Even in this day and age, women face discrimination and prejudice. Yet, women all over the world continue to work hard to make a difference - to alter their lives and the lives of others. Here are some highly motivating quotes by women of substance. These women have spoken from their heart, and their words leave an indelible impression on the reader's mind.
1. Erica Jong, author
Everyone has talent.
What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.
2. Harriet Beecher Stowe, writer
Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
3. Nadezhda Mandelstam, Russian writer, Hope Against Hope
I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity.
4. Dianne Feinstein, politician
[on women's role in government] Toughness doesn't have to come in a pinstripe suit.
5. Anne Frank, writer Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Parents can only give good advice or put them[children] on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.
6. Eleanor Roosevelt, activist You Learn by Living
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
7. Susan B. Anthony, feminist
It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union.
8. Anne Frank, writer
In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death
9. Oprah Winfrey, American TV personality
As you become more clear about who you really are, you'll be better able to decide what is best for you - the first time around.
10. Indira Gandhi, Indian politician
You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.
11. Peace Pilgrim, spiritual leader
When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.
12. Anne Frank, writer
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
13. Janis Joplin, American singer
Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.
14. Dr. Joyce Brothers, American psychologist
Love comes when manipulation stops; when you think more about the other person than about his or her reactions to you. When you dare to reveal yourself fully. When you dare to be vulnerable.
15. Barbara De Angelis, American researcher
You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.
16. Dolores Huerta, activist
If you haven't forgiven yourself something, how can you forgive others?
17. Mother Theresa, social activist
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.
18. Joyce Carol Oates, writer
It is only through disruptions and confusion that we grow, jarred out of ourselves by the collision of someone else's private world with our own.
19. Louisa May Alcott, American novelist
Love is a great beautifier.
20. Dolly Parton, singer
If you want the rainbow, you've got to put up with the rain.
21. Maya Angelou, poet, educator
You can write me down in history with hateful, twisted lies, you can tread me in this very dirt, but still, like dust, I'll rise.
22. Helen Hayes, American actress
Rest and you rust.
23. Kaethe Kollwitz, German artist
I am gradually approaching the period in my life when work comes first. No longer diverted by other emotions, I work the way a cow grazes.
24. Doris Lessing, writer The Golden Notebook
None of you [men] ask for anything - except everything, but just for so long as you need it.
25. Bella Abzug, lawyer
We are coming down from our pedestal and up from the laundry room.
26. Susan B. Anthony, women's activist
There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.
27. Susan B. Anthony, women's activist
A woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself.
28. Ayn Rand, writer
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
29. Virginia Woolf, writer
Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart and his friends can only read the title.
30. Maya Angelou, poet, educator
It is this belief in a power larger than myself and other than myself, which allows me to venture into the unknown and even the unknowable.