Our inspirational quotes – all in one place

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Like our inspirational quotes from fabulous women? Here they are all in one place – every one a little dose of cool.

 

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

Alice Walker

 

Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.

Julie Andrews

 

You write your life story by the choices you make. You never know if they have been a mistake. Those moments of decision are so difficult.

Helen Mirren

 

A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water

Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Mistakes are a part of the dues one pays for a full life.

Sophia Loren

 

In societies where men are truly confident of their own worth, women are not merely tolerated but valued.

Aung San Suu Kyi

 

One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.

Malala Yousafzai

 

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

 

Don’t be defeatist, dear. It’s very middle class.

The Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey

 

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.

Maya Angelou

 

You can always tell ambitious women from the shape of our heads. They’re flat on top from being patted patronisingly.

Dame Stephanie ‘Steve’ Shirley

 

When other little girls wanted to be ballet dancers, I kind of wanted to be a vampire .

Angelina Jolie

 

Joy acts like a trampoline, everything that touches it bouncing right back off it.

Mariella Frostrup

 

Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.

Brené Brown

 

There’s no good way to waste your time. Wasting time is just wasting time.

Helen Mirren

 

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.

Maya Angelou

 

You can’t get spoiled if you do your own ironing.

Meryl Streep

 

Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.

Nora Ephron

 

I never go straight to the point if I can go the most difficult way. Why be simple when you can be complicated?

Kristen Scott Thomas

 

There is nothing you cannot do.

Tao Porchon-Lynch

 

Insane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy.

Nora Ephron

 

French culture takes ageing very seriously. There’s much less ageism than in Anglo-Saxon countries.

Kristen Scott Thomas

 

Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody.

Jane Austen

 

Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get – only with what you are expecting to give – which is everything.

Katharine Hepburn

 

I think I’m finally growing up – and about time.

Elizabeth Taylor

 

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

 

Sometimes you can’t see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others.

Ellen DeGeneres

 

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

Maya Angelou

 

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

Marianne Williamson

 

Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.

Katharine Hepburn

 

A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.

Melinda Gates

 

I have never been remotely ashamed of having been depressed. Never. What’s to be ashamed of? I went through a really rough time and I am quite proud that I got out of that.

J K Rowling

 

Criticism is actually a really bad way of making a request. So why not just make the request?

Diane Sawyer

 

I love my laugh lines because I’ve laughed a lot. And we’re so lucky to still be here on the planet.

Linda Gray

 

Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.

Oprah Winfrey

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