Inspirational African American Quotes On Success In Life

These African American quotes will inspire you. African Americans are an ethnic group consisting of Americans with partial or total ancestry from any of the Black racial groups of Africa.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging African American quotes, African American sayings, and African American proverbs.

Best African American Quotes

  1. “It’s not what you achieve in life, but who you become as a person due to those achievements.” ~ Curtis Martin
  2. “Do not worry about the past or the future. This moment needs your attention, for this is where your life exists.” ~ Leon Brown
  3. “It’s easy to do anything in victory. It’s in defeat that a man reveals himself.” ~ Floyd Patterson
  4. “Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else.” ~ Maya Angelou

  5. “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” ~ Audre Lorde
  6. “In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.” ~ Michael Jackson
  7. “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” ~ James A. Baldwin , African American quotes about change
  8. “Step through new doors. The majority of the time there’s something fantastic on the other side.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

  9. “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” ~ Jackie Robinson
  10. “It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.” ~ Whitney M. Young
  11. “Your life is a product of your thoughts, what you think about all day becomes the basis of your life.” ~ Leon Brown , African American quotes about life
  12. “Mistakes are the stepping stones to wisdom, we learn from trial & error, we become wise by understanding problems.” ~ Leon Brown

  13. “Listen to yourself, not the noise of the world. Only you know what is right for you.” ~ Leon Brown
  14. “Always focus on your effort, instead of the results of that effort.” ~ Russell Simmons
  15. “Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  16. “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” ~ Muhammad Ali

  17. “One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.” ~ Michelle Obama
  18. “Deal with yourself as an individual, worthy of respect, and make everyone else deal with you the same way.” ~ Nikki Giovanni
  19. “Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It’s beyond me.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston
  20. “To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.” ~ Tony Dorsett

  21. “The truth is… everything counts. Everything. Everything we do and everything we say. Everything helps or hurts; everything adds to or takes away from someone else.” ~ Countee Cullen
  22. “Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.” ~ Satchel Paige
  23. “I’m a lover, not a fighter.” ~ Michael Jackson
  24. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

  25. “I had no idea that history was being made. I was just tired of giving up.” ~ Rosa Parks
  26. “The time is always right to do what is right.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  27. “I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.” ~ Jackie Robinson
  28. “A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.” ~ Malcolm X

  29. “Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!” ~ Maya Angelou
  30. “I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that’s how I operate my life.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
  31. “Hate is too great a burden to bear.” ~ Coretta Scott King
  32. “We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.” ~ Angela Davis

  33. “Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.” ~ Muhammad Ali
  34. “It isn’t where you came from, it’s where you’re going that counts.” ~ Ella Fitzgerald
  35. “You will only find the happiness you seek when you drop your negative attitude towards life, embrace life and be happy.” ~ Leon Brown
  36. “I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

  37. “But just as they did in Philadelphia when they were writing the constitution, sooner or later, you’ve got to compromise. You’ve got to start making the compromises that arrive at a consensus and move the country forward.” ~ Colin Powell
  38. “I didn’t have anybody, really, no foundation in life, so I had to make my own way. Always, from the start. I had to go out in the world and become strong, to discover my mission in life.” ~ Tina Turner
  39. “People have been killing because of racial differences since the time of Adam and Eve, but in this country racism has been primarily aimed at African Americans.” ~ Bob Cousy
  40. “Remember who you are and whose you are.” ~ Thea Bowman

  41. “I will never again play anything that does not have social significance. We American jazz musicians of African descent have proved beyond all doubt that we are master musicians of our instruments. Now what we have to do is employ our skill to tell the dramatic story of our people and what we’ve been through.” ~ Max Roach
  42. “The African-American community still needs to come together as one and stand up for rights of the people and of what’s happening in their culture, their community.” ~ Ziggy Marley
  43. “Each one of us has lived through some devastation, some loneliness, some weather superstorm or spiritual superstorm, when we look at each other we must say, I understand. I understand how you feel because I have been there myself. We must support each other and empathize with each other because each of us is more alike than we are unalike.” ~ Maya Angelou
  44. “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” ~ Michael Jordan

  45. “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. , African American quotes about creativity
  46. “I dream of a world where the truth is what shapes people’s politics, rather than politics shaping what people think is true.” ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson
  47. “No matter what we’ve done or where we’ve been, every single one of us can change.” ~ Russell Simmons
  48. “We are the ones we have been waiting for” ~ Alice Walker

  49. “Don’t feel entitled to anything you didn’t sweat and struggle for.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
  50. “Let the brain go to work, let it meet the heart and you will be able to forgive.” ~ Maya Angelou
  51. “What they call you is one thing. What you answer to is something else.” ~ Lucille Clifton
  52. “A crown, if it hurts us, is not worth wearing.” ~ Pearl Bailey

  53. “Struggle is a never-ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.” ~ Coretta Scott King
  54. “Be the buffalo. Wilma Mankiller, the first female principal chief of the Cherokee nation, once told me how the cow runs away from the storm while the buffalo charges directly toward it—and gets through it quicker. Whenever I’m confronted with a tough challenge, I do not prolong the torment. I become the buffalo.” ~ Donna Brazile
  55. “Greatness is a lot of small things done well. Day after day, workout after workout, obedience after obedience, day after day.” ~ Ray Lewis
  56. “Art hurts. Art urges voyages – and it is easier to stay at home.” ~ Gwendolyn Brooks

  57. “No individual has any right to come into the world and go out of it without leaving behind him distinct and legitimate reasons for having passed through it.” ~ George Washington Carver
  58. “A little learning, indeed, maybe a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.” ~ Frederick Douglass
  59. “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.” ~ Satchel Paige
  60. “In every crisis, there is a message.” ~ Susan L. Taylor

  61. “The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible” ~ Toni Cade Bambara
  62. “Being black, I’m involved in the reparations movement. It’s focused toward the African-American audience. We could begin to heal.” ~ Cassandra Wilson
  63. “To be a slaveholder meant one had to regard the African American as inferior in every way.” ~ Stephen Ambrose

  64. “Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.” ~ Carol Moseley Braun
  65. “The past is a ghost, the future a dream, and all we ever have is now.” ~ Bill Cosby

African Americans constitute the second-largest racial group in the US, after White Americans, and the third-largest ethnic group after Hispanic and Latino Americans.

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