25 quotes that will offer hope in the midst of a messy America

No matter if it’s social media, the news, or conversations in the workplace; it is tough to realize the state of our country.  Though we have never been perfect, it seems as though we have hit the gas pedal to a decline.  Whether it is another day and a new executive order signed, banning people, or alternative facts covered in press conferences.  The current times are tough and I can’t help but think of the battles that our ancestors had to fight.  No matter what obstacles stood in their way, they ALWAYS found a way to overcome.  It gives me hope knowing where I come from and the strength that resides within. 

Here are 25 quotes to remind you that you will come out victorious no matter what lies ahead of you. 

1.       "I am water.  What does water do when it hits a barrier? It goes around it." - Mara Brock Akil

2.       "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.  We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.  We are the change that we seek." – President Barack Obama

3.       "Freedom is never given; it is won." - A. Philip Randolph

4.       "It’s up to you to be responsible for how you feel if you’re not happy.  Your happiness lies in your hands.  You can’t rely on a man to make you happy or complete you.  That starts with you." – Taraji Henson

5.       "I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear."         - Rosa Parks

6.       "Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations." – Dr. Mae Jemison (first African American female astronaut)

7.       "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly"           – Langston Hughes

8.       "If there is no struggle, there is no progress." – Frederick Douglass

9.       "Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew" – Cicely Tyson

10.   "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today." – Malcolm X

11.   "It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you down.  It’s the pebble in your shoe."     – Muhammad Ali

12.   "Life is not a spectator sport.  If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion, you’re wasting your life." -Jackie Robinson

13.   "Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come.  Get up and make them." – Madam C J Walker

14.   "It always seems impossible until it is done." – Nelson Mandela

15.   "The African race is a rubber ball.  The harder you dash it to the ground, the higher it will rise." – African Proverbs

16.   "One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else 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

17.   "Whenever I feel bad, I use that feeling to motivate me to work harder.  I only allow myself on day to feel sorry for myself.  When I’m not feeling my best I ask myself, ‘what are you gonna do about it?’ I use the negativity to fuel the transformation into a better me." – Beyonce

18.   "I’m convinced that we black women possess a special indestructible strength that allows us to not only get down, but to get up, to get through, and to get over.” - Janet Jackson

19.   "God make me so uncomfortable that I will do the very thing I fear." - Ruby Dee

20.   "Vision without action is just a dream; action without vision is just something to do.  But vision with action can change the world." -Gwendolyn Boyd

21.   "Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth." – Shirley Chisholm 

22.   "When it comes to success the choice is simple.  You can either stand up and be counted or lie down and be counted out!" – Maggie Lena Walker

23.   "When there is no enemy within the enemy outside cannot hurt you." – African Proverb

24.   "As long as I’m alive.  I’ll keep my head up high.  Because I’m strong in body and smart in mind." - Run DMC

25.   “Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise." – Maya Angelou


Feel free to share some of your favorite quotes in the comments!