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all quotes by Marian Wright Edelman (3)

"The clear childhood message I internalized was that as God's child, no man or woman could look down on me, and I could look down on no man or woman."

Howard University commencement address | may 1990

"The question is not whether we can afford to invest in every child; it is whether we can afford not to."

The Measure of Our Success | may 1992

"There is no free lunch. Don't feel entitled to anything you don't sweat and struggle for."

Commencement Speech | may 2008
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