63 Inspirational Quotes By Women on Perseverance, Fear, Success…

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At some point, we all need a little pick me up. Each of these quotes by notable Black women will provide you with inspiration and help you seize the day.

  1. 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. -Harriet Tubman
  1. What God intended for you goes far beyond anything you can imagine. -Oprah Winfrey
  1. Life is very short and what we have to do must be done in the now. -Audre Lorde
  1. 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 Williams Crenshaw
  1. Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the error that counts. -Nikki Giovanni
  1. Don’t feel entitled to anything you didn’t sweat and struggle for. -Marian Wright Edelman
  1. No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you. -Althea Gibson
  1. We can say “Peace on Earth.” We can sing about it, preach about it or pray about it, but if we have not internalized the mythology to make it happen inside us, then it will not be. -Betty Shabazz
  1. It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it. -Lena Horne
  1. It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. -Audre Lorde
  1. There’s always something to suggest that you’ll never be who you wanted to be. Your choice is to take it or keep on moving. -Phylicia Rashad
  1. Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself. -Alice Walker
  1. Give light and people will find the way. -Ella Baker
  1. All great achievements require time. -Maya Angelou
  1. The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within – strength, courage, dignity. -Ruby Dee
  1. Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth. -Shirley Chisholm
  1. I get angry about things, then go on and work. -Toni Morrison
  1. Just remember the world is not a playground but a schoolroom. Life is not a holiday but an education. One eternal lesson for us all: to teach us how better we should love. -Barbara Jordan
  1. Sometimes it’s worse to win a fight than to lose. -Billie Holiday
  1. Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his goals. -Dorothy Height
  1. When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. -Audre Lorde
  1. We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee. – Marian Wright Edelman
  1. You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas. – Shirley Chisholm
  1. Grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear. -Zora Neale Hurston
  1. Learn to be quiet enough to hear the genuine within yourself so that you can hear it in others. – Marian Wright Edelman
  1. I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver. -Maya Angelou
  1. Your silence will not protect you. -Audre Lorde
  1. There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made. -Michelle Obama
  1. Cease to be a drudge, seek to be an artist. -Mary McLeod Bethune
  1. I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves. -Harriet Tubman
  1. 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
  1. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. -Maya Angelou
  1. Don’t agonize, organize. -Florynce Kennedy
  1. I did my best, and God did the rest. -Hattie McDaniel
  1. Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. -Oprah Winfrey
  1. You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day. -Marian Wright Edelman
  1. Your willingness to look at your darkness is what empowers you to change -Iyanla Vanzant
  1. Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation. -Coretta Scott King
  1. If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive. -Audre Lorde
  1. Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live. -Mae Jemison
  1. You never find yourself until you face the truth. -Pearl Bailey
  1. You know, you do need mentors, but in the end, you really just need to believe in yourself. -Diana Ross
  1. No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow. -Alice Walker
  1. Each person must live their life as a model for others. -Rosa Parks
  1. If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. -Maya Angelou
  1. Nobody’s free until everybody’s free. -Fannie Lou Hamer
  1. Always be smarter than the people who hire you. -Lena Horne
  1. No person has the right to rain on your dreams. -Marian Wright Edelman
  1. Only by learning to live in harmony with your contradictions can you keep it all afloat. -Audre Lorde
  1. You have a right to your thoughts and feelings. Your feelings are always valid. -Iyanla Vanzant
  1. Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night. -Marian Wright Edelman
  1. Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated. -Coretta Scott King
  1. We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. -Maya Angelou
  1. 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. -Rosa Parks
  1. Each time you love, love as deeply as if it were forever. – Audre Lorde
  1. “The way in which we think of ourselves has everything to do with how our world see us and how we see ourselves successfully acknowledged by the world.” – Arlene Rankin
  1. “You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” – Rosalynn Carter
  1. “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall
  1. A woman’s gifts will make room for her. -Hattie McDaniel
  1. I really don’t think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don’t mind the failure but I can’t imagine that I’d forgive myself if I didn’t try. -Nikki Giovanni
  1. Prayer begins where human capacity ends. -Marian Anderson
  1. We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society. -Angela Davis
  1. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. -Alice Walker

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