He also taught "The men doing the vital things of life are those who read the Bible and are Christians and not ashamed to let the world know it."
"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."
Booker T. Washington believed that to be great, one should read the Bible (The Booker T. Washington Papers, Vol. 3: 1889-95, ed., Louis R. Harlan, Univ. of Illinois Press, 1974, p. 93):
"As a rule a person should get into the habit of reading his Bible.
You never read in history of any great man whose influence has been lasting, who has not been a reader of the Bible.