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15 Inspirational Quotes from Extraordinary Women

Most inspirational quotes in the world today were said by men, but it doesn’t mean women aren’t wise enough or intelligent enough give their own inspirational quotes. So I made a list of inspirational and uplifitng quotes by artists, fashion designers, actresses, business leaders—all of them women.

  1. “The way to achieve your own success is to be willing to help somebody else get it first.” — Iyanla Vanzant
  2. “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” — Estée Lauder
  3. “We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat; they do not exist.” — Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom
  4. “My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” — Oprah Winfrey, media proprietor
  5. “I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind leading.” — Amy Poehler, actress
  6. “True leaders understand that leadership is not about them but about those they serve. It is not about exalting themselves but about lifting others up.” — Sheri L. Dew, author
  7. “Many women live like it’s a dress rehearsal. Ladies, the curtain is up and you’re on.” — Mikki Taylor, Essence magazine
  8. “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” — J.K Rowling, author
  9. “No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.” — Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States
  10. You can and should set your own limits and clearly articulate them. This takes courage, but it is also liberating and empowering, and often earns you new respect.”  — Rosalind Brewer, President and CEO of Sam’s Club
  11. “Ninety percent of this stuff is just not that serious, we get crazy about it.” — Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox
  12. “Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.” — Beyoncé Knowles Carter
  13. “You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.” — Tina Fey
  14. “This journey has always been about reaching your own other shore no matter what it is, and that dream continues.” — Diana Nyad
  15. “It’s not the absence of fear, it’s overcoming it. Sometimes you’ve got to blast through and have faith.” — Emma Watson
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