80 Booker T. Washington Quotes On Success, Education And Life

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Booker T. Washington was an African American educator, orator, author, and adviser to various presidents of the United States. Washington. He was the leading voice of the former slaves and their descendants and he called for black progress through education and entrepreneurship. His famous speech, “Atlanta compromise ” made him a national figure.

Being one of the most influential African-Americans of his time, he inspired a lot of people with his hard work, ambitions and dignity. He use to hold great pride on educating others. Here are some of the Booker T. Washington quotes about Success, Life and Education, Leadership, Racism and more.

Famous Booker T. Washington Quotes

  1. Character is power.”

  2. “Success always leaves footprints.”

  3. “Cast down your bucket where you are.”

  4. “We must reinforce argument with results.”

  5. “Character, not circumstances, makes the man.”

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

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

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

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

  10. “A whining crying race may be pitied but seldom respected.”

  11. “A race, like an individual, lifts itself up by lifting others up.”

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

  13. “Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” – Up from Slavery (Book/Autobiography) 

  14. “I shall never permit myself to stoop so low as to hate any man.”

  15. “The men doing vital things of life are those who read the Bible.”

  16. “I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.”

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

  18. “Great men cultivate love… Only little men cherish a spirit of hatred.”

  19. “We should not permit our grievances to overshadow our opportunities.”

  20. “Providence so often uses men and institutions to accomplish a purpose.”

  21. “Opportunities never come a second time, nor do they wait for our leisure.”

  22. “I will permit no man to narrow & degrade my soul by making me hate him.”

  23. “We all should rise, above the clouds of ignorance, narrowness, and selfishness.”

  24. “Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.”

  25. “Success waits patiently for anyone who has the determination and strength to seize it.”

  26. “It means a great deal, I think, to start off on a foundation which one has made for oneself.”

  27. “There are two ways of exerting one’s strength; one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.”

  28. “I began learning long ago that those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”

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

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

  31. “The great human law that in the end recognizes and rewards merit is everlasting and universal.”

  32. “The world cares very little what you or I know, but it does care a great deal about what you or I do.”

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

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

  35. “One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him.”

  36. “There is no defense or security for any of us except in the highest intelligence and development of all.”

  37. “You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals.”

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

  39. “If I have done anything in life worth attention, I feel sure that I inherited the disposition from my mother.”

  40. “The happiest people are those who do the most for others. The most miserable are those who do the least.”

  41. “A life is not worth much of which it cannot be said, when it comes to its close, that it was helpful to humanity.”

  42. “Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.”

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

  44. “Instead of studying books so constantly, how I wish that our schools and colleges might learn to study men and things!”

  45. “In all things social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress.”

  46. “Education is not a thing apart from life—not a “system,” nor a philosophy; it is direct teaching how to live and how to work.”

  47. “A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right, and evil doesn’t become good just because it’s accepted by a majority.”

  48. “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.”

  49. “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.”

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

  51. “Success is not to be measured by the position someone has reached in life, but the obstacles he has overcome while trying to succeed.”

  52. “He who lives outside the law is a slave. The free man is the man who lives within the law, whether that law be the physical or the divine.”

  53. “At the bottom of education, at the bottom of politics, even at the bottom of religion, there must be for our race economic independence.”

  54. “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.”

  55. “In the long run, the world is going to have the best, and any difference in race, religion, or previous history will not long keep the world from what it wants.”

  56. “It is important and right that all privileges of the law be ours, but it is vastly more important that we be prepared for the exercise of those privileges.”

  57. “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.”

  58. “Those who have accomplished the greatest results are those who never grow excited or lose self-control, but are always calm, self-possessed, patient, and polite.”

  59. “Living is the art of loving. Loving is the art of caring. Caring is the art of sharing. Sharing is the art of living. If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”

  60. “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.”

  61. “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.”

  62. “My experience has been that the time to test a true gentleman is to observe him when he is in contact with individuals of a race that is less fortunate than his own.”

  63. “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.”

  64. “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.”

  65. “Years ago I resolved that because I had no ancestors myself, I would leave a record of which my children would be proud, and which might encourage them to still higher comfort.”

  66. “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.”

  67. “To be one with God is to be like God. Our real religious striving then, should be to become one with God; sharing with Him in our poor humble way His qualities and attributes.”

  68. “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.”

  69. “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.”

  70. “No white American ever thinks that any other race is wholly civilized until he wears the white man’s clothes, eat’s the white man’s food. Speaks the white man’s language and professes the white man’s religion.”

  71. “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.”

  72. “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.”

  73. “To those of my race who depend on bettering their condition in a foreign land or who underestimate the importance of cultivating friendly relations with the Southern white man, who is their next-door neighbor, I would say ‘Cast your bucket where you are’.”

  74. “There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only and easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.”

  75. “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.”

  76. “Never get to a point where you will be ashamed to ask anybody for information. The ignorant man will always be ignorant if he fears that by asking another for information he will display ignorance. Better once display your ignorance of a certain subject than always know nothing of it.”

  77. “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.”

  78. “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.”

  79. “We are to be tested in our patience, our forbearance, our perseverance, our power to endure wrong, to withstand temptations, to economize, to acquire and use skill; in our ability to compete to succeed in commerce, to disregard the superficial for the real, the appearance for the substance, to be great and yet small, learned and yet simple, high and yet the servant to all.”

  80. “There is a class of colored 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 he does not want to lose his income.”



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