Liz Murray American Inspirational speaker | Elizabeth Murray

Liz Murray
Liz Murray

Liz Murray was born on 23 September 1980 in Bronx, New York. Liz Murray’s another name is Elizabeth Murray. Murray is an American Inspirational speaker. Her parents were Peter Finnerty and Jean Murray and her sibling is Lisa Murray. Liz Murray's parents were drugs addicts and they died of AIDS. After her parents’ death, Liz Murray was homeless, she underwent many struggles and she got scholarship from New York Times. She used the scholarship to study in the Harvard University.

Childhood and Struggles of Liz Murray:

Liz Murray's parents spent most of the money on  their drugs. Murray and her sister faced problems of lacking food and warm clothes; sometimes they ate lip balm and toothpaste to kill their hunger. Liz Murray's mother died of AIDS in 1996. When she was 16, Murray was homeless. Murray father failed to pay the rent on their flat and he was moved to a homeless. Liz Murray slept at underground trains and park beaches. Liz Murray's father was also died of HIV in 2006.

Education of Liz Murray:

After Liz Murray's mother death, she joined a Humanities Preparatory Academy, a public high school. Murray promised herself to become a “straight –A student”. The school management accepted Murray to join in the school without knowing that she was homeless. Liz Murray applied for New York Times scholarship. New York Times had the practice of helping  kids who had to overcome financial and social obstacles. Murray won the scholarship $12,000 for each year. She used her scholarship money to study at Harvard University. Harvard University accepted Liz Murray as a member of the class of 2004.

Liz Murray's Career:

Liz Murray fought many struggles; she never stepped back in her life. Now she is an American Motivational speaker and founder of manifest living. She married Jams Scanlon. She wrote her biography. 

Quotations Of Liz Murray:

  • “Instead, what I was beginning to understand was that however things unfolded from here on, whatever the next chapter was, my life could never be the sum of one circumstance. It would be determined, as it had always been, by my willingness to put one foot in front of the other, moving forward, come what may.”

Liz Murray

Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard.”

  • “In the years ahead of me, I learned that the world is actually filled with people ready to tell you how likely something is, and what it means to be realistic. But what I have also learned is that no one, no one truly knows what is possible until they go and do it.”

  • “I knew at that moment I had to make a choice... I could submit to everything and live a life of excuses, or I could push myself... I could push myself and make my life good...”

  • ”Homeless person or business person, doctor or teacher, whatever your background may be, the same holds true for each of us: life takes on the meaning that you give it.”

  • “I said to myself: what if I woke up, and every single day I did everything within my ability during that day to change my life. What could happen in just a month? A year?”

  • Dream, but don't sleep.”

  • “Life takes on the meaning that you give it.”

  • “I have just one black and white photograph left of my mother when she was younger. She was 17 when it was taken and beautiful with wispy curls and eyes that shone like dark marbles.”

  • “As well as being blind, Ma turned out to have the same mental illness that her mother had had. Between 1986 and 1990, she suffered six schizophrenic bouts, each requiring her to be institutionalized for up to three months.”

  • ​“If I want to be a loving, generous, giving person, I'm not going to test the waters. I'm simply going to be a loving, generous, giving person.”

  • “The lesson that people can't give me what they don't have, and if there's anything I took from it, it was: okay, I don't really expect anyone to hand me anything. There's going to be me and the world.”


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