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75 Quotes From Women Who Inspire

Originally Published on March 8, 2023. Updated: March 8, 2023

As business owners, every day brings a challenge. Whether it's a deadline for a client, a meeting about our taxes, or an unexpected expense – there is always something that gives us angst. As women business owners, we've learned to fight that angst and stay positive by looking to the women who inspire us.


So, to kick off Women’s History Month, below are 51 of our favorite quotes from women who encourage us to be the best for ourselves and those around us (be sure to bookmark this page for when you need a little inspiration):


1.“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any”

- Alice Walker


2. “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 which you think you cannot do.” - Eleanor Roosevelt


3. “... the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk more.”- Erica Jong


4. “We learn the importance of our voices only when they are silenced.” Malala Yousafizai


5. “Expect the unexpected, and whenever possible, be the unexpected.” - Lynda Berry


6. “Be where the world is going”- Beth Comstock


7. “There Is no greater Agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou


8. “When anyone tells me I can’t do anything… I’m just not listening anymore” - Florence Griffith Joyner


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


10. “Even when you are marketing to your entire audience or customer base, you are still simply speaking to a single human at any given time.” - Ann Handley


11. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage” - Anais Nin


12. “Don't limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” -Mary Kay Ash-


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


14. “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


15. “The question isn’t ‘who’s going to let me; it’s ‘who’s going to stop me?’” - Ayn Rand


16. “ ...as one goes through life one learns that if you don't paddle your own canoe, you don't move.” -Katharine Hepburn


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


18. “It’s a dialogue, not a monologue, and some people don’t understand that. Social media is more like a telephone than a television.” - Amy Jo Martin


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


20. “I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist." -Ginni Rometty


21. “People don’t take opportunities because the timing is bad, the financial side unsecure. Too many people are overanalyzing. Sometimes you just have to go for it.” -Michelle Zatlyn-


22. “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


23. “Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.” – Jennifer Lopez


24. “You must know that you can do this. You are strong. And you will make it. Just hang on and keep believing in yourself, always.” – Heather A. Stillufsen


25. “Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.” – Anne Frank


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


27. “Women are like teabags. We don’t know our true strength until we are in hot water.” –Eleanor Roosevelt


28. “Let’s hear it for the bossy ones. For those loud, proud women who stand up and speak out. For their confidence and imperfection, their strength and vulnerability. Let’s hear it for us.”— Meghan Craig


29. “You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” – Rosalynn Carter


30. “Accept and acknowledge your own brilliance. Stop waiting for others to tell you how great you are!” - Iyanla Vanzant


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


32. “Strong women don’t play the victims, don’t make themselves look pitiful, and don’t point fingers. They stand and they deal.” – Mandy Hale


33. “Give light and people will find the way.” – Ella Baker


34. “A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” – Diane Mariechild


35. “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list." - Susan Sontag


36. “"Stay true to yourself and your vision. Don’t let any one person’s opinion move you; listen, but be confident." -Amanda Kahlow


37. “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


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


39. “Some women are lost in the fire. Some women are built from it.” – Michelle K. Some


40. “A really strong woman accepts the war she went through and is ennobled by her scars.” – Carly Simon


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


42. “Do not tame the wolf inside you just because you’ve met someone who doesn’t have the courage to handle you.” – Belle Estreller


43. “Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be." -Elizabeth Gilbert


44. “You’re not in competition with other women. You’re in competition with everyone.” – Tina Fey


45. “I don’t go by the rule book. I lead from the heart, not the head.” – Princess Diana


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


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


48. “You have to believe in yourself when no one else does.” —Serena Williams


49. “Women must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself.” – Susan B. Anthony


50. “Practice creates confidence. Confidence empowers you.” —Simone Biles


51. “Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination." -Mae Jemison


52. "Do not be afraid to make decisions. Do not be afraid to make mistakes -Carly Fiorina


53. "Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” - Madame C.J. Walker


54. “If there’s one thing I’m willing to bet on, it’s myself.” - -Beyoncé


55. "Define success in your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live." -Anne Sweeney


56. The road to success is always under construction.-Lily Tomlin




57. “We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.”

-Arianna Huffington


58. “I really think a champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall.” - Serena Williams


59. "Do what you love and success will follow. Passion is the fuel behind a successful career."

-Meg Whitman


60. "What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." -Jane Goodall


61. "I realized that if I was willing to step up and be in the spotlight, I’d be able to make everyone else around me much more powerful as well." -Alaina Percival


62. “Success isn’t about the end result; it’s about what you learn along the way.” -Vera Wang




63. “At the end of the day, you are the only one that is limiting your ability to dream, or to actually execute on your dreams. Don’t let yourself get in the way of that.” -Falon Fatemi


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


65. 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


66. "Repetition makes reputation and reputation makes customers." -Elizabeth Arden


67. "People respond well to those that are sure of what they want." -Anna Wintour


68. "Trying to do it all and expecting it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy." -Sheryl Sandberg


69. "Next time ask: what's the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare." Audre Lorde




70. "Whatever it is that you think you want to do, and whatever it is that you think stands in between you and that, stop making excuses. You can do anything." -Kate Beauchamp


71. "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else." -Judy Garland


72. "If you don't see a clear path for what you want, sometimes you have to make it yourself." Mindy Kaling



73. "Stay true to yourself and your values. Don't let anyone person's opinion move you. Listen, but be confident." -Amanda Kahlow


74. "Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." -Anais Nin


75. "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 which you cannot do." -Eleanor Roosevelt



At dameSpeak, we appreciate and deeply respect the women who blazed the trails that now allow us to do extraordinary work. Now, it's our responsibility to help other women succeed.


Happy Women's History Month!



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