Words can help to uplift a man, but can also help to debase him. Our words have medicine and power. Here are some words of wisdom from heavy-hitters who’ve come into this maker space.

A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.

Elbert Hubbard

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

Frederick Douglass

Relationships are about relating. Relationships end when you can no longer relate.

Sevan Bomar

Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.

Dr. Martin Luther King

Its not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.

Friedrich Nietzsche

I say, if it’s going to be done, let’s do it. Let’s not put it in the hands of fate. Let’s not put it in the hands of someone who doesn’t know me. I know me best. Then take a breath, and go ahead.

Anita Baker

Trust your first instinct.


Not one ounce of my self worth depends on your acceptance of me.

Quincy Jones

Education must not simply teach work; it must teach life.

W.E.B. DuBois

Nothing will work unless you do.

Maya Angelou

Everyone wants respect. In their own way, three-year-olds would like respect and acknowledgement, in their terms.

Aretha Franklin

What goes around comes around, like a hula hoop.

Lil Wayne

You can do anything you put your mind to.

Brenda Axel

Failure is a feeling long before it’s an actual result.

Michelle Obama

Whatever awards come, they come. It’s going to be a fun night either way.

John Legend

Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream.

John Lennon

Having soon discovered myself to be great, I must appear so; and therefore studiously avoided mixing in society, and wrapped myself in mystery, devoting my time to fasting and prayer.

Nat Turner

I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great.

Ray Charles

I tell you what freedom is to me: no fear.

Nina Simone

Dreams don’t have deadlines. Believe in yourself.

LL Cool J

Peace and blessings manifest with every lesson learned. If your knowledge were your wealth, then it would be well earned.

Erykah Badu

I need to find creative diversity, because if I feel stuck, I get unhappy.

Jill Scott

Act the way you want to be, and soon you will be the way you act.

Iyanla Vanzant

If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.

Marvin Gaye

Stay loyal to your creativity, because its a gift.

Pharrell Williams

I want to put a ding in the universe.

Steve Jobs

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself; do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.

Bruce Lee

The real secret of success is enthusiasm.

Walter Chrysler

Deep breathing is our nervous system’s love language.

Dr. Lauren Fogel Mersy

The inner woman is the source of healing. The inner woman is the source of silence. The inner woman is the source of love. The inner woman is the source of belongingness with life. Embracing the inner man and woman is to discover our inner roots and wings.

Swami Dhyan Giten

One look in your eyes, and there I see just what you mean to me. Here in my heart, I believe your love is all I’ll ever need.

Luther Vandross

You’ve got to maintain your self-esteem through everything. You are who you are, and nobody will ever be able to take that from you if you don’t let them.

Donna Summer

If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken.

Selena Gomez

Promise me you’ll always remember: you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

Christopher Robin

Your worst enemy can’t harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.


The discipline of creation – be it to paint, compose, write, is an effort towards wholeness.

Madeleine L’Engle

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