15 Quotes by Confident, Successful Black Women

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When you’re down and out, not feeling too hot about yourself where do you draw your inspiration from? I like to think that I live a pretty balanced life for the most part. But every once in a while I have to break out my “Self-Motivation Journal of Quotes” to get me fist pumping my way back to that happy medium. Here’s 15 fist pump quotes by 15 confident successful black women that you can add to your motivation scrapbook:

 

Michelle Obama

“Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate, your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.”

 

Oprah Winfrey

“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.”

 

Iyanla Vanzant

“Everything that happens to you is a reflection of what you believe about yourself. We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem. We cannot draw to ourselves more than we think we are worth.”

 

Maya Angelou

“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.”

 

Shirley Chisholm

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

                                           

Angela Davis

“We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.”

 

Mary McLeod Bethune

“Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough.”

 

 Marian Wright Edelman

“The question is not whether we can afford to invest in every child; it is whether we can afford not to.”

 

Zora Neale Hurston

“I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. . . . Even in the helter-skelter skirmish that is my life, I have seen that the world is to the strong regardless of a little pigmentation more or less. No, I do not weep at the world—I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.”

 

Carol Moseley-Braun

“Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.”

 

Sojourner Truth

“And ain’t I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man – when I could get it – and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain’t I a woman?”

 

Tina Turner

“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.”

 

Angela Bassett

“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.”

Nikki Giovanni

“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.”

Audre Lorde

“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.”

I Want to Hear From You:

  • What generally helps you get your motivation back?
  • What quotes inspires you?

 

Shanti Ray, the founding editor of I Am Simply Shanti is a Legal Admin Assistant by day and a writer/poetess/blogger by night. She is woman of many talents who finds her strength and passion to write in her life’s experiences. In her down time she enjoys volunteering and mentoring young women. As she keeps herself busy being a writer, entrepreneur, and community service advocate she still finds time to work on her first novel and as a correspondent with Six Brown Chicks.

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Comments

  1. Zora’s is my absolute FAV!

  2. Love this! Especially love Iyanla Vanzant’s.