1. Wisdom is what you get when you don’t get what you want.
2. Being an true individual means sometimes doing things your friends will make fun of you for.
3. Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.
4. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is definition of insanity.
5. Those who feel the most alienated do the most alienating.
6. People show you who they really are from the very beginning. It’s up to you to pay attention.
7. If the word hasn’t been used against you in hate, you can’t use it in love. (with regard to non-black people using the N word)
8. No one ever makes you feel inferior without your consent.
The last one isn’t really a quote of wisdom but rather a passage from Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye. It struck me hard when I first read it back in college:
“You looked at them and wondered why they were so ugly; you looked closely and could not find the source. Then you realized that it came from conviction, their conviction. It was as though some mysterious all-knowing master had given each one a cloak of ugliness to wear, and they had each accepted it without question.”
I’ll end on a lighter note with some quotes that are purely just for fun:
There’s nothing worse then getting stuck talking to the person who says “I only listen to vinyl records and eat mostly vegan.”
This place smells of jeans shorts and dirt roads.
Bang me like a screen door in a hurricane.
*Thank you Eleanor Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, Maya Angelou, Joey Gay, and Oprah for the above quotes.