marian wright edelman Quotes

Service is the rent we pay for the life we have been given.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
Don't feel entitled to anything you don't sweat and struggle for.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
My faith has been the driving thing of my life. I think it is important that people who are perceived as liberals not be afraid of talking about moral and community values.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
The key is that your children are aware that you love them a lot, and that you are there when they really, really need you. If a kid was ill, I would simply leave a meeting and go home.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
It was clear to me as a civil rights leader in the '60s that unless we put the social and economic underpinnings beneath the political and the civil rights, we wouldn't go anywhere.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
Failure is just another way to learn how to do something right.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
What's wrong with our children? Adults telling children to be honest while lying and cheating. Adults telling children to not be violent while marketing and glorifying violence... I believe that adult hypocrisy is the biggest problem children face in America.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
Why are guns the only unregulated consumer products in America? We regulate toy guns and teddy bears, but we do not regulate a product that kills 4,600 children a year.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
We must serve consciously as caring role models, emphasizing the ethic of service, not consumption.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
Be a good ancestor. Stand for something bigger than yourself. Add value to the Earth during your sojourn.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
You're not obligated to win. You're obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.
— Marian Wright Edelman
Don't feel entitled to anything you didn't sweat and struggle for.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
It's time for greatness - not for greed. It's a time for idealism - not ideology. It is a time not just for compassionate words, but compassionate action.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
We are willing to spend the least amount of money to keep a kid at home, more to put him in a foster home and the most to institutionalize him.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
Service is the rent we pay for living.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
The outside world told black kids when I was growing up that we weren't worth anything. But our parents said it wasn't so, and our churches and our schoolteachers said it wasn't so. They believed in us, and we, therefore, believed in ourselves.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
Learn to be quiet enough to hear the genuine within yourself so that you can hear it in others.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
Investing in [children] is not a national luxury or a national choice. It's a national necessity. If the foundation of your house is crumbling, you don't say you can't afford to fix it while you're building astronomically expensive fences to protect it from outside enemies. The issue is not are we going to pay - it's are we going to pay now, up front, or are we going to pay a whole lot more later on.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
This act will leave a moral blot on his presidency
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— Marian Wright Edelman
The future which we hold in trust for our own children will be shaped by our fairness to other people's children.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
You just need to be a flea against injustice. Enough committed fleas biting strategically can make even the biggest dog uncomfortable and transform even the biggest nation.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
Don't just dream about grandiose acts of doing good. Every day do small ones, that add up over time to positive patterns.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
Children must have at least one person who believes in them. It could be a counselor, a teacher, a preacher, a friend. It could be you. You never know when a little love, a little support will plant a small seed of hope.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
The question is not whether we can afford to invest in every child; it is whether we can afford not to.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
It is so important not to let ourselves off the hook or to become apathetic or cynical by telling ourselves that nothing works or makes a difference. Every day, light your small candle.... The inaction and actions of many human beings over a long time contributed to the crises our children face, and it is the action and struggle of many human beings over time that will solve them-with God's help. So every day, light your small candle.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back - but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
Whoever said anyone has the right to give up.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
We must always refill and ensure there is a critical mass of leaders and activists committed to nonviolence and racial and economic justice who will keep seeding and building transforming movements.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
Be real. Try to do what you say, say what you mean, and be what you seem.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
People who don't vote have no line of credit with people who are elected and thus pose no threat to those who act against our interests.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
Never work just for money or for power. They won't save your soul or help you sleep at night.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
The Declaration of Independence was always our vision of who we wanted to be, our ideal of freedom and justice, how we were going to be different, and what the American experiment was going to be about.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
So often we are depressed by what remains to be done and forget to be thankful for all that has been done.
— Marian Wright Edelman
I've always hated being hemmed in or seeing anybody being hemmed in. Even when I was the smallest child, I couldn't bear being told I couldn't drink at a so-called white drinking fountain.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
It is [children] who are God's presence, promise and hope for mankind.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
If we think we have ours and don't owe any time or money or effort to help those left behind, then we are a part of the problem rather than the solution to the fraying social fabric that threatens all Americans.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
Parents have become so convinced that educators know what is best for their children that they forget that they themselves are really the experts.
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— Marian Wright Edelman
You didn't have a choice about the parents you inherited, but you do have a choice about the kind of parent you will be.
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— Marian Wright Edelman