“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.”

“The caged bird sings with a fearful trill, of things unknown, but longed for still, and his tune is heard on the distant hill, for the caged bird sings of freedom.”

“We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans – because we can.”

“Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.”

“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”

“The best is yet to come. And won’t it be fine?”

“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.”

“The thing to be done was to get as much out of life as I could. And here I am.”

“My mother’s gifts of courage to me were both large and small. The latter are woven into the fabric of my memories with finer threads than the former.” “A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.”

“Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.”

“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.”

“The idea of overcoming is always fascinating to me, because few of us realize how much energy we have expended just to be here today.” IN MY OWN LANE QUOTES

“We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.”

“We need much less than we think we need.”

“The more you know of your history, the more liberated you are.”

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”

“If we lose love and self-respect for each other, this is how we finally die.”

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”

“We must constantly remind ourselves that we are not machines, but flesh and blood.”

“The fact that the adult American Negro male is treated like a boy, is made to feel like a boy, and expects to behave like a boy, results in his rejection of white standards of success and detachment from a white center.”

“Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.”

“We may encounter defeats but we must not be defeated.”