"Parents have become so convinced that educators know what is best for their children that they forget that they themselves are really the experts."
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."Marian Wright Edelman 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."Marian Wright Edelman 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."Marian Wright Edelman 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."Marian Wright Edelman on e. e. cummings
"In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher."Marian Wright Edelman on Dalai Lama
"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."
"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."
"Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it."