"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."
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."Carter G. Woodson on John Wooden
"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."Carter G. Woodson on Thomas Jefferson
"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."Carter G. Woodson on Theodore Roosevelt
"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting."Carter G. Woodson on e. e. cummings
"In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher."Carter G. Woodson on Dalai Lama
"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."
"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."
"The mere imparting of information is not education."