50 Inspirational Quotes by Women for When Things Get Tough

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Don’t ever give in to self-doubt. Be strong, be brave, be inspired, be unstoppable! Use these inspiring quotes by women to help you “gain altitude!”

Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Karen Lamb

“A year from now you will wish you had started today.”

~ Karen Lamb


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Gloria Steinem

“The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.”

~ Gloria Steinem


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Hannah Moore

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.”

~ Hannah Moore


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Gladys Bronwyn Stern

“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.”

~ Gladys Bronwyn Stern


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Helen Keller

“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.”

~ Helen Keller


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Elizabeth Gilbert

“Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.”

~ Elizabeth Gilbert


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Mother Teresa

“Peace begins with a smile.”

~ Mother Teresa


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Oprah Winfrey

“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


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Rosa Parks

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”

~ Rosa Parks


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Ruth Gordon

“Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use.”

~ Ruth Gordon


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Susan J Bissonette

“An optimist is the human personification of spring.”

~ Susan J Bissonette


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Virginia Woolf

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”

~ Virginia Woolf


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Corrie ten Boom

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of sorrow, it empties today of strength.”

~ Corrie ten Boom


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Condoleezza Rice

“Differences can be a strength rather than a handicap.”

~ Condoleezza Rice


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Diane von Furstenberg

“You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.”

~ Diane von Furstenberg


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell

“I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it.”

~ Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Audrey Hepburn

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible.”

~ Audrey Hepburn


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Ayn Rand

“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”

~ Ayn Rand


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Beverly Sills

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”

~ Beverly Sills


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Eleanor Roosevelt

“Character is built on life’s experience.”

~ Eleanor Roosevelt


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Marva Collins

“Success doesn’t come to you, you go to it.”

~ Marva Collins


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Lucille Ball

“If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do.”

~ Lucille Ball


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Kathleen A. Sutton

“When you can’t have what you want, it’s time to start wanting what you have.”

~ Kathleen A. Sutton


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Katinka Hesselink

“Don’t give up trying to find your way. But do remember that sometimes it takes bending to avoid breaking.”

~ Katinka Hesselink


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Louise Driscoll

“Within your heart, keep one secret spot where dreams may go.”

~ Louise Driscoll


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Margaret Fuller

“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.”

~ Margaret Fuller


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Marie Curie

“We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”

~ Marie Curie


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Marilyn vos Savant

To acquire knowledge, one must study. To acquire wisdom, one must observe.”

~ Marilyn vos Savant


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Hilary Clinton

“Every moment wasted looking back keeps us from moving forward.”

~ Hilary Clinton


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Joan Baez

“You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when. But you can decide how you’re going to live now.”

~ Joan Baez


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Judy Garland

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

~ Judy Garland

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Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Emily Dickinson

“We turn, not older with years, but newer every day.”

~ Emily Dickinson


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Ellen Parr

 “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”

~ Ellen Parr


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Harriet Beecher Stowe

“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”

~ Harriet Beecher Stowe


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Jodie Foster

“Normal is not something to aspire to, it’s something to get away from.”

~ Jodie Foster


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Anaïs Nin

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

~ Anaïs Nin


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Jane Fonda

“The challenge is not to be perfect, it’s to be whole.”

~ Jane Fonda


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Louise Hay

“I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life.”

~ Louise Hay


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Madeleine Albright

“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.”

~ Madeleine Albright


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Margaret Thatcher

“If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.”

~ Margaret Thatcher


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Sheila Murray Bethel

“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


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Mary Kay Ash

“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.”

~ Mary Kay Ash


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Eva Perón

“One cannot accomplish anything without fanaticism.”

~ Eva Perón


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Alice Walker

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

~ Alice Walker


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Thuli Madonsela

“I need to listen well so that I hear what is not said.”

~ Thuli Madonsela


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Bette Davis

“Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.”

~ Bette Davis


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Nancy Rathburn

“A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection.”

~ Nancy Rathburn


 Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Lori Greiner

“If your home environment is good and peaceful and easy, your life is better and easier.”

~ Lori Greiner


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Maya Angelou

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.”

~ Maya Angelou


Image for Inspirational Quotes by Women - Tina Fey

“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.”

~ Tina Fey

 

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