"It's not what you do once in a while, it's what you do day in and day out that makes the difference."
"You have to imagine it possible before you can see something. You can have the evidence right in front of you, but if you can't imagine something that has never existed before, it's impossible."
Rita Dove, first African-American poet laureate of the U.S.
"The best protection any woman can have...is courage."
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American abolitionist
"Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live."
Mae C. Jemison, first African-American woman astronaut
"It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret."
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, first woman to win back-to-back gold medals in the Summer Olympics
"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."
Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, author of "On Death and Dying"
"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try."
Beverly Sills, former American opera soprano
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any."
Alice Walker, author of "The Color Purple"
"I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear."
Rosa Parks, African-American civil rights activist
"Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it with use."
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