Inspiring Quotes From Trailblazing Women

Women continue to make significant strides in the business world, founding innovative companies, introducing revolutionary new ideas and building a path to workforce equity.

To provide a boost of inspiration for those who are making both large and small changes every day, we’ve curated 40 inspiring quotes from powerful women.

Start your day with these 40 quotes from trailblazing women we admire.

Words of wisdom

  1. “Do one thing every day that scares you.” –
  2. “We must develop a thick skin. With an unshakeable sense of self – and a commitment to being compassionate – nothing will faze you.” –
  3. “Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.” –
  4. “Nasty Gal would have surely failed had it been my goal to grow a business to the size that I have today.” –
  5. “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” –
  6. “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 you choose. It’s with the people you surround yourself with.” – Michelle Obama,
  7. “I want little girls to grow up knowing they can do anything, even play football.” –
  8. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” –

  1. “You can have it all. Just not all at once.” –
  2. “I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women.” –

Advice to listen to

  1. “To love what you do and feel like it matters, how could anything be more fun?” –

  1. “Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” –
  2. “When I’m hungry, I eat. When I’m thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it.” –
  3. “Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it.” – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

  1. “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.” –
  2. “I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.” –
  3. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case, you fail by default.” –
  4. “Decide … whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying.” –
  1. “No one has ever become poor by giving.” –
  2. “If you need the user to tell you what you’re selling, then you don’t know what you’re selling, and it’s probably not going to be a good experience.” –


  1. “Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder.” –Lean In

Unique perspective

  1. “I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on Earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet.” –

  1. “If you follow your heart, if you listen to your gut, and if you extend your hand to help another, not for any agenda, but for the sake of humanity, you are going to find the truth.” –
  2. “Don’t cut off your career branches too early. Don’t step away from your career based on what ‘might’ happen.” –
  3. “I was taught to strive, not because there were any guarantees of success, but because the act of striving is in itself the only way to keep faith with life.” –

  1. “Every great dream begins with a dreamer.” –
  2. “Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.” –
  3. “There are lots of opportunities out there for women to work in these fields; girls just need support, encouragement and mentoring to follow through with the sciences.” –

  1. “Some leaders are born women.” –
  2. “To stay ahead, you must have your next idea waiting in the wings.” –
  3. “Each person must live their life as a model for others.” – t
  4. “There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.” –
  5. “Do not be afraid to make decisions.  Do not be afraid to make mistakes.” –

  1. “I always want to make films. I think of it as a great opportunity to comment on the world in which we live.” – r

Different is good

  1. “What sets you apart can sometimes feel like a burden, and it’s not. And a lot of the time, it’s what makes you great.” –
  2. “The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of a mistake.” –
  3. “If we are going to be part of the solution, we have to engage the problems.” –

  1. “You create opportunities by performing, not complaining.” –
  2. “None of us can know what we are capable of until we are tested.” –
  3. “I have never ever focused on the negative of things. I always look at the positive.” –

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