W. E. B. Du Bois

Education must not simply teach work - it must teach Life.W. E. B. Du Bois

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Most men today cannot conceive of a freedom that does not involve somebody's slavery.W. E. B. Du Bois

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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

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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

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The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line: the relation of the darker to the lighter races of men in Asia and Africa, in America and the islands of the sea.W. E. B. Du Bois

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

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Make yourself do unpleasant things so as to gain the upper hand of your soul.W. E. B. Du Bois

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The Talented Tenth of the Negro race must be made leaders of thought and missionaries of culture among their people.W. E. B. Du Bois

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

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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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Education and work are the levers to uplift a people.W. E. B. Du Bois

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A true and worthy ideal frees and uplifts a people; a false ideal imprisons and lowers.W. E. B. Du Bois

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Every argument for Negro suffrage is an argument for women's suffrage.W. E. B. Du Bois

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Education is the development of power and ideal.W. E. B. Du Bois

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For the Negro, Andrew Johnson did less than nothing when once he realized that the chief beneficiary of labor and economic reform in the South would be freedmen. His inability to picture Negroes as men made him oppose efforts to give them land; oppose national efforts to educate them; and above all things, oppose their rights to vote.W. E. B. Du Bois

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If the leading Negro classes cannot assume and bear the uplift of their own proletariat, they are doomed for all time. It is not a case of ethics; it is a plain case of necessity. The method by which this may be done is, first, for the American Negro to achieve a new economic solidarity.W. E. B. Du Bois

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

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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

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It is African scholars themselves who will create the ultimate Encyclopaedia Africana.W. E. B. Du Bois

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

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The Negro race, like all races, is going to be saved by its exceptional men. The problem of education, then, among Negroes must first of all deal with the Talented Tenth; it is the problem of developing the Best of this race that they may guide the Mass away from the contamination and death of the Worst, in their own and other races.W. E. B. Du Bois

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I believe in the Prince of Peace. I believe that War is Murder. I believe that armies and navies are at bottom the tinsel and braggadocio of oppression and wrong, and I believe that the wicked conquest of weaker and darker nations by nations whiter and stronger but foreshadows the death of that strength.W. E. B. Du Bois

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The ruling of men is the effort to direct the individual actions of many persons toward some end. This end theoretically should be the greatest good of all, but no human group has ever reached this ideal because of ignorance and selfishness.W. E. B. Du Bois

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If white people need colleges to furnish teachers, ministers, lawyers, and doctors, do black people need nothing of the sort?W. E. B. Du Bois

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From the day of its birth, the anomaly of slavery plagued a nation which asserted the equality of all men, and sought to derive powers of government from the consent of the governed. Within sound of the voices of those who said this lived more than half a million black slaves, forming nearly one-fifth of the population of a new nation.W. E. B. Du Bois

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For most people, it is enough for the world to know that they aspire. The world does not ask what their aspirations are, trusting that those aspirations are for the best and greatest things. But with regard to the Negroes in America, there is a feeling that their aspirations in some way are not consistent with the great ideals.W. E. B. Du Bois

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Men we shall have only as we make manhood the object of the work of the schools - intelligence, broad sympathy, knowledge of the world that was and is, and of the relation of men to it - this is the curriculum of that Higher Education which must underlie true life.W. E. B. Du Bois

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

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Strange, is it not, my brothers, how often in America those great watchwords of human energy - 'Be strong!' 'Know thyself!' 'Hitch your wagon to a star!' - how often these die away into dim whispers when we face these seething millions of black men? And yet do they not belong to them? Are they not their heritage as well as yours?W. E. B. Du Bois

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