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


Every new year, we all walk in 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.

And No! Monday or the beginning of anything (new year included) 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?

One solution is to constantly fuel your imagination and ambition with some healthy motivation, daily, weekly, yearly!

Below are 15 inspiring and powerful quotes from Black women who had the right idea about how to live life.

Oprah Winfrey

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

Madam C.J. Walker

“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

Audre Lorde

“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

Alice Walker

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

Maya Angelou

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

Michelle Obama

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“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

Ava DuVernay

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“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

June Jordan

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“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

Fannie Lou Hamer

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

Zora Neale Hurston

Author Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) at a book fair, New York, New York, circa 1937. (Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images)

“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

Pearl Bailey

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

Eartha Kitt

“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

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

ATLANTA – JULY 27: Jackie Joyner-Kersee of the USA runs the 100 meter hurdle race of the Heptathlon event of 1996 Summer Olympics on July 27, 1996 in the Centennial Olympic Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)

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

Erykah Badu

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“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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