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Inspirational Booker T. Washington Quotes About Success, Life and Education

You’ll be truly inspired by these Booker T. Washington quotes.

When he was alive, Booker T. Washington was by far one of the most influential African-Americans of his time. He inspired many with his dignity, ambitions, and prided himself on educating others. Allow these inspirational Booker T. Washington quotes to help you achieve your own legacy and better the world around you.

Booker T. Washington Quotes About Making Progress in life

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

2. 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. – Booker T. Washington

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

4. If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. – Booker T. Washington

Booker T. Washington Quotes 15. Character is power. – Booker T. Washington

6. Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way. – Booker T. Washington

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

8. Character, not circumstances, makes the man. – Booker T. Washington

9. 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

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10. Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others. – Booker T. Washington

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11. You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him. – Booker T. Washington

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

13. We all should rise, above the clouds of ignorance, narrowness, and selfishness. – Booker T. Washington

14. I have begun everything with the idea that I could succeed, and I never had much patience with the multitudes of people who are always ready to explain why one cannot succeed. – Booker T. Washington

15. There are two ways of exerting one’s strength; one is pushing down, the other is pulling up. – Booker T. Washington

16. The older I grow, the more I am convinced that there is no education which one can get from books and costly apparatus that is equal to that which can be gotten from contact with great men and women. – Booker T. Washington

17. 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

18. Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity. – Booker T. Washington

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

20. The world cares very little what you or I know, but it does care a great deal about what you or I do. – Booker T. Washington

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21. Of all forms of slavery there is none that is so harmful and degrading as that form of slavery which tempts one human being to hate another by reason of his race or color. – Booker T. Washington

22. In any country, regardless of what its laws say, wherever people act upon the idea that the disadvantage of one man is the good of another, there slavery exists. Wherever, in any country the whole people feel that the happiness of all is dependent upon the happiness of the weakest, there freedom exists. – Booker T. Washington

23. There is no escape — man drags man down, or man lifts man up. – Booker T. Washington

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24. I pity from the bottom of my heart any nation or body of people that is so unfortunate as to get entangled in the net of slavery. – Booker T. Washington

25. Providence so often uses men and institutions to accomplish a purpose. – Booker T. Washington

26. I learned the lesson that great men cultivate love, and that only little men cherish a spirit of hatred. I learned that assistance given to the weak makes the one who gives it strong; and that oppression of the unfortunate makes one weak. – Booker T. Washington

27. 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

28. 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

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29. We must reinforce argument with results. – Booker T. Washington

30. 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

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31. 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. – Booker T. Washington

32. 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

33. Cast down your bucket where you are. – Booker T. Washington

34. He who lives outside the law is a slave. The free man is the man who lives within the law, whether that law be the physical or the divine – Booker T. Washington

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35. Great men cultivate love… Only little men cherish a spirit of hatred. – Booker T. Washington

36. 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

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

38. A life is not worth much of which it cannot be said, when it comes to its close, that it was helpful to humanity. – Booker T. Washington

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39. We should not permit our grievances to overshadow our opportunities. – Booker T. Washington

40. Opportunities never come a second time, nor do they wait for our leisure. – Booker T. Washington

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41. A whining crying race may be pitied but seldom respected. – Booker T. Washington

42. To be one with God is to be like God. Our real religious striving then, should be to become one with God; sharing with Him in our poor humble way His qualities and attributes. – Booker T. Washington

43. The happiest people are those who do the most for others. The most miserable are those who do the least. – Booker T. Washington

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44. The thing to do when one feels sure that he has said or done the right thing and is condemned, is to stand still and keep quiet. If he is right, time will show it. – Booker T. Washington

45. It is important and right that all privileges of the law be ours, but it is vastly more important that we be prepared for the exercise of those privileges. – Booker T. Washington

46. 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

47. In my contact with people, I find that, as a rule, it is only the little, narrow people who live for themselves, who never read good books, who do not travel, who never open up their souls in a way to permit them to come into contact with other souls – with the great outside world. – Booker T. Washington

48. “It means a great deal, I think, to start off on a foundation which one has made for oneself.”― Booker T. Washington

49. “The great human law that in the end recognizes and rewards merit is everlasting and universal.”― Booker T. Washington

50. “I shall never permit myself to stoop so low as to hate any man.”― Booker T. Washington

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51. “Nothing ever comes to me, that is worth having, except as the result of hard work.”― Booker T. Washington

52. “Education is not a thing apart from life—not a “system,” nor a philosophy; it is direct teaching how to live and how to work.”― Booker T. Washington

53. “I will permit no man to narrow & degrade my sould by making me hate him.”― Booker T. Washington

54. “I began learning long ago that those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”― Booker T. Washington

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55. “My experience has been that the time to test a true gentleman is to observe him when he is in contact with individuals of a race that is less fortunate than his own.”― Booker T. Washington

56. “A race, like an individual, lifts itself up by lifting others up.”― Booker T. Washington

57. “Success is not to be measured by the position someone has reached in life, but the obstacles he has overcome while trying to succeed.”― Booker T. Washington

58. “In the long run, the world is going to have the best, and any difference in race, religion, or previous history will not long keep the world from what it wants.”― Booker T. Washington

59. “In all things social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress.”― Booker T. Washington

60. “Instead of studying books so constantly, how I wish that our schools and colleges might learn to study men and things!”― Booker T. Washington

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61. “Those who have accomplished the greatest results are those who never grow excited or lose self-control, but are always calm, self-possessed, patient, and polite.”― Booker T. Washington

62. “Success always leaves footprints.” – Booker T. Washington

63. “Success is not to be measured so much by the status one has attained in life but rather by the obstacles one has overcome while trying to succeed.” – Booker T. Washington

64. “To young, inexperienced minds there seems to be a kind of fatal charm about the vague, the distant, and the mysterious.” – Booker T. Washington

65. “It takes no more time to be polite to every one than it does to be rude.” – Booker T. Washington

66. “The study of art that does not result in making the strong less willing to suppress the weak means little.” – Booker T. Washington

67. “One of the highest and surest signs of civilization is that a people have learned to obey the commands of those who are placed over them.” – Booker T. Washington

68. “The one thing that is most worth living for—and dying for, if need be—is the opportunity of making someone else happier and more useful.” – Booker T. Washington

69. “Education is not what a person is able to hold in his head, so much as it is what a person is able to find.” – Booker T. Washington

70. “Then very few persons have any idea of the large number of applications for help that rich people are constantly being flooded with.” – Booker T. Washington

71. “If you are milking cows and feel that you know all that there is to be known about it, you have simply reached the point where you are useless and unfitted for the work.” – Booker T. Washington

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  1. C.E. McCormick

    September 10, 2019 at 3:47 PM

    I felt as if I were reading the Book of Proverbs! So much thought provoking wisdom in very brief sentences or paragraphs. After reading these, I want to know much more about Booker T.

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