Being a Black Girl is Lit: Inspring Quotes from Women in Literature

Ready to live for you? Let these trailblazers guide you:

Audre Lorde on defining who you are,

“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.”

Alice Walker on the company you keep,

“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.”

Toni Morrison on the most valuable possession,

“You are your best thing.”

Barbara Christian on the revolutionary qualities of literature,

“I can only speak for myself. But what I write and how I write is done in order to save my own life. And I mean that literally. For me literature is a way of knowing that I am not hallucinating, that whatever I feel/know is.”

J. California Cooper on love, karma, and beauty,

“Don’t bury it, use it. Don’t keep it in, give it away. Don’t turn that love in, turn that love out.”

“You got to pay your dues, too. So you be careful how you live and what goes in that Bank of Life. You are going to get it back … someday. I can sure tell you that!”

“There is always some beauty in life. Look up … and get on with it. Build you a rainbow. Do it yourself! If you can’t do that, build your mind near one. Learn how to fly. Then … soar a little.”

Lucille Clifton on self worth, challenging the status quo, and resilience,

“What they call you is one thing. What you answer to is something else.”

“I come to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable.”

“Come celebrate with me that every day something has tried to kill me and has failed.”

Nella Larsen on imagination,

“Authors do not supply imaginations, they expect their readers to have their own, and to use it”

Sonia Sanchez on learning,

“I cannot tell the truth about anything unless I confess being a student, growing and learning something new every day. The more I learn, the clearer my view of the world becomes.”

Ida B. Wells-Barnett on truth and injustice,

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.”

Sojourner Truth on defying the odds,

“We have all been thrown down so low that nobody thought we’d ever get up again; but we have been long enough trodden now; we will come up again, and now I am here.”

May your mind, soul, and body be freed! Literature is liberating!

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