Mary McLeod Bethune

1875 - 1955

A Quote by Mary McLeod Bethune on acceptance, conscience, discrimination, protest, responsibility, and slander

If we accept and acquiesce in the face of discrimination, we accept the responsibility ourselves and allow those responsible to salve their conscience by believing that they have our acceptance and concurrence. We should, therefore, protest openly everything . . . that smacks of discrimination or slander.

Mary McLeod Bethune (1875 - 1955)

Source: Certain Unalienable Rights, What the Negro Wants, edited by Rayford W. Logan (1944)

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A Quote by Mary McLeod Bethune

I never stop to plan. I take things step by step.

Mary McLeod Bethune (1875 - 1955)

Source: Faith That Moved a Dump Heap, In Who, the Magazine about People, Jun 1941.

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A Quote by Mary McLeod Bethune on courage, determination, god, vision, and youth

There is a place in God's sun for the youth "farthest down" who has the vision, the determination, and the courage to reach it.

Mary McLeod Bethune (1875 - 1955)

Source: A Centry of Progress of Negro Women, Chicago Women's Federation, June 30, 1935.

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A Quote by Mary McLeod Bethune on learning

When they learn of Shakespeare and Goethe, we must teach them of Pushkin and Dumas. . . . Whatever the white man has done, we have done, and often better.

Mary McLeod Bethune (1875 - 1955)

Source: Clarifying Our Vision With the Facts, The Journal of Negro History, Jan 1938.

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A Quote by Mary McLeod Bethune on chance, heart, rest, and worth

The drums of Africa still beat in my heart. They will not let me rest while there is a single Negro boy or girl without a chance to prove his worth.

Mary McLeod Bethune (1875 - 1955)

Source: Faith That Moved a Dump Heap, In Who, the Magazine about People, Jun 1941.

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A Quote by Mary McLeod Bethune on god, life, women, and worth

Next to God we are indebted to women, first for life itself, and then for making it worth living.

Mary McLeod Bethune (1875 - 1955)

Source: Famous Black Quotations, ed. Janet Cheatham Bell, 1995

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A Quote by Mary McLeod Bethune on investment and soul

Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough.

Mary McLeod Bethune (1875 - 1955)

Source: The Last Word — A Treasury of Women's Quotes, by Carolyn Warner, 1992.

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A Quote by Mary McLeod Bethune on knowledge and needs

Knowledge is the prime need of the hour.

Mary McLeod Bethune (1875 - 1955)

Source: My Last Will and Testament, in Ebony, Aug 1955.

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A Quote by Mary McLeod Bethune on learning

From the first, I made my learning, what little it was, useful every way I could.

Mary McLeod Bethune (1875 - 1955)

Source: Words of Women Quotations for Success, by Power Dynamics Publishing, 1997.

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A Quote by Mary McLeod Bethune on art

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Cease to be a drudge, seek to be an artist.

Mary McLeod Bethune (1875 - 1955)

Source: Famous Black Quotations, ed. Janet Cheatham Bell, 1995

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