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50 Quotes From Black Women to Keep You Motivated

Published on January 21, 2020 7:11 AM EST

From becoming CEOs to traveling through space, black women have achieved many amazing things and overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles along the way. The below quotes from black women provide great advice towards anyone who is looking for a boost of inspiration.

What’s your favorite quote from a black woman? 

As a black woman, it never ceases to amaze me how much inspiration I constantly get from other black women throughout my day. This inspiration comes from motivational success stories from my social media feeds, powerful local news stories, everyday talks with my amazing mother, and so much more. This motivation fuels my day and makes me feel like I can accomplish anything. 

Quotes From Black Women to Keep You Motivated

I hope to give you all the same inspiration that I witness daily through wise words from amazing, influential black women. Let these inspirational black women quotes keep you motivated.

Inspirational quotes from black women

1. “Creation is everything you do. Make something.” – Ntozake Shange

2. “Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.” – Lorraine Hansberry

3. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou

4. “The only way you can grow is to let yourself make mistakes and create contradictions.” – Nikki Giovanni

5. “There are times in life when, instead of complaining, you do something about your complaints.” – Rita Dove

6. “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

7. “I did what my conscience told me to do, and you can’t fail if you do that.” – Anita Hill

8. “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

9. “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

10. “If you don’t live your life, then who will?” – Rihanna

11. “Dreams become reality when we put our minds to it.” – Queen Latifah

12. “No person has the right to rain on your dreams.” – Marian Wright Edelman

13. “Always follow your dreams. If there’s something people tell you that you can’t do it, go for it.” – Mo’ne Davis

14. “I learned early on the magic of life is having a vision, having faith, and then going for it.” – Elaine Welteroth

15. “In complete darkness we are all the same, it is only our knowledge and wisdom that separates us, don’t let your eyes deceive you.” – Janet Jackson

16. “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

Relatable quotes from black women

17. “If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.” — Audre Lorde

18. “Embrace everything you are as a woman. Even your flaws too. And the things that you want to fix, you make them better.” – Kelly Rowland

19. “We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.” – Michelle Obama

20. “I get angry about things, then go on and work.” Toni Morrison

21. “Just because I have my standards, they think I’m a bitch.” – Diana Ross

22. “I did my best, and God did the rest.” – Hattie McDaniel

23. “Week-by-week you grow with your character and it’s an interesting challenge.” – Yara Shahidi

24. “History is history. What is done is done.” – Sister Souljah

25. “As long as we are not ourselves, we will try to be what other people are.” – Malidoma Patrice Somé

26. “The greatest lie ever told about love is that it sets you free.” – Zadie Smith

27. “We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.” – Angela Davis

28. “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

29. “I’m a firm believer that language and how we use language determines how we act, and how we act then determines our lives and other people’s lives.” – Ntozake Shange

Suffering quotes from black women

30. “It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it.” – Lena Horne

31. “Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go – purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything … whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.” — Tina Turner

32. “I gave myself permission to feel and experience all of my emotions. In order to do that, I had to stop being afraid to feel. In order to do that, I taught myself to believe that no matter what I felt or what happened when I felt it, I would be okay.” — Iyanla Vanzant

33. “Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” – Coretta Scott King

34. “You can’t focus on the bad thing, you have to focus on getting through it.” – Ciara

35. “Discomfort is always a necessary part of enlightenment.” – Pearl Cleage

36. “The triumph can’t be had without the struggle.” – Wilma Rudolph

37. “The hard days are the best because that’s when champions are made.” – Gabby Douglas

38. “I don’t harp on the negative because if you do, then there’s no progression. There’s no forward movement. You got to always look on the bright side of things, and we are in control. Like, you have control over the choices you make.” — Taraji P. Henson

39. “As Black women, we’re always given these seemingly devastating experiences—experiences that could absolutely break us. But what the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly. What we do as Black women is take the worst situations and create from that point.” – Viola Davis 

Work quotes from black women

40. “Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night.” – Marian Wright Edelman

41. “To know how much there is to know is the beginning of learning to live.” – Dorothy West 

42. “Always be smarter than the people who hire you.” – Lena Horne

43. “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

44. “You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.” – Shirley Chisolm

45. “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.” – Madam C.J. Walker

46. “All great achievements require time.” – Maya Angelou

47. “Don’t feel entitled to anything you didn’t sweat and struggle for.” – Marian Wright Edelman

48. “If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” – Maya Angelou

49. “Nobody’s as powerful as we make them out to be.” Alice Walker

50. “I always believed that if you set out to be successful, then you already were.” – Katherine Dunham

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Many of us believe that social media, and the internet in general, do more harm than good. But, the truth is that we have a lot of power over what we see online. Make it a point to follow people through social media that exude positivity, love, and focus. 

If you haven’t already, be sure to follow Everyday Power on all your favorite social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for your daily dose of motivation. 

Is there a quote up above that you can’t get out of your mind? Drop it in the comments section below and help us spread positivity!

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