Benjamin Banneker Quotes

Benjamin Banneker Quotes

Even though most of Benjamin Banneker's writings were destroyed in a fire presumably set by arsonists while his funeral was taking place, he still left behind many famous quotes that continue to remain relevant after more than 250 years.  So much of his work was lost in the fire, but thanks to the dedication of historians and the published almanacs he had authored for six years, some of Banneker's words have been preserved and etched into history.

“Presumption should never make us neglect that which appears easy to us, nor despair make us lose courage at the sight of difficulties.”
–Benjamin Banneker
“The colour of the skin is in no way connected with strength of the mind or intellectual powers.”
–Benjamin Banneker
“Were there no uniforms, there would probably be no armies.”
–Benjamin Banneker
“It is the indispensible duty of those, who maintain for themselves the rights of human nature, and who possess the obligations of Christianity, to extend their power and influence to the relief of every part of the human race from whatever burden or oppression they may unjustly labor under.”
–Benjamin Banneker
“I have no influence with the rising generation. All my arguments have failed to induce them to set bounds to their wants.”
–Benjamin Banneker
“Evil communication corrupts good manners. I hope to live to hear that good communication corrects bad manners.”
–Benjamin Banneker
“Standing at my door, I heard the discharge of a gun, and in four or five seconds of time, after the discharge, the small shot came rattling about me, one or two of which struck the house; which plainly demonstrates that the velocity of sound is greater than that of a cannon bullet.”
–Benjamin Banneker
“Never abandon your vision. Keep reaching to further your dreams.”
–Benjamin Banneker