Before going to Europe some events came into my life which were great surprises to me. In fact, my whole life has largely been one of surprises. I believe that any man's life will be filled with constant, unexpected encouragements of this kind if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day of his life - that is, tries to make each day reach as nearly as possible the high-water mark of pure, unselfish useful living. I pity the man, black or white, who has never experienced the joy and satisfaction that come to one by reason of an effort to assist in making some one else more useful and more happy.-- Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington
Chapter 17, Page 143
This is my favorite quote from the whole book. What a great way to view things; to take pride in serving others and working hard. To enjoy life to the fullest, even when it's hard.
Thank you, Mr. Washington, for leaving behind your legacy.