More Than Enough By Elaine Welteroth is an exploration of what it means to come into your own—on your own terms.
In this riveting and timely memoir, the groundbreaking journalist unpacks lessons on race, identity, and success through her own journey, from navigating her way as the unstoppable child of an unlikely interracial marriage in small-town California to finding herself on the frontlines of a modern movement for the next generation of change-makers.
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30 Quotes from More Than Enough By Elaine Welteroth
When a girl is born, a universe of possibilities is born within her.
When the world tells you to shrink, expand.
I’ve learned to love who I am. Even if certain parts were forged by fire.
For so much of our lives we are told what beauty is, what it looks like, who possesses it, who doesn’t. . . . And the ones pushed to the margins are rarely given the pen to write ourselves and our own definitions in.
If your boyfriend has you sitting in the backseat for anyone but his mother, he’s not the one. Period. The end.
I had been looking at Blackness like it was a party I didn’t get the invite to. Like it was a dance someone forgot to teach me. But that night I learned that as much as it is our shared history and a pride in our culture that connects us, being part of the Black experience is being bonded by the painful and sometimes violent experience of exclusion.
There is a divine order, a divine flow to our lives. We don’t need to have all the answers. But our job is to keep on dreaming and trusting enough to put one foot in front of the other.
Discovering what you don’t want is just as important as finding out what you do.
When women affirm women, it unlocks our power. It gives us permission to shine brighter.
If we aren’t vigilant, we can move through our entire lives feeling smaller than we actually are—by playing it safe, by unconsciously giving away our power, by dimming our radiance, by not recognizing there is always so much more waiting for us on the other side of fear. But when we are brave enough—to go there, to grab what we want, to tap into who we are—damn, it feels so good.
Falling down is inevitable. It’s the getting back up that’s on you.
Nothing good can grow if you don’t nourish your own soil.
What’s done in the dark will come to light.
No matter how much you try to blend in, your race walks into every room before you do.
Sometimes just being yourself is the radical act. When you occupy space in systems that weren’t built for you, your authenticity is your activism.
In order to change the stories, you must change the storytellers.
Women aren’t taught to get comfortable with making people uncomfortable.
That is what Black women do. We take what we can get, and we make magic. We make lemonade.
I felt compelled to find a way to put this pain to work. As writers, as magazine editors, as people with public platforms, we are the cultural agenda setters. We signal with our editorial decisions what the priorities are.
Young people aren’t afraid to call BS on an administration that abuses its power, and their voices are crucial.
There is hustle and there is flow, and you cannot successfully achieve one without the other.
There is more honor in losing a battle with dignity than in winning a war without it.
Sometimes it takes reaching the summit to see what’s on the other side.
The universe is calling you to be a little bit braver.
There are no destinations, no happily ever afters in real life, no glossy pots of gold at the end of the rainbow.There are only new beginnings.
The truth is, job titles are temporary. But purpose is infinite.
Our lives are a series of dreams realized.
We spend too much time hearing and telling ourselves we are not enough. Not smart enough. Not beautiful enough. Not successful enough. Not young enough. Not old enough. Not woke enough.
When you exist in spaces that weren’t built for you, remember sometimes that just being you is the revolution.
You have done enough. You are enough. You were born enough. The world is waiting on you.
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