Motivation can be hard to find sometimes, to help you with this, here are 50 quotes that are surely going to give you all the inspiration you need. My personal favorite is #43 by Eleanor Roosevelt, an iconic political figure and feminist. In my opinion, this quote describes life and our day to day struggles in such a simple way, it shows you that the secret to success is just to believe in yourself and not care what other people think. In the end, there will always be someone with a different opinion; so just keep doing your own thing.

  1. “I raise up my voice-not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” - Malala Yousafzai
  2. “Feminism isn't about making women strong. Women are already strong. It's about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” - G.D. Anderson
  3. “When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit. So let's keep going - let's keep going until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunity she deserves to have.” - Hillary Clinton
  4. “When people talk, listen completely.” - Ernest Hemingway
  5. “I can give you a six-word formula for success: Think things through - then follow through.” - Edward Rickenbacker
  6. “I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.” - Herbert Swope
  7. “Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.” - Brian Tracy
  8. “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” - Rosalynn Carter
  9. “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  10.  “You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too.” - Sam Rayburn
  11. “Though we have the courage to raise our daughters more like our sons, we’ve rarely had the courage to raise our sons like our daughters.” - Gloria Steinem
  12. “A huge part of being a feminist is giving other women the freedom to make choices you might not necessarily make yourself.” - Lena Dunham
  13. “They tried to bury us; they did not know we were the seeds.” - Mexican Proverb
  14. “Feminisim’s agenda is basic: it asks that women not be forced to choose between public justice and private happiness.” - Susan Faludi
  15.  “I want women’s rights to be equally honored, and uplifted, and heard…but I want to see us fighting the fight for all women - women of color, our LGBTQ sisters, our Muslim sisters. I want to see millions of us marching out there for our rights, and I want to see us out there marching for the rights of women like Dajerria Becton, who was body slammed by a cop while she was in her swimsuit for simply existing as a young, vocal, black girl. I think we are inching closer and closer there, and for that, I am very proud.” - Solange Knowles
  16. “Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” - Vince Lombardi
  17. “Become the kind of leader that other people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.” - Brian Tracy
  18. “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” - Estée Lauder
  19. “Leadership is not about men in suits. It is a way of life for those who know who they are and are willing to be their best to create the life they want to live.” - Kathleen Schafer
  20. “My best successes came on the heels of failures.” Barbara Corcoran
  21. “Success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” - Michelle Obama
  22. “ “Do the one thing you think you cannot do,” she said. “Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire.” ” - Oprah Winfrey
  23. “The kindest words my father said to me “women like you drown oceans”.” - Rupi Kaur
  24. “All men should be feminists. If men care about women's rights, the world will be a better place. We are better off when women are empowered.” - John Legend
  25. “Women are complicated. Women are multifaceted. Not because women are crazy. But because people are crazy, and women happen to be people.” - Tavi Gevinson
  26. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.” - Alice Walker
  27. “You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.” - Shonda Rhimes
  28. “A champion is defined not by their wins, but by how many times they recover when they fall.” - Serena Williams
  29. “Leaders instill in their people a hope for success and a belief in themselves. Positive leaders empower people to accomplish their goals”- Unknown
  30. “It takes years as a woman to unlearn what you have been taught to be sorry for. It takes years to find your voice.” - Amy Poehler
  31. “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure” - Bill Gates
  32. “Outstanding leaders go out of the way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” - Sam Walton
  33. “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” - Max Lucado
  34. “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” - Mother Teresa
  35. “A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.” - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  36. “Education is the mother of leadership.” - Wendell Willkie
  37. “No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.” - Michelle Obama
  38. “Leadership is unlocking people's potential to become better.” - Bill Bradley
  39. “Feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings.” - Cheris Kramarae
  40. “Whatever you are, be a good one.” - Abraham Lincoln
  41. “One voice can change a room.” - Barack Obama
  42. “In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.” - Sheryl Sandberg
  43. “Do what you feel in your heart to be right–for you’ll be criticized anyway.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  44. “He who has learned how to obey will know how to command.” - Solon
  45. “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.” - Norman Schwarzkopf
  46. “Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.” - Unknown
  47. “Don’t find fault, find a remedy.”- Henry Ford
  48. “Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity.” - Reed Markham
  49. “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” - Jim Rohn
  50. “What you do has far greater impact than what you say.” - Stephen Covey
Written by: Ursule Gagnon-Gosme, JMWL Ambassador (2018-2019)
Editor: Amanda Kane


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