“Whenever people act upon the idea that the disadvantage of one man is the good of another, there slavery exists.” Booker T. Washington

“Slavery presented a problem of destruction; freedom presents one of construction.” Booker T. Washington

“I have never had much patience with…[those] always ready to explain why one cannot succeed. I have always had high regard for the man who could tell me how to succeed.” Booker T. Washington

“Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.” Booker T. Washington

“Nor shall we permit our grievances to overshadow our opportunities.” Booker T. Washington

“There are two ways of exerting one’s strength; one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.” Booker T. Washington

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” Booker T. Washington

“Constructive action…must constitute the bedrock of all true civilization.” Booker T. Washington

“One constructive effort in the way of progress does more to blot out discrimination than all the whinings in the world.” Booker T. Washington

“The most complete development of each human being can come only through his being permitted to exercise the most complete freedom compatible with the freedom of others.” Booker T. Washington

“Freedom, in the broadest and highest sense, has never been a bequest; it has been a conquest.” Booker T. Washington

“Our republic is the outgrowth of the desire for liberty that is natural in every human breast…and the most complete guarantee of the safety of life and property.” Booker T. Washington

“In a state of freedom…[man] renders the highest and most helpful form of service [to others].” Booker T. Washington

“It is what a man or woman is able to do that counts.” Booker T. Washington

“No man who continues to add something to the material, intellectual and moral well-being of the place in which he lives is left long without proper reward.” Booker T. Washington

“The individual who can do something that the world wants will, in the end, make his way regardless of race.” Booker T. Washington