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Thursday, February 18, 2016

20 Inspirational Quotes For Black Moms and Their Daughters (From Oprah, Maya Angelou, and More!)

Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou

Nationwide — It’s no secret that African American women love to read and hear inspirational and motivational quotes, especially when its coming from other influential African American women. Some of the best-selling books that African Americans read are books full of advice, counsel, life lessons, viewpoints, and solutions.

Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Iyanla Vanzant are usually among the top favorites. So, here are 20 inspirational quotes from these famous Black women as featured in the newly released book, A Mother’s Love: 365 Inspirational Quotes For Mothers and Their Daughters (available exclusively at www.urbanebooks.com):


Oprah Winfrey:

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.”

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”


Maya Angelou:

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

“A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.”

“If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.”

“If you’re serious, you really understand that it’s important that you laugh as much as possible and admit that you’re the funniest person you ever met. You have to laugh. Admit that you’re funny. Otherwise, you die in solemnity.”


Jada Pinkett-Smith:

“I just think, as women, we have to give ourselves room to be individuals. So when a woman makes a decision for herself, we as women shouldn’t set those hardcore boundaries for another woman. Just like we don’t want men setting hardcore boundaries for us.”

“We have to nurture our young women and understand the beauty and the strength of being a woman. It’s kind of a catch-22: Strength in women isn’t appreciated, and vulnerability in women isn’t appreciated. It’s like, ‘What the hell do you do?’ What you do is you don’t allow anyone to dictate who you are.”

“Love and honesty are the things that make a good wife and mother.”

“You know, as I get older, personal happiness is all about love. It’s all about love. You know, how I’m loved and how I love my family and my husband. That to me is happiness, when I feel like I am loved and I have a place to love deeply. That to me is happiness.”


First Lady Michelle Obama:

“We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.”

“My mother’s love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion, her intelligence reflected in my daughters.”

“There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.”

“Find people who will make you better”


Iyanla Vanzant:

“I have learned the hard way to mind my business, without judging who people are and what they do. I am more troubled by the lack of space being provided for the truth to unfold. Humans cannot seem to wait for or honor the truth. Instead, we make it up based on who we believe people should or should not be.”

“The remedy for life’s broken pieces is not classes, workshops or books. Don’t try to heal the broken pieces. Just forgive.”

“Talk about your negative experiences with the father, with your girlfriends. Not with your children. And bite your tongue when it comes to diminishing, denying, dismissing, name-calling.”

“In order to feel loved, be respected and stay connected, we humans have a tendency to lie. We lie about who we are, what we want, what we need, what we have done or will do. Perhaps ‘lie’ is too strong a word. Let me say that what we do is withhold the truth.”


Want more quotes like these?
These quotes are from the new book, “A Mother’s Love: 365 Inspirational Quotes For Mothers and Their Daughters,” available for just $4.95 for a limited time at www.urbanebooks.com


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