Quotes by Marian Wright Edelman

Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree.
– Marian Wright Edelman
Don't feel entitled to anything you didn't sweat and struggle for.
– Marian Wright Edelman
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.
– Marian Wright Edelman
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
Never work just for money or for power. They won't save your soul or help you sleep at night.
– Marian Wright Edelman
No person has the right to rain on your dreams.
– Marian Wright Edelman
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
People who don't vote have no line of credit with people who are elected and thus pose no threat to those who act against our interests.
– Marian Wright Edelman
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
Service is what life is all about.
– Marian Wright Edelman
We are willing to spend the least amount of money to keep a kid at home, more to put him in a foster home and the most to institutionalize him.
– Marian Wright Edelman
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
We do not have a money problem in America. We have a values and priorities problem.
– Marian Wright Edelman
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.
– Marian Wright Edelman
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.
– Marian Wright Edelman
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
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
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.
– Marian Wright Edelman
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
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.
– Marian Wright Edelman