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Best Quotes for Women - Friends, Mothers, and Grandmothers

Updated on February 8, 2018
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Great Quotations For, About, and By Women

Quotations are great for scrapbooking, in greeting or birthday cards, as notes for girlfriends, or for any occasion. The right wording can add that special something to an otherwise plain gift, text, or craft.

A good quote can also be posted on the wall for inspiration or a laugh. Great friendship quotes add a personal touch to a letter or e-mail.

Many of these sayings are also perfect to tweet on Twitter. Or maybe you are looking for strong things for your Women's March signs?

Whatever your interest in beautiful womanly words, you are sure to find many choices here.

"And life is what we make it. Always has been. Always will be." - Grandma Moses

Photo by sanja gjenero,

Women speak two languages -

one of which is verbal.

— William Shakespeare

Inspirational Quotes by Famous Inspirational Women!

  • You may encounter defeats, but you must not be defeated. ~ Maya Angelou
  • Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  • If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one ~ Mother Teresa
  • Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, just harness your power to your passion. ~ Oprah
  • One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. ~ Helen Keller

From Maya Angelou

"I somehow got the feeling early on that if human beings did a thing, I could study it and try to do some of it too. And one thing led to another. If I had not studied Latin in school, I wouldn’t have found it as easy to comprehend the structure of language. Had I not danced, I might never have really listened to music and known I could compose something.

You see? I understood early that not everything I did was going to be a masterpiece, but I would try to do it the best I knew how. I’ve listened to an inner voice and had enough courage to try unknown things. And I think everything in its time."

Eleanor Roosevelt and Fala, 1951
Eleanor Roosevelt and Fala, 1951 | Source

You gain strength, experiences

and confidence by every

experience where you really

stop to look fear in the face...

You must do the thing you cannot do."

— Eleanor Roosevelt

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Beauty... when you look into a woman's eyes and see what is in her heart.

— Nate Dircks

Thoughtful and Sweet Words for and about Women

Kind Words for and about Women

  • Women are always beautiful. ~ Ville Valo
  • A woman should soften but not weaken a man. ~ Sigmund Freud
  • Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. ~ Kahlil Gibran
  • I would rather trust a woman's instinct than a man's reason. ~ Stanley Baldwin
  • Let us leave the beautiful women to men with no imagination. ~ Marcel Proust, Albertine disparue, 1925
  • There are three things men can do with women: love them, suffer for them, or turn them into literature. ~ Stephen Stills
  • The most beautiful view is the one I share with you. ~ Author Unknown
  • Do I love you because you're beautiful, or are you beautiful because I love you? ~ Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Cinderella

If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base.

— Dave Barry

Humorous Words

  • Women like silent men. They think they're listening. ~ Marcel Achard, Quote, 4 November 1956
  • A woman can say more in a sigh than a man can say in a sermon. ~ Arnold Haultain
  • Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult. ~ Charlotte Whitton
  • Can you imagine a world without men? No crime and lots of happy fat women. ~ Nicole Hollander
  • Ever noticed how all women's problems begin with men? MENtal illness....MENstrual cramps... MENtal breakdown... MENopause... GUYnocologist! ~ Unknown
  • I have an idea that the phrase "weaker sex" was coined by some woman to disarm some man she was preparing to overwhelm. ~ Ogden Nash

Women really do rule the world. They just haven't figured it out yet. When they do, and they will, we're all in big big trouble.

— Doctor Leon

On Feminism and Strength

These words might be good for Women's March signs:

"We need to encourage girls that their voice matters." – Malala Yousafzai

"Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women." – Emma Watson

"There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish." – Michelle Obama

"Feminism is the radical notion that women are people." – Marie Shea

"A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman." Melinda Gates

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    • CharMarie profile image

      CharMarie 4 years ago

      Thanks for the inspiration!

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      Aunt-Mollie 5 years ago

      I love collecting quotations, too. These are inspiring.

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      Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

      Fabulous lens! Excellent quotes by and about women! :)

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      NibsyNell 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens. I'm bookmarking this. :)

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      Carolan Ross 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Wonderful lens idea and a beautifully formatted collection of quotes about women.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Very nice quotes. I enjoyed reading this lens. Almost the end of the evening here and I'll go to bed laughing. Angel blessed!

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      beaworkathomemom 5 years ago

      Nice collection of inspiring quotes.

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      AnimalHouse 5 years ago

      These are beautiful and uplifting quotes.

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      What a winderful lens you have created! Thanks for sharing.

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      curious0927 5 years ago

      I just love interesting and meaningful quotes. I have so many saved for many reasons! Thanks for sharing more "magical" words for women! Blessed!

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      How beautiful! I used to have the little magnetic words on our refrigerator for writing things..notes to one another..but never thought of using for quotes.

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      squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

      Fun lens! This was very cute :)

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      DIY Mary 5 years ago

      What a great collection of inspiring quotes! I especially love the one by Khalil Gibran ("Beauty is not in the face ..).

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      wheresthekarma 5 years ago

      Love these quotes! Pinning!

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Lovely inspirational lens

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      mumsgather 5 years ago

      I love quotes. Hopefully, I will be able to write some notable ones myself one day. :)

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      Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

      love LoveLove the quotes on this page, and I know my friends will appreciate these!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      This is the perfect lens for a visit on International Women's Day. :-) Here's to women everywhere!

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      Bobbala 5 years ago

      Love your lens. Happy International Women's Day.

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      Nicely done. Blessings.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very nice lens...everyone should have a quote or two for their moms!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My favorite is the one by Mother Teresa...if you can't feed the world, just feed one. Everyone person I help through my blog bring me joy even if it's just one person. I'm sure your lens will be inspirational to many:)

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      friendshipquotes 6 years ago

      i appreciate your efforts...

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      StefanieJapel 6 years ago

      Wonderful selection of quotes. Thank you for liking my lens, and I really appreciate your kind feedback.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      These are fabulous quotes, and there are some from two of my favorite women; Eleanor Roosevelt and Helen Keller. Thanks for sharing an uplifting lens.

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      TapIn2U 6 years ago

      These are great quotes! Had fun reading them. Quotes can make you realizing something important and sometimes a reminder for something that we had forgotten. Sundae ;-)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love quotes and you have some of my favorites here, I also think that the quote jewelry is a lovely gift idea :)

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      Awh...I need to print these out for my mum, she would love this

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very inspiring and sweet. I really like what you have done here.

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      howdoyouspellst 6 years ago

      Aww, so sweet!! I love the quotes you've gathered together. And this is such a colorful page!!

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Mother's Day is a great time to get creative with inspiring quotes. Nice selection.

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      Paul 7 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Just been discussing Adam Bede with an Australian blogger -- so if I may:

      "I'm not denyin' the women are foolish: God Almighty made 'em to match the men."

      GEORGE ELIOT, Adam Bede

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      What a great selection of quotes. Thanks for this lens.

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      Jacqueline Marshall 7 years ago from Chicago area

      Enjoyed this lens. My favorite quote is the one by Ogden Nash. lol

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      awakeningwellness 7 years ago

      Can you imagine a world without men? No crime and lots of happy fat women...HA I love it!

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      I'm actually looking for some quote books, so I appreciate the resources. Everyone laughs at Grandma Moses, but her wisdom has held up over time.

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      Cynthia Davis 7 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I especially enjoy kind words about women. Thanks for sharing these lovely quotes.

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      poutine 7 years ago

      "I would rather trust a woman's instinct than a man's reason." ~Stanley Baldwin

      I love that one very much.

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      howdoyouspellst 9 years ago

      Great quotes! I like the funny ones a lot. Awesome lens!