Jim Jones, the infamous American cult leader and self-proclaimed messiah of the Peoples Temple, led over 900 followers into a mass suicide known as the Jonestown Massacre in 1978.
His journey began in Indiana where he became a charismatic churchman, claiming to have psychic powers and healing abilities.
He was also a vocal proponent of racial integration and worked with the homeless. In 1955, he established the Wings of Deliverance, later known as the Peoples Temple.
Fearing a nuclear war, he moved the church to California. After facing allegations of misusing cult members’ income, he moved hundreds of followers to an agricultural commune called Jonestown in Guyana.
Here, he exercised intense control, confiscating passports and threatening his followers. The tragic mass suicide occurred following an unofficial investigation led by U.S. Rep. Leo Ryan, who was subsequently assassinated on Jones’ orders.
I have compiled the famous quotes by Jim Jones below.
Top 5 Jim Jones Quotes
To me death is not a fearful thing. It’s living that’s cursed. ~ Jim Jones.
If we can’t live in peace, then let’s die in peace. ~ Jim Jones.
A lot of people are tired around here, but I’m not sure they’re ready to lie down, stretch out and fall asleep. ~ Jim Jones.
I’d like to choose my own kind of death, for a change. I’m tired of being tormented to hell. Tired of it. ~ Jim Jones.
A man’s gotta make at least one bet a day, else he could be walking around lucky and never know it. ~ Jim Jones.
Best Jim Jones Quotes
My whole life I have suffered from poverty and have faced many disappointments and pain, like a man is used to. That is why I want to make other people happy and want them to feel at home. ~ Jim Jones.
The young preacher once threw his Bible to the floor and yelled at his associates, too many people are looking at this instead of looking at me! ~ Jim Jones.
If you’re born in capitalist America, racist America, fascist America, then you’re born in sin. But if you’re born in socialism, you’re not born in sin. ~ Jim Jones
What you need to believe in is what you can see… If you see me as your friend, I’ll be your friend. If you see me as your father, I’ll be your father, for those of you that don’t have a father… If you see me as your savior, I’ll be your savior. If you see me as your God, I’ll be your God. ~ Jim Jones.
Famous Jim Jones Quotes
Take our life from us. We laid it down. We got tired. We didn’t commit suicide. We committed an act of revolutionary suicide protesting the conditions of an inhumane world. ~ Jim Jones.
If my wife said, I’m not going to be a communist, I’d say, well, forget it, by God, I’ll forget you too. ~ Jim Jones.
So these were the 13 top Jim Jones quotes and sayings.