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19 badass quotes from strong women to inspire you

From time to time, we all need a little pep talk to keep us going, to keep us pushing through and to keep us smashing down barriers. Don’t deny it and don’t be ashamed of it. The best place to look to get that inspiration to see you through the good, the bad and the uncertainty is other women.

There are many strong women all around you. Just look and you will find one willing to prop you up, push you through, cheer you on and be just about anything you need. Women are amazing like that.

So, mama, as we kick off another week here we look at 19 inspiring quotes from some of our favourite strong women for you to refer back to anytime you need a little pep talk to remind you what you’re capable of and just how amazing you are.

1 // Estée Lauder

“I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.”

2 // Beyoncé

“Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.”

3 // Michelle Obama

“Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down. And trust your instincts … good relationships feel good. They feel right. They don’t hurt. They’re not painful. That’s not just with somebody you want to marry, but it’s with the friends that you choose. It’s with the people you surround yourselves with.”

4 // Diana Ross

“Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then.”

5 // Brene Brown

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it.”

6 //Julie Andrews

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

7 // Emma Watson

“It’s not the absence of fear, it’s overcoming it. Sometimes you’ve got to blast through and have faith.”

8 // Hillary Clinton

Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.” 

9 // Maya Angelou

“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”

10 // Amelia Earhart

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.”

11 // Anne Frank

“Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.” 

12 // Amy Poehler

“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 learning.”

13 // J.K. Rowling

“It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.”

14 // Judy Garland

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

15 // Gloria Steinem

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”

16 // Joan Rivers

“I was smart enough to go through any door that opened.” – Joan Rivers

17 // Dolly Parton

“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” –

18 // Julia Child

“Drama is very important in life: You have to come on with a bang. You never want to go out with a whimper.”

19 // Malala Yousafzai

“I had two options. One was to remain silent and never to speak and then to be killed by the terrorists. The second option was to speak up for my rights and then die. And I chose the second one.”

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