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    The creation of the spiritual was no accident. It was a creation born of necessity, so that the slave might more adequately adjust himself to the conditions of the New World.
    — Benjamin E. Mays
    It is not a disaster to be unable to capture your ideal, but it is a disaster to have no ideal to capture.
    — Benjamin E. Mays
    Failure isn't in not reaching your goal but in having no goal to reach.
    — Benjamin E. Mays
    tags: failure  goal 
     
    Man is what his dreams are.
    — Benjamin E. Mays
    tags: men  dreams 
     
    For nearly a century, the South made itself believe that Negroes and white people were really communicating. So convinced of this were the white Southerners that they almost made the nation believe that they, and only they, knew the mind of the Southern Negro.
    — Benjamin E. Mays
    tags: people  believe  mind 
     
    Many well-meaning intelligent people have argued since the May 17, 1954, decision of the United States Supreme Court outlawing segregation in the public schools that communication between the races has broken down.
    — Benjamin E. Mays
    . . . the circumference of life cannot be rightly drawn until the center is set.
    — Benjamin E. Mays
    You have the ability, now apply yourself.
    — Benjamin E. Mays
    In this perilous world, if a black boy wanted to live a halfway normal life and die a natural death he had to learn early the art of how to get along with white folks.
    — Benjamin E. Mays
    tags: death  live  world  die  boys  learn  black 
     
    The tragedy of this life is not failure, but low aim.
    — Benjamin E. Mays
    tags: failure  tragedy 
     
    Honest communication is built on truth and integrity and upon respect of the one for the other.
    — Benjamin E. Mays
    [H]owever hard the road, however difficult today, tomorrow things will be better. Tomorrow may not be better, but we must believe that it will be.
    — Benjamin E. Mays
    tags: believe  tomorrow 
     
    It isn't a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for.
    — Benjamin E. Mays
    tags: star 
     
    It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach.
    — Benjamin E. Mays
    tags: lies  tragedy  mind  goal 
     
    It isn't more light we need, it isn't more truth, and it isn't more scientific data. It is more Christ, more courage, more spiritual insight to act on the light we have.
    — Benjamin E. Mays
    He who starts behind in the great race of life must forever remain behind or run faster than the man in front.
    — Benjamin E. Mays
    tags: men  forever  race 
     
    We, today, stand on the shoulders of our predecessors who have gone before us. We, as their successors, must catch the torch of freedom and liberty passed on to us by our ancestors. We cannot lose in this battle.
    — Benjamin E. Mays
    tags: freedom  gone  battle  liberty 
     
    Every man and woman is born into the world to do something unique and something distinctive and if he or she does not do it, it will never be done.
    — Benjamin E. Mays
    tags: men  women  world 
     
    Whatever you do, do it so well that people looking on will feel that the task was reserved especially for you by God Himself.
    — Benjamin E. Mays
    tags: people  god 
     
    The tragedy of life is not found in failure but complacency. Not in you doing too much, but doing too little. Not in you living above your means, but below your capacity. It's not failure but aiming too low, that is life's greatest tragedy.
    — Benjamin E. Mays
    tags: failure  living  tragedy 
     
    Whatever you do,strive to do it so well that no man living and no man dead and no man yet to be born could do it any better.
    — Benjamin E. Mays
    tags: men  living 
     
    It is not your environment, it is you- the quality of your mind, the integrity of your soul and the determination of your will that will decide your future and shape your life.
    — Benjamin E. Mays
    The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. It isn't a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream...It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for. Not failure, but low aim is sin.
    — Benjamin E. Mays
    tags: failure  lies  star  tragedy  die  sin  goal  dreams 
     
    I believe everyone is born into the world to do something unique and distinctive.
    — Benjamin E. Mays
    tags: world  believe 
     
    It isn't a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream.
    — Benjamin E. Mays
    tags: die  dreams 
     
    If what is communicated is false, it can hardly be called communication.
    — Benjamin E. Mays
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