1 – America doesn’t respect anything but money. What our people need is a few millionaires.
2 – I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations….I have built my own factory on my own ground.
3 – I am not ashamed of my past. I am not ashamed of my humble beginning.
4 – I am not merely satisfied in making money for myself, for I am endeavoring to provide employment for hundreds of women of my race. … I want to say to every Negro woman present, don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!
5 – I am not satisfied in making money for myself. I endeavor to provide employment for hundreds of the women of my race.
6 – I got my start by giving myself a start.
7 – I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.
8 – I want the great masses of my people to take a greater pride in their personal appearance and to give their hair proper attention.
9 – I want you to understand that your first duty is to humanity. I want others to look at us and see that we care not just about ourselves but about others.
10 – If I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard.
11 – IT’S PRETTY HARD for the Lord TO GUIDE YOU IF YOU HAVEN’T MADE UP YOUR MIND WHICH WAY TO GO.
12 – One night I had a dream, and in that dream a big black man appeared to me and told me what to mix up for my hair. I made up my mind I would begin to sell it.
13 – Perseverance is my motto.
14 – There would be no hair growing business today had I not started it.
15 – You might say that I was the first and caused others to awaken to the sense of their duty in helping deserving causes for the benefit of the race.