Beauty is an understanding of what you have, and it's forgiving yourself of what you don't have, and appreciating all of it.— Jill Scott
The most bumbling Jill Scott quotes you will be delighted to read
There's a high school in Camden, New Jersey, I call the Jill Scott School.
It's the Camden Creative Arts High School. Those teachers and kids are so passionate about what they do, and 98 percent of the senior class went on to college.
Just because you have a nightmare doesn't mean you stop dreaming.
Find new treasures in yourself. Love doesn't die. Love is unyielding. It's going to come back. The more you love and appreciate yourself, the more prepared you are when the real thing shows up.
Saturday Night Live is a show that I think I could have a lot of fun on, just being different characters and maybe singing, too.
I just think it's silly to be stingy with compliments.
If you see someone and they strike you as beautiful in any way, why not let them know?
To be a queen of a household is a powerful thing.
Just bc u loved and lost doesn't mean stop loving.
If u have a nightmare, does it mean u stop dreaming?
Don't stop dreaming just because you had a nightmare.
One of the things I love about Africa is the amount of dignity and respect and humility you see all the time. You don't realise how often you're disrespected until you are surrounded by respect.
When I was growing up, my mother would take me to plays and museums, and we'd talk about life. Those times helped shape who I became.
I like a man who smells good. Puts on cologne; lotions his body. It keeps me wanting. I like feeling that way.
I'm looking for someone who works as hard as I do.
Who loves their work as much as I do, so at the end of the night we have something real to talk about, something exciting that makes our blood flow and boil.
I don't necessarily think of myself as a feminist, but I'm a whole person.
I'm not just breasts or ass or thighs - I'm a whole being! And it just seems like women aren't necessarily striving to be the whole of themselves.
God is ever present. He's in every breath, in every step. He's here, always, always.
I'm a secret interior decorator. There's a mural on my dining room wall of the railroad tracks at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. I love having my hometown with me out here in California.
Whatever happens in my life, whether I stand up or I fall down, whatever the case, I'm going to use it in my art. Why? Because I'm an artist and I have to.
Everybody's looking for love, and you want to love somebody and be loved in return.
People is, I think, it's their nature - some people's nature, in a way, to be angry or jealous or just spiteful about somebody else's blessings.
Africa the continent is not just what we see on the news.
It's... not AIDS, and it's not just war and poverty. It's so much more. It's an abundant continent, and Botswana is an abundant place.
I see myself being a great-grandmother at my great-grandson's graduation from a school that has my name on it.
You have to be humble when you're dealing with God.
I'm a world-class people watcher. I like to watch people's body movements, their expressions. It says so much about them.
I never expected the White House to be warm, and the artwork on the walls was extraordinary. I am a fan of the Louvre, but being there it was almost just as good.
I've done a lot of fighting in my time, and I'm down to do some more.
I don't want to, but you know, there's just certain things that you can't sit down and take.
Back in my mid-20s I was told I'd never be able to have children as I wasn't having periods. Doctors tried to start up my monthly cycles, but when nothing worked, they actually offered me a hysterectomy. Without it, they said I might get ovarian cancer in the future. I chose not to have the operation, and am so glad I didn't.
My mother's a genius. She just kept feeding me art on whatever we had; paper plates, silver platter, didn't matter. You know, she just kept feeding it to me. So we went to see all kinds of theater. We would go to the art museum pretty much every Sunday, and I would watch her. She let me know that art was supposed to touch.
I'm going to do as much as I can with this life, and then I'm going to make sure to take some time off and be simple and ride my bike and hang out with friends.
There's something really magical about having a child - it's like permission to begin again, start over, reevaluate some things, check yourself. Recognize yourself.
For me, hair is an accoutrement. Hair is jewelry. It's an accessory.
I think the first time I really heard poetry was in the schoolyard.
Just the little limericks that kids say when they're jumping rope and playing games. I think that's the first time I heard rhyming words - I don't know if I'd call that the definitive poetry, but that's when I heard rhyming words said and not necessarily sung.
It's frustrating me - that booty is gonna sag at some point.
And if you allow enough people to come inside your physical space, they leave traces.
When I get onstage, I automatically feel beautiful.
Heartbreak was the impetus to me writing poems and music in the first place.
I've been reading poetry publicly for 20 years, and this is what you do - you express, you sometimes dig a bit to get a conversation started. That's the point of poetry. You're supposed to go, 'Hmmmm,' and 'Woooh!'
Our minds do understand that people of all races find genuine love in many places. We dig that the world is full of amazing options.
Anytime you share life stories with other people, you know, you are acknowledging their humanity and kind of accessing some things about yourself, and other people start to expect things about themselves. It's kind of like a fellowship.
I had to wear a fat suit to play Mma Ramotswe in 'The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.' She's described as being like a small elephant, but she loves her body and size. When we were filming in Africa, it was 110F. It was torturous. I drank a lot of water and ate cucumbers all the time, and underneath the fat suit I shed pounds - I couldn't help it.
A nutritionist has told me to have very little butter and very little spices, but I can't live like that.
I truly have a village supporting me.
My son has godmothers, godfathers, grandparents and so many others in his life who love him as much as I do. They're there for both of us. I may not have a mate or husband, but I'm definitely not a single parent.
When I got my success I became decadent for a while.
This was 2003 to 2008. I fell for tiramisu really hard. I've become more moderate since, because African-Americans are prone to diabetes.
My heart and prayers go out to all single moms because it's tough, and I can't imagine any teenager dealing with a baby and all those hormones raging.
I think human beings will always still really enjoy using our imaginations, and Fringe allows you to do that. It's slightly scary and believable. There just might be an alternate universe. There just might be people on the other side that are like us, living a different life.
I did an internship at the Ardent theatre company in Philly after dropping out of college. I was earning $165 a week building sets and cleaning the toilets. Cleaning toilets is a good way of getting in touch with your creativity. That's when you find out if you got anything going on in your head.
I always wanted to be a renaissance woman, do as many things as I possibly can and hopefully do them well or don't do them at all.
I was reading poetry to my girlfriends, and they were like, you're really good.
You should go to some poetry readings or something. And I eventually went and got a, you know, somewhat of a name for myself and a little bit of a following.
All you ever really want is a great character and great writing.
As an actor, that's the juiciest sandwich you could ever ask for.
I chose No. 1 Ladies' Detective, or I'll say it chose me, and it was an absolute blessing, for the experience of being in Africa for seven months and learning so many different things, from languages to foods to greetings. On so many levels, it was an incredible experience.
Everything starts with writing. I heard Nikki Giovanni and was blown away. I just thought 'wow'; she was writing from a black girl's perspective, and the imagery was so vivid that I started doing spoken word.