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Inspirational Quotes 2018

  • “I did what my conscience told me to do, and you can’t fail if you do that.”
    - attributed to Dr. Anita Faye Hill, American attorney, university
    professor of social policy, law, and women’s studies.

  • “But I think it would be irresponsible for me not to say what I really believe in my heart to be true - that there are some serious inequities that we face as women and that we can work to address these inequities”
    - attributed to Dr. Anita Faye Hill, American attorney, university
    professor of social policy, law, and women’s studies.

  • “You can’t always expect a certain result, but you can expect to do your best.”
    - attributed to Dr. Anita Faye Hill, American attorney, university
    professor of social policy, law, and women’s studies.

  • “We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It’s our basic human right.”
    - Attributed to Aretha Franklin, American singer,
    songwriter, pianist (March 25, 1942-August 16, 2018).

  • “R-E-S-P-E-C-T,
    Find out what it means to me.
    R-E-S-P-E-C-T,
    Take care, TCB.”
    - “Respect”, sung in 1967 by Aretha Franklin, American singer,
    songwriter, pianist (March 25, 1942-August 16, 2018).
    Original song written in 1965 by Otis Redding.

  • “Looking out on the morning rain,
    I used to feel so uninspired.
    And when I knew I had to face another day,
    Lord, it made me feel so tired.
    Before the day I met you, life was so unkind,
    But your the key to my peace of mind.”

    ’Cause you make me feel,
    You make me feel,
    You make me feel like,
    A natural woman.
    - “Natural Woman” sung in 1967 by Aretha Franklin, American
    singer, songwriter, pianist (March 25, 1942-August 16, 2018).
    Song written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Jerry Wexler.

  • “I thank God for each of you, beloved Rainbow People of God.”
    - Rev. Angela Ying

  • “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
    - Frederick Douglass, U.S. Anti-slavery Orator, Writer, former slave (1817-1895),
    He wrote this to slave owners ~1855. He led the abolitionist movement,
    campaigning throughout his life for equality for all.

  • “The American people have this lesson to learn: Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”
    - Frederick Douglass, U.S. Anti-slavery Orator, Writer, former slave
    (1817 - 1895), from his written speech “Southern Barbarism,” on
    the 24th Anniversary of Emancipation, Washington, D.C., 1886.

  • “Now you understand
    Just why my head’s not bowed.
    I don’t shout or jump about
    Or have to talk real loud.
    When you see me passing,
    It ought to make you proud.
    I say,
    It’s in the click of my heels,
    The bend of my hair,
    the palm of my hand,
    The need for my care.
    ’Cause I’m a woman
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal woman,
    That’s me.”
    - “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou, from “And Still I Rise.”
    (1978, Penguin Random House)
    Full Text poetryfoundation.org

  • “When the sun shines, we’ll shine together
    Told you I’ll be here forever
    Said I’ll always be a friend
    Took an oath, I’ma stick it out till the end

    “Now that it’s raining more than ever
    Know that we’ll still have each other
    You can stand under my umbrella
    You can stand under my umbrella”

    - Sung by Rihanna from her “Umbrella”album. The Umbrella”
    song is written by Christopher A. Stewart, Shawn C. Carter,
    Terius Youngdell Nash, Thaddis Laphonia Harrell.

  • “The prison therefore functions ideologically as an abstract site into which undesirables are deposited, relieving us of the responsibility of thinking about the real issues afflicting those communities from which prisoners are drawn in such disproportionate numbers. This is the ideological work that the prison performs — it relieves us of the responsibility of seriously engaging with the problems of our society, especially those produced by racism and, increasingly, global capitalism”
    - Angela Y. Davis, law professor, author, social activist
    from her book “Are Prisons Obsolete”
    (2003), Seven Stories Press

  • “If they come for me in the morning, they will come for you in the night.”
    - Angela Y. Davis, law professor, author, social activist

  • “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.”
    - Angela Y. Davis, law professor, author, social activist

  • “So as a prelude whites must be made to realize that they are only human, not superior.
    Same with Blacks. They must be made to realize that they are also human, not inferior.”
    - Bantu Steve Biko, South Africa anti-apartheid activist,
    and Black Consciousness Movement founder,
    from his book “I write what I like”

  • “The revolutionary sees his (her) task as liberation not only of the oppressed but also of the oppressor.”
    - Bantu Steve Biko, South Africa anti-apartheid activist,
    and Black Consciousness Movement founder,
    from his book “I write what I like”

  • “I’m going to be me as I am, and you can beat me or jail me or even kill me, but I’m not going to be what you want me to be.”
    - Bantu Steve Biko, South Africa anti-apartheid activist,
    and Black Consciousness Movement founder,
    from his book “I write what I like”

  • “We are called upon to help the discouraged beggars in life’s marketplace. But one day we must come to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. It means that questions must be raised … I choose to identify with the underprivileged. I choose to identify with the poor. I choose to give my life for the hungry. I choose to give my life for those who have been left out … This is the way I’m going.”
    - The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
    Poor People’s Campaign, 1967

  • “To be deeply loved by someone gives you strength, but to love someone deeply gives you courage.”
    - Esther Huertas (1940-1989), from her poem, quoted in
    “Affirming Cultural Citizenship in the Puerto Rican
    Community” page 65 (1991) by Rosa Torruellas

  • “Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another.”
    - Thomas Merton (1915-1968) American
    Catholic writer, theologian and mystic.
    from his “From Love and Living”

  • “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”
    - Maya Angelou (1928-2014), American author,
    poet, civil rights activist. from her book
    “Letter to My Daughter” page xii (2009)

  • “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”
    - Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000) American cartoonist

  • “I have plowed and planted and gathered into barns, and no man could head me. And ain’t I a woman?”
    - Sojourner Truth, (c.1797–1883) African-American abolitionist,
    women’s rights activist. Excerpt from a version of her
    speech at the Ohio Women’s Right Convention, 1851.

  • “That little man in black there, he says women can’t have as much rights as men ’cause Christ wasn’t a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him!”
    - Sojourner Truth, (c.1797–1883) African-American abolitionist,
    women’s rights activist. Excerpt from a version of her
    speech at the Ohio Women’s Right Convention, 1851.
  • “If the Lord comes and burns - as you say God will - I am not going away; I am going to stay here and stand the fire, like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! And Jesus will walk with me through the fire and keep me from harm.”
    - Sojourner Truth, (c.1797–1883) African-American abolitionist,
    women’s rights activist. Quote from her reprimand to
    ministers resigned to slavery, who ignored the suffering,
    counting on Jesus’ return to make everything right.

  • “Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.”
    - W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963), American, sociologist,
    historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author,
    writer, editor, and a co-founder of the NAACP.

  • “The favorite device of the devil, ancient and modern, is to force a human being into a more or less artificial class, accuse the class of unnamed and unnameable sin, and then damn any individual in the alleged class, however innocent he may be.”
    - W.E.B. Du Bois, from “Crisis” April 1913 page 265
    Dr. Du Bois (1868-1963) was an American,
    sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist,
    author, writer, editor, and a co-founder of the NAACP.

  • “We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever.”
    - Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), American
    social reformer, women’s rights activist.

  • “It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union. … Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.”
    - Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), American
    social reformer, women’s rights activist.

  • “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
    - Maya Angelou (1928-2014), American
    author, poet, civil rights activist.

  • “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
    - Alice Walker, author, poet, activist; quoted in
    “The Best Liberal Quotes Ever: Why the
    Left is Right” (2004) by William P. Martin

  • “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
    - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968),
    U.S. black civil rights leader, clergyman
    from his book “Strength to Love” (1963)

  • “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
    - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968),
    U.S. black civil rights leader, clergyman
    from his book “Strength to Love” (1963)

  • “The time is always right to do what is right.”
    - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”
    - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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