Quotes by Booker T. Washington

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Booker Taliaferro Washington (April 5, 1856 November 15, 1915) was an African American political leader, educator and author. He was one of the dominant figures in African American history from 1890 to 1915.

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

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.
I will not permit any man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.
There are two ways of exerting one's strength; one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.
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.
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.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
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.
We do not want the men of another color for our brothers-in-law, but we do want them for our brothers.
No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.
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.
If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.
There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, simple and useful life.
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.
You can't hold a man down without staying down with him.
I think I have learned that the best way to lift one’s self up is to help someone else.
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.

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