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36 Inspiring Quotes by George Washington Carver

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Wikipedia Summary for George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver (1864 – January 5, 1943) was an American agricultural scientist and inventor who promoted alternative crops to cotton and methods to prevent soil depletion. He was the most prominent black scientist of the early 20th century.

While a professor at Tuskegee Institute, Carver developed techniques to improve soils depleted by repeated plantings of cotton. He wanted poor farmers to grow other crops, such as peanuts and sweet potatoes, as a source of their own food and to improve their quality of life. The most popular of his 44 practical bulletins for farmers contained 105 food recipes using peanuts. Although he spent years developing and promoting numerous products made from peanuts, none became commercially successful.\n\nApart from his work to improve the lives of farmers, Carver was also a leader in promoting environmentalism. He received numerous honors for his work, including the Spingarn Medal of the NAACP. In an era of high racial polarization, his fame reached beyond the black community. He was widely recognized and praised in the white community for his many achievements and talents. In 1941, Time magazine dubbed Carver a "Black Leonardo".

Color film of Carver shot in 1937 at the Tuskegee Institute by African American surgeon Allen Alexander was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 2019. The 12 minutes of footage includes Carver in his apartment, office and laboratory, as well as images of him tending flowers and displaying his paintings. The film was digitized by The National Archives as part of its multi-year effort to preserve and make available the historically significant film collections of the National Park Service. It can be seen on the US National Film Archives YouTube channel.

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If you love it enough, anything will talk with you.

--George Washington Carver

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Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong. Sometime in life you will have been all of these.

--George Washington Carver

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I found that when I talk to the little flower or to the little peanut they will give up their secrets.

--George Washington Carver

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Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough.

--George Washington Carver

Longer Version:

Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough. Not only have I found that when I talk to the little flower or to the little peanut they will give up their secrets, but I have found that when I silently commune with people, they give up their secrets also -- if you love them enough.


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Where there is no vision, there is no hope.

--George Washington Carver

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When you do the common things in an uncommon way, you'll command the attention of the world.

--George Washington Carver

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When our thoughts -- which bring actions -- are filled with hate against anyone, Negro or white, we are in a living hell. That is as real as hell will ever be.

--George Washington Carver


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The beating on the tail of the snake may stop his progress a little, but the more vital parts must be struck before his poisonous death-dealing venom will be wiped out.

--George Washington Carver

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Since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible.

--George Washington Carver


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It is not the style of clothes one wears, neither the kind of automobile one drives, nor the amount of money one has in the bank, that counts. These mean nothing. It is simply service that measures success.

--George Washington Carver

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Education in the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.

--George Washington Carver

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Human need is really a great spiritual vacuum which God seeks to fill... With one hand in the hand of a fellow man in need and the other in the hand of Christ, He could get across the vacuum.

--George Washington Carver





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Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.

--George Washington Carver


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Young people, I want to beg of you always keep your eyes open to what Mother Nature has to teach you. By so doing you will learn many valuable things every day of your life.

--George Washington Carver

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I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we only will tune in.

--George Washington Carver

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From a child, I had an inordinate desire for knowledge and especially music, painting, flowers, and the sciences, Algebra being one of my favorite studies.

--George Washington Carver

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All flowers talk to me and so do hundreds of little living things in the woods. I learn what I know by watching and loving everything.

--George Washington Carver


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I wanted to know the name of every stone and flower and insect and bird and beast. I wanted to know where it got its color, where it got its life -- but there was no one to tell me.

--George Washington Carver


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Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise.

--George Washington Carver

Longer Version:

Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise. At no other time have I so sharp an understanding of what God means to do with me as in these hours of dawn.




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One reason I never patent my products is that if I did it would take so much time, I would get nothing else done. But mainly I don't want my discoveries to benefit specific favored persons.

--George Washington Carver

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One of the things that has helped me as much as any other is not how long I am going to live, but how much I can do while living.

--George Washington Carver


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Nature is the greatest teacher and I learn from her best when others are asleep. In the still dark hours before sunrise God tells me of the plans I am to fulfill.

--George Washington Carver

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God cannot use you as He wishes until you come into the fullness of His Glory. Do not get alarmed, my friend, when doubts creep in. That is old Satan. Pray, pray, pray.

--George Washington Carver


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