“Character, not circumstance, makes the person.”

“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.”

“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”

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

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

“There are two ways of exerting one’s strength; one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.”

“There is no education which one can get from books and costly apparatus that is equal to that which can be gotten from contact with great men and women.”

“The world cares little about what a man knows. It cares more about what a man is able to do.”

“Great men cultivate love and only little men cherish a spirit of hatred.”

“Success in life is founded upon attention to the small things rather than to the large things; to the every day things nearest to us rather than to the things that are remote and uncommon.”

* Painting of “Booker T Washington” Original illustration for Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson available at the R. Michelson Galleries.

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