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Inspiring Quotes From Kick-Ass Women

Updated on January 23, 2017

A collection of insightful quotes from kick-ass women from all walks of life who's words of wisdom can inspire us all.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt was an American politician, diplomat, and activist. She was the longest serving First Lady of the United States and called "First Lady of the World" in tribute to her human rights achievements.


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

Anna Wintour is the English editor-in-chief of American Vogue. She has held the position since 1988.


I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that's how you grow. When there's that moment of "Wow, I'm not really sure I can do this," and you push through those moments, that's when you have a breakthrough. -Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer is the president and CEO of Yahoo! She's held the position since July 2012. Previously, she was the executive, usability leader, and key spokesperson for Google. In 2014 she was ranked 6th on Fortune's 40 under 40 list and was ranked the 16th most powerful businesswoman in the world.


It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default. - J.K. Rowling

Joanne Rowling is a British novelist who is best known as the author of the Harry Potter series. The books are so popular that they became the best-selling book series in history selling more than 400 million copies worldwide.


Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in our absence. - Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook. She was elected to the board of directors in 2012 and became the first women to serve on Facebook's board. Prior to joining Facebook she was the Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, and the Chief of Staff for the Unites States Secretary of Treasury. Time Magazine named her in the 100 most influential people in the world in 2012, and she is now said to be worth over US $1 billion.


Forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, just harness your power to your passion. - Oprah Winfrey

Learn from every mistake, because every experience, particularly your mistakes, are there to teach you and force you into being more of who you are. - Oprah Winfrey

Oprah has been called the most influential women in the world. She is an American media proprietor, former talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. Oprah is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated program of its kind in history. She has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century, and the greatest black philanthropist in American history. In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and honorary doctorate degrees from Duke and Harvard.


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

Amelia Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author. She was the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and also set many other records. Amelia also wrote best selling books and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety Nines an organization for female pilots.


Success isn't about how much money you make; it's about the difference you make in people's lives. - Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama is married to the 44th and current President of the United States, Barack Obama. Michelle has become a role model for women and an advocate for poverty awareness, nutrition, and physical activity.


Don't you dare underestimate the power of your own instinct. - Barbara Corcoran

Barbara Corcoran is an American businesswoman, investor, speaker, consultant, syndicated columnist, and author. She is also a "Shark" investor on ABC's Shark Tank.


The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. - Alice Walker

Alice Walker is an American author and activist. She won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her critically acclaimed novel The Color Purple.


Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrows reality. Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate.


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

Elizabeth Gilbert is an American author who is best known for her 2006 memoir, Eat, Pray, Love.


Delete the negative; accentuate the positive. - Donna Karan

Donna Karan is an American fashion designer and the creator of the Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing labels.


I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I always knew the woman I wanted to be. - Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg, formerly Princess Diane of Fürstenberg is a Belgium born American fashion designer. Her fashion company DVF is famous for their iconic wrap dress.


I never dreamed about success. I worked for it. - Estée Lauder

Estée Lauder was the co-founder, along with her husband of the Estée Lauder cosmetic company. She was the only women on Time magazine's 1998 list of the 20 most influential business geniuses of the 20th century and the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Estée passed away in 2004 aged 95.


When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future. -Queen Elizabeth II

Elizabeth II is the Queen of 16 of the 53 member states in the Commonwealth of Nations. She is Head of the Commonwealth and Supreme Governor of the Church of England.


No one has ever become poor by giving. - Anne Frank

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction. - Anne Frank

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. - Anne Frank

Anne Frank was a diarist and one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. She gained international fame posthumously after her diary was published, The Diary of a Young Girl.


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. - Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was an American author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer. Maya received multiple awards and more then 50 honorary degrees.


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    • dakotalee profile imageAUTHOR

      dakotalee 

      3 years ago

      Thank you Kamalesh.

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      Kamalesh050 

      3 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      Awesome! What I specially like about this hub that you have given brief introduction of the concerned ladies too! I knew some of the quotations only! Excellent work and thanks for sharing.

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