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Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.”

Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.

— Marian Wright Edelman



Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “You can’t be what you can’t see.”

You can’t be what you can’t see.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “Democracy is not a spectator sport.”

Democracy is not a spectator sport.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “You really can change the world if you care enough.”

You really can change the world if you care enough.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “You just do it one step at a time.”

You just do it one step at a time.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.”

We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “Children must have at least one person who believes in them. It could be a counselor, a teacher, a preacher, a friend. It could be you. You never know when a little love, a little support will plant a small seed of hope.”

Children must have at least one person who believes in them. It could be a counselor, a teacher, a preacher, a friend. It could be you. You never know when a little love, a little support will plant a small seed of hope.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “Don’t be afraid of hard work.”

Don’t be afraid of hard work.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “No person has the right to rain on your dreams.”

No person has the right to rain on your dreams.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.”

Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.

— Marian Wright Edelman



Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “Be a good ancestor. Stand for something bigger than yourself. Add value to the Earth during your sojourn.”

Be a good ancestor. Stand for something bigger than yourself. Add value to the Earth during your sojourn.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much.”

If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “Just because a child’s parents are poor or uneducated is no reason to deprive the child of basic human rights to health care, education and proper nutrition.”

Just because a child’s parents are poor or uneducated is no reason to deprive the child of basic human rights to health care, education and proper nutrition.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “It really takes a community to raise children, no matter how much money one has. Nobody can do it well alone. And it’s the bedrock security of community that we and our children need.”

It really takes a community to raise children, no matter how much money one has. Nobody can do it well alone. And it’s the bedrock security of community that we and our children need.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “Character, self-discipline, determination, attitude and service are the substance of life.”

Character, self-discipline, determination, attitude and service are the substance of life.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “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.”

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.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “Learn to be quiet enough to hear the genuine within yourself so that you can hear it in others.”

Learn to be quiet enough to hear the genuine within yourself so that you can hear it in others.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “Service is the rent we pay for living.”

Service is the rent we pay for living.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “Don’t just dream about grandiose acts of doing good. Every day do small ones, that add up over time to positive patterns.”

Don’t just dream about grandiose acts of doing good. Every day do small ones, that add up over time to positive patterns.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “God, please help us remember that all the darkness in the world cannot snuff out the light of one little candle. Help us to keep lighting our little candles until a mighty torch of justice sweeps our nation and the world.”

God, please help us remember that all the darkness in the world cannot snuff out the light of one little candle. Help us to keep lighting our little candles until a mighty torch of justice sweeps our nation and the world.

— Marian Wright Edelman


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