In honor of International Woman’s Day, which is celebrated on March 8th every year, I decided to compile a list of the most inspiring and memorable quotes by some of amazing female writers, activists, heroines and brilliant minds.
I’ve read or seen them in many of the books I’ve read since I was young and It is only in adulthood that I truly understood the real meaning behind their powerful statements.
I am sure that more than one will resonate with you and you’ll certainly agree.
Enjoy the following 52 powerful and inspiring quotes by unforgettable women.
Anything you want to ask a teacher, ask yourself, and wait for the answer in silence. Byron Katie
A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success. Joyce Brothers
A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. Eleanor Roosevelt
A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform. Diane Mariechild
A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears. Anne Roiphe
Always concentrate on how far you have come, rather than how far you have left to go. The difference in how easy it seems will amaze you. Heidi Johnson
Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads. Erica Jong
Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards. Author Unknown
Goals are dreams with deadlines. Diana Scharf Hunt
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. Anne Frank
I am not afraid, I was born to do this. Joan of Arc
I demanded more rights for women because I know what women had to put up with. Evita Peron
I’m just a person trapped inside a woman’s body. Elaine Boosler
If you can’t make it better, you can laugh at it. Erma Bombeck
If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it. Margaret Fuller
If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. Katharine Hepburn
In politics, If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman. Margaret Thatcher
Love is a great beautifier. Louisa May Alcott
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible! Audrey Hepburn
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal. Hannah More
One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman. Simone de Beauvoir
People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou
Sometimes questions are more important than answers. Nancy Willard
Success breeds confidence. Beryl Markham
Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic. Rosalind Russell
The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for. Maureen Dowd
The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. Ayn Rand
The road to success is always under construction. Lily Tomlin
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. Sally Burger
The soul should always stand ajar. Ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. Emily Dickinson
Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping-stone to greatness. Oprah Winfrey
To love what you do and feel that it matters – How could anything be more fun? Katherine Graham
We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same. Anne Frank
We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. Marie Curie
What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner. Colette
What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God. Eleanor Powell
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed-door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. Helen Keller
Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world. Hillary Clinton
Women don’t realize how powerful they are. Judith Light
Women have always been courageous… They are always fearless when protecting their children and in the last century they have been fearless in the fight for their rights. Isabel Allende
Women with money and women in power are two uncomfortable ideas in our society. Candace Bushnell
Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others. Amelia Earhart
You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. Indira Gandhi
You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying to do the best you can everyday. Marian Wright Edelman
I hope you enjoyed this compilation.
Now tell me.
What is(are) YOUR favorite(s) quote(s) by famous women?
Let me know!
Until next time.
All the best!
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