Booker T. Washington, 1856-1915, Educator and Author

"It is now long ago that I resolved that I would permit no man, no matter what his colour might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him."

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"Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your mind. Put your whole soul to it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."

Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882, Essayist, Philosopher and Poet



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"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there's love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong."

Ella Fitzgerald, 1917-1996, Jazz Singer



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"It is a great mistake for men to give up paying compliments, for when they give up saying what is charming, they give up thinking what is charming."

Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Writer and Poet



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"Behold the turtle: He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out."

James Bryant Conant, 1893-1978, Educator and Diplomat



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"You will find yourself refreshed by the presence of cheerful people. Why not make earnest effort to confer that pleasure on others? Half the battle is gained if you never allow yourself to say anything gloomy."

Lydia M. Child, 1802-1880, Abolitionist and Women's Rights Activist



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"One hour per day of study will put you at the top of your field within three years. Within five years you'll be a national authority. In seven years, you can be one of the best people in the world at what you do."

Earl Nightingale, 1921-1989, Author and Speaker



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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Martin Luther King, Jr, 1929-1968, American Civil-Rights Leader



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"There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul."

Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 1850-1919, Author and Poet



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"You must constantly ask yourself these questions: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that okay? Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change."

Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, Author and Speaker



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"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."

Harriet Tubman, 1822-1913, Abolitionist



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