“Only One Human Race” Quotes from Hispanic World Changers


September 15th kicks off a month long celebration of Hispanic Heritage here in the US. As of 2013, official census reports show 54 million people of Hispanic origin living in the US, currently 2nd to only Mexico as home to a Hispanic population. By 2060, it is expected that those numbers will have more than doubled. Today we share quotes from writers, athletes, politicians and a variety of other thought leaders and innovators from a culture rich in wisdom and life!

“If you have an opportunity to make things better and you don’t, then you are wasting your time on earth.”
-Roberto Clemente, athlete

“The No. 1 issue in the Hispanic American community is ‘How do I leave my children better off than myself?'”
-Marco Rubio, US Senator

“Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.”
-Frida Kahlo, painter


“Words and sentences and books, I discovered, when read and recited, could heal a tender heart.”
-Juan Felipe Herrera, US Poet Laureate

“What is important is to believe in something so strongly that you’re never discouraged.”
-Salma Hayek, actor

“I want to state upfront, unequivocally and without doubt: I do not believe that any racial, ethnic or gender group has an advantage in sound judging. I do believe that every person has an equal opportunity to be a good and wise judge, regardless of their background or life experiences.”
-Justice Sonia Sotomayor

“There’s nothing more solemn than truth. There’s no greater grievance to a tomb than hypocrisy, or a greater tribute to death than truth.”
-Luis Munoz Marin, Late Governor of Puerto Rico


“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”
-Cesar Chavez, Activist

“We can’t let people drive wedges between us… because there’s only one human race.”
-Dolores Huerta, Activist/Union Leader

“As an immigrant, I appreciate, far more than the average American, the liberties we have in this country. Silence is a big enemy of morality. I don’t want our blunders in history to get repeated.”
-Gloria Estefan, Singer