An inch of progress is worth a yard of complaint.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Dignify and glorify common labor. It is at the bottom of life that we must begin, not at the top.
Every person who has grown to any degree of usefulness, every person who has grown to distinction, almost without exception has been a person who has risen by overcoming obstacles, by removing difficulties, by resolving that when he met discouragement he would not give up.
Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.
Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.
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.
I learned the lesson that great men cultivate love, and that only little men cherish a spirit of hatred. I learned that assistance given to the weak makes the one who gives it strong; and that oppression of the unfortunate makes one weak.
I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.
I think I have learned that the best way to lift one's self up is to help someone else.
I would permit no man, no matter what his color might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.
If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.
In all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress.
In any country, regardless of what its laws say, wherever people act upon the idea that the disadvantage of one man is the good of another, there slavery exists. Wherever, in any country the whole people feel that the happiness of all is dependent upon the happiness of the weakest, there freedom exists.
Men may make laws to hinder and fetter the ballot, but men cannot make laws that will bind or retard the growth of manhood.
Most leaders spend time trying to get others to think highly of them, when instead they should try to get their people to think more highly of themselves. It's wonderful when the people believe in their leader. It's more wonderful when the leader believes in their people!
Never let your work drive you. Master it and keep it in complete control.
No man who continues to add something to the material, intellectual, and moral well-being of the place in which he lives is long left without proper reward.
No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.
Nothing ever comes to me, that is worth having, except as the result of hard work.
Of all forms of slavery there is none that is so harmful and degrading as that form of slavery which tempts one human being to hate another by reason of his race or color. One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him.
Political activity alone cannot make a man free. Back of the ballot, he must have property, industry, skill, economy, intelligence, and character.
Progress, progress is the law of nature; under God it shall be our eternal guiding star.
Start where you are with what you have, knowing that what you have is plenty enough.
Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed.
Success waits patiently for anyone who has the determination and strength to seize it.
The highest test of the civilization of any race is in its willingness to extend a helping hand to the less fortunate.
The world cares very little what you or I know, but it does care a great deal about what you or I do.
There are two ways of exerting one's strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.
There is no escape- man drags man down, or man lifts man up.
There is no power on earth, that can neutralize the influence of a high, pure, simple and useful life.
We all should rise, above the clouds of ignorance, narrowness, and selfishness.
Wherever, in any country the whole people feel that the happiness of all is dependent upon the happiness of the weakest, there freedom exists.
You can't hold a man down without staying down with him.
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