robinson

6. “Relationships may change throughout the gift of time, memories stay the same forever in my mind.” – Jackie Robinson

7. “I cannot salute the flag. I know that I am a Black man in a White world. In 1972, in 1947, at my birth in 1919, I know that I never had it made.” – Jackie Robinson

8. “It would make everything I worked for meaningless if baseball is integrated but political parties were segregated.” – Jackie Robinson

9. “I want everybody to understand that I am an American Negro first before I am a member of any political party.” – Jackie Robinson

10. “I think if we go back and check our record, the Negro has proven beyond a doubt that we have been more than patient in seeking our rights as American citizens.” – Jackie Robinson

11. “We have a social responsibility and we are held to a higher standard than other institutions.” – Jackie Robinson

12. “It isn’t a perfect America and it isn’t run right, but it still belongs to us.” – Jackie Robinson

13. “If I had to choose between baseball’s hall of fame and first-class citizenship for all of my people. I would say first-class citizenship.” – Jackie Robinson

14. “In my opinion, baseball is as big a business as anything there is. It has to be a business, the way it is conducted.” – Jackie Robinson

15. “The only thing a manager has to do is relate to the players.” – Jackie Robinson

16. “In all my years of baseball, I have always expected to be traded. I never liked the idea.” – Jackie Robinson

17. “The old Dodgers were something special, but of my teammates overall, there was nobody like Pee Wee Reese for me.” – Jackie Robinson

18. “In baseball or out, we are no longer willing to wait until judgment day for equality. We want it here on earth as well as in heaven.” – Jackie Robinson

19. “I think it was one of the greatest times ever in the world to play baseball. Television was in its infancy. Breaking the color barrier.” – Jackie Robinson

20. “I guess if I could choose one of the most important moments in my life, I would go back to 1947, in the Yankee Stadium in New York City.” – Jackie Robinson

21. “The most important thing that happened to me in 1948, as far as I am concerned, is that I got thrown out of a game for heckling an umpire. It happened in Pittsburgh.” – Jackie Robinson

22. “Next time I go to a movie and see a picture of a little ordinary girl who becomes a great star. I’ll believe it. And whenever I hear my wife read fairy tales to my little boy, I’ll listen.” – Jackie Robinson

23. “I’ve been riding on cloud nine since the election ‘HOF,’ and I don’t think I’ll ever come down. Today, everything is complete.” – Jackie Robinson

24. “Became a swellhead, a wise guy, an ‘uppity’ nigger. When a White player did it, he had spirit. When a Black player did it, he was ‘ungrateful,’ an upstart.” – Jackie Robinson

25. “I have always been grateful to Colonel Longley. He proved to me that when people in authority take a stand, good can come out of it.” – Jackie Robinson

26. “After two years at UCLA, I decided to leave. I was convinced that no amount of education would help a Black man get a job.” – Jackie Robinson

27. “I had to fight hard against loneliness, abuse, and the knowledge that any mistakes I made would be magnified because I was the only Black man out there.” – Jackie Robinson

28. “I was naïve about the elaborate lengths to which racists in the Armed Forces would go to put a vocal Black man in his place.” – Jackie Robinson

29. “In a way, I feel I was the son he had lost and he was the father I had lost.” – Jackie Robinson

30. “The most luxurious possession, the richest treasure anybody has, is his personal dignity.” – Jackie Robinson

31. “How you played in yesterday’s game is all that counts.” – Jackie Robinson

32. “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” – Jackie Robinson

33. “Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he’s losing. Nobody wants you to quit when you’re ahead.” – Jackie Robinson

34. “Above anything else, I hate to lose.” – Jackie Robinson

35. “The right of every American to first-class citizenship is the most important issue of our time.” – Jackie Robinson

36. “I don’t think it matters what I believe, only what I do.” – Jackie Robinson

37. “I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me. All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.” – Jackie Robinson

38. “This ain’t fun. But you watch me, I’ll get it done.” – Jackie Robinson

39. “The way I figured it, I was even with baseball and baseball with me. The game had done much for me, and I had done much for it.” – Jackie Robinson

40. “A life isn’t significant except for its impact on others’ lives.” – Jackie Robinson

41. “Life is not a spectator sport. If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion, you’re wasting your life.” – Jackie Robinson

42. “Many people resented my impatience and honesty, but I never cared about acceptance as much as I cared about respect.” – Jackie Robinson

43. “I know now that dreams do come true.” – Jackie Robinson

44. “We’re in a real crisis situation where many times people are being turned away at the door.” – Jackie Robinson

45. “There’s not an American in this country for free until every one of us is free.” – Jackie Robinson

46. “To discover the truth of today and perhaps the greatness of tomorrow.” – Jackie Robinson

47. “I do not believe that every person, in every walk of life, can succeed in spite of any handicap. That would be perfection.” – Jackie Robinson

48. “I don’t like needing anyone for anything.” – Jackie Robinson

49. “If I had been White with the things I did, they never would have allowed me to get out of baseball.” – Jackie Robinson

50. “I’m not going anywhere, I’m right here!” – Jackie Robinson

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