Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Booker T ...

All this week Neil has been learning about Booker T. Washington in his history lessons. He's only in third grade, so the stuff he's reading is pretty simple, despite Mr. Washington's extensive life story. Nevertheless, he gave us some fantastic quotes that are just as powerful today as when he first said them. Some of my favorites include ...

"Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work."

"One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining in the ditch with him."

"Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way."

"If you can't read, it's going to be hard to realize dreams."

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

"Character, not circumstances, makes the man."

"I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him."

Powerful stuff, even today -- thank you, Mr. Washington.


  1. great quotes! He was quite the individual.

  2. That's impressive--I don't know much about him, but now I'm curious.

  3. Those are great quotes. I always love a good quote.

  4. Wow. Great quotes! I love "Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way."

    That relates to writing. Anyone can write a story, it takes voice to make it excellent.