Below is a list of 15 of my all time favorite quotes from some of the most influential, successful, and overall kick ass women in my book. Whenever I need a little motivational pick-me, quotes are what tend to do it for me. Hopefully you will be just as inspired by some of their statements on leadership, vision, challenges, and success.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, Political activist
“It isn’t where you come from; it’s where you’re going that counts.” – Ella Fitzgerald, American Jazz Vocalist
“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey, American Television Host, Actress, Producer, and Philanthropist
“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” Maya Angelou, Author and Poet
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker, Novelist
“I became successful due to several reasons. I never gave up and I never let anyone or anything get in my way. I use the power of positive thinking to tackle obstacles and challenges so they don’t defeat me.” Lillian Vernon, Founder Lillian Vernon Corporation
“If you don’t like being a doormat then get off the floor.” – Al Anon, Support Group
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” Helen Keller, Author, Political activist, and Speaker
“I envisioned a company in which any woman could become as successful as she wanted to be. The doors were wide open to opportunity for women who were willing to pay the price and had the courage to dream.” – Mary Kay Ash, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics
“I had to make my own living and my own opportunity! But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them” – Madam C.J. Walker, American Entrepreneur, the first self made millionaire in America
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, Political activist
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.” – Erma Bombeck, Journalist
“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” – Wilma Rudolph, American Olympic Gold Medalist
“My will shall shape the future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no one’s doing but my own. I am the force. I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice. My responsibility. Win or lose; only I hold the key to my destiny.” – Elaine Maxwell, Author
“Always be yourself. Unless you can be a Unicorn. Then always be a Unicorn” – Not sure who said it, but it always makes me smile!