Whether you feel like you’re not living an amazing life, or you’d like to be more like the powerful women you look up to, the following quotes from powerful women can be helpful.

Maybe you’re facing extra difficult challenges or simply need a little daily encouragement, and this is where quotes, especially quotes from powerful women, can give you that boost or offer a little guidance along the path to the amazing life you deserve.

I know, I know, the video below doesn’t come from a woman, but let’s start with what Matthew McConaughey has to say about why we’re not happy because he has some powerful things to say on the topic.

Maybe you can draw inspiration from some of these powerful quotes and words of wisdom from the torch bearing women who make us proud and happy to be women.

When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.

Helen Keller

One of the secrets to staying young is to always do things you don’t know how to do, to keep learning.

Ruth Reichl

I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life—and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.

Georgia O’Keeffe

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

Maya Angelou

The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble.

Serena Williams

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.

Rosa Parks

I have stood on a mountain of no’s for one yes.

B. Smith

I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same as ‘making a life.

 Maya Angelou

It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.

Lucille Ball

Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.

Eleanor Roosevelt

You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.

Shonda Rhimes

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.

Jane Goodall

There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.

Indira Gandhi

Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.

Oprah Winfrey

I try to live in a little bit of my own joy and not let people steal it or take it.

Hoda Kotb

All careers go up and down like friendships, like marriages, like anything else, and you can’t bat a thousand all the time.

Julie Andrews

A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not be done.

Marge Piercy

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.

Audre Lorde

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

Nora Ephron

Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.

Simone de Beauvoir

I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.

Amelia Earhart

The best protection any woman can have…is courage.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.

Marie Curie

Success breeds confidence.

Beryl Markham

The way in which we think of ourselves has everything to do with how our world sees us and how we see ourselves successfully acknowledged by the world.

Arlene Rankin

If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.

Erica Jong

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.

 Maya Angelou

Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use.

Ruth Gordon

Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to require the most from you.

Caroline Myss

One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.

Sheila Murray Bethel

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

Melinda Gates

A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do. A woman must do what he can’t.

Rhonda Hansome

Here’s to strong women: may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.


 If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman. 

Margaret Thatcher

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

Alice Walker

You don’t have to be pretty. You don’t owe prettiness to anyone…You don’t owe it to your mother, you don’t owe it to your children, you don’t owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked ‘female’.

Erin McKean

Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live. 

Anne Sweeney

Have no fear of perfection; you’ll never reach it.

Marie Curie

I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.

Oprah Winfrey

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.

Amelia Earhart

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.

 Gloria Steinem

Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.

 Julia Child

Just because you are blind, and unable to see my beauty doesn’t mean it does not exist.

Margaret Cho

We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.

J.K. Rowling

Success, they taught me, is built on the foundation of courage, hard-work and individual responsibility. Despite what some would have us believe, success is not built on resentment and fears.

Susana Martinez

 I have found it can be helpful to turn to the words of inspiring women and learn from their experiences and for me I’ve found the real rewards happen when I switch:

  • Popularity for Integrity
  • Wealth for Security
  • Success for Stability
  • Status for Satisfaction
  • Fame for Fulfillment

May these inspiring powerful women quotes motivate you—not just on this day, but every day! Maybe you found the inspiration you didn’t know you needed!

And if you have friends, clients or family members who are having a hard time right now and could use a little wise words and positive vibes, share this with them or on social media it could give them that little boost or guidance that we all could use from time to time.

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Elle Sommer is the author of 4 books and a workbook. Her latest publications are a series called The Power of Consciousness, and you will find all three books in this trilogy now available on Kindle. She shares quotes, inspiration and positive vibes on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. And her greatest desire is to encourage and inspire others to create not just a good life, but a phenomenal life.


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