Being a Black woman is an ever-present gift and a uniquely divine experience. For all of its glory, it can also be exhausting. Whether it's navigating the hurt and pain in our personal lives or dealing with the ever-present threat to our humanity in the world at large, rising unbroken time after time can be debilitating. But as we all know, there is nothing like the encouragement and advice of other Black women to help push you forward when everything inside of you wants to quit. If you've hit a wall, let these quotes from some of our most powerful heroes be a balm to your soul. 

Because lies cut deep and the healing takes time, but you got this…

"Take a day to heal from the lies you've told yourself and the ones that have been told to you."- Maya Angelou

Because changing your perspective helps you see life for the miracle it is…

"If you look at the world as a brutal game, then you bump into the mystery of the tree-shaped scar. There seems to be such a thing as grace, such a thing as beauty, such a thing as harmony. All of which are wholly free and available to us." - Toni Morrison

Because community healing is crucial to self-healing too…

"It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains." - Assata Shakur

Because there's a blessing in every lesson…

"Turn your wounds into wisdom." - Oprah Winfrey

Because, sometimes, it's your playing small that keeps you stuck…

"Show me someone not full of herself, and I'll show you a hungry person." - Nikki Giovanni

Because coming home to ourselves is where true healing begins…

"I shall become, I shall become a collector of me. And put meat on my soul."- Sonia Sanchez

Because the story isn't over, this is just a plot twist…

"Defeat should not be the source of discouragement but a stimulus to keep plotting."  – Shirley Chisholm

When times get hard, remember that you are never alone. There are always a million Black women, living and amongst the ancestors, rooting for you. We are all phoenixes who are reborn from the very things sent to destroy us. The power that has can never be denied. 

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