Booker Taliaferro Washington (1856 - 1915)
- There is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.
- The slave system on our place, in large measure, took the spirit of self-reliance and self-help out of the white people.
- I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.
- Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.
- This country demands that every race measure itself by the American standard.
- There is no escape - man drags man down, or man lifts man up.
- Do the common thing in an uncommon way.
- 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.
- There are two ways of exerting one's strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.