30 Incredible Booker T Washington Quotes

30 Incredible Booker T Washington Quotes

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Booker T Washington was an author, educator, and adviser to the president. He was born in 1856 in Virginia. He was one of the last generation of African American people born into slavery. He gave many infamous speeches encouraging progress in black education and entrepreneurship. He died in 1915 at the age of 59.

“Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than to be in bad company.”

“Bad as conditions might have seemed at first, when they saw that actual progress was being made, they would have taken a more hopeful view of the situation.”

“Cast down your bucket where you are.”

“Character is power.”

“Character, not circumstances, makes the man.”

“Dignify and glorify common labor. It is at the bottom of life that we must begin, not at the top.”

“Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.”

“Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

“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.”

“I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”

“I learned the lesson that great men cultivate love, and that only little men cherish a spirit of hatred. I learned that assistance given to the weak makes the one who gives it strong; and that oppression of the unfortunate makes one weak.”

“I pity from the bottom of my heart any nation or body of people that is so unfortunate as to get entangled in the net of slavery.”

“I would permit no man, no matter what his colour might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.”

“If you can’t read, it’s going to be hard to realize dreams.”

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”

“Men may make laws to hinder and fetter the ballot, but men cannot make laws that will bind or retard the growth of manhood.”

“My whole life has largely been one of surprises.”

“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.”

“Nothing ever comes to me, that is worth having, except as the result of hard work.”

“Of all forms of slavery there is none that is so harmful and degrading as that form of slavery which tempts one human being to hate another by reason of his race or color. One man cannot
hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him.”

“Progress, progress is the law of nature; under God it shall be our eternal guiding star.”

“The individual who can do something that the world wants done will, in the end, make his way regardless of his race.”

“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.”

“The thing to do when one feels sure that he has said or done the right thing and is condemned, is to stand still and keep quiet. If he is right, time will show it.”

“The world cares little about what a man knows;it cares more about what a man is able to do.”

“There is no escape — man drags man down, or man lifts man up.”

“There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, simple and useful life.”

“To hold a man down, you have to stay down with him.”

“We do not want the men of another color for our brothers-in-law, but we do want them for our brothers.”

“You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him.”