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15 Quotes from Powerful Black Women about Courage and Hope

We all have those days where we could use words of wisdom. I hope each of these quotes about hope and courage by powerful Black women provides you the boost you need to face the challenges of the day.

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

Don’t let anyone shame you into becoming hopeless. It’s ok to be hopeful. Hope doesn’t deny reality. You’re simply allowing space for your optimism to become the reality. ~Bethanee Epifani J. Bryant

I did my best, and God did the rest. ~Hattie McDaniel

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The moment I said yes to the challenge, the moment I was open to having the conversations, suddenly in that instance my life was changed. I grew more courageous; I shed some shyness, some awkwardness, some social fear. ~Shonda Rhimes

For in the end, freedom is a personal and lonely battle; and one faces down fears of today so that those of tomorrow might be engaged. ~Alice Walker

She is a beautiful, powerful badass woman who sometimes falls apart inside after she drops her bags by the door and tosses her stilettos. Her vulnerability at night helps her to rise stronger in the morning.~J. Autherine

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Give light and people will find the way. ~Ella Baker

I get angry about things, then go on and work. ~Toni Morrison

There’s always something to suggest that you’ll never be who you wanted to be. Your choice is to take it or keep on moving. ~Phylicia Rashad

Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his goals. ~Dorothy Height

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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

Don’t settle for average. Bring your best to the moment. Then, whether it fails or succeeds, at least you know you gave all you had. We need to live the best that’s in us. ~Angela Bassett

I thrive on obstacles. If I’m told that it can’t be told, then I push harder. ~Issa Rae

The collective, orchestrated fury of Black women can move the whole world. ~Brittney Cooper

“Expand! You are not small. Your Foremothers did not do what they did so you could occupy small!” ~Malebo Sephodi

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