Booker T. Washington Quotes 1

24 Oct

Read the quotes below and compose blog posts in response to them.

In your post it should be obvious whether or not you agree or disagree with the statement and why or why not.

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life… as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”

“The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts.”

“I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.”

“Character, not circumstances, make the man.”

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”

“Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.”

“Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

  • First you read the quote.
  • Then you re-read the quote again.
  • Then you read the quote a 3rd time and ask yourself what did he mean by this?
  • Tie in events from the book.  You have some knowledge about Booker T. Washington and his life.
  • Use this information within your response.
  • Be sure to include statements such as
  • I agree/disagree
  • I see/believe/know
  • an example of this is when
  • this happened when
  • in the book, he..
  • My Example: (160 words)

    I agree with Booker T. Washington’s statement, “You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him.”  The belief is that a man can’t dominate another without giving up some of his personal freedoms.  How can a man be superior and keep others down AND still flourish and succeed in life?  It can’t be done.  In order for me to maintain control of others, I must focus my attention on that task and not on the task of bettering myself.

    In “Up From Slavery,” Booker T. Washington states that the white man has hurt himself just as much as he hurt the slaves by enslaving them.  The slave owner became dependent upon the free labor provided by the slaves and was unable to care for himself when the time came.  When slavery was over, there were many people who failed because they were not able to work the land with the same skill and efficiency of their slave counterparts.

    1 Comment

    Posted by on October 24, 2010 in Curriculum


    One response to “Booker T. Washington Quotes 1

    1. Eddie Huff

      October 31, 2010 at 8:13 pm

      Mr. B.,

      I love your choosing to have students analyze the sayings of Dr. Washington. If more would do this and learn to make these a part of their lives, the world would be a better place.

      Eddie Huff
      Executive Director
      Booker T. Washington Inspirational Network (BTWIN)


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