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    We shall prosper as we learn to do the common things of life in an uncommon way. Let down your buckets where you are.
    — Booker T. Washington
    tags: learn 
     
    It means a great deal, I think, to start off on a foundation which one has made for oneself.
    — Booker T. Washington
    tags: oneself 
     
    My whole life has largely been one of surprises.
    — Booker T. Washington
    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
    tags: world  race 
     
    I shall never permit myself to stoop so low as to hate any man.
    — Booker T. Washington
    tags: men  hate 
     
    Mere connection with what is known as a superior race will not permanently carry an individual forward unless the individual has worth.
    — Booker T. Washington
    tags: race  worth 
     
    Let our opportunities overshadow our grievances.
    — Booker T. Washington
    The negro has within him immense power for self-uplifting, but for years it will be necessary to guide and stimulate him.
    — Booker T. Washington
    tags: power  year 
     
    From some things that I have said one may get the idea that some of the slaves did not want freedom. This is not true. I have never seen one who did not want to be free, or one who would return to slavery.
    — Booker T. Washington
    tags: freedom  true  slavery  ideas 
     
    The circumstances that surround a man's life are not important. How that man responds to those circumstances IS IMPORTANT. His response is the ultimate determining factor between success and failure.
    — Booker T. Washington
    tags: failure  men  success 
     
    To those of my race who depend on bettering their condition in a foreign land or who underestimate the importance of cultivating friendly relations with the Southern white man, who is their next-door neighbor, I would say 'Cast down your bucket where you are.'
    — Booker T. Washington
    tags: men  race 
     
    The Negro is not the man farthest down. The condition of the coloured farmer in the most backward parts of the Southern States of America, even where he has the least education and the least encouragement, is incomparably better than the condition and opportunities of the agricultural population in Sicily.
    — Booker T. Washington
    The longer I live and the more I study the question, the more I am convinced that it is not so much the problem of what you will do with Negro, as what the Negro will do with you and your 'civilization'.
    — Booker T. Washington
    I let no man drag me down so low as to make me hate him.
    — Booker T. Washington
    tags: men  hate 
     
    I believe that my race will succeed in proportion as it learns to do a common thing in an uncommon manner; learns to do a thing so thoroughly that no one can improve upon what it has done; learns to make its services of indispensable value.
    — Booker T. Washington
    tags: believe  value  service  learn  race 
     
    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
    Educated men and women, especially those who are in college, very often get the idea that religion is fit only for the common people. No young man or woman can make a greater error than this...
    — Booker T. Washington
    tags: men  people  women  young  college  ideas 
     
    The time will come when the Negro in the South will be accorded all the political rights which his ability, character, and material possessions entitle him to.
    — Booker T. Washington
    You must understand the troubles of that man farthest down before you can help him.
    — Booker T. Washington
    tags: men  help 
     
    We do not want the men of another color for our brothers-in-law, but we do want them for our brothers.
    — Booker T. Washington
    tags: men 
     
    A race, like an individual, lifts itself up by lifting others up.
    — Booker T. Washington
    tags: race 
     
    An ounce of application is worth a ton of abstraction.
    — Booker T. Washington
    tags: worth 
     
    Each one should remember there is a chance for him.
    — Booker T. Washington
    tags: chance 
     
    No race that has anything to contribute to the markets of the world is long in any degree ostracized.
    — Booker T. Washington
    tags: world  race 
     
    I believe that one always does himself and his audience an injustice when he speaks merely for the sake of speaking. I do not believe that one should speak unless, deep down in his heart, he feels convinced that he has a message to deliver.
    — Booker T. Washington
    tags: heart  believe 
     
    The actual sight of a first-class house that a Negro has built is ten times more potent than pages of discussion about a house that he ought to build, or perhaps could build.
    — Booker T. Washington
    tags: time 
     
    I think I have learned that the best way to lift one's self up is to help someone else.
    — Booker T. Washington
    tags: self  help 
     
    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
    The happiest people are those who do the most for others. The most miserable are those who do the least.
    — Booker T. Washington
    tags: people 
     
    Don't ever let them pull you down so low as to hate them.
    — Booker T. Washington
    tags: hate 
     
    I think I have learned, in some degree at least, to disregard the old maxim "Do not get others to do what you can do yourself." My motto on the other hand is; "Do not do that which others can do as well".
    — Booker T. Washington
    The highest test of the civilization of any race is in its willingness to extend a helping hand to the less fortunate.
    — Booker T. Washington
    tags: civilization  race 
     
    We must reinforce argument with results.
    — Booker T. Washington
    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
    tags: dignity  learn  writing  poem  race 
     
    Lay hold of something that will help you, and then use it to help somebody else.
    — Booker T. Washington
    tags: help 
     
    A sure way for one to lift himself up is by helping to lift someone else.
    — Booker T. Washington
    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
    tags: youth  race 
     
    Great men cultivate love and only little men cherish a spirit of hatred; assistance given to the weak makes the one who gives it strong; oppression of the unfortunate makes one weak.
    — Booker T. Washington
    tags: men  oppression  spirit 
     
    Living is the art of loving. Loving is the art of caring. Caring is the art of sharing. Sharing is the art of living. If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.
    — Booker T. Washington
    tags: living  sharing  loving 
     
    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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