Five (or ten) Quotes from Booker T. Washington

April 5, 1856 – November 14, 1915

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

“I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.”

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

“Character, not circumstance, makes the person."

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

“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.”

“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.”

“The longer I live and the more experience I have of the world, the more I am convinced that, after all, the one thing that is most worth living for-and dying for, if need be-is the opportunity of making someone else more happy."

“Character is power.”

“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.”

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