Discovering an amazing quote can really trigger your motivation to strive for better and beyond whatever you were once reaching for. I always have been a fan of deep quotes that can teach and enlighten me. As a black woman, I truly find the strength within the words of other black famous leaders, heroes, and intellectuals.

It is important that more of the black youth and minority is guided by very unshakeable adults who can teach, lead, and guide them in the right direction too. Here are a few of my favorite powerful quotes about life lessons from black intellectuals.

"Education empowers you: it places you in a position to verbally challenge people who are giving you a whole lot of nonsense."  
Camille Cosby

"Nobody owes you anything. But you can go out and take it. With education. Pick up a book and read. Learn your history and everybody else's too. And don't be scared to be yourself."
Sinbad - Parade, September 11, 1994

"If you educate a man, you educate a man. If you educate a woman, you educate a nation."

JOHNNETTA B. COLE - Dream the Boldest Dreams, 1997 

"You have to be insightful. Prepare yourself for the transitions you will have to undertake in life."

                                   BEVERLY JOHNSON - Right On, May 1979

"More people have to start spending as much time in the library as they do on the basketball court. If they took the idea that they could escape poverty through education, I think it would make a more basic and long-lasting change in the way things happen...What we need are positive, realistic goals and the willingness to work."


"If you want a life free form drama, then you can't hang around with people who thrive on drama." 
MICHELLE OBAMA - Graduation Address, 2010

"There is no balance in the life of money. You either have too much or too little. When you don't have it, you run like the devil to get it. When you do have it, you run like the devil to keep it."
JOHN H. JOHNSON - Succeeding Against the Odds, 1989

"It's foolish to determine what your life will be before you've even had a chance to live it."
NIKKI GIOVANNI - Black Woman Writers, 1984 

"Find power. Find the queen who lives inside of you, embrace her, nourish her, praise her, hold her accountable, and love her. Become her."
Ladies First: Revelations of a Strong Black Woman, 1999

"Know whence you came. If you know whence you came, there is really no limit to where you can go." 
                                                            JAMES BALDWIN -
Fire Next Time, 1962

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