Top 80 Jackie Robinson Quotes On Life, Equality And Success

Looking for famous inspirational quotes by Jackie Robinson? We have rounded up the best collection of Jackie Robinson quotes, sayings, captions, (with images, pictures and wallpapers and posters), to inspire you to achieve success in life through hard work, courage, perseverance and determination.

Jack Roosevelt Robinson was an African American professional baseball player to play in Major League Baseball (MLB), ending the period of racial segregation and discrimination in baseball. Robinson broke the baseball color line at the Brooklyn Dodgers base in 1947.

He was the first black to enter the Hall of Fame in 1962. With his remarkable contributions he made on the baseball diamond, his words had a major impact.

Shortly before his death in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Jackie Robinson made my success possible. Without him, I would never have been able to do what I did.”

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Here are a few of my favorite Jackie Robinson quotes, and may these Jackie Robinson Quotes On life, success, perseverance, equality, racism, civil rights help you regain faith in yourself.

Famous Jackie Robinson Quotes

  1. “God built me to last.”                                                                                                                   
    Jackie Robinson Quotes
    Jackie Robinson Quotes

  2. “Life is not a spectator sport.”                                                                                                           
    Inspirational Jackie Robinson Quotes
    Inspirational Jackie Robinson Quotes

  3. “There’s nothing like faith in God.”                                                                                                       
    Jackie Robinson Famous Quotes
    Jackie Robinson Famous Quotes

  4. “Don’t complain. Just work harder.”                                                                                           
    Motivational Quotes By Jackie Robinson
    Motivational Quotes By Jackie Robinson

  5. “Above anything else, I hate to lose.”

  6. “You’re going to be a great player, kid.”

  7. “I’m not goin’ anywhere, I’m right here!”

  8. “I don’t like needing anyone for anything.”                                                                                               
    Jackie Robinson Quotes Images
    Jackie Robinson Quotes Images

  9. “I ought to break this trophy into 32 pieces.”

  10. “I’d get mad. But I’d never let them know it.”

  11. “This ain’t fun. But you watch me, I’ll get it done.”                                                                         
    Best Jackie Robinson Quotes
    Best Jackie Robinson Quotes

  12. “But you can get those at any ballpark at any time.”

  13. “Are you looking for a Negro who won’t fight back?”

  14. “I don’t let my mouth say nothin’ my head can’t stand.”

  15. “I don’t think it matters what I believe, only what I do.”                                                                     
    Jackie Robinson Determination Quotes
    Jackie Robinson Determination Quotes

  16. “How you played in yesterday’s game is all that counts.”                                                                   
    Jackie Robinson Quotes About Baseball
    Jackie Robinson Quotes About Baseball

  17. “It’s not easy to be a martyr in the field of race relations.”                                                       
    Jackie Robinson Racism Quotes
    Jackie Robinson Racism Quotes

  18. “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”                                                         
    Jackie Robinson Quotes About Life
    Jackie Robinson Quotes About Life

  19. “I never cared about acceptance as much as I cared about respect.”                                       
    Jackie Robinson Quotes Wallpapers
    Jackie Robinson Quotes Wallpapers

  20. “Discover the truth of today; and perhaps the greatness of tomorrow.”

  21. “Maybe one day we’ll all wear 42 and they won’t be able to tell us apart.”                                                                 
    Jackie Robinson 42 Quotes
    Jackie Robinson 42 Quotes

  22. “There’s not an American in this country free until every one of us is free.”

  23. “I know that I am a black man in a white world. . . I know that I never had it made.”                                                                                                                                                                             
    Jackie Robinson Quotes Black History
    Jackie Robinson Quotes Black History

  24. “I am not concerned with being liked or disliked. I am concerned with being respected”

  25. “In all my years of baseball, I have always expected to be traded. I never liked the idea.”

  26. “I don’t owe any living person my soul, my integrity, my freedom of thought and speech.”

  27. “The most luxurious possession, the richest treasure anybody has, is his personal dignity.”                                                                                                                                 
    Jackie Robinson Quotes Pictures
    Jackie Robinson Quotes Pictures

  28. “We’re in a real crisis situation where many times people are being turned away at the door.”

  29. “We have a social responsibility and we are held to a higher standard than other institutions.”

  30. “During my life, I have had a few nightmares which happened to me while I was wide awake.”

  31. “The right of every American to first-class citizenship is the most important issue of our time.”                                                                                                                           
    Jackie Robinson Equality Quotes
    Jackie Robinson Equality Quotes

  32. “Pop flies, in a sense, are just a diversion for a second baseman. Grounders are his stock trade.”

  33. “If I had been white with the things I did, they never would have allowed me to get out of baseball.”

  34. “Relationships may change throughout the gift of time, memories stay the same forever in my mind.”                                                                                                                       
    Powerful Jackie Robinson Quotes
    Powerful Jackie Robinson Quotes

  35. “I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”

  36. “Medgar Evers America needs and the world cannot afford to lose him to the whims of murderous maniacs.”

  37. “I cannot stand and sing the Anthem. I cannot salute the flag; I know that I am a black man in a white world.”                                                                                         
    Anthem Quotes By Jackie Robinson
    Anthem Quotes By Jackie Robinson

  38. “No matter how much or how little I knew technically, I was able to get the best out of people I worked with.”

  39. “I want everybody to understand that I am an American Negro first before I am a member of any political party.”

  40. “Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he’s losing; nobody wants you to quit when you’re ahead.”

  41. “The old Dodgers were something special, but of my teammates overall, there was nobody like Pee Wee Reese for me.”

  42. “I won’t have it made until the most underprivileged in Mississippi can live in equal dignity with anyone else in America.”

  43. “In my opinion, baseball is as big a business as anything there is. It has to be a business, the way it is conducted.”

  44. “It would make everything I worked for meaningless if baseball is integrated but political parties were segregated.”

  45. “After two years at UCLA, I decided to leave. I was convinced that no amount of education would help a black man get a job.”

  46. “Many people resented my impatience and honesty, but I never cared about acceptance as much as I cared about respect.”

  47. “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.”

  48. “If I had to choose between baseball’s Hall of Fame and first class citizenship for all my people. I would say first-class citizenship.”

  49. “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.”

  50. “I have always been grateful to Colonel Longley. He proved to me that when people in authority take a stand, good can come out of it.”

  51. “I think it was one of the greatest times ever in the world to play baseball. Television was in its infancy. Breaking the color barrier,”

  52. “I cannot salute the flag; I know that I am a black man in a white world. In 1972, in 1947, at my birth in 1919, I know that I never had it made.”

  53. “A professional athlete is victorious when he/she use their celebrity/hero status in a compassionate and charitable manner to lift up humanity.”

  54. “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.”

  55. “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.”

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

  57. “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.”

  58. “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.”

  59. “The black press, some liberal sportswriters, and even a few politicians were banging away at those Jim Crow barriers in baseball. I never expected the walls to come tumbling down in my lifetime.”

  60. “When I look back at what I had to go through in black baseball, I can only marvel at the many black players who stuck it out for years in the Jim Crow leagues because they had nowhere else to go.”

  61. “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.”

  62. “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.”

  63. “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.”

  64. “My problem was my inability to spend much time at home. I thought my family was secure, so I went running around everyplace else. I guess I had more of an effect on other people’s kids than I did my own.”

  65. “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.”

  66. “Blacks have had to learn to protect themselves by being cynical but not cynical enough to slam the door on potential opportunities. We go through life walking a tightrope to prevent too much disillusionment.”

  67. “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.”

  68. “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.”

  69. “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.”

  70. “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.”

  71. “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.”

  72. “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.”

  73. “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.”

  74. “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.”

  75. “A new breed of Republicans has taken over the GOP. It is a new breed which is seeking to sell to Americans a doctrine which is as old as mankind – the doctrine of racial division, the doctrine of racial prejudice, the doctrine of white supremacy.”

  76. “I had practiced with the team, and the first scheduled game was with the University of Missouri. They made it quite clear to the Army that they would not play a team with a black player on it. Instead of telling me the truth, the Army gave me leave to go home.”

  77. “The colonel replied that he didn’t care how my men had got the job done. He was happy that it had been accomplished. He said that, obviously, no matter how much or how little I knew technically, I was able to get the best out of people I worked with.”

  78. “During my life, I have had a few nightmares which happened to me while I was wide awake. One of them was the National Republican Convention in San Francisco, which produced the greatest disaster the Republican Party has ever known – Nominee Barry Goldwater.”

  79. “I had no future with the Dodgers, because I was too closely identified with Branch Rickey. After the club was taken over by Walter O’Malley, you couldn’t even mention Mr. Rickey’s name in front of him. I considered Mr. Rickey the greatest human being I had ever known.”

  80. “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.”

  81. “I felt unhappy and trapped. If I left baseball, where could I go, what could I do to earn enough money to help my mother and marry Rachel? The solution to my problem was only days away in the hands of a tough, shrewd, courageous man called Branch Rickey, the president of the Brooklyn Dodgers.”

  82. “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.”

  83. “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.”

  84. “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.”

  85. “I read tour comments in our paper the last few days and wanted you to know how much I appreciate your courage and honesty… I am sure also you know of some of the possible consequences… The news media… Will use every means to get back at you.. Honors that should be yours will bypass you and the pressures will be great… There will be times when you ask yourself if it’s worth it all. I can only say, Dock, it is…”

In 1947, Robinson won the inaugural Rookie of the Year Award. For six consecutive seasons from 1949-1954 he was an All-Star, and in 1949, he won the National League Most Valuable Player Award. He contributed to the Dodgers 1995 World Series championship and played in six World Series. In 1997, his uniform number 42 was retired by the MLB across all major league teams in his honor.

Robinson was not only a trailblazing baseball star but he made a major impact on the society with his words. His contribution to the civil right movement were very significant. He lived by the values of courage, determination, teamwork, integrity, persistence, justice, citizenship, excellence and commitment.

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