Harper’s Bazaar opened up 2017 with a fragrant list of strong women quotes, for strong women. Now, snowballing into mid-2018, strong feminine influence is flooding the globe, raining movements and igniting fierceness.

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Ran — Objectivism philosopher, scientist, and playwright.

From the #metoo movement to the Women’s March and beyond, the divine feminine has awakened, and progression is a compassionate momentum of female empowerment and equality.

Best Strong Women Quotes

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Words of Resilience

Past and present, strong women are loud and usually come in large groups. They enforce the empowered woman’s manifestation into future leadership positions, nurturing change.

Combining their voices makes this storyline of strong women quotes worthy of comment.

Historical Strength

  • “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall
  • “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman.” — Margaret Thatcher
  • “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
  • “When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she’s a bitch.” — Bette Davis
  • “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
  • “To the wrongs that need resistance, to the right that needs assistance, to the future in the distance, give yourself.” — Carrie Chapman Catt, 1919’s president of the National Woman Suffrage Association who helped uphold the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote. — which was, less than 100 years ago?

Gaining Momentum

  • “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel “Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.” — Maya Angelou, civil rights activist and poet.
  • “I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” – Lucille Ball
  • “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” — Oprah Winfrey
  • “The greater your capacity to love, the greater your capacity to feel the pain.” – Jennifer Aniston
  • “You can’t please everyone, and you can’t make everyone like you.” – Katie Couric “… women ARE complicated. Women are multifaceted. Not because women are crazy. But because people are crazy, and women happen to be people.” –Tavi Gevinson
  • “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

In the Moment

  • “Always speak your mind, and be bold, and be obnoxious and do whatever you want and don’t let anyone tell you to stop it.” – Chelsea Handler, activist and comedian.
  • “We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.” — Michelle Obama
  • “Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.” – Jennifer Lopez
  • “Women will be hidden no more. We will not remain hidden figures. We have names…It was Woman that gave you Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was Woman that gave you Malcolm X. And according to the Bible, it was a woman that gave you Jesus. Don’t you ever forget it.” —Janelle Monáe
  • “Giving up doesn’t always mean you’re weak. Sometimes you’re just strong enough to let go.” –Taylor Swift
  • We won’t ask men to change the world, we’re going to do it ourselves. We’re going to stand up for ourselves, we’re going to raise our voices and we’re going to change the world,” — Malala Yousafzai, youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient and world human rights activist

Living Inertia

When you have a 20-year-old woman leading The World Economic Forum, schooling prominent world leaders on basic human rights, this is proof that progress is a verb.

All women are a living representation of the law of inertia — “… an object in motion stays in motion…”.

Moreover, women also show to be an exception to this rule, repeatedly proving that when acted upon by an unbalanced force(8), they will use it to their advantage.

“Power is not given to you; you have to take it.” – Beyoncé Knowles