Booker Taliaferro Washington(April 5, 1856 – November 14, 1915) was an African-American educator, civil rights activist, and founder of Tuskegee University.
Here are Booker T. Washington’s top ten most inspirational quotes:
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.
We all should rise, above the clouds of ignorance, narrowness, and selfishness.
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 that to be in bad company.
If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.
You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him.
Character, not circumstance, makes the man.
There are two ways of exerting one’s strength; one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.
Start where you are with what you have, knowing that what you have is plenty enough.
Decide to be your best. In the long run the world is going to want and have the best and that might as well be you.
Thank you Booker T. Washington!
- He was born into slavery and began working at age 5.
- His middle name Taliaferro is Italian for “ironcutter”.
- He was the first African-American on a US postage stamp.
- He wrote two autobiographies, “The Story of My Life and Work” and “Up From Slavery”.
What are some of your favorite quotes?