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George Washington Carver was born into slavery in Missouri on January 1864. After emancipation, he and his family relocated to Arkansas, where he would later attend college and become a renowned scientist. Carver is best known for his discoveries related to peanuts and other crops, but his work extended into many other fields, including botany, chemistry, and nutrition. He remains an important figure in Black history and American science today.

We are glad to present you the most inspiring Life, Learning, Discovery, Living Famous quotes from George Carver, and much more.


About George Carver

birth of the author

C. 1864 Diamond, Missouri, U.S.

death of the author

January 5, 1943

college of the author

Alma Mater:
Iowa State University

award of the author

Spingarn Medal


Learn to do the common things uncommonly well. — George Washington Carver

Look about you. Take hold of the things that are here. Let them talk to you. You learn to talk to them. — George Washington Carver

Learn to do common things uncommonly well; we must always keep in mind that anything that helps fill the dinner pail is valuable. — George Washington Carver

Nature is the greatest teacher and I learn from her best when others are asleep. In the still dark hours before sunrise God tells me of the plans I am to fulfill. — George Washington Carver

Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books . . . — George Washington Carver


I know of nothing more inspiring than that of making discoveries for ones self. — George Washington Carver

God gave them [the discoveries] to me; how can I sell them to someone else? — George Washington Carver

We get closer to God as we get more intimately and understandingly acquainted with the things He has created. I know of nothing more inspiring than that of making discoveries for one’s self. — George Washington Carver

One reason I never patent my products is that if I did it would take so much time, I would get nothing else done. But mainly I don’t want my discoveries to benefit specific favored persons. — George Washington Carver


I know that my Redeemer lives. Thank God I love humanity, complexion doesn’t interest me one single a bit. — George Washington Carver

When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world. — George Washington Carver

Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong. Sometime in life you will have been all of these. — George Washington Carver

Young people, I want to beg of you always keep your eyes open to what Mother Nature has to teach you. By so doing you will learn many valuable things every day of your life. — George Washington Carver

I wanted to know the name of every stone and flower and insect and bird and beast. I wanted to know where it got its color, where it got its life–but there was no one to tell me. — George Washington Carver

All my life I have risen regularly at four o’clock and have gone into the woods and talked to God. There He gives me my orders for the day. — George Washington Carver

Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise. At no other time have I so sharp an understanding of what God means to do with me as in these hours of dawn. — George Washington Carver


One of the things that has helped me as much as any other is not how long I am going to live, but how much I can do while living. — George Washington Carver

What was George Washington Carver’s childhood like?

George Washington Carver was born into slavery, the son of an enslaved woman named Mary, owned by Moses Carver.

During the American Civil War, George and Mary were kidnapped and taken away to be sold.


I would never allow anyone to give me money, no difference how badly I needed it. I wanted literally to earn my living. — George Washington Carver

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In George Carver Statements


All flowers talk to me and so do hundreds of little living things in the woods. I learn what I know by watching and loving everything. — George Washington Carver

When our thoughts–which bring actions–are filled with hate against anyone, Negro or white, we are in a living hell. That is as real as hell will ever be. — George Washington Carver

Inspiring Phrases From George Carver

Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough. — George Washington Carver

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in. — George Washington Carver

Do what you can, with what you have and do it now! — George Washington Carver

There is a use for almost everything. — George Washington Carver

Most people search high and wide for the key to success. If they only knew, the key to their dreams lies within. — George Washington Carver

Whatever you love opens its secrets to you. — George Washington Carver

If you love something enough, it will reveal itself to you. — George Washington Carver