1 – A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman – refuses to be anyone’s victim.
2 – All great achievements require time.
3 – As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
4 – Ask for what you want, and be prepared to get it.
5 – At 50, I began to know who I was. It was like waking up to myself.
6 – Be present in all things, and thankful for all things.
7 – Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without courage, you cannot practice any of the other virtues consistently.
8 – Courage – you develop courage by doing small things like just as if you wouldn’t want to pick up a 100-pound weight without preparing yourself.
9 – Determine to live life with flair and laughter.
10 – Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.
11 – Don’t let the incidents which take place in life bring you low. And certainly don’t whine. You can be brought low, that’s OK, but don’t be reduced by them. Just say, “That’s life.”
12 – Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.
13 – Faith is the evidence of the unseen.
14 – Home is a refuge, not only from the world but a refuge from my worries, my terrible concerns. I like beautiful things around me. I like to be beautiful because it delights my eyes and my soul is lifted up.
15 – Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Invite one to stay.
16 – I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.
17 – I believe that every person is born with talent.
18 – I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.
19 – I created myself. I have taught myself so much.
20 – I know for sure that loves saves me and that it is here to save us all.
21 – I respect myself and insist upon it from everybody. And because I do it, I then respect everybody, too.
22 – I think a hero is any person really intent on making his a better place for all people.
23 – I work very hard, and I play very hard. I’m grateful for life. And I live it – I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it.
24 – I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being.
25 – I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.
26 – I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.
27 – If you’re a human being, you can attempt to do what other human beings have done. We don’t understand talent any more than we understand electricity.
28 – If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
29 – If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.
30 – If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.
31 – In all my work, in the movies I write, the lyrics, the poetry, the prose, the essays, I am saying that we may encounter many defeats – maybe it’s imperative that we encounter the defeats – but we are much stronger than we appear to be and maybe much better than we allow ourselves to be.
32 – It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
33 – Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.
34 – Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.
35 – Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.
36 – My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done, to try and love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.
37 – My mission in life is not to merely survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
38 – Nothing succeeds like success. Get a little success, and then just get a little more.
39 – Nothing will work unless you do.
40 – People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.
41 – Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls.
42 – Stand up straight and realize who you are. That you tower over your circumstances. You are a child of God. Stand up straight.
43 – The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.
44 – There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.
45 – To grow up is to stop putting blame on parents
46 – Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.
47 – We are only as blind as we want to be.
48 – We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
49 – We need joy as we need air. We need love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share.
50 – Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.
1 – And I prayed to God to make me strong and able to fight, and that’s what I’ve always prayed for ever since.
2 – Don’t ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.
3 – Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
4 – I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.
5 – I had crossed the line. I was free; but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land.
6 – I had reasoned this out in my mind; there was on of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other; for no man should take me alive.
7 – I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There was such a glory over everything. The sun came up like gold through the trees, and I felt like I was in heaven.
8 – I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can’t say; I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.
9 – I would fight for my liberty so long as my strength lasted, and if the time came for me to go, the Lord would let them take me.
10 – It wasn’t me, it was the Lord! I always told Him, ‘I trust to you. I don’t know where to go or what to do, but I expect You to lead me,’ and He always did.
11 – Never wound a snake; kill it.
12 – Slavery is the next thing to hell.
1 – Each person must live their life as a model for others.
2 – Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again.
3 – I believe we are here on the planet Earth to live, grow up, and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom.
4 – I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.
5 – I was a person with dignity and self-respect, and I should not set my sights lower than anybody else just because I was black.
6 – I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.
7 – I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would be also free.
8 – I’m tired of being treated like a second-class citizen.
9 – It was not pre-arranged. It just happened that the driver made a demand and I just didn’t feel like obeying his demand. I was quite tired after spending a full day working.
10 – Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.
11 – Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.
12 – Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Today’s mighty oak is yesterday’s nut that held its ground.
13 – The only tired i was was tired of giving in.
14 – Whatever my individual desires were to be free, I was not alone. There were many others who felt the same way.
15 – You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.
In honor of Black History Month, check out these 15 inspiring quotes from civil rights icons including Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick Douglass, and W.E.B. Du Bois.
1. “Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”
—Dr. Mae Jemison, first African-American female astronaut
2. “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.
3. “The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.”
—W.E.B. Du Bois
4. “In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.”
—Thurgood Marshall, first African American U.S. Supreme Court member
5. “Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.”
—Coretta Scott King
6. “Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us.”
—Susan L. Taylor, journalist
7. “Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.”
—Carol Moseley-Braun, politician and lawyer
8. “One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings.”
—Franklin Thomas, activist, philanthropist, and former president of the Ford Foundation
9. “My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.”
10. “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.”
11. “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
12. “The time is always right to do what is right.”
—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
13. “Have a vision. Be demanding.”
14. “Freedom is never given; it is won.”
—A. Philip Randolph, civil rights activist
15. “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”
—Booker T. Washington