Quotations From W.E.B. (WILLIAM EDWARD BURGHARDT) DU BOIS


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  • The music of an unhappy people, of the children of disappointment; they tell of death and suffering and unvoiced longing toward a truer world, of misty wanderings and hidden ways.
    W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois (1868-1963), U.S. civil rights leader, author. The Souls of Black Folk, ch. 14 (1903).

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  • 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.
    W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois (1868-1963), U.S. civil rights leader, author. The Souls of Black Folk, ch. 1 (1903). "The history of the American Negro," wrote Du Bois, "is the history of this strife."

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  • To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships.
    W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois (1868-1963), U.S. civil rights leader, author. The Souls of Black Folk, ch. 1 (1903).
  • We black men seem the sole oasis of simple faith and reverence in a dusty desert of dollars and smartness.
    W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois (1868-1963), U.S. civil rights leader, author. The Souls of Black Folk, ch. 1 (1903).

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  • If there is anybody in this land who thoroughly believes that the meek shall inherit the earth they have not often let their presence be known.
    W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois (1868-1963), U.S. civil rights leader, author. The Gift of Black Folk, ch. 9 (1924).
  • There are certain books in the world which every searcher for truth must know: the Bible, the Critique of Pure Reason, the Origin of Species, and Karl Marx's Capital.
    W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois (1868-1963), U.S. civil rights leader, author. repr. (1971). "Communism, Marxism and the Negro Problem," The Seventh Son, vol. 2 (1933).

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