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.

— Marian Wright Edelman

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Children must have at least one person who believes in them.

It could be a counselor, a teacher, a preacher, a friend. It could be you. You never know when a little love, a little support will plant a small seed of hope.


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


You're not obligated to win. You're obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.


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


It's time for greatness - not for greed.

It's a time for idealism - not ideology. It is a time not just for compassionate words, but compassionate action.


Be a good ancestor. Stand for something bigger than yourself. Add value to the Earth during your sojourn.


What's wrong with our children? Adults telling children to be honest while lying and cheating. Adults telling children to not be violent while marketing and glorifying violence... I believe that adult hypocrisy is the biggest problem children face in America.


No person has the right to rain on your dreams.


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


Don't just dream about grandiose acts of doing good.

Every day do small ones, that add up over time to positive patterns.


Never let us confuse what is legal with what is right.

Everything Hitler did in Nazi Germany was legal, but it was not right.


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.


About Marian Wright Edelman

Quotes 141 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Activist
Birthday October 16

You are in charge of your own attitude whatever others do or circumstances you face. The only person you can control is yourself...worry more about your attitude than your aptitude or lineage.


Failure is just another way to learn how to do something right.


It really takes a community to raise children, no matter how much money one has.

Nobody can do it well alone. And it's the bedrock security of community that we and our children need.


Never work just for money or for power. They won't save your soul or help you sleep at night.


Why are guns the only unregulated consumer products in America? We regulate toy guns and teddy bears, but we do not regulate a product that kills 4,600 children a year.


Service is the rent we pay for living.


We are not going to deal with the violence in our communities, our homes, and our nation, until we learn to deal with the basic ethic of how we resolve our disputes and to place an emphasis on peace in the way we relate to one another.


If parents snicker at racial and gender jokes, another generation will pass on the poison adults still have not had the courage to snuff out.


I'm doing what I think I was put on this earth to do.

And I'm really grateful to have something that I'm passionate about and that I think is profoundly important.


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.


It is utterly exhausting being Black in America - physically, mentally, and emotionally. While many minority groups and women feel similar stress, there is no respite or escape from your badge of color.


Parents have become so convinced that educators know what is best for their children that they forget that they themselves are really the experts.


Dr. King used to say, 'I was sitting in the back of the bus, but my mind was always up front.' Don't let anybody tell you that you can't do it. You aim high and you work very hard and now I think it's clear that you can be anything you want to.


The legacy I want to leave is a child-care system that says that no kid is going to be left alone or left unsafe.


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.


We must serve consciously as caring role models, emphasizing the ethic of service, not consumption.


There comes a time when you roll up your sleeves and put yourself at the top of your commitment list.


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.


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.


It is [children] who are God's presence, promise and hope for mankind.


You just do it one step at a time.


We are willing to spend the least amount of money to keep a kid at home, more to put him in a foster home and the most to institutionalize him.


Service is what life is all about.


You really can change the world if you care enough.


[Rosa Louise] Parks used to say, "Everybody looks at me because I sat down once in Montgomery, but the real hero is a woman named Septima Clark."She created the Citizenship Schools [where civil-rights activists taught basic literacy and political education classes].


The literacy level at Mississippi prisons? Fifth grade.

Can't read, what are you going to do? If you've got a conviction rap, what are you going to do? It's a real crisis.


Homeless shelters, child hunger, and child suffering have become normalized in the richest nation on earth. It's time to reset our moral compass and redefine how we measure success.


So often we are depressed by what remains to be done and forget to be thankful for all that has been done.


God, please help us remember that all the darkness in the world cannot snuff out the light of one little candle. Help us to keep lighting our little candles until a mighty torch of justice sweeps our nation and the world.


Just because a child's parents are poor or uneducated is no reason to deprive the child of basic human rights to health care, education and proper nutrition.


It's the new slavery. It came out of the drug laws and it really is something we're going to have to confront, but I don't see enough people up in arms about that. We need to be.


[Martin Luther ] King didn't pick his leadership position.

Most movements are not started by single people.


If it's wrong for 13-year-old inner-city girls to have babies without the benefit of marriage, it's wrong for rich celebrities, and we ought to stop putting them on the cover of People magazine.


There are so many noises and pulls and competing demands in our lives that many of us never find out who we are. Learn to be quiet enough to hear the sound of the genuine within yourself so that you can hear it in other people.


Don't be afraid of hard work.


You can achieve much in life if you don't mind doing the work and giving someone else the credit.


I worry about the kids who have too much.

As a parent living in a so-called good neighborhood with children who went to private high school, I found myself spending much time in parent groups worrying about alcohol, unsupervised parties, and parents not being parents. We've got to send messages to our kids about what is important.