Quotes for women

A collection of quotes on the topic of for men, for women, motivational, inspirational.

Best quotes for women

C.G. Jung photo

„I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.“

—  C.G. Jung Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology 1875 - 1961

Variant: I am not what happens to me. I choose who I become.

John Lennon photo

„As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.“

—  John Lennon English singer and songwriter 1940 - 1980

George Eliot photo

„It is never too late to be what you might have been.“

—  George Eliot English novelist, journalist and translator 1819 - 1880

Mark Twain photo

„The secret to getting ahead is getting started.“

—  Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910

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„Those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'.“

—  Viktor E. Frankl, book Man's Search for Meaning

Source: Quoted in Man's Search for Meaning and attributed to Friedrich Nietzsche.

Marilyn Monroe photo

„It’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.“

—  Marilyn Monroe American actress, model, and singer 1926 - 1962

Variant: Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.

Pablo Picasso photo

„Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.“

—  Pablo Picasso Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer 1881 - 1973

Eleanor Roosevelt photo

„Do one thing every day that scares you.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

Eleanor Roosevelt photo

„You must do the thing you think you cannot do.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

Source: You Learn by Living (1960), p. 29–30
Context: You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." … You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

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Dolly Parton photo
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Audre Lorde photo

„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 Lorde, book The Cancer Journals

The Cancer Journals, Special Edition, Aunt Lute Books, San Francisco, CA, 1997, p. 13.

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„Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.“

—  Judy Garland actress, singer and vaudevillian from the United States 1922 - 1969

As quoted in Business Etiquette for the Nineties : Your Ticket to Career Success (1992) by Lou Kennedy, p. 8
Variant: Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.

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Coco Chanel photo

„A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.“

—  Coco Chanel French fashion designer 1883 - 1971

As quoted in The Gospel According to Coco Chanel : Life Lessons from the World's Most Elegant Woman (2009) by Karen Karbo

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„Being a woman is a terribly difficult trade since it consists principally of dealings with men.“

—  Joseph Conrad, book Chance

Source: Chance (1913) part II, Ch. 5

Nora Ephron photo

„Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.“

—  Nora Ephron Film director, author screenwriter 1941 - 2012

Variant: Above all, be the heroine of your own life, not the victim.

Coco Chanel photo

„The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.“

—  Coco Chanel French fashion designer 1883 - 1971

As quoted in Believing in Ourselves (1992) by Armand Eisen, p. 39

Eleanor Roosevelt photo

„Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people. “

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

Audre Lorde photo

„Nothing I accept about myself can be used against me to diminish me.“

—  Audre Lorde writer and activist 1934 - 1992

Source: Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

Virginia Woolf photo

„Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.“

—  Virginia Woolf, book A Room of One's Own

Variant: There is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.
Source: A Room of One's Own (1929), Ch. 4, p. 90

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John Wayne photo

„A man's got to do what a man's got to do.“

—  John Wayne American film actor 1907 - 1979

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Dolly Parton photo

„If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.“

—  Dolly Parton American singer-songwriter and actress 1946

Variant: If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.

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„I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.“

—  Rosa Parks African-American civil rights activist 1913 - 2005

Quiet Strength (2000)

Dolly Parton photo

„Storms make trees take deeper roots.“

—  Dolly Parton American singer-songwriter and actress 1946

Eleanor Roosevelt photo

„You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

Source: You Learn by Living (1960), p. 29–30
Context: You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." … You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

Simone de Beauvoir photo

„One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.“

—  Simone de Beauvoir, book The Second Sex

On ne naît pas femme: on le devient.
Bk. 2, Pt.. 4, Ch. 1: Childhood, p. 267
Source: The Second Sex (1949)

George Carlin photo

„Here's all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid.“

—  George Carlin American stand-up comedian 1937 - 2008

Books, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? (2004)
Source: When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops?

Anaïs Nin photo

„Success is getting what you want..
Happiness is wanting what you get.“

—  Dale Carnegie American writer and lecturer 1888 - 1955

Variant: Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.

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„The one person who will never leave us, whom we will never lose, is ourself. Learning to love our female selves is where our search for love must begin.“

—  Bell Hooks American author, feminist, and social activist 1952

Source: Communion: The Female Search for Love

Chi­ma­man­da Ngo­zi Adi­chie photo

„Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.“

—  Chi­ma­man­da Ngo­zi Adi­chie Nigerian writer 1977

Source: https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/15-quotes-from-chimamanda-adichie-that-have-change/

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„A strong woman who recklessly throws away her strength, she is worse than a weak woman who has never had any strength to throw away.“

—  Thomas Hardy English novelist and poet 1840 - 1928

Variant: When a strong woman recklessly throws away her strength she is worse than a weak woman who has never had any strength to throw away.
Source: Tess of the D'Urbervilles

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„I attribute my success to this — I never gave or took any excuse.“

—  Florence Nightingale English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing 1820 - 1910

As quoted in The Gigantic Book of Teachers' Wisdom (2007) by Frank McCourt and Erin Gruwell, p. 410

Maya Angelou photo

„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 American author and poet 1928 - 2014

Shared on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MayaAngelou/posts/10150251846629796, July 4, 2011

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„I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.“

—  Audre Lorde writer and activist 1934 - 1992

(1981) Audre Lorde, “The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism”

Isabel Allende photo

„We all have an unsuspected reserve of strength inside that emerges when life puts us to the test.“

—  Isabel Allende Chilean writer 1942

Source: Island Beneath the Sea

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Ntozake Shange photo

„Where there is a woman there is magic.“

—  Ntozake Shange Contemporary African American writer and performance artist 1948 - 2018

Red Symons photo

„No-one can make you feel inferior without your consent.“

—  Red Symons Australian broadcaster and musician 1949

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

—  Byron Katie American spiritual writer 1942

Source: Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life (2002)

Jane Austen photo

„my courage always rises with every attempt to intimidate me.“

—  Jane Austen, book Pride and Prejudice

Source: Pride and Prejudice

„You never lose by loving, you lose by holding back.“

—  Barbara De Angelis American psychologist 1951

Variant: You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.
Source: Chicken Soup for the Couple's Soul

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„Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

Preface (December 1960) to The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt (1961), p. xix

„Better to be strong than pretty and useless.“

—  Lilith Saintcrow, book Strange Angels

Source: Strange Angels

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Byron Katie photo

„It's not your job to like me - it's mine“

—  Byron Katie American spiritual writer 1942

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Anaïs Nin photo

„The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.“

—  Anaïs Nin writer of novels, short stories, and erotica 1903 - 1977

Frequently attributed to Nin, but without cited source in her work (possibly due to a quotation in Living on Purpose: Straight Answers to Universal Questions (2000) by Dan Millman that attributed the quote to Nin without source).
In March 2013, a former Director of Public Relations at John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, Elizabeth Appell, claimed she had authored the quote in 1979 for an inspirational header on a class schedule: http://anaisninblog.skybluepress.com/2013/03/who-wrote-risk-is-the-mystery-solved/
Disputed
Variant: The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

Maya Angelou photo

„Let nothing dim the light that shines from within“

—  Maya Angelou American author and poet 1928 - 2014

Variant: Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.

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Mitch Albom photo

„There is no such thing as 'too late' in life.“

—  Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

Source: Tuesdays with Morrie

Helen Gurley Brown photo

„good girls go to heaven and bad girls go everywhere“

—  Helen Gurley Brown American author, editor, publisher, and businesswoman 1922 - 2012

Gloria Steinem photo

„We are becoming the men we wanted to marry“

—  Gloria Steinem American feminist and journalist 1934

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„No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

Disputed
Variant: No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.
Source: Sometimes claimed to appear in her book This is My Story, but in The Quote Verifier by Ralph Keyes (2006), Keyes writes on p. 97 that "Bartlett's and other sources say her famous quotation can be found in This is My Story, Roosevelt's 1937 autobiography. It can't. Quotographer Rosalie Maggio scoured that book and many others by and about Roosevelt in search of this line, without success. In their own extensive searching, archivists at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York, have not been able to find the quotation in This Is My Story or any other writing by the First Lady. A discussion of some of the earliest known attributions of this quote to Roosevelt, which may be a paraphrase from an interview, can be found in this entry from Quote Investigator http://quoteinvestigator.com/2011/03/30/not-inferior/.

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„As a woman I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.“

—  Virginia Woolf, book Three Guineas

Source: Three Guineas (1938), Ch. 3, p. 109
Context: The outsider will say, "in fact, as a woman, I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman my country is the whole world." And if, when reason has said its say, still some obstinate emotion remains, some love of England dropped into a child's ears by the cawing of rooks in an elm tree, by the splash of waves on a beach, or by English voices murmuring nursery rhymes, this drop of pure, if irrational, emotion she will make serve her to give to England first what she desires of peace and freedom for the whole world.

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„A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it.“

—  D.H. Lawrence, book Lady Chatterley's Lover

Source: Lady Chatterley's Lover

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„How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.“

—  A.A. Milne British author 1882 - 1956

Source: The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh

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„Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.“

—  Elizabeth Gilbert, book Eat, Pray, Love

This derives from a folk proverb sometimes attributed to Clementine Paddleford, but in use as an "old proverb" as early as 1908, when Paddeford was only 10 years old.
Misattributed
Source: Eat, Pray, Love

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„You are what you believe yourself to be.“

—  Paulo Coelho, book The Witch of Portobello

Source: The Witch of Portobello (2007), p. 152.
Context: You are what you believe yourself to be.
Don't be like those people who believe in "positive thinking" and tell themselves that they're loved and strong and capable. You don't need to do that because you know it already. And when you doubt it — which happens, I think, quite often at this stage of evolution — do as I suggested. Instead of trying to prove that you're better than you think, just laugh. Laugh at your worries and insecurities. View your anxieties with humor. It will be difficult at first, but you'll gradually get used to it. Now go back and meet all those people who think you know everything. Convince yourself that they're right, because we all know everything, it's merely a question of believing.
Believe.

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„If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.“

—  Mo Willems American children's illustrator and writer 1968

Source: Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

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„No matter where you go, there you are“

—  Yogi Berra American baseball player, manager, coach 1925 - 2015

Source: When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!: Inspiration and Wisdom from One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes

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Aung San Suu Kyi photo

„You should never let your fears prevent you from doing what you know is right.“

—  Aung San Suu Kyi State Counsellor of Myanmar and Leader of the National League for Democracy 1945

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„In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman.“

—  Margaret Thatcher British stateswoman and politician 1925 - 2013

Speech to members of the National Union of Townswomen’s Guilds, delivered at the Royal Albert Hall (May 20, 1965) ; as quoted in Why Women Should Rule the World, HarperCollins (2008), Dee Dee Myers, p. 227 : ISBN 0061140406, 9780061140402 . The Margaret Thatcher Foundation http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/101374 gives the following additional information : MT spoke on the theme ‘Woman – No Longer a Satellite.’ The Evening News report of this speech is the origin of a phrase often attributed to her : ‘In politics, ... (etc., as above).’
Backbench MP

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„Well-behaved women seldom make history.“

—  Laurel Thatcher Ulrich American historian 1938

Source: Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History

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„Just remember, you can do anything you set your mind to, but it takes action, perseverance, and facing your fears.“

—  Gillian Anderson American-British film, television and theatre actress, activist and writer 1968

Excerpt from the foreword in Girl Boss: Running the Show Like the Big Chicks http://www.gilliananderson.ws/transcripts/99_00/99girlboss.shtml, by Stacy Kravetz (1999)
1990s

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„I love argument, I love debate. I don’t expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that’s not their job.“

—  Margaret Thatcher British stateswoman and politician 1925 - 2013

The Times (1980), as cited in [Dale, 2012]
First term as Prime Minister

Gloria Steinem photo

„Like art, revolutions come from combining what exists into what has never existed before.“

—  Gloria Steinem American feminist and journalist 1934

Part 4 : The Masculinization of Wealth, p. 196
Moving Beyond Words (1994)

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„…if it is art, it is not for all, and if it is for all, it is not art.“

—  Arnold Schoenberg, book Style and Idea

from New Music, Outmoded Music, Style and Idea (1946); as quoted in Style and Idea (1985), p. 124
1940s

Marilyn Monroe photo

„A woman knows by intuition, or instinct, what is best for herself.“

—  Marilyn Monroe American actress, model, and singer 1926 - 1962

Attributed to Monroe in self-help books and on social media, this quotation is of unknown origin and date.
Misattributed