100 Motivational and Touching Quotes from 100 Inspirational Women

Nearly all lists of motivational quotes are dominated by men – even ours. That’s sucks. Women do not lack words of wisdom, so here’s a list of my cool quotes from achievers, alive and past, activists and athletes, authors and actors, leaders and lovers. All women, not a penis in sight. Ladies, girls, women, go grab life and dash towards achievement. And we now need to look at our motivational posters to do a gender rebalance.

  1. "If I stop to kick every barking dog I am not going to get where I'm going." - Jackie Joyner-Kersee
  2. "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement." - Helen Keller
  3. "You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness." - Diane von Furstenberg
  4. "I was smart enough to go through any door that opened." - Joan Rivers
  5. "Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations can never effect a reform." - Susan B. Anthony
  6. "When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful." - Malala Yousafzai
  7. "Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement." - Golda Meir
  8. "Knowing what must be done does away with fear." - Rosa Parks
  9. "I didn't get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it." - Estée Lauder
  10. "Power's not given to you. You have to take it." - Beyoncé Knowles Carter
  11. "The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." - Amelia Earhart
  12. "The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves." - Barbara Corcoran
  13. "You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them." - Shonda Rhimes
  14. "I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done." - Lucille Ball
  15. "I hope the fathers and mothers of little girls will look at them and say 'yes, women can.'" - Dilma Rousseff
  16. "Beware of monotony; it's the mother of all the deadly sins." - Edith Wharton
  17. "If you don't risk anything, you risk even more." - Erica Jong
  18. "I have stood on a mountain of no's for one yes." - B. Smith
  19. "The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice." - Peggy O'Mara
  20. "You can never leave footprints that last if you are always walking on tiptoe." - Leymah Gbowee
  21. "If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one." - Dolly Parton
  22. "If you think taking care of yourself is selfish, change your mind. If you don't, you're simply ducking your responsibilities." - Ann Richards
  23. "You can't give up! If you give up, you're like everybody else." - Chris Evert
  24. "No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth." - Martha Beck
  25. "Done is better than perfect." - Sheryl Sandberg
  26. "One of the secrets to staying young is to always do things you don't know how to do, to keep learning." - Ruth Reichl
  27. "Be first and be lonely." - Ginni Rometty
  28. "One cannot accomplish anything without fanaticism." - Eva Perón
  29. "Look your best - who said love is blind?" - Mae West
  30. "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
  31. "Don't take too much credit for your children -- or too much blame!" - Debora Spar
  32. "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
  33. "Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create." - Oprah Winfrey
  34. "What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." - Jane Goodall
  35. "I firmly believe you never should spend your time being the former anything." - Condoleezza Rice
  36. "I may be wearing makeup, but I can throw a fastball by you at the same time." - Jennie Finch
  37. "A good compromise is one where everybody makes a contribution." - Angela Merkel
  38. "A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not be done." - Marge Piercy
  39. "I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life." - Louise Hay
  40. "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
  41. "If your home environment is good and peaceful and easy, your life is better and easier." - Lori Greiner
  42. "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." - Coco Chanel
  43. "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." - Ayn Rand
  44. "Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." - Mother Teresa
  45. "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
  46. "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
  47. "Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself." - Eleanor Roosevelt
  48. "Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  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. "Hold your head and your standards high even as people or circumstances try to pull you down." - Tory Johnson*
  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. "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
  81. "This journey has always been about reaching your own other shore no matter what it is, and that dream continues." - Diana Nyad
  82. "You have trust in what you think. If you splinter yourself and try to please everyone, you can't." - Annie Leibovitz
  83. "If you find someone you love in your life, then hang on to that love." - Princess Diana
  84. "We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better." - J.K. Rowling
  85. "When you're through changing, you're through." - Martha Stewart
  86. "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 Kochhar
  87. "Cherish forever what makes you unique, cuz you're really a yawn if it goes." - Bette Midler
  88. "Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak." - Rachel Zoe
  89. "Dying seems less sad than having lived too little." - Gloria Steinem
  90. "When I believe in something, I'm like a dog with a bone." - Melissa McCarthy

    91. "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 Gillibrand
  91. "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 Sawyer
  92. "I need to listen well so that I hear what is not said." - Thuli Madonsela
  93. "I try to live in a little bit of my own joy and not let people steal it or take it." - Hoda Kotb
  94. "It's not the absence of fear, it's overcoming it. Sometimes you've got to blast through and have faith." - Emma Watson
  95. "And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." - Anaïs Nin
  96. "I learned compassion from being discriminated against. Everything bad that's ever happened to me has taught me compassion." - Ellen DeGeneres
  97. "When I'm tired, I rest. I say, 'I can't be a superwoman today.'" - Jada Pinkett Smith
  98. "Don't live life in the past lane." - Samantha Ettus
  99. "Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it." - Harper Lee