We love a good quotation, and apparently you do too. Often it’s a simple post of a quote on our Facebook page that will draw the most comments and “likes”.
So what is it that draws us to these short lines of text? Is it the feelings of inspiration they provide? Is it the nuggets of wisdom buried in their meaning? Are we so pressed for time that we can only afford the few seconds it takes to read and ponder these sayings? We believe the answer to be, “all of the above”.
We’ve been amassing quotations for years and we’ve built quite the collection. Some are deep, some are funny, and our favorites remind us of the potential and unique power within each woman. We’ve drawn from our quotation library when we’ve needed a lift, and also tapped into this resource when we’ve recognized another is in need of a pick-me-up.
Below we share some of our favorites about women and women’s empowerment. We hope they offer you some inspiration and we invite you to forward this post to a friend who is in need of a power-boost! We know you have your own favorites too, and invite you to post them in the comments area of this blog to help us build an even larger source of empowerment for women everywhere!
The Soul Sisters
TOP 25 EMPOWERMENT QUOTATIONS FOR WOMEN:
“It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you came from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.” ~Oprah Winfrey
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” ~Alice Walker
“Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it with use.” ~Ruth Gordon
“There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ~Anais Nin
“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” ~Beverly Sills
“It’s not what you call me, but what I answer to.” ~African proverb
“You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.” ~Erica Jong
“Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen.” ~Sarah Ban Breathnach
“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” ~Diane Mariechild
“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
“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” ~Ayn Rand
“Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.” ~Roseanne Barr
“I do not wish [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.” ~Mary Wollstonecraft
“You don’t have to be anti-man to be pro-woman.” ~Jane Galvin Lewis
“There is a growing strength in women but it’s in the forehead, not the forearm.” ~Beverly Sills
“It’s hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.” ~Sally Kempton
“Men are taught to apologize for their weaknesses, women for their strengths.” ~Lois Wyse
“Remove those ‘I want you to like me’ stickers from your forehead and, instead, place them where they truly will do the most good — on your mirror!” ~Susan Jeffers
“Never underestimate the power of a woman.” ~Nellie McClung
“Women have to harness their power – it’s absolutely true. It’s just learning not to take the first no. And if you can’t go straight ahead, you go around the corner.” ~Cher
Good for a giggle…
“The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.” ~Gloria Steinem
“Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.” ~Charlotte Whitton
“A woman is like a tea bag: you cannot tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” ~Nancy Reagan
Long on power…
“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. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of god. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make and manifest the glory of god that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~Marianne Williamson