Quotes from inspiring women
Published: 9th October 2020
Motivational quotes from inspiring women
Amelia Earhart, an adventurer in the 30’s who was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and the first person ever to fly solo from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland. Her plane went missing one flight and she was never seen again. There weren’t many female pilots back then, and her actions inspired other women to follow their dreams. This was especially important because there were few career choices available to women at that time. Amelia Earhart has inspired generations of women to do things that had never been done by women before. She is also one of the badass women who inspire our LKL boss (don’t miss our blog post in Conversation with Kessie Hodges Lady K Loves boss).
Amelia Earhart quotes
“No borders, just horizons – only freedom.”
“I believe that a girl should not do what she thinks she should do, but should find out through experience what she wants to do.”
“The woman who can create her own job is the woman who will win fame and fortune.”
“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.”
“Worry retards reaction and makes clear-cut decisions impossible.”
“Never do things others can do and will do if there are things others cannot do or will not do.”
Audrey Hepburn is famous for her memorable movie roles in the 1950s and 60s. But Audrey was not only an accomplished actress, she was also a humanitarian who spent the latter part of her life helping underprivileged children and mothers across the globe through UNICEF.
Audrey Hepburn quotes
Dorothy Dandridge is considered the perfect example of beauty & grace. She broke down racial barriers and set the path for black actresses. She became the first black female to be nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Actress category for her role in Carmen Jones & the first Black woman to grace the cover of Life magazine.
Dorothy Dandridge quotes
“There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise
“It [prejudice] is such a waste. It makes you logy and half-alive. It gives you nothing. It takes away.
“My mother taught me that nothing worthwhile is gained without hardship or determination, and I contribute whatever success I have had to her.”
“It’s a wonderful therapy. You don’t have time to feel sorry for yourself”
“Have you ever caught sight of yourself by accident and you see yourself from the outside? That’s who you really are.”
She was an American singer, actress, dancer, comedian, author, and songwriter known for her highly distinctive singing style and the Christmas novelty song “Santa Baby”. Eartha Kitt was the second actress to portray Catwoman in the Batman 1960s television series. She loved yoga and was a badass activist. Kitt established the Kittsville Youth Foundation, a chartered and non-profit organisation for underprivileged youth in the Watts area of Los Angeles. She was also involved with a group who called themselves, “Rebels with a Cause.” Kitt supported the group’s efforts to clean up streets and establish recreation areas in an effort to keep them out of trouble by testifying with them before the House General Subcommittee on Education of the Committee on Education and Labor. Kitt was also a member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, thus her criticism of the Vietnam War and its connection to poverty and racial unrest in 1968 can be seen as part of a larger commitment to peace activism.
Eartha Kitt quotes
“I fall in love with myself, and I want someone to share it with me. And I want someone to share me, with me.”
“Just because you are different does not mean that you have to be rejected”
“I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.”
“Aging has a wonderful beauty and we should have respect for that.”
“I’ve never felt that fear is my enemy. Fear is my friend. It offers me a chance to stay alert, keep growing, continue creating something new. If you don’t take that sort of risk, you learn nothing.”
“It’s all about falling in love with yourself and sharing that love with someone who appreciates you, rather than looking for love to compensate for a self love deficit.”
“Greed is so destructive. It destroys everything.”
“We’re not thought of in terms of color because we are entertainers. We are there to entertain you not because we are black, white, pink, or green or gay or straight or because we are Catholic or Protestant.”
“I’m a dirt person. I trust the dirt. I don’t trust diamonds and gold.”
“Truth is a theory that is constantly being disproved. Only lies, it seems, go on forever.”
“Sometimes it’s good to fall down to see who will pick you up.”
“My recipe for life is not being afraid of myself, afraid of what I think or of my opinions.”
“Dr. Einstein was not successful in school, but he found something in the air from his own imagination and his own brain power, and look what he did.”
Known as “the First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald was a famous jazz singer and the first African-American woman to win a Grammy Award.
Ella Fitzgerald quotes
“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”
“It isn’t where you came from; it’s where you’re going that counts.”
“I used to be very self-conscious. I used to wish I was pretty. By smiling, I think I’ve made more friends than if I was the other way.”
“What everyone wants more than anything else is to be loved.”
Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist. Frida is an inspiration because, as a woman and an artist, she broke a lot of barriers. People think she is only an icon because she defied society’s beauty standards, but she was way more than that. She gave us a lesson in resilience when she did not stop after the terrible accident she had when she was 18. Instead of her trauma and pain being an obstacle, she used it to drive her self exploration and art. She was openly bisexual at a time where this was very controversial, and a member of the communist party. Despite all of these radical, controversial things about her, all Mexican women admire her strength & feel proud that a Mexican woman achieved international acclaim.
Frida Kahlo quotes
“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.”
“I wanted to drown my sorrows in liquor, but they learned to swim.”
“Everything can have beauty, even the worst horror.”
“The most powerful art in life is to transform pain into a healing talisman. A butterfly is reborn, blossomed into a colorful party!“
“What doesn’t kill me, feeds me”
“Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.”
She was a was an Austrian-American actress, but also an inventor. She invented an airwave relay messaging system that led to today’s Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth. During her heyday, Lamarr was considered the most beautiful woman in the world. Her face was the inspiration for Disney’s Snow White and for Catwoman indeed!
Heady Lamarr quotes
“All creative people want to do the unexpected”
“Give the world the best you’ve got. And you will get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you’ve got anyway”
“I’ve met the most interesting people while flying or on a boat. These methods of travel seem to attract the kind of people I want to be with.”
“I know why most people never get rich. They put the money ahead of the job. If you just think of the job, the money will automatically follow. This never fails.”
“Hope & curiosity about the future seemed better than guarantees. The unknown was always so attractive to me…and still is.”
“The world isn’t getting any easier. With all these new inventions I believe that people are hurried more and pushed more… The hurried way is not the right way; you need time for everything – time to work, time to play, time to rest”
“Men are most virile and most attractive between the ages of 35 and 55. Under 35 a man has too much to learn, and I don’t have time to teach him.”
“I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father’s equal, and I never loved any other man as much.”
Lucille Desiree Ball is one of America’s most famous redheads and beloved comic actresses. She was more than a brilliant comedienne. Lucille was also a trailblazing feminist badass during a time when women weren’t allowed to be any of those things. She was the first woman to run a production company without a man’s help!
Lucille Ball quotes
Marie Curie quotes
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”
“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.”
“First principle: never to let one’s self be beaten down by persons or by events.”
“You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. ”
“I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.”
“We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.”
“Each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity.”
“The older one gets, the more one feels that the present must be enjoyed; it is a precious gift, comparable to a state of grace”
Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, comedienne, singer, and model. The blonde bombshell became one of the world’s most enduring iconic figures of the 1950s . She publicly disclosed the sexual abuse she experienced during her childhood and adulthood– a shocking confession, especially at the time. It was a brave, feminist act. She didn’t hide during a time when our society held to the ideas that abuse rarely occurred and if it did, blamed the victim. In addition, many fans don’t know that Marilyn Monroe was the second woman to head her own production company.
Marylin Monroe quotes
Oprah Winfrey grew up in poverty with an unmarried teenage mother in Mississippi and went on to build one of the largest entertainment empires the world has ever seen. An inductee to the National Women’s Hall of Fame, Oprah was North America’s first Black multi-billionaire, held the highest-rated television program for well over a decade, and is considered one of the most influential women on the planet.
Oprah Winfrey quotes
“The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be.”
“ With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice.”
“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.”
“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire.”
“Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the second female justice to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, RBG is a notorious gender-rights badass. She was one of only nine female students during her time at Harvard, became the lead counsel for the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, and can be credited with building a better legal foundation of women’s equality. Ginsburg is a powerful example of someone who lived her beliefs and wasn’t afraid to voice them.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg quotes
“My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.”
“Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.”
“So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great, good fortune.”
“Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade.”
“When a thoughtless or unkind word is spoken, best tune out.”
“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
“Don’t be distracted by emotions like anger, envy, resentment. These just zap energy and waste time.”
“You can’t have it all, all at once.”
“I’m a very strong believer in listening and learning from others.”
“In the course of a marriage, one accommodates the other.”
“In every good marriage, it helps sometimes to be a little deaf.”
“A gender line … helps to keep women not on a pedestal, but in a cage.”
“If you want to be a true professional, do something outside yourself.”
“Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life. Reading shaped my dreams, and more reading helped me make my dreams come true.”
“You can disagree without being disagreeable.”
“If you have a caring life partner, you help the other person when that person needs it. I had a life partner who thought my work was as important as his, and I think that made all the difference for me.”
“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”
“I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability.”
Last but not least, Sophia Loren. Sophia Loren is an Academy Award-winning Italian actress. Sophia Loren remains the epitome of la Dolce Vita and glamour. Although recognized as one of the most beautiful woman in the world, the Italian Icon is equivalently known as the woman who dared to challenge traditional conventions of beauty in the 1950’s.
Sophia Loren quotes
“Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.”
“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
“Spaghetti can be eaten most successfully if you inhale it like a vacuum cleaner.”
“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.”
Whenever a woman needs to develop self-confidence it’s important to have a couple of strong, independent women to look up to.
Reading their words of wisdom is a great way to not only encourage and empower yourself but to also celebrate and promote the achievements of the amazing women around us. Hopefully, the quotes above have inspired & encouraged you to follow your dreams & live your best life.
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