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Marian Wright Edelman
June 6, 1939 -
Nationality: American
Category: Activist
Subcategory: American Activist

Don't feel entitled to anything you didn't sweat and struggle for.


No person has the right to rain on your dreams.


My faith has been the driving thing of my life. I think it is important that people who are perceived as liberals not be afraid of talking about moral and community values.


No one, Eleanor Roosevelt said, can make you feel inferior without your consent. Never give it.


Remember and help America remember that the fellowship of human beings is more important than the fellowship of race and class and gender in a democratic society.


A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back - but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.


You just need to be a flea against injustice. Enough committed fleas biting strategically can make even the biggest dog uncomfortable and transform even the biggest nation.


The challenge of social justice is to evoke a sense of community that we need to make our nation a better place, just as we make it a safer place.


Service is what life is all about.


You really can change the world if you care enough.


If we don't stand up for children, then we don't stand for much.


We do not have a money problem in America. We have a values and priorities problem.


People who don't vote have no line of credit with people who are elected and thus pose no threat to those who act against our interests.


Education is a precondition to survival in America today.


The future which we hold in trust for our own children will be shaped by our fairness to other people's children.


If you don't like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.


Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree.


We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.


You didn't have a choice about the parents you inherited, but you do have a choice about the kind of parent you will be.


Far less wealthy industrialized countries have committed to end child poverty, while the United States is sliding backwards. We can do better. We must demand that our leaders do better.


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