40 Inspirational Quotes By Black Women
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  • “Whatever someone did to you in the past has no power over the present. Only you give it power.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you.” –Althea Gibson
  • “Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.” – Alice Walker
  • “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “Take responsibility for yourself because no one’s going to take responsibility for you. I’m not a victim.” – Tyra Banks
  • ”Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “Don’t feel entitled to anything you didn’t sweat and struggle for.” –Marian Wright Edelman
  • “You are the designer of your destiny; you are the author of your story.” — Lisa Nichols
  • “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Give light and people will find the way.” – Ella Baker
  • “All the money in the world doesn’t mean a thing if you don’t have time to enjoy it.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “Nobody’s free until everybody is free.” –Fannie Lou Hamer
  • “Service is the rent you pay for your room on this earth.” – Shirley Chisholm
  • “Your silence will not protect you.” – Audre Lorde
  • “Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night.” –Marian Wright Edelman


  • “If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive. ” – Audre Lorde
  • “Love is or it ain’t. Thin love ain’t love at all.” –Toni Morrison
  • “Self-esteem means knowing you are the dream.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide.” – Marva Collins
  • “We are all gifted. That is our inheritance.” – Ethel Waters
  • “Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It’s beyond me.” – Zora Neale Hurston
  • “A woman’s gifts will make room for her.” – Hattie McDaniel
  • “‘I can’t’ are two words that have never been in my vocabulary. I believe in me more than anything in this world.” – Wilma Rudolph
  • “A crown, if it hurts us, is not worth wearing.” – Pearl Bailey
  • ”Once we recognize what it is we are feeling, once we recognize we can feel deeply, love deeply, can feel joy, then we will demand that all parts of our lives produce that kind of joy.” – Audre Lorde
  • “While I don’t expect you to save the world, I do think it’s not asking too much for you to love those with whom you sleep, share the happiness of those whom you call friend, engage those among you who are visionary and remove from your life those who offer you depression, despair and disrespect.” – Nikki Giovanni
  • “I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else’s whim or to someone else’s ignorance. ” – Bell Hooks
  • “No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow. ” – Alice Walker
  • “Deal with yourself as an individual worthy of respect, and make everyone else deal with you the same way. ” – Nikki Giovanni
  • “If you don’t understand yourself you don’t understand anybody else.” – Nikki Giovanni


  • “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Don’t agonize, organize.” – Florynce Kennedy
  • “It’s not about supplication, it’s about power. It’s not about asking, it’s about demanding. It’s not about convincing those who are currently in power, it’s about changing the very face of power itself.” –Kimberle W. Crenshaw
  • “Prayer begins where human capacity ends.” –Marian Anderson
  • “Whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true self comes out.” — Tina Turner
  • “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” – Lena Horne
  • “I did what my conscience told me to do, and you can’t fail if you do that.” –Anita Hill
  • “Don’t be afraid to feel as angry or as loving as you can, because when you feel nothing, it’s just death.”  –Lena Horne
  • “No person has the right to rain on your dreams.” – Marian Wright Edelman