15 Quotes From The Mouths Of 15 Kickass Women

Flickr / Lukasz Porwol
Flickr / Lukasz Porwol

There is no road to success that does not involve adopting an empowering mindset and attitude—especially when you are a woman. We often find that fear is the main thing that stands in the way of us achieving our goals, but I am here to tell you that using fear as an excuse is overrated.

Here are 15 quotes from powerful women who have redefined what it means to be kickass and showed us that it is possible to achieve the “impossible.”


“Though we tremble before uncertain futures may we meet illness, death and adversity with strength may we dance in the face of our fears.”

―Gloria E. Anzaldúa


“I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.”

—Audre Lorde


“I’m fearless, I don’t complain. Even when horrible things happen to me, I go on.”

—Sofia Vergara


“I have not lost any of my crazy, fearless, raw, soulful, eclectic side and I plan on continuing to tell universal stories in an unforgettable way.”

—Janelle Monae


“I had this dream, and I really wanted to be a star. And I was almost a monster in the way that I was really fearless with my ambitions.”

—Lady Gaga


“I definitely try to live my life in a very fearless manner, but there are no other sports that you jump from a three-story building and land on your hands! Diving is a lot like life. You just have to trust in what you know and allow it to happen.”

—Keshia Knight Pulliam


“Life can take so many twists and turns. You can’t ever count yourself out. Even if you’re really afraid at some point, you can’t think that there’s no room for you to grow and do something good with your life.”

—Portia de Rossi


“We are so scared of being judged that we look for every excuse to procrastinate.”

—Erica Jong


“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.”

—Roseanne Barr


“Cautious, careful people always casting about to preserve their reputation or social standards never can bring about reform. Those who are really in earnest are willing to be anything or nothing in the world’s estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathies with despised ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences.”

—Susan B. Anthony


“As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.”

—Virginia Woolf


“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”

—Judy Garland


“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got. There is no yesterday, no tomorrow, it’s all the same day.”

—Janis Joplin


“How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.”

—Coco Chanel


“Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.”

—Ayn Rand

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