7 Taraji P. Henson Quotes To Inspire You To Follow Your Dreams (No Matter WHAT)


She'll show you what success REALLY looks like.

Taraji P. Henson is famously known for her role as Cookie in Empire, the tv drama series everyone knows and loves. This role is what prompted her to be the first African-American woman to win a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series.

You may love the realness that Cookie brings to the show, but what you may NOT know is that Taraji P. Henson is actually just as fierce and completely inspiring (and maybe a little less violent) as her character.

Henson worked hard as hell to get where she is today — the life of stardom did not come easy for her.

She had to work two jobs to pay for college and STILL graduated after giving birth to her son, and even walked across the stage with him on her hip. (GO girl!)

People told her she was never going to make it in Hollywood at her age. They told her she’d never make it big.

But she never listened to those people, and if anything, they only made her stronger and more resilient. And now she’s one of the most influential actresses on television.

Henson KNOWS what it’s like to struggle, persevere, and succeed, and that struggle is something all of us can relate to in one way or another. Her strength is admirable, and if that wasn't enough, her words are some of the most inspiring out there

So take a look at 7 of her most inspiring quotes that show exactly how far she has come.

If you’re looking for a little inspiration, we’ve got the best quotes to share and savor. For quotes from the most inspiring celebs, activists, and poets, look no further! You might even find the quote that motivates the best parts of your life (and love!) forever.

Never stop dreaming.

"I was dreaming since I came out of the womb." - Taraji P. Henson

Don't let them crush your dreams.

“If you listen to people and you allow people to project their fears onto you, you won’t live." - Taraji P. Henson

You are a temple.

“It all starts with you. You’re the temple and you have control. You’re in a bad situation? It’s up to you to get out of it. You can’t give another human the responsibility of your happiness.” - Taraji P. Henson

You are in control of your happiness.

“It's up to you to be responsible for how you feel if you're not happy. Your happiness lies in your hands. You can't rely on a man to make you happy or complete you. That starts with you.” - Taraji P. Henson

Stay positive.

"I don't harp on the negative because if you do, then there's no progression. There's no forward movement. You got to always look on the bright side of things." - Taraji P. Henson

Always choose the light side.

“Humans have a light side and a dark side, and it's up to us to choose which way we're going to live our lives. Even if you start out on the dark side, it doesn't mean you have to continue your journey that way. You always have time to turn it around.” - Taraji P. Henson


"We win. Love wins. Every time." - Taraji P. Henson