"If Liberia has failed, then, it is no evidence of the failure of the Negro in government. It is merely evidence of the failure of slavery."
"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities."Carter G. Woodson on Thomas Jefferson
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."Carter G. Woodson on Winston Churchill
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."Carter G. Woodson on Thomas Jefferson
"Government is not reason it is not eloquent it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."Carter G. Woodson on George Washington
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one."Carter G. Woodson on Thomas Paine
"The large majority of the Negroes who have put on the finishing touches of our best colleges are all but worthless in the development of their people."
"In our so-called democracy we are accustomed to give the majority what they want rather than educate them to understand what is best for them."
"Negro banks, as a rule, have failed because the people, taught that their own pioneers in business cannot function in this sphere, withdrew their deposits."
"As another has well said, to handicap a student by teaching him that his black face is a curse and that his struggle to change his condition is hopeless is the worst sort of lynching."
"This assumption of Negro leadership in the ghetto, then, must not be confined to matters of religion, education, and social uplift it must deal with such fundamental forces in life as make these things possible."