Women Quotes

We all admire strong, self-reliant women. But how do we go about becoming one?

It’s all too tempting to give in to self-doubt and avoid taking on new challenges. But it isn’t at all what it means to be a powerful woman.

Here are some inspirational quotations for women from some of history’s most powerful women that will motivate and encourage you.

60+ Women Quotes to Make Them Stronger

We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever.__Susan B. Anthony


Like a compass needle that points north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman. Always.― Khaled Hosseini

Like a compass needle that points north, a man's accusing finger always finds a woman. Always.― Khaled Hosseini

I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.___Oprah Winfrey


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


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

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

Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.― Virginia Woolf


One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything.― Oscar Wilde


Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.___Margaret Thatcher

Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.___Margaret Thatcher

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun___Katharine Hepburn


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.___Maya Angelou

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.___Maya Angelou

Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. You can fill your life up with ideas and still go home lonely. All you really have that really matters are feelings. That’s what music is to me.___Janis Joplin


Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.___Anais Nin

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.___Anais Nin

Your clothes should be tight enough to show you’re a woman but loose enough to show you’re a lady― Marilyn Monroe


It is the same woman, I know, for she is always creeping, and most women do not creep by daylight.― Charlotte Perkins Gilman


A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.― Oscar Wilde

A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.― Oscar Wilde

She’s kind of a walking poem, she’s this perfect beauty…but at the same time very deep, very smart.― Johnny Depp


If you don’t like being a doormat then get off the floor.___Al Anon

If you don’t like being a doormat then get off the floor.___Al Anon

Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.___Anita Roddick


A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.___Madonna

A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.___Madonna

A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.___Eleanor Roosevelt


I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.___Mother Teresa

I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.___Mother Teresa

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.___J. K. Rowling


It’s hard to love a woman and do anything.― Leo Tolstoy


If you aren’t the woman I think you are, then this isn’t the world I thought it was.― Arthur Golden


I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.___Eleanor Roosevelt


I’m a woman. I have a right to change my mind.― Sidney Sheldon

I'm a woman. I have a right to change my mind.― Sidney Sheldon

The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race.___Susan B. Anthony


Dieting is the only game where you win when you lose!― Karl Lagerfeld

Dieting is the only game where you win when you lose!― Karl Lagerfeld

A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts.___Nancy Rathburn


A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.___Diane Mariechild

A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.___Diane Mariechild

I want to do is because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.___Amelia Earhart


The way in which we think of ourselves has everything to do with how our world see us and how we see ourselves successfully acknowledged by the world.___Arlene Rankin


Love is anterior to Life, Posterior to Death, Initial of Creation, and The Exponent of Earth.___Emily Dickinson

Love is anterior to Life, Posterior to Death, Initial of Creation, and The Exponent of Earth.___Emily Dickinson

The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.___Ayn Rand


Most people who meet my wife quickly conclude that she is remarkable. They are right about this. She is smart, funny and thoroughly charming. Often, after hearing her speak at some function or working with her on a project, people will approach me and say something to the effect of, you know, I think the world of you, Barack, but your wife, wow!____Barack Obama, The Audacity of Hope


People think at the end of the day that a man is the only answer [to fulfillment]. Actually a job is better for me.____Princess Diana

People think at the end of the day that a man is the only answer [to fulfillment]. Actually a job is better for me.____Princess Diana

Just watch, all of you men. I’ll show you what a woman can do…I’ll go across the country, I’ll race to the Moon… I’ll never look back.___Edna Gardner Whyte


The best protection any woman can have … is courage.___Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The best protection any woman can have … is courage.___Elizabeth Cady Stanton

We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.____Marie Curie


Success breeds confidence.___Beryl Markham

Success breeds confidence.___Beryl Markham

Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, “She doesn’t have what it takes.” They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes.___Clare Boothe Luce


If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.___Oprah Winfrey

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.___Oprah Winfrey

Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.___Charlotte Whitton


The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.___Alice Walker

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.___Alice Walker

One likes people much better when they’re battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph.___Virginia Woolf


You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.___Maya Angelou


Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weaknesses.___Madame Marie du Deffand

Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weaknesses.___Madame Marie du Deffand

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


When you lose a couple of times, it makes you realize how difficult it is to win.___Steffi Graf

When you lose a couple of times, it makes you realize how difficult it is to win.___Steffi Graf

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame.__Erica Jong


You move totally away from reality when you believe that there is a legitimate reason to suffer.___Byron Katie


Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use___Ruth Gordon


Woman must not accept; she must challenge.She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression.___Margaret Sanger


You can have unbelievable intelligence, you can have connections, you can have opportunities fall out of the sky. But in the end, hard work is the true, enduring characteristic of successful people.___Marsha Evans


A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.___Melinda Gates


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


Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.___Elizabeth Gilbert


One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.___Sheila Murray Bethel


It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.__J. K. Rowling


Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic.___Rosalind Russell


A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do. A woman must do what he can’t.___Rhonda Hansome


We still live in a world in which a significant fraction of people, including women, believe that a woman belongs and wants to belong exclusively in the home.___Rosalyn Sussman


You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.___Rosalynn Carter


One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.___Simone de Beauvoir


A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.___Melinda Gates


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