Quotes by: W. E. B. Du Bois
|W. E. B. Du Bois
W. E. B. Du Bois in 1918
||William Edward Burghardt Du Bois
February 23, 1868
Great Barrington, Massachusetts, United States
||August 27, 1963
New York City, New York
||Civil rights, sociology, history
||Atlanta University, NAACP
University of Berlin
The Souls of Black Folk
Black Reconstruction in America
||Spingarn Medal (1920)
Lenin Peace Prize (1959)
||Nina Gomer Du Bois
Shirley Graham Du Bois
My great-grandfather fought with the Colonial Army in New England in the American Revolution.
I am an earnest advocate of manual training and trade teaching for black boys, and for white boys, too.
Read some good, heavy, serious books just for discipline: Take yourself in hand and master yourself.
For the Negro, Andrew Johnson did less than nothing when once he realized that the chief beneficiary of labor and economic reform in the South would be freedmen. His inability to picture Negroes as men made him oppose efforts to give them land; oppose national efforts to educate them; and above all things, oppose their rights to vote.
Progress in human affairs is more often a pull than a push, surging forward of the exceptional man, and the lifting of his duller brethren slowly and painfully to his vantage ground.
A little less complaint and whining, and a little more dogged work and manly striving, would do us more credit than a thousand civil rights bills.
Negroes could be sold - actually sold as we sell cattle, with no reference to calves or bulls or recognition of family. It was a nasty business. The white South was properly ashamed of it and continually belittled and almost denied it. But it was a stark and bitter fact.
From the day of its birth, the anomaly of slavery plagued a nation which asserted the equality of all men, and sought to derive powers of government from the consent of the governed. Within sound of the voices of those who said this lived more than half a million black slaves, forming nearly one-fifth of the population of a new nation.
I believe in Liberty for all men: the space to stretch their arms and their souls, the right to breathe and the right to vote, the freedom to choose their friends, enjoy the sunshine, and ride on the railroads, uncursed by color; thinking, dreaming, working as they will in a kingdom of beauty and love.
If white people need colleges to furnish teachers, ministers, lawyers, and doctors, do black people need nothing of the sort?
North as well as South, the Negroes have emerged from slavery into a serfdom of poverty and restricted rights.
For fifteen years, I was a teacher of youth. They were years out of the fullness and bloom of my younger manhood. They were years mingled of half breathless work, of anxious self-questionings, of planning and replanning, of disillusion, or mounting wonder.
One ever feels his twoness - an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.
The ruling of men is the effort to direct the individual actions of many persons toward some end. This end theoretically should be the greatest good of all, but no human group has ever reached this ideal because of ignorance and selfishness.
It is African scholars themselves who will create the ultimate Encyclopaedia Africana.
Believe in life! Always human beings will live and progress to greater, broader, and fuller life.
The discovery of personal whiteness among the world's peoples is a very modern thing - a nineteenth and twentieth century matter, indeed. The ancient world would have laughed at such a distinction.
Rule-following, legal precedence, and political consistency are not more important than right, justice and plain common-sense.
It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.
The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line: the relation of the darker to the lighter races of men in Asia and Africa, in America and the islands of the sea.