Self-reliance is an understanding of one's ability to define and determine the self. That understanding is a difficult one to reach as a black woman, but for these 13 women they not only reached it but articulated it so well. Often times our paths are obstructed by the looming presence of a society whose existence seems rooted in keeping us down. But, as Maya Angelou reminded us, we still shall rise. See what these 13 writers have to say about the matter of self-love and self-reliance
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"I want to feel what I feel. What's mine. Even if it's not happiness, whatever that means. Because you're all you've got."
Zora Neale Hurston
"I love myself when I am laughing. . . and then again when I am looking mean and impressive."
"We have to confront ourselves. Do we like what we see in the mirror? And, according to our light, according to our understanding, according to our courage, we will have to say yea or nay — and rise!"
"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare."
"One of the best guides to how to be self-loving is to give ourselves the love we are often dreaming about receiving from others."
"I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect."
"HELPED are those who are content to be themselves; they will never lack mystery in their lives and the joys of self-discovery will be constant."
"I am so perfect so divine so ethereal so surreal I cannot be comprehended except by my permission"
Toni Cade Bambara
"Revolution begins with the self, in the self.
J. California Cooper
"Build you a rainbow. Do it yourself! If you can’t do that, build your mind near one. Learn how to fly. Then … soar a little."
"In yourself you stretch, you are well."
"Through my tears i found god in myself and i loved her i loved her fiercely"
"I shall become, I shall become a collector of me. And put meat on my soul."