1. I am a Woman. Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that's me.
2. Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.
3. Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.
4. We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
5. My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
6. My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.
7. I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.
8. One isn't necessarily born with courage, 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.
9. Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.
10. I'm grateful to intelligent people. That doesn't mean educated. That doesn't mean intellectual. I mean really intelligent. What black old people used to call 'mother wit' means intelligence that you had in your mother's womb. That's what you rely on. You know what's right to do.
11. My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.
12. Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.
13. Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.
14. You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.
15. 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.