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Marian Wright Edelman – 24 Quotes

 

24 Quotes by Marian Wright Edelman

 

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


Remember and help America remember that the fellowship of human beings is more important than the fellowship of race and class and gender in a democratic society.

– Marian Wright Edelman


In politics, there are no friends.

– Marian Wright Edelman


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

– Marian Wright Edelman


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

– Marian Wright Edelman


If we think we have ours and don’t owe any time or money or effort to help those left behind, then we are a part of the problem rather than the solution to the fraying social fabric that threatens all Americans.

– Marian Wright Edelman


There should not be one new dime in tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires as long as millions of children in America are poor, hungry, uneducated and without health coverage.

– Marian Wright Edelman


Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree.

– Marian Wright Edelman


A nation that does not stand for its children does not stand for anything and will not stand tall in the future.

– Marian Wright Edelman


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


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


It was very clear to me in 1965, in Mississippi, that, as a lawyer, I could get people into schools, desegregate the schools, but if they were kicked off the plantations – and if they didn’t have food, didn’t have jobs, didn’t have health care, didn’t have the means to exercise those civil rights, we were not going to have success.

– Marian Wright Edelman


I try to act out of faith.

– Marian Wright Edelman


My faith has been the driving thing of my life. I think it is important that people who are perceived as liberals not be afraid of talking about moral and community values.

– Marian Wright Edelman


I grew up in a very religious family and it is the motivating force to every thing I do. I am fortunate to have had adults all around me who really lived their faith, in helping other people and doing the best you can do.

– Marian Wright Edelman


Education is a precondition to survival in America today.

– Marian Wright Edelman


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

– Marian Wright Edelman


Unless children have strong education and strong families and strong communities and decent housing, it’s not enough to go sit in at a lunch counter.

– Marian Wright Edelman


I’m sure I am impatient sometimes. I sure do get angry sometimes. I think it’s outrageous how hard it is to get this country to feed its children and to take care of its children, to give them a decent education.

– Marian Wright Edelman


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.

– Marian Wright Edelman


No person has the right to rain on your dreams.

– Marian Wright Edelman


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


Parents have become so convinced that educators know what is best for their children that they forget that they themselves are really the experts.

– Marian Wright Edelman


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.

– Marian Wright Edelman


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