Monday, June 05, 2006

Quote of the day

"I had the feeling that to get into a schoolhouse and study would be about the same as getting into paradise."
-Booker T. Washington

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2 comments:

Anna Venger said...

Frederick Douglass also thought education was the key. He knew when his owner's wife got in trouble for trying to teach him to read that reading must be powerful and went to work tricking little white boys into teaching him the alphabet and basic reading skills. (from his autobiography) Oh, how I wish all our young people today had the same sense of urgency to learn and better their minds.

Christopher Taylor said...

One of the most impressive things in Up From Slavery (the book this quote comes from) was - aside from the insider view of history I didn't know well - was Mr. Washington's deep love of learning and of industry, both work of the mind and of the hands. If only our culture had a greater appreciation of both.