Nothing lands the perfect punch like a well placed, eloquent, insightful quote. I’ve been collecting my favorite for years and have assembled the best here. These quotes are specifically for the ambitious, soulful, strong, woman ready to step into her power. If the call for more has been whispering in your ear for some time, if you feel restless and antsy, tired of your own bullshit and the world’s limiting expectations, these quotes are for you.

“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams”  – Oprah Winfrey

“Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie

“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” – Unknown

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” – JK Rowling

“Beware, for I am fearless and therefore powerful.” – Mary Shelley

“A girl should be two things:  who and what she wants.” – Coco Chanel

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” – Oscar Wilde

“I hope you will go out and let stories, that is life, happen to you, and that you will work with these stories… water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom.” – Clarissa Pinkola Estés

“Teach your daughters to worry less about fitting into glass slippers and more about shattering glass ceilings.” – Melissa Marchonna

“Pretty is not the rent you pay to exist in the world.”- Unknown

“If you want to know your past, look into your present conditions.  If you want to know your future, look into your present actions.”- Chinese Proverb

“The greatest risk any of us will take, is to be seen as we are.” – Cinderella

“The surest way to lose your self worth is by trying to find it through the eyes of others” – Becca Lee

“What if every day is the perfect day to finally be exactly who you were always meant to be?” – Tyler Knott Gregson

“There is peaceful. there is wild. I am both at the same time” – sum

“I don’t want other people to decide who I am. I want to decide that for myself.” – Emma Watson

“Trade your expectations for appreciation and the world changes instantly” – Tony Robbins

“She would rather walk alone in darkness than follow anyone else’s shadow.” -R. G. Moon

“She overcame everything that was meant to destroy her.” – Sylvester McNutt III

“How wild it was, to let it be.” – Cheryl Strayed

“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is the regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.” – Sydney J. Harris

“And one day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.” – Mark Anthony

“She remembered who she was and the game changed.” – Lalah Deliah

“Be careful how you interpret the world:  It is like that.”  – Erich Heller

“I am mine. Before I am anyone else’s” – Nayyirah Waheed

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” – Nora Ephron

“You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.” – Glinda, “Wizard of Oz”

“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” – Jill Churchill

“As for my girls, I’ll raise them to think they breathe fire.” – Jessica Kirkland

“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment”- Oprah Winfrey

“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.” – Mary Oliver

“One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.”  – Abraham Maslow

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” – JK Rowling

“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

“For I conclude that the enemy is not lipstick, but guilt itself; we deserve lipstick, if we want it, AND free speech; we deserve to be sexual AND serious – or whatever we please. We are entitled to wear cowboy boots to our own revolution.” – Naomi Wolf

“The question isn’t who is going to let me – it’s who is going to stop me?” – Ayn Rand

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time” – Unknown

“Each time a women stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all woman.” – Maya Angelou

“I love the woman I’ve become. Because I fought to become her.” – Kaci Diane

“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.” – Roseanne Barr

“Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story.” – Cheryl Strayed

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” – Coco Chanel

“If it’s both terrifying and amazing then you should definitely pursue it.” – Unknown

“What other people think about you has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them.” – Jen Sincero

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anaïs Nin

“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” – J.K. Rowling

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style” – Maya Angelou

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” – Audre Lord

“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” – Gloria Steinem

“You don’t become what you want, you become what you believe.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Imperfections are beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”- Marilyn Monroe

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”- Eleanor Roosevelt

“I’ll never know, and neither will you, of the life you don’t choose. We’ll only know that whatever that sister life was, it was important and beautiful and not ours. It was the ghost ship that didn’t carry us. There’s nothing to do but salute it from the shore.” – Cheryl Strayed

“If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: who cares?”- Tina Fey

“A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.” – Madonna

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” – Katharine Hepburn

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver

“You either walk inside your story and own it or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.” – Brene Brown

“I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story – I will.” – Amy Schumer

“Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weaknesses.” – Madame Marie du Deffand

“You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.” – Shonda Rhimes

“If your dream doesn’t scare you, it isn’t big enough” – Unknown

“If you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse.” – Jen Sincero

“If you are always trying to be normal, you’ll never know how amazing you can be.” – Maya Angelou

“We must keep both our femininity and our strength.” – Indra Devi

“The power you have is to be the best version of yourself you can be, so you can create a better world.” – Ashley Rickards

“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship.” – Louisa May Alcott

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

“One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.” – Simone de Beauvoir

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”- George Eliot

“I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.” – Emma Stone

“I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” – Madonna

“The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.” – Gloria Steinem

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it” – Amelia Earhart

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion with one’s courage.” – Anaïs Nin

“Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

“I know for sure that what we dwell on is what we become.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Do you really want to look back on your life and see how wonderful it could have been had you not been afraid to live it?” – Caroline Myss

“It’s not your job to like me, it’s mine.” – Byron Katie

“Every girl must decide whether to be true to herself or true to the world.” – Glennon Doyle Melton

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” – Willie Nelson

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” – Marriane Williamson

“The best way out is always through.”- Robert Frost

“The best thing you can possibly do with your life is to tackle the motherfucking shit out of it.” – Cheryl Strayed

“I trust that everything happens for a reason, even when we’re not wise enough to see it.” – Oprah Winfrey

“You have permission to rest. You are not responsible for fixing everything that is broken. You do not have to try to make everyone happy. For now, take time for you. It’s time to replenish.” -Unknown

“Once you figure out what respect tastes like, it tastes better than attention.” – Pink

“Practice listening to your intuition, your inner voice; ask questions; be curious; see what you see; hear what you hear; and then act upon what you know to be true. These intuitive powers were given to your soul at birth.” – Clarissa Pinkola Estés

“Nobody who ever accomplished anything big or new or worth raising a celebratory fist in the air did it from their comfort zone.” – Jen Sincero

“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.” – Albert Einstein

“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb

“She believed she could, so she did.” – Unknown

“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” – Anne Sweeney

“Little girls with big dreams become women with vision.” – Unknown

“Some women get erased a little at a time, some all at once. Some reappear. Every woman who appears wrestles with the forces that would have her disappear. She struggles with the forces that would tell her story for her, or write her out of the story, the genealogy, the rights of man, the rule of law. The ability to tell your own story, in words or images, is already a victory, already a revolt.” – Rebecca Solnit

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” – John A Shedd

“With every act of self-care your authentic self gets stronger, and the critical, fearful mind gets weaker. Every act of self-care is a powerful declaration: I am on my side, I am on my side, each day I am more and more on my own side.” – Susan Weiss Berry

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary

“Never apologize for being a powerful woman.”


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