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Booker T. Washington
April 5, 1856 - November 15, 1915
Nationality: American
Category: Educator
Subcategory: American Educator

Character is power.


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.


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


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


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


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


We must reinforce argument with results.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


Character, not circumstances, makes the man.


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


I let no man drag me down so low as to make me hate him.


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


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


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.


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


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