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If “WOMAN” was to be an acronym, what would it be? “Without One Men Are Nothing?” That won’t be far from the truth because women are the backbone of every family which makes up the society that the men claim to rule. Irrespective of the International Women’s Day, which is celebrated every March 8, this special gender is worth being put on the spotlight every single day of the year for their uniqueness, beautiful heart and amazing abilities. BuzzNigeria celebrates women all over the world with these quotes said/written by great women in order to inspire other women.

Most lists of motivational quotes are dominated by men, and it certainly isn’t because women lack words of wisdom. It’s simply because men want to dominate every sector. However, the quotes below are from great women – dead and alive, and they span from different works of life. These quotes were coined at the right time with powerful words just perfect enough to portray the author’s feeling and school of though as well as motivate someone who needs a push to get to the next level. Let’s get through the list:

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1. “If you don’t like being a doormat then get off the floor.”– Al Anon

2. “A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.”– Madonna

3. “Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of a better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.”– Anita Roddick

4. “If I stop to kick every barking dog I am not going to get where I’m going.” -Jackie Joyner-Kersee

5. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.” – Helen Keller

6. “You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness.” – Diane von Furstenberg

7. “If you think taking care of yourself is selfish, change your mind. If you don’t, you’re simply ducking your responsibilities.” – Ann Richards

8. “You can never leave footprints that last if you are always walking on tiptoe.” – Leymah Gbowee

9. “You can’t give up! If you give up, you’re like everybody else.” – Chris Evert

10.  “Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations can never effect a reform.” – Susan B. Anthony

11. “No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.” – Martha Beck

12. “Done is better than perfect.” – Sheryl Sandberg

13. “One of the secrets to staying young is to always do things you don’t know how to do, to keep learning.” – Ruth Reichl

14. “Be first and be lonely.” – Ginni Rometty

15. “Don’t live life in the past lane.” – Samantha Ettus

16. “Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail no one will say “she doesn’t have what it takes,” they will say “women don’t have what it takes.” – Claire Boothe Luce.

17. “A strong woman is a woman who is determined to do what others have determined not to do.” – Marge Piercy

18. “The question isn’t “who is going to let me,” but “who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

19. “People think at the end of the day that a man is the answer to fulfilment. Actually, a job is better for me.” Princess Diana

20. “I was smart enough to go through any door that opened.” – Joan Rivers

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21. “One cannot accomplish anything without fanaticism.” – Eva Perón

22. “Look your best – who said love is blind?” – Mae West

23. “It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” – Madeleine Albright

24. “Don’t take too much credit for your children, or too much blame!” – Debora Spar

25. “You can imprison a man, but not an idea. You can exile a man, but not an idea. You can kill a man, but not an idea.” – Benazir Bhutto

26. “Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” – Oprah Winfrey

27. “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall

28. “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” – Malala Yousafzai

29. I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” – Charlotte Brontë

30. “Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” – Golda Meir

31. “Knowing what must be done does away with fear.” – Rosa Parks

32. “I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.” – Estée Lauder

33. “The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” – Peggy O’Mara

34. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart

35. “The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.” – Barbara Corcoran

36. “You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.” – Shonda Rhimes

37. “I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” – Lucille Ball

38. “I hope the fathers and mothers of little girls will look at them and say ‘yes, women can.'” – Dilma Rousseff

39. “Beware of monotony; it’s the mother of all the deadly sins.” – Edith Wharton

40. “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton

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41. “If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.” – Erica Jong

42. “I have stood on a mountain of no’s for one yes.” – B. Smith

43. “I firmly believe you never should spend your time being the former anything.” -Condoleezza Rice

44. “I may be wearing makeup, but I can throw a fastball by you at the same time.” -Jennie Finch

45. “A good compromise is one where everybody makes a contribution.” – Angela Merkel

46. “I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life.” – Louise Hay

47. “Drama is very important in life: You have to come on with a bang. You never want to go out with a whimper.” – Julia Child

48. “If your home environment is good and peaceful and easy, your life is better and easier.” – Lori Greiner

49. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” – Nora Ephron

50. “You should treat your marriage like a business that you wouldn’t want to let fail.” – Lisa Ling

51. “It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.” – Maya Angelou

52. “Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” -Simone de Beauvoir

53. “If you’re not making some notable mistakes along the way, you’re certainly not taking enough business and career chances.” – Sallie Krawcheck

54. “A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence.” – Sonia Sotomayor

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

56. “You can be the lead in your own life.” – Kerry Washington

57. “When you feel copied, remember that people can only go where you have already been, they have no idea where you are going next.” – Liz Lange

58. “You can’t please everyone, and you can’t make everyone like you.” – Katie Couric

59. “No one changes the world who isn’t obsessed.” – Billie Jean King

60. “Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.” – Beyoncé Knowles Carter

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61. “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” – Audrey Hepburn

62. “Normal is not something to aspire to, it’s something to get away from.” – Jodie Foster

63. “I am always busy, which is perhaps the chief reason why I am always well.” -Elizabeth Cady Stanton

64. “I learned a long time ago that there is something worse than missing the goal, and that’s not pulling the trigger.” – Mia Hamm

65. “When I’m hungry, I eat. When I’m thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it.” – Madonna

66. “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it.” – Brene Brown

67. “I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” – Arianna Huffington

68. “I’m always perpetually out of my comfort zone.” – Tory Burch

69. “If you can’t go straight ahead, you go around the corner.” – Cher

70. “If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is.” – Angelina Jolie

71. “Everyone shines, given the right lighting.” – Susan Cain

72. “If you’re someone people count on, particularly in difficult moments, that’s a sign of a life lived honorably.” – Rachel Maddow

73. “When you embrace your difference, your DNA, your look or heritage or religion or your unusual name, that’s when you start to shine.” – Bethenny Frankel

74. “You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.” – Tina Fey

75. “If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.” – Margaret Thatcher

76. “The challenge is not to be perfect, it’s to be whole.” – Jane Fonda

77. “Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.” – Anne Lamott

78. “There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.” – Indira Gandhi

79. “All careers go up and down like friendships, like marriages, like anything else, and you can’t bat a thousand all the time.” – Julie Andrews

80. “It is past time for women to take their rightful place, side by side with men, in the rooms where the fates of peoples, where their children’s and grandchildren’s fates, are decided.” – Hillary Clinton

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81. “I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.” – Virginia Woolf

82. “Being a woman is a terribly difficult trade since it consists principally of dealings with men.” – Joseph Conrad, Chance

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

84. “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

85. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they have none.” – Charlotte Brontë

86. “Courage is like a muscle, we strengthen it by use.” –  Ruth Gordon

87. “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” – Coco Chanel

88. “When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she’s a bitch.” – Bette Davis

89. “In politics, If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.” – Margaret Thatcher

90. “No woman really wants a man to carry her off; she only wants him to want to do it.” – Elizabeth Peters

91. “How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?” – Anaïs Nin

92. “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” – Jane Austen

93. “Better to be strong than pretty and useless.” – Lilith Saintcrow

94. “I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” – Madonna

95. “Why are women so much more interesting to men than men are to women?” – Virginia Woolf

96. “Women must tell men always that they are the strong ones. They are the big, the strong, the wonderful. In truth, women are the strong ones. It is just my opinion, I am not a professor.” – Coco Chanel

97. “I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.” – Mary Wollstonecraft

98. “Women think with their whole bodies and they see things as a whole more than men do.” – Dorothy Day

99. “Why is it men are permitted to be obsessed about their work, but women are only permitted to be obsessed about men?” – Barbra Streisand

100. “Women in particular need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health, because if we’re scurrying to and from appointments and errands, we don’t have a lot of time to take care of ourselves. We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own “to do” list.” – Michelle Obama

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101. “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel

102. “Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.” Elizabeth Gilbert

103. “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” – Mother Teresa

104. “The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.” – Roseanne Barr

105. “It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union. Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.” – Susan B. Anthony

106. “A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts.” – Nancy Rathburn

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

108. “I want to do is because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.” – Amelia Earhart

109. “Just watch, all of you men. I’ll show you what a woman can do, I’ll go across the country, I’ll race to the Moon… I’ll never look back.”- Edna Gardner Whyte

110. “The best protection any woman can have is courage.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

111. “Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.” – Hillary Clinton

112. “When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” – Audre Lorde

113. “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

114. “If somebody can do something 80 percent as good as you think you would have done it yourself, then you’ve got to let it go.” – Sara Blakely

115. “This journey has always been about reaching your own other shore no matter what it is, and that dream continues.” – Diana Nyad

116. “You have trust in what you think. If you splinter yourself and try to please everyone, you can’t.” – Annie Leibovitz

117. “When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.”– Helen Keller

118. “Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.”– Margaret Thatcher

119. “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.”– Katharine Hepburn

120. “I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.”– Oprah Winfrey

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

122. “If you find someone you love in your life, then hang on to that love.” – Princess Diana

123. “Ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” – J.K. Rowling

124. “When you’re through changing, you’re through.” – Martha Stewar

125. “We need to start work with the idea that we’re going to learn every day. I learn, even at my position, every single day.” – Chanda Kochha

126. “Cherish forever what makes you unique, cuz you’re really a yawn if it goes.” -Bette Midle

127. “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” – Rachel Zo

128. “Dying seems less sad than having lived too little.” – Gloria Steine

129. “When I believe in something, I’m like a dog with a bone.” – Melissa McCarth

130. “Women asking for raises should not only know their value, but they should ask with the confidence that they’re helping the company to be successful.” – Senator Kirsten Gillibran

131. “Whenever you are blue or lonely or stricken by some humiliating thing you did, the cure and the hope is in caring about other people.” – Diane Sawye

132. “I need to listen well so that I hear what is not said.” – Thuli Madonsel

133. “I try to live in a little bit of my own joy and not let people steal it or take it.” -Hoda Kot

134. “It’s not the absence of fear, it’s overcoming it. Sometimes you’ve got to blast through and have faith.” – Emma Watso

135. “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anaïs Ni

136. “I learned compassion from being discriminated against. Everything bad that’s ever happened to me has taught me compassion.” – Ellen DeGener

137. “Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. You can fill your life up with ideas and still go home lonely. All you really have that really matters are feelings. That’s what music is to me.”– Janis Joplin

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

139 . “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

140. “When I’m tired, I rest. I say, ‘I can’t be a superwoman today.'” – Jada Pinkett Smith

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141. “Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.” – Harper Lee

142. “Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

143. “A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

144. “Tasking joy is a woman’s best cosmetics.” – Rosalind Russell

145. “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.”– Mother Teresa

146. “Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.”– J. K. Rowling

147. “I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.”– Eleanor Roosevelt

148. “We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” – Marie Curie

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149. “A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.”– Melinda Gates

150. “Success breeds confidence.”– Beryl Markham