45 Top Booker T. Washington Quotes


Booker T. Washington was a famous American author, educator, orator, and advisor to presidents of the US. He was born in 5th April 1856 and died on 14th November 1915. As an author, he wrote many books but his book Up From Slavery considers as a masterpiece. He was also considered as the dominant leader in the African-American community. I hope these best and famous Booker T Washington Quotes on education, success and life that will Inspire you.

1. “Character is power.”

2. “We must reinforce argument with results.”

3. “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”

4. “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.”

5. “Character, not circumstances, makes the man.”

6. “Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”

7. “Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than to be in bad company.”

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

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

10. “The world cares very little what you or I know, but it does care a great deal about what you or I do.”

11. “Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

12. “I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.”

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

14. ” A life is not worth much of which it cannot be said, when it comes to its close, that it was helpful to humanity.”

15. “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.”

16. “Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.”

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

18. “There is no escape — man drags man down, or man lifts man up.”

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

20. “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.”

21. “Cast down your bucket where you are.”

22. “You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him.”

23. “There are two ways of exerting one’s strength; one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.”

24. “A whining crying race may be pitied but seldom respected.”

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

26. “Providence so often uses men and institutions to accomplish a purpose.”

27. “Opportunities never come a second time, nor do they wait for our leisure.”

28. “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.”

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

30. “Great men cultivate love… Only little men cherish a spirit of hatred.”

31. “Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.”

32. “We should not permit our grievances to overshadow our opportunities.”

33. “The happiest people are those who do the most for others. The most miserable are those who do the least.”

34. “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.”

35. “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.”

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Quotes From Booker T Washington Book “Up From Slavery”

Up from Slavery Quotes by Booker T Washington

36. “It means a great deal, I think, to start off on a foundation which one has made for oneself.”

37. “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.” 

38. “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.”

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

40. “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 overcome while trying to succeed.”

41. “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.” 

42. “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.” 

43. “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.” 

44. “The great human law that in the end recognizes and rewards merit is everlasting and universal.” 

45. “Before the end of the year, I think I began learning that those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”