10 Inspiring Quotes By Black Women

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Here are 10 quotes to inspire you to keep going. When the going gets tough, its time to dig in your heals and stay focused. Let’s get it in in 2010!

You don’t become what you want; you become what you believe.
Oprah Winfrey

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

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

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

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

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminshes fear.

Rosa Parks

Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us.
Susan L. Taylor

Just don’t give up what you’re trying to do. Where there is Love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.

Ella Fitzgerald

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

Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.

Wilma Rudolph

17 thoughts on “10 Inspiring Quotes By Black Women

  1. I am going to share these with my class! I am always trying to inspire my students to give their best. I teach at a school that is about 50% black and many of them fail to see the positive role models they have within their own race (and they need that on certain levels to be able to relate). You are awesome… just so you know. 😉

    1. You’re awesome too Kelli! =) I remember what it was like in school – we heard about the same handful of famous and historic black people. After a while you become accustomed to the history and don’t see their accomplishments as noteworthy. Like we take for granted how much of a sacrifice that MLK made… I hope these quotes inspire your students to dig deeper for their everyday heroes. Let me know how they respond to them.

  2. Anilia,
    Just now reading Inspiring Quotes. Anilia you never fail to amaze me! A Big THANKS For All You Say You Do……Sherry H.

  3. Thank U for the inspirational Quotes. Each day I need somethin to motivate me or to make me feel good about myself!!! God Bless You!! <3

  4. Hi Anilia! What beautiful quotes! I stumbled on your website by accident and am glad that I came here! Keep up the great work Sista! – Dr. C

  5. Thank you so much for these powerful quotes. I have a brunch with some Phenomenal women every month. A Collective of Women that are striving to better themselves, support each other, and use our talents to help other sistahs. Our Sistah-hood needs to hear these words that truly make a difference and motivate.

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