Are you fearless? Would you like to be? I don't know about you, but staying strong, motivated and on-track is sometimes a struggle for me. I have often taken strength and inspiration from my fellow strong women, and that's why I've put together this list of quotes that I'd say are each written by, for and/or about strong, intelligent and beautiful women. 

Be stronger: Take Back Your Power!

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  1. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand
  2. I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass. — Maya Angelou
  3. Women have to work much harder to make it in this world. It really pisses me off that women don’t get the same opportunities as men do, or money for that matter. Because let’s face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define our values and to define what’s sexy and what’s feminine and that’s bullshit. At the end of the day, it’s not about equal rights, it’s about how we think. We have to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. — Beyoncé
  4. “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
  5. 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. —Michelle Obama
  6. When looking for a life partner, my advice to women is date all of them: the bad boys, the cool boys, the commitment-phobic boys, the crazy boys. But do not marry them. The things that make the bad boys sexy do not make them good husbands. When it comes time to settle down, find someone who wants an equal partner. Someone who thinks women should be smart, opinionated and ambitious. Someone who values fairness and expects or, even better, wants to do his share in the home. These men exist and, trust me, over time, nothing is sexier. — Sheryl Sandberg
  7. “Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.” - Margaret Thatcher
  8. “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” - Ka tharine Hepburn
  9. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” - Maya Angelou
  10. “Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. You can fill your life up with ideas and still go home lonely. All you really have that really matters are feelings. That’s what music is to me.” - Janis Joplin
  11. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” - Anais Nin
  12. “If you don’t like being a doormat then get off the floor.” - Al Anon
  13. “Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.” - Anita Roddick
  14. “A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.” - Madonna
  15. 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. — Hillary Clinton
  16. “A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  17. “A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  18. “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.” - Mother Teresa
  19. “Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.” - J. K. Rowling
  20. “I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  21. “The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race.” - Susan B. Anthony
  22. “We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever.” - Susan B. Anthony
  23. “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
  24. “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…. Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.” - Susan B. Anthony
  25. “A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts.”- Nancy Rathburn
  26. “A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” - Diane Mariechild
  27. “I want to do is 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
  28. “Just watch, all of you men. I’ll show you what a woman can do…I’ll go across the country, I’ll race to the Moon… I’ll never look back.” - Edna Gardner Whyte
  29. “The best protection any woman can have … is courage.” - Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  30. “We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” – Marie Curie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  31. “We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” - Marie Curie
  32. “Success breeds confidence.” - Beryl Markham
  33. “Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, “She doesn’t have what it takes.” They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes.” - Clare Boothe Luce
  34. “The way in which we think of ourselves has everything to do with how our world see us and how we see ourselves successfully acknowledged by the world.” - Arlene Rankin
  35. “Love is anterior to Life, Posterior to Death, Initial of Creation, and The Exponent of Earth.” - Emily Dickinson
  36. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” - Ayn Rand
  37. “Most people who meet my wife quickly conclude that she is remarkable. They are right about this. She is smart, funny and thoroughly charming. Often, after hearing her speak at some function or working with her on a project, people will approach me and say something to the effect of, you know, I think the world of you, Barack, but your wife, wow!”- Barack Obama, The Audacity of Hope
  38. “People think at the end of the day that a man is the only answer [to fulfillment]. Actually a job is better for me.” - Princess Diana
  39. “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” - Oprah Winfrey
  40. “Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.” - Charlotte Whitton
  41. Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore. — Lady Gaga
  42. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” - Alice Walker
  43. “One likes people much better when they’re battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph.” - Virginia Woolf
  44. “I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.” - Marissa Mayer
  45. “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
  46. “Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weaknesses.” - Madame Marie du Deffand
  47. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” - Helen Keller
  48. “When you lose a couple of times, it makes you realize how difficult it is to win.” - Steffi Graf
  49. “You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame.” - Erica Jong
  50. “You move totally away from reality when you believe that there is a legitimate reason to suffer.” - Byron Katie
  51. “Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use.” - Ruth Gordon
  52. “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
  53. “Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.” - Elizabeth Gilbert
  54. “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
  55. “It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.” - J. K. Rowling
  56. “Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic.” - Rosalind Russell
  57. “I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. I believe we’re all put on this planet for a purpose, and we all have a different purpose… When you connect with that love and that compassion, that’s when everything unfolds.” – Ellen DeGeneres
  58. “Woman must not accept; she must challenge.She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression.” - Margaret Sanger
  59. “I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” — Madonna
  60. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West
  61. “A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” – Melinda Gates
  62. “I don’t believe in guilt, I believe in living on impulse as long as you never intentionally hurt another person, and don’t judge people in your life. I think you should live completely free.” – Angelina Jolie
  63. “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn
  64. “You can have unbelievable intelligence, you can have connections, you can have opportunities fall out of the sky. But in the end, hard work is the true, enduring characteristic of successful people.” - Marsha Evans
  65. “A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” - Melinda Gates
  66. “A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do. A woman must do what he can’t.” - Rhonda Hansome
  67. Take care of yourself now that you’re old enough to know how. Drink water, sleep eight hours (I wish), and don’t go within 400 feet of a tanning booth or I’ll slap you. Hard. — Olivia Wilde
  68. “We still live in a world in which a significant fraction of people, including women, believe that a woman belongs and wants to belong exclusively in the home.” - Rosalyn Sussman
  69. “You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.”- Rosalynn Carter
  70. “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.” - Simone de Beauvoir
  71. “The girls who were unanimously considered beautiful often rested on their beauty alone. I felt I had to do things, to be intelligent and develop a personality in order to be seen as attractive. By the time I realized maybe I wasn’t plain and might even possibly be pretty, I had already trained myself to be a little more interesting and informed.” — Diane Von Furstenberg
  72. “We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” – Arianna Huffington
  73. “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa
  74. “I used to walk down the street like I was a super star… I want people to walk around delusional about how great they can be – and then to fight so hard for it every day that the lie becomes the truth.” – Lady Gaga
  75. “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, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make 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
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