Mind on Fire

“I want my children to experience as much creativity as possible;
that’s what sets your mind on fire.”
~ Angela Bassett,
Actress, Author, Saturn Award, Image Awards (5x),
Golden Globe Award & Black Reel Award
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The Power of Prayer, Words & Predictions

“I feel the presence of a higher power.
I believe that what you give is what you get.
It’s universal law. I believe in the power of prayer and of words.
I’ve learned that when you predict that negative things will happen, they do.”
~ Alicia Keys
a.k.a. Alicia Augello Cook,
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer & Actress

Using the Soul

“Soul is just that inner spirit. I use that inner spirit for whatever it is I do.”
~ Gladys Maria Knight,
Singer, Songwriter, Author, Actress, Businesswoman,
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1996), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (1995) & Society of Singers ELLA Award (2007)

The World Isn’t the Boss

“Why are we letting the world dictate to us:
what we are supposed to have,
how we are supposed to live,
what we’re supposed to believe,
what we can say,
what we can’t say,
what we can talk about,
what we can’t talk about?”
~ Drenda Keesee,
Speaker, Television Host, Entrepreneur, Author,
Co-Founder – Faith Life Now

Letting Pain Push Us Into Purpose

“There’s a great gospel song that says, “Turn your pressure into praise!”
That’s what David and I try to do in our family, let pain push us into purpose.”
~ Tamela Mann,
Actress, Singer, Grammy Award (2017), Dove Award (2X), Stellar Awards (5X) & BET Award (2014)

Resentment is Corrosive

“When we have painful memories from hurting experiences, we may feel justified in holding on to the resentment.
But resentment is corrosive.
It doesn’t affect the person we feel anger toward, it destroys the host.” 
~ Susan L. Taylor,
Editor, Writer & Journalist, Editor-In-Chief – Essence (1981-2000)

Living Your Life Randomly?

“God did not randomly create you.
You should not randomly live your life.
~ Tiphani Montgomery,
Speaker, Social Entrepreneur, Author, Founder – Millions Conference & Co-Founder – The BestSellers Project

Our Abundant Universe

“We live in an abundant universe. Everything we need to take care of ourselves, those things are all around us.
Don’t focus on that economy. Don’t believe that there’s not enough for you.”
~ Susan L. Taylor,
Editor, Writer & Journalist, Editor-In-Chief – Essence (1981-2000)

A Yardstick of Your Success

“Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success
will be how you treat other people –
your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.”
~ Barbara Bush,
37th First Lady of the United States (1989-1993), 33rd Second Lady of the United States (1981–1989),
Jefferson Awards Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged Award (1995),
The Miss America Woman of Achievement Award (1997)

Our Ideal of Freedom & Justice

“The Declaration of Independence was always our vision of who we wanted to be,
our ideal of freedom and justice, how we were going to be different,
and what the American experiment was going to be about.”
~ Marian Wright Edelman,
Children’s Rights Activist, Author, President Emerita & Founder – Children’s Defense Fund, Candace Award, National Coalition of 100 Black Women (1982), MacArthur Fellowship (1985), Barnard Medal of Distinction (1985), Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa Bates College (1986), Albert Schweitzer Prize -Humanitarianism (1988), Jefferson Awards – Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged (1991), Boy Scouts of America Silver Buffalo Award (1992), National Women’s Hall of Fame (1993), Community of Christ International Peace Award (1995), Heinz Award – Human Condition (1996),
Presidential Medal of Freedom (2000), The National Women’s History Project Women’s History Honorees (2004),
Stanford University Rathbun Visiting Fellow (2011)

The Gentleman Dad

“My father… gave me a positive connection with men because he is a gentleman.”
~ Iman
a.k.a Iimaan Maxamed Cabdulmajii,
Fashion Super-Model, Actress,
Ethnic Cosmetics Pioneer & Entrepreneur

The Inspiring Dad

“I’ve said it before, but it’s absolutely true:
My mother gave me my drive, but my father gave me my dreams.
Thanks to him, I could see a future.”
~ Liza Minnelli,
Actress, Singer, Dancer, Choreographer, Philanthropist,
American Theater Hall of Fame inductee, Best Actress Academy Award,
BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, David di Donatello Career Award,
Grammy Award, Grammy Legen Award, Primetime Emmy Award & Tony Award
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The Actions of Others

“If you focus on the actions of others and allow them to constantly upset you,
then you are handing your peace over to them and giving away your power.”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor – Lakewood Church, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder – Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

I Row, Swim, Ski & …

“I row my boat on the river. I swim, ski, walk, lift weights, do yoga and Pilates.
I don’t want to be a weak, sick 90-year-old.”
~ Lynda Carter,
Actress, Singer, Songwriter, Miss World USA (1972) & Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2018)

Treating Yourself Very Good

“I treat myself pretty good. I take lots of vacations, I eat well, I take supplements, I do mercury detox,
I get plenty of sleep, I drink plenty of water and I stay away from drama and stress.”
~ Reba McEntire,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Record Producer, Grand Ole Opry (1986),
Grammy Awards (3X), & Country Music Hall of Fame (2011)

The On-Screen Look

“There are people who expect me to look the way I do on-screen,
where I have a great director of photography and fantastic lighting.
I’m sorry to disappoint people, but I don’t look like that all the time – no actress does.”
~ Catherine Zeta-Jones,
Actress & Philanthropist

Know Your Inner Self

“I think the idea that you know who your inner self is on a daily basis …,
because you know what’s good for you 25 years ago may not be good for you now.
So, to keep in touch with that, I think that’s the first ingredient for success,
because if you’re a successful human being, everything else is gravy, I think.”
~ Whoopi Goldberg
a.k.a. Caryn Elaine Johnson,
Actress, Comedienne & Television Host
Academy/Oscar Award, Drama Desk Award, Daytime Emmy Award (2x)
Golden Globe Award (2x), Grammy Award, BAFTA Award,
Tony Award, People’s Choice Award (3x)
American Comedy Award (2x), Mark Twain Award for American Humor,
Women in Film Crystal Award, Honorary Member of Harlem Globetrotters,
Hans Christian Anderson Award & Ride of Fame Award

That Which We are Best Fitted For

“Every one in the world ought to do the things for which he is specially adapted.
It is the part of wisdom to recognize what each one of us is best fitted for,
and it is the part of education to perfect and utilize such predispositions,
because education can direct and aid nature but can never transform her.”
~ Maria Montessori,
Physician, Educator, Author & Founder – Montessori Method

An Excellent End

“Just because you didn’t start out perfect doesn’t mean you can’t have an excellent result in the end.”
~ Debi Thomas,
Nebelhorn Trophy (1985), World Figure Skating Championships, (1986 ), Skate America (1986), Skate Canada (1988),
St. Ivel International (1988), Grand Prix International Saint Gervais (1985), U.S. Figure Skating Championships (1986, 1988),
World Professional Figure Skating Championships (1988, 1989, 1991)

If Someone Doesn’t Like You

“The one thing I really learned, and learned well, in group therapy was that
you don’t die if someone doesn’t like you.”
~ Rita Moreno,
a.k.a. Rosa Dolores Alverio,
Actress, Dancer, Singer,
Academy Award (1961), Golden Globe Award (1961), Joseph Jefferson Award (1968)
Grammy Award (1972), Tony Award (1975), Emmy Award (1977),
Emmy Award (1978), Sarah Siddons Award (1985),
Library of Congress Living Legends Award (2000), International Latin Music Hall of Fame (2001),
Presidential Medal of Freedom (2004), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, California Hall of Fame (2007),
National Medal of Arts (2009), Hispanic Organization of Latin Actresses – Lifetime Achievement Award (2010),
Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2012), Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award (2013) &
Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award (2015)

Playing Dumb

“Intelligence is sexy. Don’t play dumb, especially young girls.
Don’t play dumb, and let people see that you are intelligent.”
~ Iman
a.k.a Iimaan Maxamed Cabdulmajii,
Fashion Super-Model, Actress,
Ethnic Cosmetics Pioneer & Entrepreneur

Swimming in Endless Circles

“Confining marine animals to tanks and separating them from their families and their natural surroundings,
just so people can watch them swim in endless circles,
teaches us far more about humans than it does about animals –
and the lesson is not a flattering one.”
~ Pamela Anderson,
Actress, Model, Animal Rights Activist,
Philanthropist & Canada’s Walk of Fame (2006)

Let the Nice Things Come Out

“Success can make you go one of two ways. It can make you a prima donna – or
it can smooth the edges, take away the insecurities, let the nice things come out.”
~ Barbara Walters,
Broadcast Journalist, Author,
Daytime Emmy Awards (1975, 2003, 2009)
NAACP Image Award – Best Talk Series (The View, 2009)
Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Award (1998)
Paul White Award, Radio Television Digital News Association (1985)

Scrutinized

“You can’t help but be scrutinized;
so I might as well be doing something while I’m being scrutinized.”
~ Heather Locklear,
Actress,  Golden Globe nominee, Best Actress – Television Series Drama (4x)
Golden Globe nominee, Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2x).

A Tool to Open the Heart

“I think that comedy is such a tool to open the heart, to loosen up the muscles, to loosen up the brain.
God knew how important it would be to laugh because He said it is a great medicine,
and when used properly, it is the greatest of medicines.”
~ Chonda Pierce,
Comedienne, Author, Philanthropist &
Co-Founder – Branches Recovery Center

His Silence Never Equals Slumber

“We have no idea how busy God’s hands are even when His mouth seems closed.
Where God is concerned, silence never equals slumber.”
~ Beth Moore,
Evangelist, Author, Bible Teacher
& Founder – Living Proof Ministries

Pushing Pushy Thoughts

“Sometimes our thoughts try to push us around.
It’s time we start pushing our thoughts around.”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor – Lakewood Church, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder – Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

Leaving Bad Situations

“A fear of the unknown keeps a lot of people from leaving bad situations.”
~ Kathie Lee Gifford,
Television Host, Singer, Songwriter, Author< Director, Producer & Philanthropist

That Color on Purpose

“People are valuable regardless of the color of their skin.
You can be open about it and talk about it. You don’t have to pretend that you are not different,
but you can learn about those differences God didn’t say, ‘Ooh, I made you brown on accident.’
He made them that color on purpose. And if you do not have friendships with other races,
then ask God to bring you some. He will.”
~ Nicole C. Mullen,
Singer, Songwriter & Choreographer.

Other Peoples’ Money

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.”
~ Margaret Hilda Thatcher,
(Baroness Thatcher), 
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (May 1979–November 1990)
Leader of the Opposition (February 1975–May 1979)
Leader of the Conservative Party (February 1975–November 1990)
Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment (March 1974–February 1975)
Secretary of State for Education and Science (June 1970–March 1974)
Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Science (January 1967-June 1970),
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Pensions (October 1961–October 1964)
Member of Parliament for Finchley (October 1959–April 1992)
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True Repentance

““True repentance isn’t just saying, “I’m sorry.” It’s. saying “I’m sorry, I’ll never, ever do that again
because my relationship with you means more to me than anything.””
~ Serita Jakes,
Author, Speaker & Potter’s House Executive Director:
God’s Leading Ladies Life Enrichment Program,
Distinctively Debs Youth Program & Starting Over

Precious, Valuable Treasures

“Our relationships are precious, valuable treasures from Heaven,
and we should handle them carefully, always looking for ways to build bridges to each others’ hearts.”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor – Lakewood Church, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder – Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

Work That You Love, Work That Fulfills You

“What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”
~ Oprah Winfrey,
Chairwoman & CEO of Harpo Productions,
Chairwoman, CEO & CCO of Oprah Winfrey Network,
Television Host, Producer, Author, Actress & Philanthropist

Your Biggest Success in Life

“Failure: Is it a limitation? Bad timing? It’s a lot of things. It’s something you can’t be afraid of, because you’ll stop growing. The next step beyond failure could be your biggest success in life.”
~ Debbie Allen
a.k.a Deborah Kaye Allen
,
Actress, Choreographer, Dancer, Film Director,
Television Director, Television Producer
Prime-time Emmy Award (1982, 1983, 1991), Golden Globe Award (1982)

Organic Versions of the ‘Dirty Dozen’

“Be sure to buy organic versions of the ‘dirty dozen:’
the fruits and vegetables that, when grown conventionally,
are loaded with pesticides and chemicals:
Grapes, apples, lettuce, bell peppers, carrots, nectarines,
peaches, strawberries, pears, kale, and celery.”
~ Suzanne Somers,
Actress, Author, Singer, Businesswoman & Health Spokesperson

You’re Famous for What?

“There are so many famous people now that are
not really gifted or talented at doing anything
other than getting made up, putting on tight dresses, acting badly, getting married.
I mean, what the hell? I don’t know where we are
going with this here in America. And we are setting a tone
for the world, because everyone looks at what we do.”
“There was a time when fame meant that you were either
someone who is really gifted in your field or you were making an impact,
or you are famous because you were a really horrible person, you know?
But now, you can become famous by eating a frog. It’s just not the same thing.”
~ Debbie Allen
a.k.a Deborah Kaye Allen
,
Actress, Choreographer, Dancer, Film Director,
Television Director, Television Producer
Primetime Emmy Award (1982, 1983, 1991), Golden Globe Award (1982)

Experiences Beyond Your Imagination

“What’s in front of you is a whole world of experiences beyond your imagination.
Put yourself, and your growth and development, first.”
~ Phylicia Rashad,
Actress, Singer, Stage Director, NAACP Image Award,
Tony Award (2004) & Drama Desk Award

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Looking for Things to Smile About

“I actually look for things to smile about.
If I’m going to a concert later that night and I start to feel in a bad mood,
I think about the wonderful melodies I’ll be hearing later. I make a conscious effort to be positive.
And if you want the most joie de vivre in your life, that’s what you must do as well.
Negative thoughts will pop into your head, as they do to me and everybody.
But why give in to those thoughts and allow your mood to be dragged downward?
My suggestion is to fight off the temptation to go negative and work at being positive.
Try it out and see what happens. I’m willing to bet you find the experience worth repeating again and again.”
~ Dr. Ruth Westheimer,
Sex Therapist, Media Personality,
Actress, Voice Actress & Author

That’s the Moment to Rejoice

“That moment when you think you just can’t take it anymore, that’s the moment
to rejoice as that is when your body & mind grow stronger to carry you through.”
~ Nicole Curtis,
Investor, Realtor, Author
& House Restorer, Host – Rehab Addict

Let Go of All the Bad Stuff

“You can’t go into something good until you let go of all the bad stuff
because you’ll find yourself steady bringing up all the old in a new situation.”
~ Fantasia Barrino,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, North Carolina Music Hall of Fame (2014),
Grammy Award (2011) & Theatre World Award (2007)

The Best Things

“Sometimes the best things are right in front of you; it just takes some time to see them.”
~ Gladys Maria Knight,
Singer, Songwriter, Author, Actress, Businesswoman,
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1996), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (1995) & Society of Singers ELLA Award (2007)

All Things Glittery & Sticky

“I don’t know about other mamas out there, but my children love all things glittery and sticky!
I made the mistake of buying an expensive rug once…it was destroyed in 6 months.
So the idea of having a washable rug is genius to me!”
~ Tamara Day,
Interior Designer, Actress & Co-Founder – Growing Days

The Desire to Help

“It hurts me to see others hurt and the desire to help inspires me to go the distance to provide
to them the strength, the wisdom and the guidance they need to survive and overcome.”
~ Taketa Williams,
Pastor & Author

Perfumed by Success

“Success is a great deodorant.”
~ Elizabeth Taylor,
Actress, Businesswoman, Humanitarian, Philanthropist, Founder – House of Taylor, Academy Award (3X),
BAFTA Award (2X), Golden Globe Award (2X), New York Film Critics Circle Award (1966) & Screen Actors Guild Award (1997)

When Envy Rises

“When you feel that envy rising up in you,
that should be your cue to intentionally bless that person;
it sort of fixes that in you.”
~ Priscilla Shirer,,
Author, Inspirational Speaker & Actress,

Focus on Your Answer

“Look forward and focus on your answered prayer and breakthrough
instead of focusing on the difficulties of today.”
~ Lisa Osteen Comes,
Associate Pastor – Lakewood Church & Author

The Size of Your Battle

“The size of your battle often times determines the size of your blessing.
So many people have had battle after battle, now get ready for blessing after blessing after blessing.”
~ Taketa Williams,
Pastor & Author

Divine Answers & Solutions

“God has answers and solutions. God has more answers than you have questions.
God has more provision than you have need, and God has more solutions than you have problems.”
~ Sarah Bowling,
Bible Teacher, International Speaker, Author, Pastor, Global Humanitarian & Founder – Saving Moses

The Sower of Dreams

“Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing.
Believe in yourself, and believe that there is a loving Source –
a Sower of Dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true.”
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach,
Author

Being Good to One Another

“I don’t think Christmas is necessarily about things.
It’s about being good to one another, it’s about the Christian ethic, it’s about kindness.”
~ Carrie Fisher,
Actress, Writer, Comedian, Activist, Saturn Awards (1990),
Grammy Awards (2018) & Teen Choice Awards (2018)

Giving is A Really Big Thing

“Giving is a really big thing around Christmas, as well it should be.
Christmas is about giving, and it all stems from the greatest gift
the world has ever received – the gift of Jesus Christ.”
~ Monica Johnson,
Television Writer, Screenwriter, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay (1985) &
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay (1996)

The Incarnation of Perfect Love

“Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star,
the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees
in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love.”
~ Lucinda Franks,
Writer, Journalist & Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting (1971)

Reminding the Kids

“You have to remind kids to stay connected to the meaning of Christmas.
Sometimes it takes a little bit of effort, but it’s so worth it.”
~ Caroline Kennedy,
Author, Attorney, Diplomat &
United States Ambassador to Japan

One Night by the Christmas Tree

“Faith is salted and peppered through everything at Christmas.
And I love at least one night by the Christmas tree to sing and feel the quiet holiness
of that time that’s set apart to celebrate love, friendship, and God’s gift of the Christ child.”
~ Amy Grant,
Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Author, Media Personality,
Grammy Awards (6X), Gospel Music Association Dove Awards (22X)
& Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

You Are One of His Masterpieces

“You are God’s own masterpiece!
That means you are not ordinary or average;
you are a one-of-a-kind original.”

~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder, Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

Others Are Going Through It, Too

“Just because you don’t know if other people are experiencing the same thing as you are,
it doesn’t mean that it’s not happening. Everybody doesn’t necessarily share everything.
Just know that what you’re going through, other people are going through it, too.”
~ Tyra Lynne Banks,
Television Personality, Talk Show Host, Producer,
Author, Actress, and Model

Sticky Little Fingers, Piled Dishes & Mortgages

“Still, I wonder if more women artists, musicians and writers aren’t household names
because we don’t have enough faith in our own pursuits to give ourselves the time we desperately need
to be transformed by a creative vision. Maybe that glass ceiling isn’t really made of glass at all,
but of sticky little fingers, dishes piled in the sink, and mortgages that demand two incomes.”
~ Holly Robinson Peete,
Actress, Talk Show Host, Author, Singer,
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work (2011),
Quills Award in Sports (2006), Co-Founder – HollyRod Foundation
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You Don’t Have to Do Everything Together

“We decided that you have to let the other person do whatever he or she loves, and not intrude on that.
You don’t have to do everything together.”
~ Connie Chung “,
a.k.a. Constance Yu-Hwa Chung,
Journalist, Anchor & Reporter

Choose Positivity

“In this life, I’m always going to choose the positive.”
~ Gloria Estefan
a.k.a Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Hotelier, Restaurateur, Writer,
Grammy Awards (7X), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, Las Vegas Walk of Fame,
The Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor (1993)
Hispanic Heritage Award, MTV Video Music Award, ACE Awards (2X)
National Music Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Award (1993),
American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, BMI Songwriter of the Year,
Songwriters Hall of Fame (2X) Billboard Spirit of Hope Award (2011)
Caribbean American Mover and Shakers Lifetime Achievement Award (2014).