If you follow Werk Chic Mag on Instagram, then you know we love a good quote. You should head over to Instagram (of course after you read this blog post) and hit the like button. I like to think of myself as a quote enthusiast. Reading a quote or two a day helps keeps my spirit flourishing.

In life we all need that extra nudge, to keep progressing. Now and then you have to take a break, step aside, pause and meditate on the words of brilliant black women.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from black women to help inspire the best you:

Self:

“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.”-Michelle Obama

“Everything that happens to you is a reflection of what you believe about yourself. We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem. We cannot draw to ourselves more than we think we are worth.”-Iyanla Vanzant

“I have never been contained except I made the prison.”-Mari Evans

“You don’t become what you want; you become what you believe.”-Oprah Winfrey

Success:

“You can’t afford to let people or circumstances drive you crazy.  Instead, be driven to stay in peace instead of falling to pieces. Stay in your own lane of purpose, dreams, and hope. Carry your own map and allow the Lord to be your navigator.”-Jewel Diamond Taylor

“We spend most of our lives cutting down our ambitions because the world has told us to think small. Dreams express what your soul is telling you, so as crazy as your dream might seem even to you I don’t care: You have to let that out.”-Eleni Gabre-Madden

“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 of you.”- Maya Angelou

“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.”-Gail Devers

Happiness:

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

“Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide.”- Marva Collins

“No person is your friend who demands your silence or denies your right to grow.” – Alice Walker

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

Fear:

“When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” -Audre Lorde

“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

“The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free.” -Oprah Winfrey

Love:

“Your divine mate is seeking you, and you can only meet divinely”-Jewel Diamond Taylor

“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.”- Zora Neale Hurston

“I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.”-Alice Walker

Determination:

“It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it.” – Lena Horne

“Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide.” – Marva Collins

“I am a rebel with a cause.”- Nina Simone

Always,
Be Inspired! Be Fearless! Be Happy! Most importantly Be You!

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