42 Madam CJ Walker Quotes That Will Rekindle The Fire In You

Madam C.J. Walker

Madam CJ Walker was born Sarah Breedlove on 23, December 1867. She was an African-American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a social and political activist. She is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the first female self-made millionaire in America.

Madam CJ Walker was orphaned at age 7 and often said that she had little or no opportunity when she started out in life. Married at 14 in 1882, she had her daughter in June 1885. Her first husband died and she remarried only to divorce her second husband in 1903.

Sarah had severe dandruff and skin disorders. She learned about haircare through her brothers who were barbers. In 1904, she became a commission agent and sold products for Annie Malone, an African-American haircare entrepreneur, millionaire, and owner of the Pork Company.

In 1905, with knowledge from her experiences, she began developing her haircare product line. Annie Malone later became her biggest rival in the hair care industry and even accused her of stealing her formula.

In 1906, she married Charles Joseph Walker and** became known as Madam CJ Walker**. Her husband was her business partner. As a newspaper advertising salesman, he gave her advertising and promotion advice.

Sarah's business grew hugely because she sold her products door to door, teaching other black women how to groom and style their hair. She also expanded her business, travelling widely to market her products and opening training programs for her hair culturists.

By 1917, her company had trained 20,000 sales agents. Wide advertising in African-American newspapers and magazines made her products widely known in the US. Apart from sales, she also taught black women how to budget, build their own business, and become financially independent.

Madam CJ Walker was very famous for her philanthropy and activism. She died on 25, May 1919. Here are her most remarkable quotes.

Madam C.J. Walker Quotes

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 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.

This is the greatest country under the sun. But we must not let our love of country, our patriotic loyalty, cause us to abate one whit in our protest against wrong and injustice.

This is the greatest country under the sun. But we must not let our love of country, our patriotic loyalty, cause us to abate one

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I am not merely satisfied in making money for myself, for I am endeavoring to provide employment for hundreds of women of my race. ... I want to say to every Negro woman present, don't sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!

I am not merely satisfied in making money for myself, for I am endeavoring to provide employment for hundreds of women of my race. … I want to say to every Negro woman present, don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!

The girls and women of our race must not be afraid to take hold of business endeavor and, by patient industry, close economy, determined effort and close application to business, wring success out of a number of business opportunities that lie at their very doors.

The girls and women of our race must not be afraid to take hold of business endeavor and, by patient industry, close economy, determined effort and close application to business, wring success out of a number of business opportunities that lie at their very doors.

Never get impressed by someone’s appearance, rather dig deep down into their thoughts to reveal the real person inside out.

Never get impressed by someone’s appearance, rather dig deep down into their thoughts to reveal the real person inside out.

As I bent over the washboard and looked at my arms buried in soapsuds, I said to myself, 'What are you going to do when you grow old and your back gets stiff?' This set me to thinking, but with all my thinking I couldn't see how a poor washerwoman was going to better my condition.

As I bent over the washboard and looked at my arms buried in soapsuds, I said to myself, ‘What are you going to do when you grow old and your back gets stiff?’ This set me to thinking, but with all my thinking I couldn’t see how a poor washerwoman was going to better my condition.

God answered my prayer, for one night I had a dream, and in that dream a big black man appeared to me and told me what to mix up for my hair. Some of the remedy was grown in Africa, but I sent for it, mixed it, put it on my scalp, and in a few weeks my hair was coming in faster than it had ever fallen out. I tried it on my friends; it helped them. I made up my mind I would begin to sell it.

God answered my prayer, for one night I had a dream, and in that dream a big black man appeared to me and told me what to mix up for my hair. Some of the remedy was grown in Africa, but I sent for it, mixed it, put it on my scalp, and in a few weeks my hair was coming in faster than it had ever fallen out. I tried it on my friends; it helped them. I made up my mind I would begin to sell it.

When we began to make $10 a day, my ex-husband thought that was enough, thought I ought to be satisfied. But I was convinced that my hair preparation would fill a long-felt want. And when we found it impossible to agree, due to his narrowness of vision, I embarked on business for myself.

When we began to make $10 a day, my ex-husband thought that was enough, thought I ought to be satisfied. But I was convinced that my hair preparation would fill a long-felt want. And when we found it impossible to agree, due to his narrowness of vision, I embarked on business for myself.

One can slide between poor and rich, the difference as slight as between paper and parchment, one voice and a choir, arms hanging by sides and a hug.

One can slide between poor and rich, the difference as slight as between paper and parchment, one voice and a choir, arms hanging by sides and a hug.

I am a woman that came from the cotton fields of the South. I was promoted from there to the washtub. Then I was promoted to the cook kitchen, and from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations.... Everybody told me I was making a mistake by going into this business, but I know how to grow hair as well as I know how to grow cotton.

I am a woman that came from the cotton fields of the South. I was promoted from there to the washtub. Then I was promoted to the cook kitchen, and from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations…. Everybody told me I was making a mistake by going into this business, but I know how to grow hair as well as I know how to grow cotton.

Now I realize that in the so-called higher walks of life, many were prone to look down upon ‘hairdressers’ as they called us; they didn’t have a very high opinion of our calling, so I had to go down and dignify this work, so much so that many of the best women of our race are now engaged in this line of business, and many of them are now in my employ.

Now I realize that in the so-called higher walks of life, many were prone to look down upon ‘hairdressers’ as they called us; they didn’t have a very high opinion of our calling, so I had to go down and dignify this work, so much so that many of the best women of our race are now engaged in this line of business, and many of them are now in my employ.

Keep in mind that you have something that the person standing before you really needs, imagine yourself a missionary and convert him.

Keep in mind that you have something that the person standing before you really needs, imagine yourself a missionary and convert him.

You might say that I was the first and caused others to awaken to the sense of their duty in helping deserving causes for the benefit of the race.

You might say that I was the first and caused others to awaken to the sense of their duty in helping deserving causes for the benefit of the race.

I have built my own factory on my own ground, 38 by 208 feet. I employ in that factory seven people, including a bookkeeper, a stenographer, a cook and a housegirl.

I have built my own factory on my own ground, 38 by 208 feet. I employ in that factory seven people, including a bookkeeper, a stenographer, a cook and a housegirl.

My object in life is not simply to make money for myself or to spend it on myself in dressing or running around in an automobile, but I love to use a part of what I make in trying to help others.

My object in life is not simply to make money for myself or to spend it on myself in dressing or running around in an automobile, but I love to use a part of what I make in trying to help others.

There is no royal flower strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it, for whatever success I have attained has been the result of much hard work and many sleepless nights.

There is no royal flower strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it, for whatever success I have attained has been the result of much hard work and many sleepless nights.

I want the great masses of my people to take a greater pride in their appearance and to give their hair proper attention.

I want the great masses of my people to take a greater pride in their appearance and to give their hair proper attention.

My advice to every one expecting to go into business is to hit often and hit hard; in other words, strike with all your might.

My advice to every one expecting to go into business is to hit often and hit hard; in other words, strike with all your might.

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