7 Quotes to Honor the Timeless Queen, Cicely Tyson

On Thursday, January 28, 2021, our hearts broke as we learned about the passing of an acting legend and all-around mentor, Ms. Cicely Tyson. In the same breath, Ms. Tyson gave her absolute ALL in of 96 years of life so we are honored to have seen her in so many movies, like The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and some Tyler Perry movies, and television shows, like How To Get Away With Murder.

Cicely Tyson

Strut in HER Shoes wants to honor this timeless queen by listing her 7 of her most famous quotes. Seven is the number of completion, so we hope her words bring new life to your journey to seek a life full of love, passion, and helping others.

“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.”

“You never know what motivates you.”

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

“Whatever good I have accomplished as an actress I believe came in direct proportion to my efforts to portray Black women who have made positive contributions to my heritage.”

“I have learned not to allow rejection to move me.”

“I’ve never really worked for money. It’s so important for me to have peace of mind, body, and soul than to have all the riches.”

“I am the character, until I go home.”

Strut On

We’re sure your legacy will continue to strut on, Ms. Tyson. Rest in peace.

Has Ms. Tyson inspired your life or way of living in any way? Let us know in the comments section below – we’ll love to hear about it!

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Hey there, I’m Jailyn – founder of The Moxie Playbook. Created in 2014, The Moxie Playbook inspires, empowers and adds moxie to womanhood. Twenty-something millennial women have this outlet to push through life’s boundaries, learn more about themselves, and gain complete joy by providing support, relatable and authentic topics.

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