At the bottom of education, at the bottom of politics, even at the bottom of religion, there must be for our race economic independence.
I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.
If you can’t read, it’s going to be hard to realize dreams.
There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, simple and useful life.
No greater injury can be done to any youth than to let him feel that because he belongs to this or that race he will be advanced in life regardless of his own merits or efforts.
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 had to overcome while trying to succeed.
If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.
You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him.
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.
We do not want the men of another color for our brothers-in-law, but we do want them for our brothers.