Looking for inspirational dictums on life? Read on to find what popular Blacks have to say.

A life is not worth much of which it cannot be said, when it comes to its close, that it was helpful to humanity.
Booker T. Washington

All my growth and development led me to believe that if you really do the right thing, and if you play by the rules, and if you?ve got good enough, solid judgment and common sense, that you?re going to be able to do whatever you want to do with your life.
Barbara Jordan

And that is life.
Paul Laurence Dunbar

Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.
Alice Walker, Expect Nothing

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
George Washington Carver

I believe in living a poetic life, an art full life. Everything we do from the way we raise our children to the way we welcome our friends is part of a large canvas we are creating.
Maya Angelou

I believe that one of life's greatest risks is never daring to risk.
Oprah Winfrey

I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.
Langston Hughes

I really don't think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don't mind the failure but I can't imagine that I'd forgive myself if I didn't try.
Nikki Giovanni

I'm pleased with my life, with the journey.
Tina Turner, Tina Turner Bids Farewell

If you stop struggling, then you stop life.
Huey Newton

It is in struggle and service with our brothers and sisters, individually and collectively, that we find the meaning of life.
Jesse Jackson

It's a long old road, but I know I'm gonna find the end.
Bessie Smith

Just remember the world is not a playground but a schoolroom. Life is not a holiday but an education. One eternal lesson for us all: to teach us how better we should love.
Barbara Jordan

Life is a system of half-truths and lies, Opportunistic, convenient evasion.
Langston Hughes

Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.
Alice Walker

LIFE is that existence that is given to man to live for a purpose, to live to his own satisfaction and pleasure, providing he forgets not the God who created him and who expects a spiritual obedience and observation of the moral laws that He has inspired.
Marcus Garvey

Life loves the liver of it.
Maya Angelou

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: 'I'm with you kid. Let's go?.
Maya Angelou

Life that crawled, life that slunk and crept and never closed its eyes. Life that burrowed and scurried, and life so still it was indistinguishable from the ivy stems on which it lay. Birth, life, and death - each took place on the hidden side of a leaf.
Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Living in the moment brings you a sense of reverence for all of life's blessings.
Oprah Winfrey, Magazine

One thing alone I charge you. As you live, believe in life! Always human beings will live and progress to greater, broader and fuller life. The only possible death is to lose belief in this truth simply because the great end comes slowly, because time is long.
W.E.B. Dubois

Partake of some of life's sweet pleasures. And yes, get comfortable with yourself.
Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine

Sometimes it takes years to really grasp what has happened to your life.
Wilma Rudolph

The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.
Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine

The meaning of life is contained in every single expression of life. It is present in the infinity of forms and phenomena that exist in all of creation.
Michael Jackson

The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.
Oprah Winfrey

The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The whole world is run on bluff.
Marcus Garvey, The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey

There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.
Maya Angelou

There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, simple and useful life.
Booker T. Washington

There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

We live on the dash between our birth date and our death date.
Jesse Jackson

Whatever will be, will be.

When you give up on life, never give up on yourself, because there is so much for you to keep on giving!
Oprah Winfrey

With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice.
Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine

Wouldn't take nothing for my journey now.
Maya Angelou

You should always know when you're shifting gears in life. You should leave your era; it should never leave you.
Leontyne Price

You've got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing.
Arthur Ashe