Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!
Cooking certain dishes, like roast pork, reminds me of my mother.
I don’t trust any revolution where love is not allowed.
Education is a process that goes on ’til death. The moment you see someone who knows she has found the one true way, and can call all the others false, then you know you’re in the company of an ignoramus.
I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare.
Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.
When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.
Nothing will work unless you do.
The most important thing I can tell you about aging is this: If you really feel that you want to have an off-the-shoulder blouse
You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.
and some big beads and thong sandals and a dirndl skirt and a magnolia in your hair, do it. Even if you’re wrinkled.
Most people don’t grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards,
The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerence. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance.
Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging.
“Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.”
Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.
You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies. You may trod me in the very dirt, but still like dust, I’ll rise.
I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect.
I believe that every person is born with talent.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblended by formal education.