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50 Inspirational Quotes from 50 Inspirational Women

By Mark Wilkinson | Mar 9, 2017 | Friday Funnies

inspirational WomenI’m sure you heard in the news that it was “International Women’s Day” on Wednesday (8th March).

And this week, across the world, people have been celebrating the fantastic females in their lives; from mothers and daughters, to employees and co-workers.

So today, I thought this would be a great opportunity to share some brilliant and inspiring words, spoken by some truly inspirational women.

Enjoy and Happy Friday.

(Those of you who don’t believe in “International Women’s Day” for whatever reason; you can still just enjoy some of these inspiring quotes by some really inspirational women).

50 Great Quotes from Inspirational Women

1. “Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.” Arianna Huffington


2. “Without an open-minded mind, you can never be a great success.” Martha Stewart


3. “If you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just.” Anita Roddick


4. “I may be kindly, I am ordinarily gentle, but in my line of business I am obliged to will terribly what I will at all.” Catherine the Great


5. “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible!” Audrey Hepburn


6. “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” Laurel Thatcher Ulrich


7. “Buckle up, and know that it’s going to be a tremendous amount of work, but embrace it.” Tory Burch


8. “I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realise I should have been more specific.” Lily Tomlin


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


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

I'm tough, I'm ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.
11. “Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.” Beyoncé


12. “We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.” Abigail Adams


13. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” Helen Keller


14. “Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves.” Queen Victoria


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


16. “I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.” Florence Nightingale


17. “Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for it.” Katharine Whitehorn


18. “I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.” Maya Angelou


19. “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” Sara Blakely


20. “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.” Sheryl Sandberg


21. “I’ll probably never fully become what I wanted to be when I grew up, but that’s probably because I wanted to be a ninja princess.” Cassandra Duffy


22. “You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.” Ethel Barrymore


23. “Even a stopped clock is right twice every day. After some years, it can boast of a long series of successes.” Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach


24. “I always feel … the movement is a sort of mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end.” Alice Paul


25.“When life gives you lemons, squirt someone in the eye.” Cathy Guisewite


26. “Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” Marilyn Monroe


27. “Age is of no importance unless you’re a cheese.” Billie Burke


28. “Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got. There is no yesterday, no tomorrow, it’s all the same day.” Janis Joplin


29. “Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.” Hillary Clinton


30. “The question isn’t who is going to let me, it’s who is going to stop me.” Ayn Rand


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

31. “If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.” Ellen Johnson Sirleaf


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


33. “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” Gloria Steinem


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


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


36. “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 in?” Caroline Myss


37. “Giving up doesn’t always mean you’re weak. Sometimes you’re just strong enough to let go.” Taylor Swift


38. “A feminist is a person who believes in the power of women just as much as they believe in the power of anyone else. It’s equality, it’s fairness, and I think it’s a great thing to be a part of.” Zendaya


39. “I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.” Estée Lauder


40. “Bad decisions make good stories.” Ellis Vidler


Bad decisions make good stories

41. “Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.” Mary Kay Ash


42. “The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.” Barbara Corcoran


43. “The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” Peggy O’Mara


44. “A good compromise is one where everybody makes a contribution.” Angela Merkel


45. “When we’re growing up there are all sorts of people telling us what to do when really what we need is space to work out who to be.” Ellen Page

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


47. “When you embrace your difference, your DNA, your look or heritage or religion or your unusual name, that’s when you start to shine.” Bethenny Frankel


48. “We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.” Malala Yousafzai


49. “In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.” Sheryl Sandberg


50. “Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.” Anne Lamott


“Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.” Anne Lamott

Feeling inspired?

I do hope you enjoyed and felt inspired by these brilliant quotes.

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- Mark Wilkinson
Mark Wilkinson

Mark Wilkinson

Mark is one of the founders of Coburg Banks and heads up the permanent recruitment division of the business.  Every day he helps companies with their recruitment projects, sourcing the very best individuals for their vacancies.  He understands recruitment inside-out.

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