15 Empowering And Thought Provoking Quotes By Black Women To Jump Start Any Week


Every new year, we all walk in a with a set of goals or resolutions that we are going to accomplish once and for all. And along the way, we lose motivation, stumble on our journey, or simply never carry through with that idea we were so gung-ho about weeks earlier.

Then comes the beginning of the week. It serves as a perfect fresh start (or re-start) for goals, it’s a clean slate and how we start it off can really set the tone for the week. Magical, right? Well, yes and no.

Yes! It is amazing that we are able to get right back on track if we fell off. No! Monday is not a magical fix to all your problems because just like days before, you can fall off the wagon or be generally uninspired.

So what’s a girl to do? Fuel your imagination and ambition with some healthy Monday motivation! Below are 15 inspiring and powerful quotes from Black women who had the right idea about how to live life.


  • “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey


  • “I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations….I have built my own factory on my own ground.” – Madam C.J. Walker


  • “In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction.” – Audre Lorde


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


  • “A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim. “- Maya Angelou


  • “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


  • “I think any black woman is a queen. It’s just, do you know it? Do you see it in yourself? Do you recognize it, do you abide by that, do you define yourself as that? Based on who we are and what we’ve been through and how we survive and where we stand, we are on kind of sacred ground. We stand on the backs of our ancestors. ” – Ava DuVernay


  • “I am a feminist, and what that means to me is much the same as the meaning of the fact that I am Black: it means that I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect.” -June Jordan


  • “If I am truly free, who can tell me how much of my freedom I can have today?” -Fannie Lou Hamer


  • “Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It’s beyond me.”
    – Zora Neale Hurston


  • “The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat one’s self. All sin is easy after that.” – Pearl Bailey


  • “The river is constantly turning and bending and you never know where it’s going to go and where you’ll wind up. Following the bend in the river and staying on your own path means that you are on the right track. Don’t let anyone deter you from that.” – Eartha Kitt


  • “If I stop to kick every barking dog, I am not going to get where I’m going.”
    – Jackie Joyner-Kersee


  • “Follow your heart. It will get you to where you need to be. Sometimes it’s hard, sometimes it’s easy, the places that your heart takes you. But continue to follow it. Where the train leads you – you’ll get there.” – Erykah Badu


  • “Life is not a destination; it is a journey. Faith makes everything possible. In order to succeed in life, we must first believe that we can.”
    – Ilyasah Shabazz


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