50 Inspirational Quotes for Women, by Women

Posted by Jessica Swiatlo

Dec 26, 2016 6:01:43 AM

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In the recent election, we saw Hilary Clinton stand as an example to women of female power and achievement.  From politicians like Hilary Clinton and Angela Merkel to pop culture icons like Beyonce and Madonna, we have the privilege of living in a time of inspirational women.  See our 50 quotes for women, by women that will inspire you.

  1. “Every moment wasted looking back, keeps us from moving forward… In this world and the world of tomorrow, we must go forward together or not at all.” – Hillary Clinton

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  2. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” - Ayn Ran
  3. “Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use.” – Ruth Gordon 
  4. “Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to require the most from you.” - Caroline Myss
  5.  “A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” - Melinda Gates
  6. “I don’t like to gamble, but if there’s one thing I’m willing to bet on, it’s myself.” – Beyoncé Knowles 
  7. “You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” – Rosalynn Carter 
  8. “Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” - Oprah Winfrey 
  9. “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” - Dolly Parton
  10. “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” Mother Teresa

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  11. “Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down. And trust your instincts … good relationships feel good. They feel right. They don’t hurt. They’re not painful. That’s not just with somebody you want to marry, but it’s with the friends that you choose. It’s with the people you surround yourselves with.” —Michelle Obama
  12. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” - Nora Ephron
  13. “When I’m hungry, I eat. When I’m thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it.” – Madonna

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  14. “The challenge is not to be perfect...it’s to be whole.” - Jane Fonda
  15. “We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” - J.K. Rowling
  16. “Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then” –Diana Ross

    Janis Joplin Quote

  17. “Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got. There is no yesterday, no tomorrow, it’s all the same day.” –Janis Joplin
  18. You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.” – Michelle Obama
  19. “Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  20. “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” – Coco Chanel
  21. “I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship.” - Louisa May Alcott 
  22. “When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.” – Helen Keller 
  23. “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” - Amelia Earhart 
  24. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” - Maya Angelou
  25. “And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk more.” – Erica Jong
  26. “Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
  27. “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” - Katharine Hepburn

    Kathrine Hepburn Quote

  28. “You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness.” -Diane von Furstenberg 
  29. “Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” -Golda Meir
  30. “Done is better than perfect.” -Sheryl Sandberg 
  31. “It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” -Madeleine Albright
  32. “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want tomake.” -Jane Goodall
    Angela Merkel Quote
  33. “A good compromise is one where everybody makes a contribution.” -Angela Merkel
  34. “Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.” -Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  35. “Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” -Simone de Beauvoir
  36. “If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.” -Margaret Thatcher 
  37. “When looking for a life partner, my advice to women is date all of them: the bad boys, the cool boys, the commitment-phobic boys, the crazy boys. But do not marry them. The things that make the bad boys sexy do not make them good husbands. When it comes time to settle down, find someone who wants an equal partner. Someone who thinks women should be smart, opinionated and ambitious. Someone who values fairness and expects or, even better, wants to do his share in the home. These men exist and, trust me, over time, nothing is sexier.”- Sheryl Sandberg
  38. “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” — Amelia Earhart
  39. "Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is." — Anne Frank
  40. "Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning". — Gloria Steinem
  41. "Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong". — Ella Fitzgerald

    Ella Fitzgerald Quote

  42. "Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get". –Ingrid Bergman
  43. “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” - Margaret Thatcher
  44. “It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union…. Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.” – Susan B. Anthony 
  45. “We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” – Marie Curie
  46. “We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” — Malala Yousafzai
  47. “Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second-rate version of somebody else”. –Judy Garlan
  48. “Aging is not ‘lost youth,’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” — Betty Friedan
  49. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion with one’s courage.” — Anaïs Nin
  50. “I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind learning.” –Amy Poehler

Conclusion

Reading these inspirational quotes for women, you can almost feel these words jump out at you as if these women are sitting there right next to you giving you some words of encouragement (speaking of words of encouragement, learn how to live your life to the fullest here) . It brings them to life.  Hopefully, some words from this list will stand out to you and bring you to life too.  

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