Quotations by Jones, Mary Harris “Mother”


Your organization is not a praying institution. It’s a fighting institution. It’s an educational institution along industrial lines. Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living!

Mary Harris "Mother" Jones (1860-1930) American labor leader [a.k.a. Mother Jones]
Autobiography of Mother Jones (1925)

To the Fairmont, WV, district miners, telling them to leave the church where they were meeting and gather in the fields.
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I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I told him if he had stolen a railroad he would be a United States Senator.

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Mary Harris "Mother" Jones (1860-1930) American labor leader [a.k.a. Mother Jones]
Speech (1903), in The Autobiography of Mother Jones, ch. 10 (1925)
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The miners lost because they had only the constitution. The other side had bayonets. In the end, bayonets always win.

Mary Harris "Mother" Jones (1860-1930) American labor leader [a.k.a. Mother Jones]
Speech, Cooper Union, New York City (1915)

On the failed Colorado miners' strike.
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