The Voice: 10 Inspirational Quotes From Powerful Black Women

From Maya Angelou to Michelle Obama – it’s time to get motivated

GET INSPIRED: The late great Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou
“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.”

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. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.”

FIRST LADY: Michelle Obama

Beyoncé
“Whenever I feel bad, I use that feeling to motivate me to work harder. I only allow myself one day to feel sorry for myself. When I’m not feeling my best I ask myself, ‘What are you gonna do about it?’ I use the negativity to fuel the transformation into a better me.”

Oprah Winfrey
“Failure is a great teacher and, if you are open to it, every mistake has a lesson to offer.”

Ruby Dee
“God, make me so uncomfortable that I will do the very thing I fear.”

A WAY WITH WORDS: The late Ruby Dee

Raven Symone
“Don’t spend all of your time trying to be like someone else because you can never be them and they can never be you. ”

Vivica A Fox
“A great figure or physique is nice, but it’s self-confidence that makes someone really sexy.”

Mary J Blige
“The important thing is to realise that no matter what people’s opinions may be, they’re only just that – people’s opinions. You have to believe in your heart what you know to be true about yourself. And let that be that.”

POWERFUL: Singer Mary J Blige

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.”

Janet Jackson
“I’m convinced that we Black women possess a special indestructible strength that allows us to not only get down, but to get up, to get through, and to get over.”

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