7 powerful quotes on life from BIPOC visionaries

“It is in col­lec­tiv­i­ties that we find reser­voirs of hope and optimism.” ―Angela Y. Davis

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We’re looking for inspiration right about now, so in the spirit of getting and staying inspired, here are seven quotes from Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) people who’ve influenced our culture and our world.

1. remember that you are part of something much bigger than yourself.

“All things share the same breath – the beast, the tree, the man, the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.” —Chief Seattle, Suquamish Chief

2. know always that you have value.

“Each of us is blessed in some particular way, whether we recognize our blessings or not.” —Audre Lorde, poet

3. keep hope in your heart—no matter how dark things may seem.

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” —Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights leader

4. stay focused on your goals, regardless of what is going on around you.

“I get angry about things, then go on and work.” —Toni Morrison, author

5. lean on others and invite them to lean on you.

“I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself.” —Lesson 5: Lean on others and invite them to lean on you. Lone Man (Isna-la-wica), Teton Sioux

6. push through the fear you feel.

“When we drop fear, we can draw nearer to people, we can draw nearer to the earth, we can draw nearer to all the heavenly creatures that surround us.” —bell hooks, poet

7. act according to what feels true to you.

“Decide first what is authentic, then go after it with all your heart.” —Louise Erdrich, Chippewa novelist

Check out these other quotes from BIPOC for even more goodness and wisdom.



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