150 Inspiring Quotes For Women, By Women


If “WOMAN” was to be any 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.

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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:


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 doesn’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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Joan Rivers

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

Dolly Parton

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