1. 10

    Studying goes deeper than mere reading. There are surface nuggets to be gathered but the best of the gold is underneath, and it takes time and labor to secure it.

    154
  2. 9

    We live in a world which respects power above all things. Power, intelligently directed, can lead to more freedom. Unwisely directed, it can be a dreadful, destructive force.

    156
  3. 8

    Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough.

    156
  4. 7

    Next to God we are indebted to women, first for life itself, and then for making it worth living.

    215
  5. 6

    I plunged into the job of creating something from nothing.... Though I hadn't a penny left, I considered cash money as the smallest part of my resources. I had faith in a living God, faith in myself, and a desire to serve.

    226
  6. 5

    I leave you love. I leave you hope. I leave you the challenge of developing confidence in one another. I leave you respect for the use of power. I leave you faith. I leave you racial dignity.

    227
  7. 4

    To those of you with your years of service still ahead, the challenge is yours. Stop doubting yourselves. Have the courage to make up your minds and hold your decisions. Refuse to be BOUGHT for a nickel, or a million dollars, or a job!

    264
  8. 3

    If we accept and acquiesce in the face of discrimination, we accept the responsibility ourselves. We should, therefore, protest openly everything ... that smacks of discrimination or slander.

    275
  9. 2

    Faith is the first factor in a life devoted to service. Without it, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible.

    282
  10. 1

    A woman is free if she lives by her own standards and creates her own destiny, if she prizes her individuality and puts no boundaries on her hopes for tomorrow.

    293
  11. Last Update: 6 February 2023

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