20 Empowering Quotes For Women

We all have those days where a little (or really, really big) pick-me-up is necessary. For some, this may mean going to get their nails done, digging in to the carton of a frozen treat (always an A+ choice), or listening to some ambient music. Personally, I tend to take a different approach. After a long day, I like to come home, grab my computer, and look up empowering quotes (yes, my good friends Ben and Jerry are sometimes there, but only for moral support). It is oddly reassuring to find a series of words that perfectly captures my mood or makes me feel like Wonder Woman. Here are a few of my favorites:

There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise. W.E.B. Dubois
Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. Harriet Beecher Stowe
At times the world can seem an unfriendly and sinister place, but believe us when we say that there is much more good in it than bad. All you have to do is look hard enough. And what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events may, in fact, be the first steps of a journey. Lemony Snicket
‎Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. Voltaire
Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim. Nora Ephron
A girl should be two things: who and what she wants. Coco Chanel
I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. Mother Teresa
Don’t pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one. Bruce Lee
Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise. Victor Hugo
Nothing can dim the light which shines from within. Maya Angelou
Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny… C.S. Lewis
I don’t want other people to decide who I am. I want to decide that for myself. Emma Watson
Kiss me and you will see how important I am. Sylvia Plath
If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), ‘Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?’ Chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly confident. The real one is scared to death. Steven Pressfield
I saw that worrying had come to nothing. And gave it up. And took my old body and went out into the morning, and sang. Mary Oliver
Things are good with me, and even when they’re not, they will be soon enough. Stephen Chbosky
Smart girls are the over-thinkers, the insecure ones, the different ones. 
They know what the real world is like. They analyze every little thing in life. Why? 
To avoid getting hurt. To find happiness. They stay up at night trying to think about every possible situation to get through all the problems. They think too much. They trust less people. Their insecurity proves their respect towards themselves. 
Of course they try to live away from a drama-filled life. Smart girls know their worth, now that’s the ones worth keeping by your side. Drake
I love the person I’ve become, because I fought to become her. Kaci Diane
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill
And though she be but little, she is fierce. William ShakespeareThought Catalog Logo Mark
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