Motivations Quotes from Black Historians

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”    “Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”   -Booker T. Washington

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”

“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”

-Booker T. Washington

“I had no idea that history was being made. I was just tired of giving up.”  "Each person must live their life as a model for others." -Rosa Parks

“I had no idea that history was being made. I was just tired of giving up.”

"Each person must live their life as a model for others." -Rosa Parks

If you want the cooperation of humans around you, you must make them feel they are important - and you do that by being genuine and humble.    “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”   - Nelson Mandela

If you want the cooperation of humans around you, you must make them feel they are important - and you do that by being genuine and humble.

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

- Nelson Mandela

“One isn’t necessarily born with coverage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency, we can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”   “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”   - Maya Angelou

“One isn’t necessarily born with coverage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency, we can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

- Maya Angelou

“Don’t worry about a thing. Every little thing is gonna to be alright. -Bob Marley

“Don’t worry about a thing. Every little thing is gonna to be alright. -Bob Marley

“The best advice that was given to me was that I had to be 10 times smarter, braver and more polite to be equal. So I did. ” — Samuel L. Jackson

“The best advice that was given to me was that I had to be 10 times smarter, braver and more polite to be equal. So I did.” — Samuel L. Jackson

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them. - Ida B. Wells-Barnett

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them. - Ida B. Wells-Barnett

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”  -Harriet Tubman

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” -Harriet Tubman

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.” -  Martin Luther King, Jr.

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Be thankful f“Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough”  "You have to know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world." -  — Oprah Winfrey

“Be thankful f“Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough”

"You have to know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world." -

— Oprah Winfrey

“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them”. - Micheal Jordon

“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them”. - Micheal Jordon

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, its the way you carry it.” -Lena Horne

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, its the way you carry it.” -Lena Horne

Life is not a spectator sport. If you're going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you're wasting your life. _Jackie Robinson

Life is not a spectator sport. If you're going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you're wasting your life. _Jackie Robinson

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. “  "We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future."  -Fredrick Douglass

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. “

"We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future."

-Fredrick Douglass

“I got my start by giving myself a start.” -  Madam C.J. Walker

“I got my start by giving myself a start.” - Madam C.J. Walker

"Imagine what a harmonious world could be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at." - Quincy Jones

"Imagine what a harmonious world could be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at." - Quincy Jones

Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.” -Ella Fitzgerald

Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.” -Ella Fitzgerald

“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”  —Dr. Mae Jemison, first African-American female astronaut

“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”
—Dr. Mae Jemison, first African-American female astronaut

“We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.”  —Jesse Owens, world record-setting Olympic athlete

“We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.”

—Jesse Owens, world record-setting Olympic athlete

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for we are the change that we seek.” –  Barack Obama

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for we are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama