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Booker T. Washington Quotes

(1856-1915), American Black Leader and Educator

The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts.

Category: Ability

You can't hold a man down without staying down with him.

Category: Brotherhood

Character, not circumstances, makes the man.

Category: Character

Character is power.

Category: Character

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.

Category: Encouragement

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

Category: Excellence

I will not permit any man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.

Category: Hatred

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

Category: Influence

We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.

Category: Language

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

Category: Prejudice

No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.

Category: Pride

No man, who continues to add something to the material, intellectual and moral well-being of the place in which he lives, is left long without proper reward.

Category: Rewards

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

Category: Service

There are two ways of exerting one's strength; one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.

Category: Strength

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed.

Category: Success