We all have those days (or weeks) where nothing is going our way. You spill your coffee on your new dress first thing in the morning, you get thrown curveballs at work, end up working late to catch up and go home to a mile long to-do list. It can be hard to stay positive, especially for a woman that’s always on the go.
To keep myself from feeling discouraged, I read words of wisdom from the women who motivate me and empower others. From J.K Rowling to Beyoncé, Madeleine Albright to Tina Fey, and the rest of the influential, courageous women out there, these are the most inspiring quotes guaranteed to uplift you.
The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me.
— Ayn Rand
You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.
— Diana Ross
No matter where you are in life, you’ll save a lot of time by not worrying too much about what other people think about you. The earlier in your life that you can learn that, the easier the rest of it will be.
— Sophia Amoruso
Say yes and you’ll figure it out afterwards.
— Tina Fey
Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
— Maya Angelou
We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.
Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
Women are leaders everywhere you look — from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.
— Nancy Pelosi
I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people that dream and support and do things.
— Amy Poehler
Begin somewhere. You cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.
— Liz Smith
I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.
— Emma Stone
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
It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I’m not going to be silent.
— Madeleine Albright
Power is not given to you. You have to take it.
Feminism isn’t about making women strong. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.
— G.D. Anderson
We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.
— Sheryl Sandberg
Are there any quotes that inspire you to instigate change? Do you have a favorite quote that helps you feel inspired? Comment below!