Ruby Dee: Advice From a Legend

From actress to activist and writer, Ruby Dee led a full life and shared plenty of wisdom along the way.

Ruby Dee receives  the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award during the 16th Annual Diversity Awards at the Globe Theatre, Universal Studios Hollywood, Nov. 23, 2008, in Universal City, Calif.
Ruby Dee receives  the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award during the 16th Annual Diversity Awards at the Globe Theatre, Universal Studios Hollywood, Nov. 23, 2008, in Universal City, Calif. Timothy Norris/Getty Images

Legendary actress, activist and writer Ruby Dee passed away Wednesday at the age of 91. Her career spanned nearly seven decades and made a significant impact, especially in black film and theater. And a lifetime chock-full of rich experiences qualified her to deliver advice that we can all live by. 

1. On Courage

“The greatest gift is not being afraid to question.”Ruby Dee

2. On the Beauty Within

“The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within: strength, courage, dignity.” Ruby Dee

3. On Overcoming Fear

“God, make me so uncomfortable that I will do the very thing I fear.” Ruby Dee

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