65 Marian Wright Edelman Quotes On Success In Life

Marian Wright Edelman is an American activist for children’s rights. She has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. She is the founder and president emerita of the Children’s Defense Fund. She influenced leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Hillary Clinton. This Marian Wright Edelman quotes will motivate you.

Best Marian Wright Edelman Quotes

  1. “Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  2. “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
  3. “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
  4. “The question is not whether we can afford to invest in every child; it is whether we can afford not to.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  5. “You just need to be a flea against injustice. Enough committed fleas biting strategically can make even the biggest dog uncomfortable and transform even the biggest nation.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  6. “Be real. Try to do what you say, say what you mean, and be what you seem.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman

  7. “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
  8. “Character, self-discipline, determination, attitude and service are the substance of life.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  9. “It is so important not to let ourselves off the hook or to become apathetic or cynical by telling ourselves that nothing works or makes a difference. Every day, light your small candle…. The inaction and actions of many human beings over a long time contributed to the crises our children face, and it is the action and struggle of many human beings over time that will solve them-with God’s help. So every day, light your small candle.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman Quotes
  10. “Be a good ancestor. Stand for something bigger than yourself. Add value to the Earth during your sojourn.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman

  11. “You can achieve much in life if you don’t mind doing the work and giving someone else the credit.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  12. “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
  13. “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
  14. “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

  15. “Investing in [children] is not a national luxury or a national choice. It’s a national necessity. If the foundation of your house is crumbling, you don’t say you can’t afford to fix it while you’re building astronomically expensive fences to protect it from outside enemies. The issue is not are we going to pay – it’s are we going to pay now, upfront, or are we going to pay a whole lot more later on.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  16. “Learn to be quiet enough to hear the genuine within yourself so that you can hear it in others.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  17. “Don’t feel entitled to anything you didn’t sweat and struggle for.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  18. “You didn’t have a choice about the parents you inherited, but you do have a choice about the kind of parent you will be.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  19. “If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman

  20. “No time is ever wasted if you have a book along as a companion.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  21. “It is utterly exhausting being Black in America – physically, mentally, and emotionally. While many minority groups and women feel similar stress, there is no respite or escape from your badge of color.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  22. “You can’t be what you can’t see.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  23. “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
  24. “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
  25. “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
  26. “Failure is just another way to learn how to do something right.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman

  27. “What’s wrong with our children? Adults telling children to be honest while lying and cheating. Adults telling children to not be violent while marketing and glorifying violence… I believe that adult hypocrisy is the biggest problem children face in America.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  28. “When Jesus Christ asked little children to come to him, he didn’t say only rich children, or White children, or children with two-parent families, or children who didn’t have a mental or physical handicap. He said, Let all children come unto me.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  29. “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
  30. “Dr. King used to say, ‘I was sitting in the back of the bus, but my mind was always upfront.’ Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do it. You aim high and you work very hard and now I think it’s clear that you can be anything you want to.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  31. “We’re spending, on average, three times more for prison than for public-school pupils. That’s the dumbest investment policy. It doesn’t make us safer.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  32. “You’d better stay determined because that’s how our ancestors got us where we are.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman

  33. “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
  34. “No person has the right to rain on your dreams.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  35. “We are not going to deal with the violence in our communities, our homes, and our nation, until we learn to deal with the basic ethic of how we resolve our disputes and to place an emphasis on peace in the way we relate to one another.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  36. “This act will leave a moral blot on his presidency” ~ Marian Wright Edelman

  37. “There are levels of outrage, and there’s a point at which you can’t be trespassed upon anymore.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  38. “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 and the very dream that is America.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  39. “Understand and be confident that each of us can make a difference by caring and acting in small as well as big ways.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  40. “It is the responsibility of every adult… to make sure that children hear what we have learned from the lessons of life and to hear over and over that we love them and that they are not alone.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  41. “We do not have a money problem in America. We have a values and priorities problem.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman

  42. “You are in charge of your own attitude whatever others do or circumstances you face. The only person you can control is yourself…worry more about your attitude than your aptitude or lineage.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  43. “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
  44. “I was taught that the world had a lot of problems; that I could struggle and change them; that intellectual and material gifts brought the privilege and responsibility of sharing with others less fortunate; and that service is the rent each of us pays for living – the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time or after you have reached your personal goals.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  45. “I feel very lucky to have grown up having interaction with adults who were making change but who were far from perfect beings. That feeling of not being paralyzed by your incredible inadequacy as a human being, which I feel every day, is a part of the legacy that I’ve gotten from so many of the adult elders.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  46. “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
  47. “Education is a precondition to survival in America today.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman

  48. “You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  49. “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
  50. “You were born God’s original. Try not to become someone’s copy.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  51. “Be grateful for good breaks and kind favors but don’t count on them.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  52. “Why are guns the only unregulated consumer products in America? We regulate toy guns and teddy bears, but we do not regulate a product that kills 4,600 children a year.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  53. “Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  54. “In every seed of good there is always a piece of bad.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman

  55. “Education remains one of the black community’s most enduring values. It is sustained by the belief that freedom and education go hand in hand, that learning and training are essential to economic quality and independence.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  56. “The legacy I want to leave is a child-care system that says that no kid is going to be left alone or left unsafe.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman Quotes
  57. “There are so many noises and pulls and competing demands in our lives that many of us never find out who we are. Learn to be quiet enough to hear the sound of the genuine within yourself so that you can hear it in other people.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  58. “Each American must 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
  59. “You really can change the world if you care enough.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman

  60. “It is [children] who are God’s presence, promise and hope for mankind.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  61. “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
  62. “Service is the rent we pay for living.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  63. “Whoever said anybody has a right to give up?” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  64. “The civil-rights movement was completely impossible to achieve. But look at what ordinary people were able to do because they were willing to sacrifice their lives to stay with it. They didn’t expect a political process to respond to them. They made the political process respond to them. To say “It’s so bad I won’t bother” is to give up on your children and give up on your future.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  65. “No one, Eleanor Roosevelt said, can make you feel inferior without your consent. Never give it.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman

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