7 Best Inspirational Quotes from Madam CJ Walker

Madam CJ Walker Worked Her Way to Successful Entrepreneurship

The wealthiest black woman of our time may be Oprah Winfrey.  But a hundred and fifty-years ago, during the Civil War era, the wealthiest black woman was Madame C.J. Walker.  She was born in 1867, right after the Empancipation Proclamation.  She grew up to become a self-starting entrepreneur.  Prefiguring Mary Kay Ash, she began selling, not makeup but hair products, advancing to the point at which she could open her own factory.

From there, Walker became a millionaire.  She then gave plenty back to her community, acting as a prolific philanthropist.  Here, then, are some inspirational quotes from Madame C.J. Walker.

“I am not satisfied in making money for myself.  I endeavor to provide employment to hundreds of women of my race.”

“I had to make my own living and my own opportunity.  But I made it!  Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come.  Get up and make them.”

“I got my start by giving myself a start.”

“I am not ashamed of my past.  I am not ashamed of my humble beginning.”

“I want you to understand that your first duty is to humanity.  I want others to look at us and see that we care not just about ourselves but about others.”

“I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South.  From there I got promoted to the washtub.  From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen.  And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations.  I have built my own factory on my own ground.”

“There is no royal flower-strewn path to success.  And if there is, I have not found it for I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard.”