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Benjamin E. Mays, American Educator ( August 1, 1895 1984 - )

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The tragedy of life is often not in our failure, but rather in our complacency; not in our doing too much, but rather in our doing too little; not in our living above our ability, but rather in our living below our capacities.~Benjamin E. Mays

Life Failure Living

If what is communicated is false, it can hardly be called communication.~Benjamin E. Mays

Communication False Hardly

It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach.~Benjamin E. Mays

Life Goals Goal

Every man and woman is born into the world to do something unique and something distinctive and if he or she does not do it, it will never be done.~Benjamin E. Mays

Woman Man World

It isn't a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for.~Benjamin E. Mays

Stars Reach Disgrace

Not failure, but low aim is sin.~Benjamin E. Mays

Failure Aim Sin

It isn't a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream.~Benjamin E. Mays

Dreams Die Dream

It is not a disaster to be unable to capture your ideal, but it is a disaster to have no ideal to capture.~Benjamin E. Mays

Capture Disaster Unable

Many well-meaning intelligent people have argued since the May 17, 1954, decision of the United States Supreme Court outlawing segregation in the public schools that communication between the races has broken down.~Benjamin E. Mays

Communication May Decision

Honest communication is built on truth and integrity and upon respect of the one for the other.~Benjamin E. Mays

Communication Respect

For nearly a century, the South made itself believe that Negroes and white people were really communicating. So convinced of this were the white Southerners that they almost made the nation believe that they, and only they, knew the mind of the Southern Negro.~Benjamin E. Mays

People Mind Believe