W. E. B. Du Bois

1868 - 1963

A Quote by W. E. B. Du Bois on motherhood, world, and worship

All womanhood is hampered today because the world on which it is emerging is a world that tries to worship both virgins and mothers and in the end despises motherhood and despoils virgins.

W. E. B. Du Bois (1868 - 1963)

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

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A Quote by W. E. B. Du Bois on colors and problems

The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line.

W. E. B. Du Bois (1868 - 1963)

Source: To the Nations of the World; address to Pan-African conference, London, 1900

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A Quote by W. E. B. Du Bois on liberty

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

W. E. B. Du Bois (1868 - 1963)

Source: John Brown, 1909, The Legacy of John Brown

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A Quote by W. E. B. Du Bois on darkness, justice, present, and world

The dark world is going to submit to its present treatment just as long as it must and not one moment longer.

W. E. B. Du Bois (1868 - 1963)

Source: Darkwater, 1920, The Souls of White Folk

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A Quote by W. E. B. Du Bois on body, darkness, idealism, soul, and strength

It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others. . . . One feels his two-ness - 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 (1868 - 1963)

Source: The Souls of Black Folk, 1903

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A Quote by W. E. B. Du Bois on liberty and responsibility

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

W. E. B. Du Bois (1868 - 1963)

Source: John Brown, 1909, The Legacy of John Brown

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A Quote by W. E. B. Du Bois on age, good, lies, men, poverty, tragedy, and truth

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.

W. E. B. Du Bois (1868 - 1963)

Source: The Souls of Black Folk, 1903

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A Quote by W. E. B. Du Bois on boredom, heaven, hell, life, needs, satisfaction, work, and world

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.

W. E. B. Du Bois (1868 - 1963)

Source: To His Newborn Great-Grandson; address on his 90th birthday, 1958

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A Quote by W. E. B. Du Bois on america and people

Would America have been America without her Negro people?

W. E. B. Du Bois (1868 - 1963)

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

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A Quote by W. E. B. Du Bois on doubt and women

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 (1868 - 1963)

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

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