The Best Way To Lift One’s Self Up Is To Help Some One Else

Booker T. Washington? Apocryphal?

Dear Quote Investigator: If you desire to improve your condition in life or lift yourself up then you should help someone else to achieve a better life. The famous educator and orator Booker T. Washington made this point eloquently. Would you please help me to find a citation?

Quote Investigator: In 1900 Booker T. Washington published “The Story of My Life and Work” which include the following. Boldface added to excerpts by QI: 1

I think I have learned that the best way to lift one’s self up is to help some one else.

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  1. 1900, The Story of My Life and Work by Booker T. Washington (Principal of Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute), Chapter XV: Cuban Education and the Chicago Peace Jubilee Address, Quote Page 277, W. H. Ferguson Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. (HathiTrust Full View) link