Cesar Chavez during a visit to Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. Chavez died April 23, 1993. (Geoff Hansen/Getty)

Cesar Chavez during a visit to Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. Chavez died April 23, 1993. (Geoff Hansen/Getty)

10 Cesar Chavez quotes: The man he was and the legacy that lives on

Cesar Chavez would have been 86 years old today and in recent years, he has emerged as an icon for the immigration reform movement. But before that, he was a farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist. Google recognized his significance by featuring him on their homepage, something they only do on major occasions.

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The anniversary of his birthday has become Cesar Chavez Day, a state holiday in California, Colorado, and Texas. Here are ten quotes, from among those spotlighted by the United Farm Workers, the organization he co-founded along with Dolores Huerta:

1) “It’s amazing how people can get so excited about a rocket to the moon and not give a damn about smog, oil leaks, the devastation of the environment with pesticides, hunger, disease. When the poor share some of the power that the affluent now monopolize, we will give a damn.”
2) “There’s no turning back…We will win. We are winning because ours is a revolution of mind and heart…”
3) Sometimes, fathers and mothers would take money out of their meager food budgets just because they believed that farm workers could and must build their own union. I remember thinking then that with spirit like that… we had to win. No force on earth could stop us.”
Cesar Chavez gestures as he speaks during a news conference in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alan Greth, File)

Cesar Chavez gestures as he speaks during a news conference in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alan Greth, File)

4) “If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him…The people who give you their food give you their heart.”

5) “I am convinced that the truest act of courage, the strongest act of manliness is to sacrifice ourselves for others in a totally non-violent struggle for justice.”

6) “We need to help students and parents cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and strengthens this community – and this nation.”

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The 187-acre site in Keene, Calif, known as Nuestra Se–ora Reina de la Paz that served as the home and the planning center of Chicano leader Cesar Chavez and his farmworker movement. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)

The 187-acre site in Keene, Calif, known as Nuestra Se–ora Reina de la Paz that served as the home and the planning center of Chicano leader Cesar Chavez and his farmworker movement. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)

7) “It’s ironic that those who till the soil, cultivate and harvest the fruits, vegetables, and other foods that fill your tables with abundance have nothing left for themselves.”

8) “Perhaps we can bring the day when children will learn from their earliest days that being fully man and fully woman means to give one’s life to the liberation of the brother who suffers.”

9) “Our opponents in the agricultural industry are very powerful and farm workers are still weak in money and influence. But we have another kind of power that comes from the justice of our cause. So long as we are willing to sacrifice for that cause, so long as we persist in non-violence and work to spread the message of our struggle, then millions of people around the world will respond from their heart, will support our efforts…and in the end we will overcome.”

10) “¡Si se puede!”

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