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Feb 29 2008

Words to Live By

by Myguail C

As February 29 nears and the national celebration of Black History Month ends, I feel it only fitting to dedicate this blog post to the power of words from our ancestors, parents and world leaders.  After reading please share with us your favorite quote!

May the following quotes and the input from DeKalb Library users words live from generation to generation.

“Until the lion has his or her own storyteller, the hunter will always have the best part of the story.”
-Ewe-mina

“The (word) of a friend makes you cry; the (word) of an enemy makes you laugh.”
-Tuareg

“Patience can cook a stone”
-Fulfulde

“If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family (nation).”
– Fanti

“If you understand the beginning well, the end will not trouble you.”
-Ashanti

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”
-Maya Angelou

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
-Martin Luther King Jr.

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning.”
-Frederick Douglass

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Alison W. March 3, 2008 at 1:48 PM

MLK Jr. said so many great things, it is hard to pick just one, but I like the following one. It rings so true, probably more so today than in 1964.

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

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