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Booker T Washington
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You go to school, you study about the Germans and the French, but not about your own race. I hope the time will come when you study black history too. Booker T Washington
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Decide to be your best. In the long run the world is going to want and have the best and that might as well be you. Booker T Washington
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No white American ever thinks that any other race is wholly civilized until he wears the white man's clothes, eats the white man's food, speaks the white man's language, and professes the white man's religion. Booker T Washington
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Dignify and glorify common labor. It is at the bottom of life that we must begin, not at the top. Booker T Washington
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I believe that my race will succeed in proportion as it learns to do a common thing in an uncommon manner; learns to do a thing so thoroughly that no one can improve upon what it has done; learns to make its services of indispensable value. Booker T Washington
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Too often the educational value of doing well what is done, however little, is overlooked. One thing well done prepares the mind to do the next thing better. Not how much, but how well, should be the motto. One problem thoroughly understood is of more value than a score poorly mastered. Booker T Washington
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I learned the lesson that great men cultivate love, and that only little men cherish a spirit of hatred. I resolved then that I would permit no man, no matter what his color, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him. Booker T Washington
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Nothing ever comes to me, that is worth having, except as the result of hard work. Booker T Washington
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If you can't read, it's going to be hard to realize dreams. Booker T Washington
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We do not want the men of another color for our brothers-in-law, but we do want them for our brothers. Booker T Washington
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I believe that one always does himself and his audience an injustice when he speaks merely for the sake of speaking. I do not believe that one should speak unless, deep down in his heart, he feels convinced that he has a message to deliver. Booker T Washington
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From some things that I have said one may get the idea that some of the slaves did not want freedom. This is not true. I have never seen one who did not want to be free, or one who would return to slavery. Booker T Washington
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Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others. Booker T Washington
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The time will come when the Negro in the South will be accorded all the political rights which his ability, character, and material possessions entitle him to. Booker T Washington
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Success waits patiently for anyone who has the determination and strength to seize it. Booker T Washington
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The man who has learned to do something better than anyone else, has learned to do a common thing in an uncommon manner, is the man who has a power and influence that no adverse circumstances can take from him. Booker T Washington
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No man who continues to add something to the material, intellectual, and moral well-being of the place in which he lives is long left without proper reward. Booker T Washington
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If I have done anything in life worth attention, I feel sure that I inherited the disposition from my mother. Booker T Washington
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Start where you are with what you have, knowing that what you have is plenty enough. Booker T Washington
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Great men cultivate love and only little men cherish a spirit of hatred; assistance given to the weak makes the one who gives it strong; oppression of the unfortunate makes one weak. Booker T Washington
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The highest test of the civilization of any race is in its willingness to extend a helping hand to the less fortunate. Booker T Washington
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We must reinforce argument with results. Booker T Washington
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Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way. Booker T Washington
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There are two ways of exerting one's strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up. Booker T Washington
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If no other consideration had convinced me of the value of the Christian life, the Christ like work which the Church of all denominations in America has done during the last 35 years for the elevation of the black man would have made me a Christian. Booker T Washington
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...those who are guilty of such sweeping criticisms [of the rich] do not know how many people would be made poor, and how much sufering would result, if wealthy people were to part all at once with any large proportion of their wealth in a way to disorganize and cripple great business enterprises. Booker T Washington
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I never liked the atmosphere of Washington . I early saw that it was impossible to build up a race of which the leaders were spending most of their time, thought and energy in trying to get into office, or in trying to stay there after they were in. Booker T Washington
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I let no man drag me down so low as to make me hate him. Booker T Washington
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The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what the man or woman is able to do that counts. Booker T Washington
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In the long run, the world is going to have the best, and any difference in race, religion, or previous history will not keep the world from what it wants. Booker T Washington
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Remember that everyone's life is measured by the power that individual has to make the world better-this is all life is. Booker T Washington
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Don't ever let them pull you down so low as to hate them. (also cited as: I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.) Booker T Washington
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Opportunity is like a bald-headed man with only a patch of hair right in front. You have to grab that hair, grasp the opportunity while it's confronting you, else you'll be grasping a slick bald head. Booker T Washington
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Political activity alone cannot make a man free. Back of the ballot, he must have property, industry, skill, economy, intelligence, and character. Booker T Washington
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No greater injury can be done to any youth than to let him feel that because he belongs to this or that race he will be advanced in life regardless of his own merits or efforts. Booker T Washington
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To hold a man down, you have to stay down with him. Booker T Washington
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You can't hold a man down without staying down with him. Booker T Washington
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The longer I live and the more experience I have of the world, the more I am convinced that, after all, the one thing that is most worth living for-and dying for, if need be-is the opportunity of making someone else more happy. Booker T Washington
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There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs - partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. Booker T Washington
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Ignorance is more costly to any State than education. Booker T Washington
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Let our opportunities overshadow our grievances. Booker T Washington
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Let us keep before us the fact that, almost without exception, every race or nation that has ever got upon its feet has done so through struggle and trial and persecution; and that out of this very resistance to wrong, out of the struggle against odds, they have gained strength, self-confidence, and experience which they could not have gained in any other way. Booker T Washington
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I would permit no man, no matter what his colour might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him. Booker T Washington
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The happiest people are those who do the most for others. The most miserable are those who do the least. Booker T Washington
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Had (I) been a member of a more popular race, I should have been inclined to yield to the temptation of depending upon my ancestry and my colour to do that for me which I should do for myself. Years ago I resolved that because I had no ancestry myself I would leave a record of which my children would be proud, and which might encourage them to still higher effort Booker T Washington
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A life is not worth much of which it cannot be said, when it comes to its close, that it was helpful to humanity. Booker T Washington
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I have begun everything with the idea that I could succeed, and I never had much patience with the multitudes of people who are always ready to explain why one cannot succeed. Booker T Washington
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The older I grow, the more I am convinced that there is no education which one can get from books and costly apparatus that is equal to that which can be gotten from contact with great men and women. Booker T Washington
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At the bottom of education, at the bottom of politics, even at the bottom of religion, there must be for our race economic independence. Booker T Washington
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The individual who can do something that the world wants done will, in the end, make his way regardless of his race. Booker T Washington
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Success in life is founded upon attention to the small things rather than to the large things; to the every day things nearest to us rather than to the things that are remote and uncommon. Booker T Washington
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The actual sight of a first-class house that a Negro has built is ten times more potent than pages of discussion about a house that he ought to build, or perhaps could build. Booker T Washington
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In any country, regardless of what its laws say, wherever people act upon the idea that the disadvantage of one man is the good of another, there slavery exists. Wherever, in any country the whole people feel that the happiness of all is dependent upon the happiness of the weakest, there freedom exists. Booker T Washington
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We all should rise, above the clouds of ignorance, narrowness, and selfishness. Booker T Washington
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In my contact with people, I find that, as a rule, it is only the little, narrow people who live for themselves, who never read good books, who do not travel, who never open up their souls in a way to permit them to come into contact with other souls - with the great outside world. Booker T Washington
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I think I have learned, in some degree at least, to disregard the old maxim ""Do not get others to do what you can do yourself."" My motto on the other hand is; ""Do not do that which others can do as well. Booker T Washington
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We must not only become reliable, progressive, skillful and intelligent, but we must keep the idea constantly before our youths that all forms of labor, whether with the hand or head, are honorable. Booker T Washington
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In all things social we can be as seperate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress. Booker T Washington
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There is no escape - man drags man down, or man lifts man up. Booker T Washington
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I believe that any man's life will be filled with constant and unexpected encouragement, if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day, and as nearly as possible reaching the high-water mark of pure and useful living. Booker T Washington
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Most leaders spend time trying to get others to think highly of them, when instead they should try to get their people to think more highly of themselves. It's wonderful when the people believe in their leader. It's more wonderful when the leader believes in their people! You can't hold a man down without staying down with him. Booker T Washington
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Cast down your bucket where you are. Booker T Washington
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Success always leaves footprints. Booker T Washington
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Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company. Booker T Washington
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If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. Booker T Washington
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There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, simple and useful life. Booker T Washington
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No race that has anything to contribute to the markets of the world is long in any degree ostracized. Booker T Washington
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The wisest among my race understand that agitations of social equality is the extremist folly, and that progress in the enjoyment of all privileges that will come to us must be the result of severe and constant struggle rather than of artificial forcing. Booker T Washington
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You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you have to overcome to reach your goals. Booker T Washington
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Men may make laws to hinder and fetter the ballot, but men cannot make laws that will bind or retard the growth of manhood. Booker T Washington
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