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

Booker T. Washington on service
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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 had to overcome while trying to succeed.

Booker T. Washington on success
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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.

Booker T. Washington on ability
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You can't hold a man down without staying down with him.

Booker T. Washington on fellowship
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There are two ways of exerting one's strength; one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.

Booker T. Washington on strength
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I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.

Booker T. Washington on hate
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Success always leaves footprints.

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

Booker T. Washington on leadership
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Character, not circumstances, makes the man.

Booker T. Washington on character
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Character is power.

Booker T. Washington on character
7

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

Booker T. Washington on excellence
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We do not want the men of another color for our brothers-in-law, but we do want them for our brothers.

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

Booker T. Washington on pride
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Character, not circumstances, makes the man.

About Booker T. Washington

Name Booker T. Washington
Quotes 30 quotes
Nationality American
Profession Educator
Birthday April 5, 1856
About Booker Taliaferro Washington was an American educator, orator, author and the dominant leader of the African-American community nationwide from the 1890s to his death. Born to slavery and freed by the Civil War in 1865, as a young man, became head of the new Tuskegee Institute, then a teachers' college for blacks. It became his base of operations.
Top topics life, race, learned, success, hold

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.

Booker T. Washington on language
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Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.

Booker T. Washington on work
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I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.

Booker T. Washington on belittle
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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.

Booker T. Washington on advanced
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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.

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

Booker T. Washington on responsibility
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I will permit no one to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate them.

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. Out of the hard and unusual struggle through which he is compelled to pass, he gets a strength, a confidence, that one misses whose pathway is comparatively smooth by reason of birth and race.

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

Booker T. Washington on world
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Dignify and glorify common labor. It is at the bottom of life that we must begin, not at the top.

Booker T. Washington on life
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To hold a man down, you have to stay down with him.

Booker T. Washington on stay
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At the bottom of education, at the bottom of politics, even at the bottom of religion, there must be for our race economic independence.

Booker T. Washington on education
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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.

Booker T. Washington on support
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Those who are the happiest, are those who do the most for others.

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 they do not want to lose their jobs.

Booker T. Washington on racism
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If you can't read, it's going to be hard to realize dreams.

Booker T. Washington on dreams
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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.

Booker T. Washington on things
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One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him.

Booker T. Washington on ditch
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We must reinforce argument with results.

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

Booker T. Washington on associate
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Character is power.