This month in honor of Black History Month I thought I would collect some amazing, inspiring quotes from people throughout our history. These quotes inspire greatness and encourage us to be our best selves. From civil rights activists to the Queen Bee herself, this list has people inspiring quotes from people from all walks of life across the last few centuries. Hopefully one, if not all of them, spark something in you and help you achieve whatever it is you are hoping to achieve this year and beyond.
I believe that if you’ll just stand up and go, life will open up for you. – Tina Turner
Either you deal with what is the reality, or you can be sure that reality is going to deal with you. – Alex Haley
If you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation to do something about it. – John Lewis
Hold your head high, stick your chest out. You can make it. It gets dark sometimes but morning comes… Keep hope alive. – Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
We do what we have to do so we can do what we want to. – James Leonard Farmer
Together, all things are possible. – Cesar Chavez
If you can be the best, then why not try to be the best? – Garret Morgan
Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Today’s mighty oak is yesterday’s nut that held its ground. – Rosa Parks
If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair. – Shirley Chisholm
If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. – Martin Luther King Jr.
Sometimes it takes years for a person to become an overnight success. – Prince
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi
Stay far from timid, only make moves when your heart’s in it, and live the phrase ‘sky’s the limit.’ – Notorious B.I.G.
If there is no struggle, there is no progress. – Frederick Douglas
There is no passion found in playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. – Nelson Mandela
Truth is powerful and it prevails. – Sojourner Truth
Power means happiness; power means hard work and sacrifice. – Beyoncé
If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else. – Marvin Gaye
You must never be fearful about what you’re doing when it is right. – Rosa Parks
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. – Maya Angelou
There are times in life when, instead of complaining, you do something about your complaints. – Rita Dove
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
The time is always right to do what is right. – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Celebrate the greatness of African American people during Black History Month!