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Quotes of the day: W.E.B. DuBois

Published Sunday, February 23, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EST
Feb 23 2014

William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B." DuBois (February 23, 1868 - August 27, 1963) was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, DuBois grew up in a relatively tolerant and integrated community. After graduating from Harvard, where he was the first African American to earn a doctorate, he became a professor of history, sociology and economics at Atlanta University. DuBois was one of the co-founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Believe in life! Always human beings will progress to greater, broader, and fuller life.

Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.

Deception is the natural defense of the weak against the strong.

Either the United States will destroy ignorance or ignorance will destroy the United States.

Everybody is in favor of justice so long as it costs them no effort.

Herein lies the tragedy of the age: not that men are poor,- all men know something of poverty; not that men are wicked,- who is good? not that men are ignorant,- what is Truth? Nay, but that men know so little of men.

I insist that the object of all true education is not to make men carpenters, it is to make carpenters men.

I sit with Shakespeare and he winces not. Across the color-line I move arm in arm with Balzac and Dumas, where smiling men and welcoming women glide in gilded halls.

Ignorance is a cure for nothing.

Liberty trains for liberty. Responsibility is the first step in responsibility.

No state can be strong which excludes from its expressed wisdom, the knowledge possessed by mothers, wives and daughters.

Only the soul that suffers knows its suffering. Only the one who needs knows what need means.

Pessimism is cowardice.

The cause of war is preparation for war.

The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.

The theory of democratic government is not that the will of the people is always right, but rather that normal human beings of average intelligence will, if given a chance, learn the right and best course by bitter experience.

The time must come when, great and pressing as change and betterment may be, they do not involve killing and hurting people.

The worker must work for the glory of his handiwork, not simply for pay; the thinker must think for truth, not for fame.

The world is shrinking together; it is finding itself neighbor to itself in strange, almost magic degree.

There is always a certain glamour about the idea of a nation rising up to crush an evil simply because it is wrong. Unfortunately, this can seldom be realized in real life; for the very existence of the evil usually argues a moral weakness in the very place where extraordinary moral strength is called for.

There is but one coward on earth, and that is the coward that dare not know.

To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships.

Unfortunately there was one thing that the white South feared more than Negro dishonesty, ignorance, and incompetency, and that was Negro honesty, knowledge, and efficiency.

We can afford the Truth.

What do nations care about the cost of war, if by spending a few hundred millions in steel and gunpowder they can gain a thousand millions in diamonds and cocoa?

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