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52 Inspiring Quotes From Women

Words of wisdom about courage, strength and kindness.


Here are some of my favorite quotes by women. There are so many to share.

Great necessities call out great virtues. ~Abigail Adams

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
 I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
 believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. ~Louisa May Alcott

If you want to catch more fish, use more hooks.~Gracie Allen

Independence is happiness.~Susan B. Anthony

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

Give light and people will find the way.~Ella Baker

I think knowing what you cannot do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that’s good taste.~Lucille Ball

In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by.~Lucille Ball

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

Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs.~ Charlotte Brontë

All things are possible until they are proved impossible — and even the impossible may only be so, as of now.~Pearl S. Buck

There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.~Willa Cather

Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.~Margaret Cousins

One is not born a woman, one becomes one.~Simone de Beauvoir

I’m Nobody! Who are you? Are you — Nobody too?~ Emily Dickinson

I dwell in Possibility — A fairer House than Prose — More numerous of Windows — Superior — for Doors — ~Emily Dickinson

Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.~Amelia Earhart

What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult to each other? ~ George Eliot

The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone .~George Eliot

It’s never too late to become what you might have been.~George Eliot

It isn’t where you came from; it’s where you’re going that counts.~Ella Fitzgerald

I want to go on living after my death! And that’s why I’m so grateful to God for having given me this gift, which I can use to develop myself and to express all that’s inside me!~Anne Frank

No matter what accomplishments you make,somebody helped you.~Althea Gibson

If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior. ~Katharine Hepburn

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.~Helen Keller

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.~Helen Keller

Getting angry doesn’t solve anything.~Grace Kelly

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.~Jackie Kennedy

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore . Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!~ Emma Lazarus

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.~Margaret Mead

I wouldn’t change one thing about my professional life, and I make it a point not to dwell on my mistakes. ~Ethel Merman

Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about. ~Marilyn Monroe

Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.~Grandma Moses

Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant . It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest .~ Georgia O’Keefe

I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.~Rosa Parks

Age is not a handicap. Age is nothing but a number. It is how you use it.~Ethel L. Payne

Miracles are instantaneous — they cannot be summoned, but come of themselves, usually at unlikely moments and to those who least expect them .~ Katherine Anne Porter

Etiquette requires the presumption of good until the contrary is proved. 
~Emily Post

Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.~Ayn Rand

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face…You must do the thing you think you cannot do.~Eleanor Roosevelt

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.~Eleanor Roosevelt

If someone betrays you once, it’s their fault; if they betray you twice, it’s your fault.~Eleanor Roosevelt

Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.~Wilma Rudolph

Common sense is seeing things as they are; and doing things as they ought to be.~Harriet Beecher Stowe

Imagination is the only key to the future. Without it none exists — with it all things are possible.~Ida Tarbell

Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love. 
~Mother Teresa

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.~Mother Teresa

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.~Harriet Tubman

There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard.~Madam C.J. Walker

The greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances.~Martha Washington

Study the rules so that you won’t beat yourself by not knowing something.~Babe Zaharias

With gratitude to all of the women who have left their stamp on history and to those women who are currently leaving their stamp on our lives — little by little by recording their classic, simple, and inspirational words and deeds.


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Originally published at medium.com

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