Top 10 most inspiring quotes by Barbara Jordan
- Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.
- If the society today allows wrongs to go unchallenged, the impression is created that those wrongs have the approval of the majority.
- We are a party of innovation. We do not reject our traditions, but we are willing to adapt to changing circumstances, when change we must. We are willing to suffer the discomfort of change in order to achieve a better future.
- It is reason, and not passion, which must guide our deliberations, guide our debate, and guide our decision.
- I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake. But through the process of amendment, interpretation, and court decision, I have finally been included in ‘We, the people.’
- There is no obstacle in the path of young people who are poor or members of minority groups that hard work and preparation cannot cure.
- We have made mistakes. In our haste to do all things for all people, we did not foresee the full consequences of our actions. And when the people raised their voices, we didn’t hear. But our deafness was only a temporary condition, and not an irreversible condition.
- Let each person do his or her part. If one citizen is unwilling to participate, all of us are going to suffer. For the American idea, though it is shared by all of us, is realized in each one of us.
- Let us heed the voice of the people and recognize their common sense. If we do not, we not only blaspheme our political heritage, we ignore the common ties that bind all Americans.
- What we have to do is strike a balance between the idea that government should do everything and the idea, the belief, that government ought to do nothing. Strike a balance.
Barbara Jordan (1936–1996) was a trailblazing American politician, lawyer, and civil rights leader. Born in Houston, Texas, she became an influential figure in American politics, making significant strides for both women and African Americans.
Jordan’s career was marked by a series of firsts. In 1966, she became the first African American woman elected to the Texas Senate. Her oratorical skills and passionate advocacy for social issues propelled her to the national stage. In 1972, she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, becoming the first African American woman from the South to serve in Congress.
Known for her powerful speeches and commitment to equality, Jordan gained widespread recognition for her role in the impeachment hearings of President Richard Nixon in 1974. Her eloquent address to the House Judiciary Committee is still celebrated for its clarity and constitutional insight.
Throughout her career, Jordan advocated for civil rights, social justice, and education. Her impact extended beyond her tenure in office, leaving an enduring legacy as a champion for marginalized communities. She retired from politics in 1979 and became a professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. Jordan’s remarkable achievements continue to inspire generations of Americans.
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