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W. E. B. Du Bois Quotes

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An American, a Negro...
two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings;
two warring ideals in one dark body,
whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

Education is that whole system of human training within
and without the school house walls,
which molds and develops men.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

But what of black women?...
I most sincerely doubt if any other race of women could
have brought its fineness up through so devilish a fire.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

 

A classic is a book that doesn't have to be written again.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in
a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

When you have mastered numbers, you will in fact no
longer be reading numbers,
any more than you read words when reading books You
will be reading meanings.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

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Believe in life!
Always human beings will live and progress to greater,
broader, and fuller life.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

If there is anybody in this land who thoroughly believes
that the meek shall inherit the earth they have not
often let their presence be known.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

The power of the ballot we need in sheer defense,
else what shall save us from a second slavery?
- W. E. B. Du Bois

To stimulate wildly weak and untrained minds is to play with mighty fires.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

A little less complaint and whining,
and a little more dogged work and manly striving,
would do us more credit than a thousand civil rights bills.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

One ever feels his twoness - an American,
a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings;
two warring ideals in one dark body,
whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness,
this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others,
of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that
looks on in amused contempt and pity.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional PHOTO

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.
- Native American Proverb

I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free
and there was nothing to break the light of the sun.
I was born where there were no enclosures.
- Geronimo

I am proud to be an American.
Because an American can eat anything on the face of
this earth as long as he has two pieces of bread.
- Bill Cosby

Solitude is considered un-American.
- Erica Jong

Treat the earth well,
It was not given to you by your parents,
It was loaned to you by your children.
- Native American Proverb

Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf.
- Native American Proverb

We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.
- American Indian Proverb

Half of the American people have never read a newspaper.
Half never voted for President.
One hopes it is the same half.
- Gore Vidal

Protecting the institution of marriage safeguards,
I believe, the American family.
- John Boehner

Citizen Kane is perhaps the one American talking picture
that seems as fresh now as the day it opened.
It may seem even fresher.
- Pauline Kael

If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated,
let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he
does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right.
- Bill Cosby

Confronted with the choice, the American people would
choose the policeman's truncheon over the anarchist's bomb.
- Spiro T. Agnew

Wit - the salt with which the American humorist spoils
his intellectual cookery by leaving it out.
- Ambrose Bierce

I stand fearlessly for small dogs, the American Flag,
motherhood and the Bible.
That's why people love me.
- Art Linkletter

The average American is nothing if not patriotic.
- Herbert Croly

Golf is played by twenty million mature American men
whose wives think they are out having fun.
- Jim Bishop

I see great things in baseball.
It's our game - the American game.
- Walt Whitman

It looks to me to be obvious that the whole world cannot eat an American diet.
- Jerry Brown

Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father.
- Gloria Steinem

All of the books in the world contain no more information
than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year.
Not all bits have equal value.
- Carl Sagan

Managers in all too many American companies do not
achieve the desired results because nobody makes them do it.
- Harold S. Geneen

It is money, money, money!
Not ideas, not principles, but money that reigns supreme in American politics.
- Robert Byrd

If American men are obsessed with money,
American women are obsessed with weight.
The men talk of gain, the women talk of loss,
and I do not know which talk is the more boring.
- Marya Mannes

I have designed the most buildings of any living American architect.
- Alexander Jackson Davis

No greater nor more affectionate honor can be conferred
on an American than to have a public school named after him.
- Herbert Hoover

The beef industry has contributed to more American
deaths than all the wars of this century,
all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined.
- Neal Barnard

Earth Day 1970 was irrefutable evidence that the American
people understood the environmental threat and wanted action to resolve it.
- Barry Commoner

I give you this one thought to keep -
I am with you still - I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the sweet uplifting rush,
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft starts that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone -
I am with you still in each new dawn.
- Traditional Native American Prayer

An Englishman teaching an American about food is like
the blind leading the one-eyed.
- A. J. Liebling

The real 1960s began on the afternoon of November 22,
1963.
It came to seem that Kennedy's murder opened some malign
trap door in American culture,
and the wild bats flapped out.
- Lance Morrow

We, therefore, here in Britain stand shoulder to shoulder
with our American friends in this hour of tragedy,
and we, like them, will not rest until this evil is driven from our world.
- Tony Blair

A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of
labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.
- Grover Cleveland

Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically,
by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.
- Gore Vidal

I met an American woman and got married so I had to get a job.
- Walter Wager

This is the city of dreamers and time and again it's
the place where the greatest dream of all,
the American dream, has been tested and has triumphed.
- Michael Bloomberg

I play a curator, the most American part you can think of.
My work is to protect the Declaration of Independence.
I work at the National Archives in Washington.
- Diane Kruger

I like American women.
They do things sexually Russian girls never dream of doing -
like showering.
- Yakov Smirnoff

I hereby accuse the North American empire of being
the biggest menace to our planet.
- Hugo Chavez

I think the American people have been surprised by
the enthusiasm with which the Iraqis have taken to elections and politics.
- Duncan Hunter

Pessimism is as American as apple pie -
frozen apple pie with a slice of processed cheese.
- George Will

Every American poet feels that the whole responsibility
for contemporary poetry has fallen upon his shoulders,
that he is a literary aristocracy of one.
- W. H. Auden

I think the most important factor in getting out of
the recession actually is just the regenerative capacity of -
of American capitalism.
- Warren Buffett

They're just big in the eyes of the American public.
- Eric Heiden

If this humor be the safety of our race,
then it is due largely to the infusion into the American
people of the Irish brain.
- William Howard Taft

One of the many problems with the American left has
been its image as something rather too solemn,
mirthless, herbivorous, dull, monochrome,
righteous, and boring.
- Christopher Hitchens

American youth attributes much more importance to arriving
at driver's license age than at voting age.
- Marshall McLuhan

Our first responsibility is to protect the American
people and we cannot put on blinders to expect that
everyone who seeks asylum does so in good faith.
- Bill Shuster

The problem we are dealing with at the border is not a Democratic problem.
It is not a Republican problem.
It is an American problem.
- J. D. Hayworth

I had intended to have gone into Africa incognito.
But the fact that a white man, even an American,
was about to enter Africa was soon known all over Zanzibar.
- Henry Morton Stanley

An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy,
would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.
- Charles Darwin

The American people do not want people thumbing their nose at the law.
It undercuts the very fabric of our society and the
system of civil justice and of criminal justice as well.
- Ernest Istook

Still, American composers working in France have had a pretty hard time.
- Gavin Bryars

It's clear price gouging...
The oil companies are gouging the American citizenry aggressively,
relentlessly, and without any sense of conscience whatsoever.
- Maurice Hinchey

We have to attack those things which stand in the way of America progress.
And what stands in the way of American progress right
now is the federal government.
- Tim Scott

I have found that many other countries will buy off on anything American.
As much as they hate us, they want to be us more than anything.
- April Winchell


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