"It was very clear to me in 1965, in Mississippi, that, as a lawyer, I could get people into schools, desegregate the schools, but if they were kicked off the plantations - and if they didn't have food, didn't have jobs, didn't have health care, didn't have the means to exercise those civil rights, we were not going to have success."
"In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure."Marian Wright Edelman on Bill Cosby
"Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success."Marian Wright Edelman on Swami Vivekananda
"Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it."Marian Wright Edelman on Bruce Lee
"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him."Marian Wright Edelman on David Brinkley
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."Marian Wright Edelman on Winston Churchill
"Children under five are the poorest age group in America, and one in four infants, toddlers and preschoolers are poor during the years of greatest brain development."
"Parents have become so convinced that educators know what is best for their children that they forget that they themselves are really the experts."
"If you don't like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time."
"No person has the right to rain on your dreams."
"Together we can and must fight for justice for our children and protect them from draconian tax cuts and budget choices that threaten their survival, education and preparation for the future. If they are not ready for tomorrow, neither is America."