Who is Mother Jones?

  • (noun): United States labor leader (born in Ireland) who helped to found the Industrial Workers of the World (1830-1930).
    Synonyms: Jones, Mary Harris Jones

Famous quotes containing the words jones and/or mother:

    Men’s hearts are cold. They are indifferent. Not all the coal that is dug warms the world. It remains indifferent to the lives of those who risk their life and health down in the blackness of the earth; who crawl through dark, choking crevices with only a bit of lamp on their caps to light their silent way; whose backs are bent with toil, whose very bones ache, whose happiness is sleep, and whose peace is death.
    —Mother Jones (1830–1930)

    A mother wants all of life to be painless for her child. This is not a realistic goal, however. Deprivation and frustration are as much a part of life as gratification. It is some balance between these that a mother is looking for. To take the next step is always painful in part. It means relinquishing gratification on some level. If one is totally gratified where one is, why move ahead? If one is totally frustrated, why bother?
    Elaine Heffner (20th century)