Quotes by W. E. B. Du Bois
I insist that the object of all true education is not to make men carpenters, it is to make carpenters men.
The most ordinary Negro is a distinct gentleman, but it takes extraordinary training and opportunity to make the average white man anything but a hog.
I believe that there are human stocks with whom it is physically unwise to intermarry, but to think that these stocks are all colored or that there are no such white stocks is unscientific and false.
The cause of war is preparation for war.
The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.
How shall Integrity face Oppression? What shall Honesty do in the face of Deception, Decency in the face of Insult, Self-Defense before Blows? How shall Desert and Accomplishment meet Despising, Detraction, and Lies? What shall Virtue do to meet Brute Force? There are so many answers and so contradictory; and such differences for those on the one hand who meet questions similar to this once a year or once a decade, and those who face them hourly and daily.
The return from your work must be the satisfaction which that work brings you and the world's need of that work. With this, life is heaven, or as near heaven as you can get. Without this — with work which you despise, which bores you, and which the world does not need — this life is hell.
There is but one coward on earth, and that is the coward that dare not know.
Believe in life! Always human beings will progress to greater, broader, and fuller life.
The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line.
Liberty trains for liberty. Responsibility is the first step in responsibility.
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.
In my own country for nearly a century I have been nothing but a nigger.
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