"It's been said that racism is so American that when we protest racism, some assume we're protesting America." (Beyoncé, 12/5/17, awarding Colin Kaepernick Sports Illustrated's Muhammed Ali Legacy Award)
"To me, power is making things happen without asking for permission." (Beyoncé, Elle April 2016)
"I just want them to know / That I gave my all, did my best / Brought someone some happiness / Left this world a little better just because...I was here" (Beyoncé, "I Was Here")
"I am a woman. And when I think, I must speak." [Beyoncé, spoken intro to BBMA performance of "Run the World (Girls)"]