Toni MorrisonPhoto: SNAP/REX
"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 HurstonPhoto: biography
"I love myself when I am laughing. . . and then again when I am looking mean and impressive."
Maya AngelouPhoto: Michael Ochs
"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!"
Audre LordePhoto: Dagmar Schultz
"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare."
bell hooksPhoto: bell hooks
"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."
June JordanPhoto: Lynda Koolish
"I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect."
Alice WalkerEamonn Mccabe
"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 BambaraPhoto: Carlton Jones Scribe Video Center
"Revolution begins with the self, in the self.
J. California CooperPhoto: Ellen Banner
"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."
Gwendolyn BrooksPhoto: Nora Brooks Blakely
"In yourself you stretch, you are well."
Ntozake ShangePhoto: Marilyn K. Yee/New York Times Co.
"Through my tears i found god in myself and i loved her i loved her fiercely"
Sonia SanchezPhoto: tumblr
"I shall become, I shall become a collector of me. And put meat on my soul."