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50 Black Women Quotes On Self-Love, Life, and Success

Published on February 7, 2020 7:19 AM EST

There is nothing like the power of a black woman. At Everyday Power, we have curated inspirational black women quotes from authors, actresses, activists, and more. 

Who is a black woman that inspires you? 

A black woman’s wisdom is endless. This collection is a fraction of it, featuring quotes from insightful, powerful, and beautiful black women. We hope to inspire you during your day whether you are powering through a workday or enjoying a much-needed self-care day. 

Black Women Quotes On Self-Love, Life, and Success

Whether you scribble your favorite quote in your journal or repost the quote on Instagram, be sure to record your favorites for any time you need a pick-me-up. 

Check out the quotes below to learn from the minds of amazing black women. 

Inspirational black women quotes

1. “Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”  Oprah Winfrey

2. “It’s time for you to move, realizing that the thing you are seeking is also seeking you.” — Iyanla Vanzant

3. “You can fall, but you can rise also.” – Angelique Kidjo

4. “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” ― Angela Davis

5. “Life is short, and it’s up to you to make it sweet.” – Sadie Delany

6. “Don’t settle for average. Bring your best to the moment. Then, whether it fails or succeeds, at least you know you gave all you had. We need to live the best that’s in us.” – Angela Bassett

7. “If you prioritize yourself, you are going to save yourself.” – Gabrielle Union

8. “You are on the eve of a complete victory. You can’t go wrong. The world is behind you.” – Josephine Baker

9. “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

10. “Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any Happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.”Alice Walker

11. “A crown, if it hurts us, is not worth wearing.” — Pearl Bailey

12. “Your willingness to look at your darkness is what empowers you to change.”— Iyanla Vanzant

Black women quotes on life

13. “I don’t have to go around trying to save everybody anymore; that’s not my job. ” — Jada Pinkett Smith

14. “No matter where life takes me there will always be someone who’s threatened by it.” —  Franchesca Ramsey

15. “I think the internet forces you to be okay with your mistakes, and the things you’ve done in the past, especially when you’re in the media. Personally, that helps me to stop self-editing or being self-conscious, and instead realize that my previous mistakes have allowed me to grow.” —  Amandla Stenberg

16. “You will be wounded many times in your life. You’ll make mistakes. Some people will call them failures but I have learned that failure is really God’s way of saying, “Excuse me, you’re moving in the wrong direction.” It’s just an experience, just an experience.” – Oprah Winfrey

17. “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Maya Angelou

18. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.” — Maya Angelou

19. “You’ve just got to follow your own path. You have to trust your heart and you have to listen to the warnings.” ― Chaka Khan

20. “If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.” Zora Neale Hurston

21. “You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”Michelle Obama

22. “Deal with yourself as an individual worthy of respect, and make everyone else deal with you the same way. ” – Nikki Giovanni

23. “I’d rather regret the risks that didn’t work out than the chances I didn’t take at all.” – Simone Biles

24. “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

25. “When you put love out in the world it travels, and it can touch people and reach people in ways that we never even expected.” – Laverne Cox

Black women quotes on success

26. “Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then.” — Diana Ross

27. “I thrive on obstacles. If I’m told that it can’t be told, then I push harder.” – Issa Rae

28. “I have standards I don’t plan on lowering for anybody … including myself.” – Zendaya

29. “I always believed that when you follow your heart or your gut, when you really follow the things that feel great to you, you can never lose, because settling is the worst feeling in the world.” – Rihanna

30. “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

31. “You wanna know what scares people? Success. When you don’t make moves and when you don’t climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you’re not competition.” – Nicki Minaj

32. “There have been so many people who have said to me, ‘You can’t do that,’ but I’ve had an innate belief that they were wrong. Be unwavering and relentless in your approach.” – Halle Berry

33. “There’s so much creativity in brokeness. Brokeness will have you making it work.” — Issa Rae

34. “Be passionate and move forward with gusto every single hour of every single day until you reach your goal.” — Ava DuVernay

35. “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.” – Oprah Winfrey

36. “I’m convinced that we Black women possess a special indestructible strength that allows us to not only get down, but to get up, to get through, and to get over.” — Janet Jackson

Black women quotes on self-love

37. “It was when I realized I needed to stop trying to be somebody else and be myself, I actually started to own, accept and love what I had.” – Tracee Ellis Ross

38. “Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.” – Toni Morrison

39. “It is so liberating to really know what I want, what truly makes me happy, what I will not tolerate. I have learned that it is no one else’s job to take care of me but me.” – Beyonce Knowles-Carter

40. “Helped are those who are content to be themselves; they will never lack mystery in their lives and the joys of self-discovery will be constant.” ― Alice Walker

41. “Learn to be quiet enough to hear the genuine in yourself, so that you can hear it in others.” – Marian Wright Edelman

42. “When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.” ― Oprah Winfrey

43. “Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable. I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness.” – Janelle Monae

44. “I don’t have any time to stay up all night worrying about what someone who doesn’t love me has to say about me.” — Viola Davis

Other inspirational black women quotes

45. “When you take care of yourself, you’re a better person for others. When you feel good about yourself, you treat others better.” – Solange Knowles

46. “We must reject not only the stereotypes that others hold of us, but also the stereotypes that we hold of ourselves.” ― Shirley Chisholm

47. “Girls of all kinds can be beautiful — from the thin, plus-sized, short, very tall, ebony to porcelain-skinned; the quirky, clumsy, shy, outgoing, and all in between. It’s not easy though because many people still put beauty into a confining, narrow box … Think outside of the box … Pledge that you will look in the mirror and find the unique beauty in you.” – Tyra Banks

48. “I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and my femininity. And I want to be respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be.” ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

49. “Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide.” – Marva Collins

50. “It’s important for young people to know that they are made the way they are made and they’re beautiful and that’s how they’re supposed to be.” – Raven-Symone

Where are you on your journey to self-acceptance?

No matter how you define success, self-acceptance is crucial to achieving it. Whether you are on the starting line or half-way through your journey towards self-acceptance, remember that you are not walking alone. Many of the black women featured above have traveled through their own journeys and reemerged a happier person. 

Just give yourself time. Soon, you will reach those personal goals. If you know someone who’s on a similar journey, share with them one of the above quotes through their social media page. Sometimes, all we need is an extra push to keep going. 

Did we miss one of your favorite motivational black women quotes? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below. 

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