Famous Quotes By Marian Wright Edelman


  1. A nation that does not stand for its children does not stand for anything and will not stand tall in the future.
  2. Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree.
  3. 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.
  4. Education is a precondition to survival in America today.
  5. Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.
  6. 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.
  7. I try to act out of faith.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. In politics, there are no friends.
  12. 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.
  13. Never work just for money or for power. They won't save your soul or help you sleep at night.
  14. No person has the right to rain on your dreams.
  15. Parents have become so convinced that educators know what is best for their children that they forget that they themselves are really the experts.
  16. 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.
  17. Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.
  18. 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.
  19. The future which we hold in trust for our own children will be shaped by our fairness to other people's children.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. We do not have a money problem in America. We have a values and priorities problem.

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