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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 just do it one step at a time.”

You just do it one step at a time.

— 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: “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: “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: “Don’t be afraid of hard work.”

Don’t be afraid of hard work.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “Homeless shelters, child hunger, and child suffering have become normalized in the richest nation on earth. It’s time to reset our moral compass and redefine how we measure success.”

Homeless shelters, child hunger, and child suffering have become normalized in the richest nation on earth. It’s time to reset our moral compass and redefine how we measure success.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “Don’t assume a door is closed; push on it. Don’t assume if it was closed yesterday that it is closed today. Don’t ever stop learning and improving your mind. If you do, you’re going to be left behind.”

Don’t assume a door is closed; push on it. Don’t assume if it was closed yesterday that it is closed today. Don’t ever stop learning and improving your mind. If you do, you’re going to be left behind.

— 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



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: “We do not have a money problem in America. We have a values and priorities problem.”

We do not have a money problem in America. We have a values and priorities problem.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.”

You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.

— 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: “Be real. Try to do what you say, say what you mean, and be what you seem.”

Be real. Try to do what you say, say what you mean, and be what you seem.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night.”

Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “Failure is just another way to learn how to do something right.”

Failure is just another way to learn how to do something right.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “It’s time for greatness – not for greed. It’s a time for idealism – not ideology. It is a time not just for compassionate words, but compassionate action.”

It’s time for greatness – not for greed. It’s a time for idealism – not ideology. It is a time not just for compassionate words, but compassionate action.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “Never let us confuse what is legal with what is right. Everything Hitler did in Nazi Germany was legal, but it was not right.”

Never let us confuse what is legal with what is right. Everything Hitler did in Nazi Germany was legal, but it was not right.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “So often we think we have got to make a difference and be a big dog. Let us just try to be little fleas biting. Enough fleas biting strategically can make a big dog very uncomfortable.”

So often we think we have got to make a difference and be a big dog. Let us just try to be little fleas biting. Enough fleas biting strategically can make a big dog very uncomfortable.

— Marian Wright Edelman



Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back – but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.”

A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back – but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “The question is not whether we can afford to invest in every child; it is whether we can afford not to.”

The question is not whether we can afford to invest in every child; it is whether we can afford not to.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “You were born God’s original. Try not to become someone’s copy.”

You were born God’s original. Try not to become someone’s copy.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “Democracy cannot breathe, indeed will die, if those enjoined to protect it and uphold the laws snuff it out – with no consequences.”

Democracy cannot breathe, indeed will die, if those enjoined to protect it and uphold the laws snuff it out – with no consequences.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “No time is ever wasted if you have a book along as a companion.”

No time is ever wasted if you have a book along as a companion.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “Let all children come unto me.”

Let all children come unto me.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “I hadn’t planned on going to law school. I wanted to study 19th-century Russian literature.”

I hadn’t planned on going to law school. I wanted to study 19th-century Russian literature.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “Service is what life is all about.”

Service is what life is all about.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “God did not create two classes of children or human beings-only one.”

God did not create two classes of children or human beings-only one.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “You can achieve much in life if you don’t mind doing the work and giving someone else the credit.”

You can achieve much in life if you don’t mind doing the work and giving someone else the credit.

— Marian Wright Edelman



Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “The future which we hold in trust for our own children will be shaped by our fairness to other people’s children.”

The future which we hold in trust for our own children will be shaped by our fairness to other people’s children.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “Family and moral values are so central to everything that I am.”

Family and moral values are so central to everything that I am.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “In every seed of good there is always a piece of bad.”

In every seed of good there is always a piece of bad.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “The outside world told black kids when I was growing up that we weren’t worth anything. But our parents said it wasn’t so, and our churches and our schoolteachers said it wasn’t so. They believed in us, and we, therefore, believed in ourselves.”

The outside world told black kids when I was growing up that we weren’t worth anything. But our parents said it wasn’t so, and our churches and our schoolteachers said it wasn’t so. They believed in us, and we, therefore, believed in ourselves.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “The Declaration of Independence was always our vision of who we wanted to be, our ideal of freedom and justice, how we were going to be different, and what the American experiment was going to be about.”

The Declaration of Independence was always our vision of who we wanted to be, our ideal of freedom and justice, how we were going to be different, and what the American experiment was going to be about.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “To all those mothers and fathers who are struggling with teen-agers, I say, just be patient: even though it looks like you can’t do anything right for a number of years, parents become popular again when kids reach 20.”

To all those mothers and fathers who are struggling with teen-agers, I say, just be patient: even though it looks like you can’t do anything right for a number of years, parents become popular again when kids reach 20.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “Children teach us to be courageous and to stand up against injustice.”

Children teach us to be courageous and to stand up against injustice.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “No one, Eleanor Roosevelt said, can make you feel inferior without your consent. Never give it.”

No one, Eleanor Roosevelt said, can make you feel inferior without your consent. Never give it.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “I’m doing what I think I was put on this earth to do. And I’m really grateful to have something that I’m passionate about and that I think is profoundly important.”

I’m doing what I think I was put on this earth to do. And I’m really grateful to have something that I’m passionate about and that I think is profoundly important.

— Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman Quote: “Semi-automatic weapons have no socially redeeming purpose.”

Semi-automatic weapons have no socially redeeming purpose.

— Marian Wright Edelman


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