Booker T. Washington

Among a large class, there seemed to be a dependence upon the government for every conceivable thing. The members of this class had little ambition to create a position for themselves, but wanted the federal officials to create one for them. How many times I wished then and have often wished since, that by some power of magic, I might remove the great bulk of these people into the country districts and plant them upon the soil – upon the solid and never deceptive foundation of Mother Nature, where all nations and races that have ever succeeded have gotten their start – a start that at first may be slow and toilsome, but one that nevertheless is real.

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Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.

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I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.

Up from Slavery

 

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

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Great men cultivate love and only little men cherish a spirit of hatred.

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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.

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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.

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

Atlanta Compromise Speech

 

Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him.

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

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