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Ruby Bridges Quotes

“Each and every one of us is born with a clean heart. Our babies know nothing about hate or racism. But soon they begin to learn – and only from us. We keep racism alive. We pass it on to our children. We owe it to our children to help them keep their clean start.”

Ruby Bridges

Don’t follow the path. Go where there is no path and begin the trail. When you start a new trail equipped with courage, strength and conviction, the only thing that can stop you is you!

Ruby Bridges

“Racism is a grown-up disease and we must stop using our children to spread it. “

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“I now know that experience comes to us for a purpose, and if we follow the guidance of the spirit within us, we will probably find that the purpose is a good one.”

Ruby Bridges

” My message is really that racism has no place in the hearts and minds of our children. “

Ruby Bridges

“Kids know nothing about racism. They’re taught that by adults.”

Ruby Bridges

“Each and every one of us is born with a clean heart. Our babies know nothing about hate or racism. But soon they begin to learn – and only from us. We keep racism alive. We pass it on to our children. We owe it to our children to help them keep their clean start.”

Ruby Bridges

“We have to take care of each other’s children.”

Ruby Bridges

“We have tolerance, respect, and equality in our written laws but not in the hearts of some of our people.”
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“Evil isn’t prejudiced. It doesn’t care what you look like; it just wants a place to rest. It’s up to you whether you give it that place.”

Ruby Bridges

“I remember turning onto the street. I saw barricades and police officers and, just, people everywhere. When I saw all of that, I immediately thought that it was Mardi Gras. I had no idea that they were here to keep me out of the school.”
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“A lot of my strength came from my upbringing.”

Ruby Bridges

“Kids come into the world with clean hearts, fresh starts.”

Ruby Bridges

“Evil looks like you and I. I know what evil looks like, and I know that it comes in all shades and colors.”

Ruby Bridges

“You cannot look at a person and tell whether they’re good or bad.”

Ruby Bridges

” I believe that we have to come together, and we have to rely on the goodness of each other.”

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” Throughout my life, my prayers have actively sustained me – held me up, carried me through.”
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“Wisdom is a gift but has nothing to do with age. That was probably the case with me.”
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“We may not all be equally guilty. But we are all equally responsible for building a decent and just society.”
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” I remember the first time seeing myself on TV, when my family was watching the documentary ‘Eyes on the Prize’ for the first time. There were pictures of people going up the school stairs, and Mom said, ‘Oh, that’s you!’ I said, ‘I can’t believe this. This is important.”

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“If my mama said not to do something, I didn’t do it.”

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” It’s taken me a long time to own the early part of my life.”

Ruby Bridges

“I think that racism is ugly and so unfair, and I believe that we all need one another.”
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“From age 7 to about 37, I had a normal life and not a very easy one.”

Ruby Bridges

“I’ve seen schools in Detroit where the windows are broken, where there’s no heat, and children are sitting with their coats on in class in the middle of a snowstorm. I’ve also seen schools in California with Olympic-sized swimming pools and cafeterias like five-star restaurants.”

Ruby Bridges

“If we’re gonna get past our our racial differences, it’s gonna come from our kids, but they have to be together to do that.”
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