‘Words to live by’ : is a daily segment by theSystem * that looks into 7 of the most striking comments and quotes by thought leaders in life or otherwise.

Lupita Amondi Nyong’o is a Kenyan-Mexican actress. The daughter of Kenyan politician Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o and Dorothy Ogada Buyu, Nyong’o was born in Mexico City, where her father was teaching, and was raised in Kenya from age one.

Here are 7 of Lupita’s most striking quotes :

“You can’t rely on how you look to sustain you, what sustains us, what is fundamentally beautiful is compassion; for yourself and for those around you.”

“Day told her sister, “When you are darkest is when you are most beautiful.”

“No matter where you are from your dreams are valid.”

“And what my mother meant when she said you can’t eat beauty was that you can’t rely on how you look to sustain you. What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul.”

There is no shame in Black Beauty

Joy is Not a negation of pain”