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

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There is a certain class of race problem-solvers who don't want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.


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


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

Booker T. Washington quote Success always leaves footprints.

Success always leaves footprints.


I would permit no man, no matter what his colour might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.


The happiest people are those who do the most for others.

The most miserable are those who do the least.


Success is not measured by where you are in life, but the obstacles you've over come

Booker T. Washington quote Character, not circumstances, makes the

Character, not circumstances, makes the man.


We all should rise, above the clouds of ignorance, narrowness, and selfishness.


Every person who has grown to any degree of usefulness, every person who has grown to distinction, almost without exception has been a person who has risen by overcoming obstacles, by removing difficulties, by resolving that when he met discouragement he would not give up.


Think about it: we went into slavery pagans;

we came out Christians. We went into slavery pieces of property; we came out American citizens. We went into slavery with chains clanking about our wrists; we came out with the American ballot in our hands.

Booker T. Washington quote I will permit no one to narrow and degra

I will permit no one to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate them.


The highest test of the civilization of any race is in its willingness to extend a helping hand to the less fortunate.


Decide to be your best. In the long run the world is going to want and have the best and that might as well be you.


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

Booker T. Washington quote Those who are the happiest, are those wh

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


About Booker T. Washington

Quotes 126 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Educator
Birthday April 5, 1856

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.


The wisest among my race understand that agitations of social equality is the extremist folly, and that progress in the enjoyment of all privileges that will come to us must be the result of severe and constant struggle rather than of artificial forcing.

Booker T. Washington quote Character is power.

Character is power.


You may fill your heads with knowledge or skillfully train your hands, but unless it is based upon high, upright character, upon a true heart, it will amount to nothing. You will be no better than the most ignorant.


Character, not circumstances, makes the man.


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

Booker T. Washington quote Character is power.

Character is power.


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


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


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


Educated men and women, especially those who are in college, very often get the idea that religion is fit only for the common people. No young man or woman can make a greater error than this.


Holding a grudge does not hurt the person against whom the grudge is held, it hurts the one who holds it.


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


It often requires more courage to suffer in silence than to rebel, more courage not to strike back than to retaliate, more courage to be silent than to speak.


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.


In order to be successful in any undertaking, I think the main thing is for one to grow to the point where he completely forgets himself; that is, to lose himself in a great cause. In proportion as one loses himself in this way, in the same degree does he get the highest happiness out of his work.


...those who are guilty of such sweeping criticisms [of the rich] do not know how many people would be made poor, and how much sufering would result, if wealthy people were to part all at once with any large proportion of their wealth in a way to disorganize and cripple great business enterprises.


I believe that my race will succeed in proportion as it learns to do a common thing in an uncommon manner; learns to do a thing so thoroughly that no one can improve upon what it has done; learns to make its services of indispensable value.


No one can degrade us except ourselves.


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


Success always leaves footprints.


You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you have to overcome to reach your goals.


To those of my race who depend on bettering their condition in a foreign land or who underestimate the importance of cultivating friendly relations with the Southern white man, who is their next-door neighbor, I would say 'Cast down your bucket where you are.'


I shall never permit myself to stoop so low as to hate any man.


No white American ever thinks that any other race is wholly civilized until he wears the white man’s clothes, eats the white man’s food, speaks the white man’s language, and professes the white man’s religion.


There are two ways of exerting one's strength; one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.


We must not only become reliable, progressive, skillful and intelligent, but we must keep the idea constantly before our youths that all forms of labor, whether with the hand or head, are honorable.


In all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress.


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


Progress, progress is the law of nature; under God it shall be our eternal guiding star.


Too often the educational value of doing well what is done, however little, is overlooked. One thing well done prepares the mind to do the next thing better. Not how much, but how well, should be the motto. One problem thoroughly understood is of more value than a score poorly mastered.


Living is the art of loving. Loving is the art of caring. Caring is the art of sharing. Sharing is the art of living. If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.


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


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


Men may make laws to hinder and fetter the ballot, but men cannot make laws that will bind or retard the growth of manhood.


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.


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.


One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him.

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