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George Washington Carver (1864?-1943), known as the Peanut Man, helped countless poor Southerners survive as farmers.  Born a slave, he overcame harsh racial prejudice to earn two college degrees, becoming one of the most famous scientists of his time.  His research reportedly led to the development of 300 products made from peanuts.  From the sweet potato, he found more than 100 uses.  A soft-spoken, modest man, Professor Carver donated his savings near the end of his life so his research could continue.  On his gravestone is written: “He found happiness and honor in being helpful to the world.”

 

"I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting system, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in."  -- George Washington Carver

 

 

“Most people search high and wide for the keys to success.  If they only knew, the key to their dream lies within.”George Washington Carver

 

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.” - George Washington Carver

 

 “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” - George Washington Carver

 

“When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” - George Washington Carver

 

“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

 

“Fear of something is at the root of hate for others, and hate within will eventually destroy the hater.” - George Washington Carver

 

"He could have added fortune to fame, but caring for neither, he found happiness and honor in being helpful to the world." - Epitaph on the grave of George Washington Carver.

 

“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.  Look about you. Take hold of the things that are here. Let them talk to you. You learn to talk to them.” - George Washington Carver

 

“There is no short cut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation -- veneer isn't worth anything. Learn to do common things uncommonly well; we must always keep in mind that anything that helps fill the dinner pail is valuable.”George Washington Carver

 

“Take care of the waste on the farm and turn it into useful channels' should be the slogan of every farmer. The primary idea in all of my work was to help the farmer and fill the poor man's empty dinner pail... My idea is to help the 'man farthest down', this is why I have made every process just as simply as I could to put it within his reach. How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.” - George Washington Carver

 

“There is no such thing as waste in God’s world,” he said.  “Every part of the peanut has a use; it is up to us to discover it.” - George Washington Carver

 

Links:

George Washington Carver - Wikipedia

George Washington Carver Timeline

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