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Rosa Parks Quotations

Guest Author - Danielle Hollister

Rosa Parks (1913 - 2005 ),Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks died at the age of 92.
  1. "Each person must live their life as a model for others."
    -- Rosa Parks
  2. "Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again?"
    -- Rosa Parks
  3. "I do the very best I can to look upon life with optimism and hope and looking forward to a better day, but I don't think there is anything such as complete happiness. It pains me that there is still a lot of Klan activity and racism. I think when you say you're happy, you have everything that you need and everything that you want, and nothing more to wish for. I haven't reached that stage yet."
    -- Rosa Parks
  4. "I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear."
    -- Rosa Parks
  5. "I knew someone had to take the first step and I made up my mind not to move."
    -- Rosa Parks
  6. "I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people."
    -- Rosa Parks
  7. "It was not pre-arranged. It just happened that the driver made and demand and I just didn't feel like obeying his demand . . . I was quite tired after spending a full day working."
    -- Rosa Parks
  8. "Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others."
    -- Rosa Parks
  9. "My only concern was to get home after a hard day's work."
    -- Rosa Parks

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  10. "Our mistreatment was just not right, and I was tired of it."
    -- Rosa Parks
  11. "Whatever my individual desires were to be free, I was not alone. There were many others who felt the same way."
    -- Rosa Parks
  12. "The only tired I was, was tired of giving in."
    -- Rosa Parks (on refusing to give up her seat on the bus)
  13. "All I was doing was trying to get home from work."
    -- Rosa Parks
  14. "My only concern was to get home after a hard day's work."
    -- Rosa Parks
  15. "We didn't have any civil rights, it was just a matter of survival. I remember going to sleep as a girl, hearing the Ku Klux Klan ride at night… afraid the house would burn down."
    -- Rosa Parks
  16. "Victory or defeat? It is the slogan of all-powerful militarism in every belligerent nation. And yet, what can victory bring to the proletariat?"
    -- Rosa Parks
  17. "I believe that we are here on the planet Earth to live, grow up and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom."
    -- Rosa Parks
  18. "I was determined to achieve the total freedom that our history lessons taught us we were entitled to, no matter what the sacrifice."
    -- Rosa Parks

    African Style

  19. "If Rosa Parks had taken a poll before she sat down in the bus in Montgomery, she'd still be standing."
    -- Mary Frances Berry
  20. "If Rosa Parks had not refused to move to the back of the bus, you and I might never have heard of Dr. Martin Luther King."
    -- Ramsey Clark
  21. "If Willie Nelson had been Rosa Parks, there never would have been a civil rights movement in this country, because he refuses to leave the back of the bus."
    -- Kinky Friedman
  22. "I am Classic Rock Revisited. I revisit it every waking moment of my life because it has the spirit and the attitude and the fire and the middle finger. I am Rosa Parks with a Gibson guitar."
    -- Ted Nugent

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