Race Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old race quotes, race sayings, and race proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The true worth of a race must be measured by the character of its womanhood.     

Mary Mcleod Bethune

Race doesn't really exist for you because it has never been a barrier. Black folks don't have that choice.     

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A race preserves its vigor so long as it harbors a real contrast between what has been and what may be; and so long as it is nerved by the vigor to adventure beyond the safeties of the past. Without adventure civilization is in full decay.     

Alfred North Whitehead

I don't fancy colors of the face, I'm always attracted to colors of the brain.     

Michael Bassey Johnson

The only real life is the collective life of the race; individual life has no existence except as an abstraction.     

Auguste Comte

Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men's skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact.     

Lyndon B. Johnson

I guess it all depends on whom you ask and when you ask. Race, I've learned, is in the eye of the beholder.     

Raquel Cepeda

The symbol of the race ought to be a human being carrying an ax, for every human being has one concealed about him somewhere, and is always seeking the opportunity to grind it.     

Mark Twain

No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them.     

Elie Wiesel

No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.     

Booker T. Washington

Our true nationality is mankind.     

H. G. Wells

The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race.     

Don Marquis

The only difference between man and man all the world over is one of degree, and not of kind, even as there is between trees of the same species.     

Mahatma Gandhi

My color is my joy and not my burden.     

Bebe Moore Campbell

Nakedness has no color: this can come as news only to those who have never covered, or been covered by, another naked human being.     

James A. Baldwin

Race hate isn't human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature.     

Orson Welles

He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage, he won't encounter many rivals.     

George C. Lichtenberg

The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery.     

Washington Bailey

People must help one another; it is nature's law.     

Jean de la Fontaine

The drive to propagate our race has also propagated a lot of other things.     

George C. Lichtenberg

Beware so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance.     

Jean de la Fontaine

I hope that people will finally come to realize that there is only one race the human race and that we are all members of it.     

Margaret Atwood

The human race is a race of cowards; and I am not only marching in that procession but carrying a banner.     

Mark Twain

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.     

Mark Twain

At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace the savage races throughout the world.     

Charles Darwin