Rep. Elijah Cummings’ death has resonated across the country. On Thursday, Oct. 17, Rep. Cummings died at age 68. Cummings represented Maryland’s 7th District in Congress since 1996.
He also served as chair of the Oversight Committee that had been investigating President Donald Trump regarding several issues and was an advocate for reforming criminal justice, cutting prescription drug prices, and fighting addiction.
Rep. Cummings was also known for his powerful speeches and interviews where he gave keen insight on politics, race, and society.
Here are five powerful quotes from Rep. Elijah Cummings that will change your life.
Rep. Cummings on the truth behind receiving the negativity from others
“Most people who are hating on you, they are not worried about where you are. They’re worried about where you’re going.”
Rep. Cummings on embracing the urgency of the day.
“I realized that with African American people, where we’ve been blocked from being all that God meant for us to be, I don’t have time to be patient.”
Rep. Cummings on providing a path for children to reach their destiny.
“Our children are the living messengers we send to a future we will never see… Will we rob them of their destiny? Will we rob them of their dreams? No – we will not do that.”
Rep. Cummings on remaining confident with your own abilities.
“You must have confidence in your competence.”
Rep. Cummings on the impact of voting.
“Voting is crucial, and I don’t give a damn how you look at it: there are efforts to stop people from voting. That’s not right. This is not Russia. This is the United States of America.”