A woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.
When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.
The human heart… tells us that we are more alike than we are unalike.
If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.
Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off you.
Whining is not only graceless, but can be dangerous. It can alert a brute that a victim is in the neighborhood.
History, despite its wrenching pain cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage need not be lived again.
I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.
I believe most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.
A cynical young person is almost the saddest sight to see, because it means that he or she has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
I've still not written as well as I want to. I want to write so that the reader in Des Moines, Iowa, in Kowloon, China, in Cape Town, South Africa, can say, 'You know, that's the truth. I wasn't there, and I wasn't a six-foot black girl, but that's the truth.'
How wonderful it is to be an American. We have known the best of times and the worst of times.
I did work in a strip club, but I didn't strip. I danced, and I became very popular.
We are braver and wiser because they existed, those strong women and strong men... We are who we are because they were who they were. It's wise to know where you come from, who called your name.
A black person grows up in this country - and in many places - knowing that racism will be as familiar as salt to the tongue. Also, it can be as dangerous as too much salt. I think that you must struggle for betterment for yourself and for everyone.
If you want what you're saying heard, then take your time and say it so that the listener will actually hear it. You might save somebody's life. Your own, first.
In all my work, in the movies I write, the lyrics, the poetry, the prose, the essays, I am saying that we may encounter many defeats - maybe it's imperative that we encounter the defeats - but we are much stronger than we appear to be and maybe much better than we allow ourselves to be. Human beings are more alike than unalike.
One of my lungs is half gone, and the other half, because I smoked for years, has a lesion. So I can't swim anymore and had the swimming pool covered over. Now it's what I call the dance pavilion, and so I and my friends sit out and put music on and watch people dance.
The terrorist action of 9/11 gave birth to President Obama's entry to the White House. Not directly, but indirectly.
Whenever I want to laugh, I read a wonderful book, 'Children's Letters to God.' You can open it anywhere. One I read recently said, 'Dear God, thank you for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy.'
Encouragement to all women is - let us try to offer help before we have to offer therapy. That is to say, let's see if we can't prevent being ill by trying to offer a love of prevention before illness.
I thank God I'm myself and for the life I'm given to live and for friends and lovers and beloveds, and I thank God for knowing that all those people have already paid for me.
Every December, I host a tree-trimming party. I serve chili with cornbread and lots of good wine. It's a wonderful party, and it shows how much adults like to play.
My grandmother took me to church on Sunday all day long, every Sunday into the night. Then Monday evening was the missionary meeting. Tuesday evening was usher board meeting. Wednesday evening was prayer meeting. Thursday evening was visit the sick. Friday evening was choir practice. I mean, and at all those gatherings, we sang.
Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else.
I'm grateful for being here, for being able to think, for being able to see, for being able to taste, for appreciating love " for knowing that it exists in a world so rife with vulgarity, with brutality and violence, and yet love exists. I'm grateful to know that it exists.
You don't need another person, place or thing to make you whole. God already did that. Your job is to know it.
Forgiveness. It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody. You are relieved of carrying that burden of resentment. You really are lighter. You feel lighter. You just drop that.
My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
We are only as blind as we want to be.
We need Joy as we need air. We need Love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share.
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.
Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.
When you know you are of worth, you don't have to raise your voice, you don't have to become rude, you don't have to become vulgar; you just are. And you are like the sky is, as the air is, the same way water is wet. It doesn't have to protest.
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
Precious jewel, you glow, you shine, reflecting all the good things in the world. Just look at yourself.
When I say 'I am a Christian', I'm not shouting 'I'm saved'. I'm whispering 'I get lost'. That is why I chose this way...
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.