What inspires you?
Rocking out to music, painting, listening to a podcast, finding quotes on Pinterest, watching a TED Talk, working out, or just being in nature?
Who inspires you?
Your mom, sister, aunt, friend, teacher, professor, favorite author, doctor, trainer, coach…? Like the word influence, inspire is a verb—an action. It’s defined as “the urge or ability to do or feel something.” You can be inspired by something or someone and you can also inspire others.
Millions of women have shaped our history and continue to shape our world. Their stories and quotes encourage us, motivate us, inspire us. The women who came before us have faced overwhelming situations, felt fear, anger, love, insecurity, etc. They’re just like us!
No matter what state of mind you’re in, know that someone has probably been in that same place. Sometimes just knowing we’re not the first person to feel something, inspires us. Knowing we’re not alone can comfort us, ground us; makes us feel normal.
Check out these sage words from women who’ve been there—no matter what you’re feeling.
“When I thought I couldn’t go on, I forced myself to keep going. My success is based on persistence, not luck.” – Estée Lauder, American business woman
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart, first female pilot to fly around the world
“Sometimes when you’re overwhelmed by a situation – when you’re in the darkest of darkness – that’s when your priorities are reordered.” – Phoebe Snow, singer/songwriter
“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” – Judy Garland, actress
“If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.” – Maya Angelou, poet, singer, social rights activist
“The most common way people give up power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker, author and social activist
“You don’t have to accept media, or even scholarly labels for yourself—Generation A, B, C, X, Y, majority, minority, Red State, Blue State, this social caste or that one. Every true heroine breaks free from his or her class—upper, middle, and lower—in order to serve a wider world.” – Toni Morrison, author and professor at Princeton University
“What is coming is better than what is gone. Let this belief aim you in the direction you need to go.” – Karen Salmansohn, author
“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.” – Lilly Tomlin, actress
“Our greatest defense against stress is the ability to change our minds; to change our thinking.” – Goldie Hawn, actress
“The spirit of envy can destroy; it can never build.” – Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister
“Hurt people – hurt people. That’s how pain patterns get passed on, generation after generation, after generation. Break the chain today. Meet anger with sympathy, contempt with compassion, cruelty with kindness. Greet grimaces with smiles, forgive and forget about finding fault. Love is the weapon of the future.” – Mother Teresa
“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, civil rights activist
“Don’t feel stupid if you don’t like what everyone else pretends to love.” – Emma Watson, actress
“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.” – Louisa May Alcott, novelist
“Nothing in life is to be feared, only to be understood.” – Marie Curie, scientist
Failure & Doubt
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” – J. K. Rowling, author of the “Harry Potter” series
“Be bold. If you’re going to make an error, make a doozy, and don’t be afraid to hit the ball.” – Billie Jean King, world champion tennis player
“There’s not great loss without some small gain.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder, author
“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.” – Ella Fitzgerald, singer
“Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” – Anne Frank, author of “Diary of a Young Girl”
Tying It All Together
No matter what state of mind you are in, what you’re feeling, know that there are many women who experienced the same things. We hope those quotes inspired you and gave you insight and understanding.
Because women supporting and encouraging each other, rise together. We’ll leave you with one last quote to inspire you by Serena Williams, world tennis champion.
“The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble.”