Black Women Quotes and Sayings

These are inspirational, motivational, wise, and funny black women quotes, sayings, and proverbs that inspire us. See more quotes by topic on Quotelicious.

Black women quotes from Oprah Winfrey

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As you become more clear about who you really are, you’ll be better able to decide what is best for you – the first time around. ~Oprah Winfrey


Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. ~Oprah Winfrey

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Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher. ~Oprah Winfrey

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I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process. ~Oprah Winfrey

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When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are. ~Oprah Winfrey

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Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. ~Oprah Winfrey


What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. ~Oprah Winfrey


I have a lot of things to prove to myself. One is that I can live my life fearlessly. ~Oprah Winfrey


You will be wounded many times in your life. You’ll make mistakes. Some people will call them failures but I have learned that failure is really God’s way of saying, “Excuse me, you’re moving in the wrong direction.” It’s just an experience, just an experience. ~Oprah Winfrey


Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure. ~Oprah Winfrey


What God intended for you goes far beyond anything you can imagine. ~Oprah Winfrey


Self-esteem means knowing you are the dream. ~Oprah Winfrey


Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift. ~Oprah Winfrey


Black women quotes from Nikki Giovanni

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Everything will change. The only question is growing up or decaying. ~Nikki Giovanni

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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

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Deal with yourself as an individual worthy of respect, and make everyone else deal with you the same way. ~Nikki Giovanni


A lot of people refuse to do things because they don’t want to go naked, don’t want to go without guarantee. But that’s what’s got to happen. You go naked until you die. ~Nikki Giovanni

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Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the error that counts. ~Nikki Giovanni

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If you don’t understand yourself you don’t understand anybody else. ~Nikki Giovanni

Black women quotes from Michelle Obama


There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made. ~Michelle Obama


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


One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. ~Michelle Obama


Black women quotes from Toni Morrison

I get angry about things, then go on and work. ~Toni Morrison


If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it. ~Toni Morrison


Love is or it ain’t. Thin love ain’t love at all. ~Toni Morrison


You are your best thing. ~Toni Morrison


Black women quotes from Maya Angelou

All great achievements require time. ~Maya Angelou


I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ~Maya Angelou


I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver. ~Maya Angelou


My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. ~Maya Angelou


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


We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. ~Maya Angelou


Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away. ~Maya Angelou


Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. ~Maya Angelou


I am a strong black woman quotes


I’m a strong black woman. I cannot be intimidated, and I’m not going anywhere. ~Maxine Waters


A strong black woman doesn’t let a tear stain her face.


I’m not the average girl from your video and I ain’t built like a supermodel but I learned to love myself unconditionally because I am a queen. ~India Arie


I am a strong woman because a strong woman raised me.


Strong women are often misperceived as cold and mean simply because they refuse to be disrespected, mistreated or taken for granted.


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Black women quotes From Diana Ross

Just because I have my standards they think I’m a bitch. ~Diana Ross


Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then. ~Diana Ross


You know, you do need mentors, but in the end, you really just need to believe in yourself. ~Diana Ross


You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself. ~Diana Ross

Black women quotes about success

Success doesn’t come to you…you go to it. ~Marva Collins


I’ve been poor and I’ve been rich, and rich is better. ~Bessie Smith


Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it. ~Maya Angelou


You are the designer of your destiny; you are the author of your story. ~Lisa Nichols


There have been so many people who have said to me, “You can’t do that,” but I’ve had an innate belief that they were wrong. Be unwavering and relentless in your approach. ~Halle Berry


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


No person has the right to rain on your dreams. ~Marian Wright Edelman


You wanna know what scares people? Success. When you don’t make moves and when you don’t climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you’re not competition. ~Nicki Minaj


I always believed that when you follow your heart or your gut, when you really follow the things that feel great to you, you can never lose, because settling is the worst feeling in the world. ~Rihanna


Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher. ~Oprah Winfrey


I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear. ~Rosa Parks


Black women quotes about happiness


It is so liberating to really know what I want, what truly makes me happy, what I will not tolerate. I have learned that it is no one else’s job to take care of me but me. ~Beyonce Knowles


Everything is worth it. The hard work, the times when you’re tired, the times where you’re a bit sad, in the end, it’s all worth it because it really makes me happy. There’s nothing better than loving what you do. ~Aaliyah


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


Life is short, and it’s up to you to make it sweet. ~Sadie Delany


I define joy as a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace – a connection to what matters. ~Oprah Winfrey


Take responsibility for yourself because no one’s going to take responsibility for you. I’m not a victim. I grow from this and I learn. ~Tyra Banks


‎Once we recognize what it is we are feeling, once we recognize we can feel deeply, love deeply, can feel joy, then we will demand that all parts of our lives produce that kind of joy. ~Audre Lorde


It is so liberating to really know what I want, what truly makes me happy, what I will not tolerate. I have learned that it is no one else’s job to take care of me but me. ~Beyonce Knowles-Carter


Helped are those who are content to be themselves; they will never lack mystery in their lives and the joys of self-discovery will be constant. ~Alice Walker

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