75 Black Quotes and Sayings for Inspiration

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Black Quotes and Sayings

The time is always right to do what is right. ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

There will never be a chanel collection without black. ~ Karl Lagerfeld.

Today we know with certainty that segregation is dead. The only question remaining is how costly will be the funeral. —Martin Luther King, Jr.

The darkness that surrounds us cannot hurt us. It is the darkness in your own heart you should fear. ~ Silvertris.


Better have a black face than be worried about black deeds. ~ Robert Lee.

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. ~ Muhammad Ali.

Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people. ~ Carl Jung.

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. ~ Nelson Mandela.

Truth is powerful and it prevails. ~ Sojourner Truth.

The whisper of the dusk is night shedding its husk. ~ Dean Koontz.

Black Poetry is not for Black People…it is for everybody. ~ Nikki Giovanni.

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear. ~ Rosa Parks.

And out of darkness came the hands that reach through nature, moulding men. ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us. ~ Susan L. Taylor, journalist.

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise. ~ Maya Angelou.

I praise loudly. I blame softly. ~ Catherine the Great.

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly. ~ Langston Hughes.

Black consciousness is an attitude of the mind and a way of life, the most positive call to emanate from the black world for a long time. ~ Steven Biko.

Best Black Quotes and Sayings

The man in black travels with your soul in his pocket. ~ Stephen King.

It is in the darkness that one finds the light. ~ Meister Eckhart.

I felt that one had better die fighting against injustice than to die like a dog or rat in a trap. I had already determined to sell my life as early as possible if attacked. I felt if I could take one lyncher with me, this would even up the score a little bit. ~ Ida B. Wells.

If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for the Creator, there is no poverty. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke.

The black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness. ~ Marcus Garvey.

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.


My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together. ~ Desmond Tutu.

Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy- but mysterious. ~ Yohji Yamamoto.

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Racism is man’s gravest threat to man – the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason. ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel.

I am America. I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me. ~ Muhammad Ali.

Top Black Quotes and Sayings

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.

The people are fed up with their elected officials playing the blame game and treating their political counterparts as enemies. ~ Carl Lewis.

You can have any colour as long as it’s black. ~ Henry Ford.

I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history. ~ Morgan Freeman.

Hold on to your dreams of a better life and stay committed to striving to realize it.” ~ Earl G. Graves, Sr.

All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle. ~ Francis of Assisi.

Dusk is the time when men whisper of matters about which they remain silent in the full light of the sun. ~ Simon Raven.


Black is a pearl in a woman’s eye. ~ George Chapman.

A life is black, whiten it as you will. ~ Edwin Hubbel Chapin.

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. ~ Frederick Douglass.

It’s always darkest before it becomes totally black. ~ Mao Zedong.

The man who can smile when things go wrong has thought of someone else he can blame it on. ~ Robert Bloch.

I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. ~ Michael Jordan.

You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it. ~ Malcolm X.

The darkening of the world makes the irrationality of art rational: radically darkened art. ~ Theodor Adorno.

Have a vision. Be demanding. ~ Colin Powell.

During Black History Month, I’m reminded yet again of the ways that the struggle for civil rights is interwoven with the struggle for workers’ rights. ~ Tom Perez.

I think it’s very important that you make your own decision about what you are. Therefore you’re responsible for your actions, so you don’t blame other people. ~ Prince William.

In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present. ~ Francis Bacon.

Popular Black Quotes and Sayings

In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute. ~ Thurgood Marshall.

Just don’t give up what you’re trying to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong. ~ Ella Fitzgerald.

I swear to the Lord I still can’t see why democracy means everybody but me. ~ Langston Hughes.

Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face. ~ Carol Moseley-Braun.

Racism isn’t born, folks, it’s taught. I have a two-year-old son. You know what he hates? Naps! End of list. ~ Dennis Leary.

We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers. Our abundance has brought us neither peace of mind nor serenity of spirit. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness. ~ Ola Joseph.

Wherever there is a human being, I see God-given rights inherent in that being, whatever may be the sex or complexion. ~ William Lloyd Garrison.

Won’t it be wonderful when black history and Native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history. ~ Maya Angelou.

Black and white always looks modern, whatever that word means. ~ Karl Lagerfeld.

The soul that is within me no man can degrade. ~ Frederick Douglass.

Black care rarely sits behind the rider whose pace is fast enough. ~ Theodore Roosevelt.

Have a vision of excellence, a dream of success, and work like hell. ~ Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook.

Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated. ~ Coretta Scott King.

Famous Black Quotes and Sayings

It’s always darkest before it turns absolutely pitch black. ~ Paul Newman.

Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought. ~ Dwight Morrow.

The dusk runs down the lane driven like hail; Far off a precise whistle is escheat, To the dark; and then the towering weak and pale. ~ Allen Tate.

Black is not sad… Black is poetic. ~ Ann Demeulemeester.

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed. ~ Booker T. Washington.

Black detraction will find faults where they are not. ~ Philip Massinger.

Freedom is never given; it is won. ~ A. Philip Randolph.

Black love is black wealth. ~ Nikki Giovanni.

I had no idea that history was being made. I was just tired of giving up. ~ Rosa Parks.

I’m not quite sure what freedom is, but I know damn well what it ain’t. How have we gotten so silly, I wonder. ~ Assata Shakur.

If you judge people, you have no time to love them. ~ Mother Teresa.

I knew then and I know now, when it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. ~ Claudette Colvin.

The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind. ~ Maya Angelou.

Dusk is just an illusion because the sun is either above the horizon or below it. ~ Nicholas Sparks.

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Sarah Walton

I’m Sarah Walton from Quote Tales. I love sharing quotes to inspire and motivate people.