75+ Best Jackie Robinson Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Jack Roosevelt Robinson was an American professional baseball player who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era. He became a living milestone for racial equality and changed the sport of baseball forever. Inspirational Jackie Robinson quotes will motivate you and help guide your decisions in life, work and love.

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Most Famous Jackie Robinson Quotes

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

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

I never cared about acceptance as much as I cared about respect. – Jackie Robinson

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

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

Plenty of times I wanted to haul off when somebody insulted me for the color of my skin, but I had to hold to myself. I knew I was kind of an experiment. The whole thing was bigger than me. – Jackie Robinson

As the first Major League Baseball player to break the color barrier in the 1940s, Brooklyn Dodger had to daily battle racism and gained the respect of generations while trailblazing for the civil rights movement. Though dealt with non-stop discrimination, his class and perseverance made history and served as a model for the greatness that is in the sport today and a legend in the struggle for civil rights in the United States. These quotes by on determination and fighting for civil rights will be inspirational for anyone looking to push through to victory. – Jackie Robinson

In order for America to be 100 percent strong — economically, defensively and morally — we cannot afford the waste of having second- and third-class citizens. – Jackie Robinson

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

It is up to us in the North to provide aid and support to those who are actually bearing the brunt of the fight for equality down South. America has its iron curtain, too. – Jackie Robinson

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

I have always fought for my principles and spoken out for my ideals. – Jackie Robinson

I never believed in backing out just because things weren’t the best they could be. – Jackie Robinson

Yes, here is my home ground here and in all the Negro communities through the land. Here I stand. – Jackie Robinson

I was proud to be in the hurricane eye of a significant breakthrough and to be used to prove that a sport can’t be national if blacks are barred from it. – Jackie Robinson

I don’t owe any living person my soul, my integrity, my freedom of thought and speech. – Jackie Robinson

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

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

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

I 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

But if Mr. Rickey hadn’t signed me, I wouldn’t have played another year in the black league. It was too difficult. The travel was brutal. Financially, there was no reward. It took everything you make to live off. – Jackie Robinson

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

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

My protest about the post exchange seating bore some results. More seats were allocated for blacks, but there were still separate sections for blacks and for whites. At least I had made my men realize that something could be accomplished by speaking out, and I hoped they would be less resigned to unjust conditions. – Jackie Robinson

I believe in the goodness of a free society. And I believe that society can remain good only as long as we are willing to fight for it – and to fight against whatever imperfections may exist. – Jackie Robinson

Just because young people are quieter today, we’ve no right to assume that the problems are solved. – Jackie Robinson

I do not believe that every person, in every walk of life, can succeed in spite of any handicap. That would be perfection. 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: to discover the truth of today; and perhaps the greatness of tomorrow. – Jackie Robinson

I yearned to just stay in bed. But no matter how terrible I felt, I had to get up. – Jackie Robinson

Recognition… has given me the determination to live as many more productive years as I can. – Jackie Robinson

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

Maybe I shouldn’t have said that, but I guess I did. – Jackie Robinson

I speak to you only as an American who happens to be an American Negro and one who is proud of that heritage. We ask for nothing special. We ask only that we be permitted to compete on an even basis, and if we are not worthy, then the competition shall, per se, eliminate us. – Jackie Robinson

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

We’d better stop using generation gap as an alibi for alienation. Young and old are guilty of that. We’d better build a bridge over that gap. – Jackie Robinson

Suppressed and repressed for so many years, they needed a victorious black man as a symbol. It would help them believe in themselves. – Jackie Robinson

I don’t think that I or any other Negro, as an American citizen, should have to ask for anything that is rightfully his. We are demanding that we just be given the things that are rightfully ours and that we’re not looking for anything else. – Jackie Robinson

I cannot possibly believe that I have it made while so many black brothers and sisters are hungry, inadequately housed, insufficiently clothed, denied their dignity as they live in slums or barely exist on welfare. – Jackie Robinson

How much more effective our demands for a piece of the action would be if we were negotiating from the strength or our own self-reliance rather than stating our case in the role of beggar or someone crying out for charity. – Jackie Robinson

Civil rights is not by any means the only issue that concerns me — nor, I think, any other Negro. As Americans, we have as much at stake in this country as anyone else. But since effective participation in a democracy is based upon enjoyment of basic freedoms that everyone else takes for granted, we need make no apologies for being especially interested in catching up on civil rights – Jackie Robinson

Today, Negroes play on every big-league club and in every minor league. With millions of other Negroes in other walks of life, we are willing to stand up and be counted for what we believe in. 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

I’m not buying anti-white attitudes. Too many people who are not black have proven to me that being real isn’t qualified by skin color but by character. – Jackie Robinson

It hadn’t been easy. Some of my own teammates refused to accept me because I was black. I had been forced to live with snubs and rebuffs and rejections. – Jackie Robinson

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

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

We ask for nothing special. We ask only to be permitted to live as you live, and as our nation’s constitution provides. – Jackie Robinson

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… I never cared about acceptance as much as I cared about respect. – Jackie Robinson

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

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

During my life, I have had a few nightmares which happened to me while I was wide awake. – Jackie Robinson

I don’t let my mouth say nothin’ my head can’t stand. – Jackie Robinson

I’m grateful for all the breaks and honors and opportunities I’ve had, but I always believe I won’t have it made until the humblest black kid in the most remote backwoods of America has it made. – Jackie Robinson

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

When I am playing baseball, I give it all that I have on the ball field. When the ball game is over, I certainly don’t take it home. My little girl who is sitting out there wouldn’t know the difference between a third strike and a foul ball. – Jackie Robinson

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

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

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

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

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

Negroes aren’t seeking anything which is not good for the nation as well as ourselves. In order for America to be 100 percent strong — economically, defensively and morally — we cannot afford the waste of having second- and third-class citizens. – Jackie Robinson

It kills me to lose. If I’m a troublemaker, and I don’t think that my temper makes me one, then it’s because I can’t stand losing. That’s the way I am about winning, all I ever wanted to do was finish first. – Jackie Robinson

You’re going to be a great player, kid. – Jackie Robinson

It’s not easy to be a martyr in the field of race relations. – Jackie Robinson

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

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

Baseball, like some other sports, poses as a sacred institution dedicated to the public good, but it is actually a big, selfish business with a ruthlessness that many big businesses would never think of displaying. – Jackie Robinson

I’m not goin’ anywhere, I’m right here! – Jackie Robinson

I ought to break this trophy into 32 pieces. – Jackie Robinson

I am not concerned with being liked or disliked. I am concerned with being respected. – Jackie Robinson

Relationships may change throughout the gift of time; memories stay the same forever in my mind. – Jackie Robinson

I know that I am a black man in a white world. . . I know that I never had it made. – Jackie Robinson

At the beginning of the World Series of 1947, I experienced a completely new emotion when the National Anthem was played. This time, I thought, it is being played for me, as much as for anyone else. – Jackie Robinson

Next time I go to a movie and see a picture of a little ordinary girl become a great star… I’ll believe it. And whenever I hear my wife read fairy tales to my little boy, I’ll listen. I know now that dreams do come true. – Jackie Robinson

The many of us who attain what we may and forget those who help us along the line we’ve got to remember that there are so many others to pull along the way. The farther they go, the further we all go. – Jackie Robinson

When he (Richard Nixon) took the oath of office, he pledged to be the president for 100% of the people, and I challenge the president to prove that he is being the president for 100% of the people. – Jackie Robinson

I guess you’d call me an independent, since I’ve never identified myself with one party or another in politics. I always decide my vote by taking as careful a look as I can at the actual candidates and issues themselves, no matter what the party label. – Jackie Robinson

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