Friday Quotes

Friday Quotes | Just as I am by Cicely Tyson

Hey friends, How was your week? This week on Friday Quotes, I will be sharing quotes from one of the best memoirs I have read in my lifetime. Just as I am by Cicely Tyson was filled with gems and great lessons. I am in awe of Cicely and I am so glad she decided to write this book. I would’ve highlighted the entire book if I could. It was almost like every sentence was worth noting down.

Here are some quotes I felt deeply.

“I am a woman who has hurt as immeasurably as I have loved, a child of God divinely by His hand. And here in my ninth decade, I am a woman who, at long last, has something meaningful to say.”

“As life has taught me more than once, resentment corrodes the veins of the person who carries it.”

“When someone makes an assassination attempt on your tribe, you adopt a posture of self defense. You fold in on yourself as a way to cover your wound.”


“There are no coincidences rather there is a loving savior who holds my future as securely as he does my life and at every juncture, he is whispering his will showing me the way.”

“Parents lie to their children, they misrepresent their painful truths and personal histories”

“Concealing is the human way of pretending that we are who we imagine ourselves to be in the fairytales we invent that our lives have unfolded as we wish they would’ve rather than as they so wrenchingly did.”

“Challenges make u discover things about yourself that u never really knew. They’re what make the instrument stretch, what make you go beyond the norm.”

“I am not a quitter. I will fight until I drop. It is just a matter of having some faith in the fact that as long as you are able to draw breath in the universe, you have a chance.”

“When someone sees you headed in a direction and that person throws a brick into the road, that is the precise moment to forge onward with greater velocity toward your destination.”

“It’s easy to say “Black lives matter” but the question is do they matter enough for this nation to treat and compensate them fairly? Historically, the answer has been a resounding NO. “

“The way I see it, I’m still here because God isn’t finished with me and when I’ve completed my job, he’ll take me. Until then, I’ve got plenty to do.”

“As we navigate our journey, let us graciously make space for one another. Whether you relax it or coil it, weave it or dread it, cover it with a wig or cut it plum off. Good hair is your hair however you decide to wear it.”

“I pray that you can carve out a purpose for yourself. A calling beyond your own survival, a sweet offering to the world. You gain a life by giving yours away.”

“I don’t simply want to teach these young folks to reach for excellence. I want them to breathe excellence,

“I want to go home knowing that I loved generously, even if imperfectly….. I want to know that I did the very best that I could with what God gave me just as I am”

I hope at least one of these quotes resonates with you. I will be posting a review of this book on the blog next week.

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