45 Mary McLeod Bethune Quotes from The First Lady of the Struggle

Mary McLeod Bethune was a famous educator, philanthropist, humanitarian, and civil rights activist.

Best Mary McLeod Bethune Quotes


Cease to be a drudge. Seek to be an artist. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

For I am my mother’s daughter. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

The true worth of a race must be measured by the character of its womanhood. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

We live in a world which respects power above all things. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

I leave you the challenge of developing confidence in one another. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

There are surface nuggets to be gathered but the best of the gold is underneath, and it takes time and labor to secure it. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

The drums of Africa still beat in my heart. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

They will not let me rest while there is a single Negro boy or girl without a chance to prove his worth. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

You white folks have long been eating the white meat of the chicken. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

Greatness is largely a social accident, and almost always socially supported. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

Studying goes deeper than mere reading. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends. – Mary McLeod Bethune.

We should, therefore, protest openly everything … that smacks of discrimination or slander. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

Inspiring Mary McLeod Bethune Quotes

I do feel, in my dreamings and yearnings, so undiscovered by those who are able to help me. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

There is a place in God’s sun for the youth ‘farthest down’ who has the vision, the determination, and the courage to reach it. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

If we have the courage and tenacity of our forebears, who stood firmly like a rock against the lash of slavery, we shall find a way to do for our day what they did for theirs. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

What does the Negro want? His answer is very simple. He wants only what all other Americans want. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.


Without faith nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

Faith is the first factor in a life devoted to service. Without it, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

I plunged into the job of creating something from nothing. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

World peace and brotherhood are based on a common understanding of the contributions and cultures of all races and creeds. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

A woman is free if she lives by her own standards and creates her own destiny if she prizes her individuality and puts no boundaries on her hopes for tomorrow. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

Top Mary McLeod Bethune Quotes

Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

Whatever the white man has done, we have done, and often better. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

Knowledge is the prime need of the hour. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

We Negroes are now ready for some of the white meat instead of the dark meat. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

Education is the great American adventure, the world’s most colossal democratic experiment. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

Power, intelligently directed, can lead to more freedom. Unwisely directed, it can be a dreadful, destructive force. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

Next to God we are indebted to women, first for life itself, and then for making it worth living. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

Whatever glory belongs to the race for a development unprecedented in history for the given length of time, a full share belongs to the womanhood of the race. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

Popular Mary McLeod Bethune Quotes

If we accept and acquiesce in the face of discrimination, we accept the responsibility ourselves. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

While he knows these ideals are open to no man completely, he wants only his equal chance to obtain them. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

Our children must never lose their zeal for building a better world. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

I leave you love. I leave you hope. – Mary McLeod Bethune.

Believe in yourself, learn, and never stop wanting to build a better world. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

I made up my mind, I would know my letters. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

From the first, I made my learning, what little it was, useful every way I could. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

I never stop to plan. I take things step-by-step. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

Famous Mary McLeod Bethune Quotes

Forgiving is not about forgetting, it’s letting go of the hurt. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

He wants opportunity to make real what the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and the Bill of Rights say, what the Four Freedoms establish. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

I thought, maybe the difference between white folks and colored is just this matter of reading and writing. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

I leave you a thirst for education. I leave you a respect for the use of power. I leave you faith. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.


Enter to learn; depart to serve. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

The progress of the world will call for the best that all of us have to give. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

I have had more than half a century of such happiness. A great deal of worry and sorrow, too, but never a worry or a sorrow that was not offset by a purple iris, a lark, a bluebird, or a dewy morning glory. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

The whole world opened to me when I learned to read. ~ Mary McLeod Bethune.

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