Sometimes, we women need a gentle reminder of just how mighty and powerful we truly are. Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite quotes by and about strong women that always help inspire me to find and embrace my own inner strength. Just keep reading to check them out.
13 Inspirational Quotes for Strong Women
I broke this post down into two sections: quotes for strong women and quotes by strong women. Let’s start with the first bunch, shall we? These are the ones that always remind me that I am a truly indomitable force of nature. I hope they do the same for you!
1. Never apologize for being strong
Here’s a good one to start with! Never ever, ever apologize for being a strong woman. Never let anyone make you feel bad for standing up for yourself.
2. Stand up for yourself and you stand up for all women
When you stand up for yourself, you’re not just standing up for all women, but for all of the little girls who will one day become women.
3. If you want to be a legend, go ahead and be one!
Decide who you want to be, then go for it. If you want to be a legend, go ahead and be one. If you want to live a quiet life, that’s fine, too. YOU and YOU ALONE get to decide who and what you want to be.
4. No one knows what you’ve been through better than you
No one walks in your shoes, so they have no way of truly knowing what you’ve been through in your life. But they can see your inner strength shining through.
5. You can do anything you put your mind to
If someone tells you that you’re incapable of doing something, prove them wrong. Don’t do it to make a point, through, do it for yourself. You CAN do anything you put your mind to.
6. You’re always a strong woman!
This is one of my favorite “here’s to strong women” quotes! Sometimes we’re sweet, sometimes a little spicy. But we’re always mighty!
7. We’re a force to be reckoned with
Even the nicest people can be scary when pushed too far. When that happens, everyone better get out of our way. We are a true force to be reckoned with, especially when someone we love gets hurt.
8. Strength is about going on despite the fear
Bravery and strength aren’t about never being scared. It’s about what we choose to do despite that fear.
9. We don’t bother explaining ourselves
Yes, respect is earned, not just freely given. But you shouldn’t have to constantly explain why you feel you’ve earned it. Your actions speak louder than words. If you feel like you’ve more than earned respect, don’t engage with those who don’t give it to you. Just walk away. It’s their loss!
10. Let the fire forge you rather than burn you
You can choose whether fire burns you or forges you into something new. When life hurts, focus on the lesson and not the pain. Let the fire build you up and make you stronger.
11. Glow…but help others glow, too
Truly powerful women don’t need to put other women down to make themselves shine brighter.
12. You never know how strong you are until you HAVE to be strong
The thing about inner strength is that we never really know how much we truly have until we have no choice but to be strong.
13. The world NEEDS strong women!
I think this one says it all, don’t you? Now, let’s check out my favorite quotes by some of the strongest women throughout history!
Quotes by Strong Women Throughout History
From inspiring us to dream big to helping us recognize our own inner strength, these quotes by strong women throughout history are overflowing with lessons that we all need to hear sometimes. Read them when you need a little reminder that YOU, too, are strong and mighty!
1. Being alone is better than feeling alone
I agree with Amelia! Truly strong women would rather be alone than spend their lives with jerks.
2. We can endure more than we think
“At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.”― Frida Kahlo
I think this goes along with what Eleanor Roosevelt said above. We are so much stronger than we think we are.
3. The more we know, the less we fear
I think this is such an important lesson for all of us right now. Our world is so filled with hate, and much of that hate stems from fear. If we spent more time talking and getting to know more about each other, we’d fear a lot less.
4. Make this world a better place for all
“I believe we are here on the planet Earth to live, grow up and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom.”― Rosa Parks
There are 7+ billion people- and counting- on this planet. If everyone existed solely to make their own lives better…well, we’ve already seen what that gets us. If we focus on being kind and decent to each other, we could make this world a better place for everyone.
5. Fight in a way that inspires others to join you
Stand up for what’s right, but do it in a way that inspires others to stand beside you.
6. The formula for success
“The formula for success is simple: practice and concentration then more practice and more concentration.” ~ Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Babe Didrikson Zaharias should know all about success! She won not one, but TWO gold medals in track and field in the 1932 Olympics. She was also a master at golf, basketball and baseball.
7. Don’t be in such a hurry. Take time to rest
We’re all feeling rushed these days, but women, in particular, have always been under so much pressure to prove that they can do everything all at once. We need to find balance and take time to rest.
8. All we have is today, so make the best of it
“Nobody promised you tomorrow.” – Marsha P Johnson
One of the most important words of wisdom ever: tomorrow is never promised, so make the very most of today.
9. No one is too small to make a difference
Greta Thunberg, born in 2003, made the Forbes list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women when she was just 13. She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize three times before she became an adult. She has FOUR species named after her. So when she says no one is too small to make a difference, I believe it!
10. You can’t make people go farther than want to go
“You take people as far as they will go, not as far as you would like them to go.” ~ Jeannette Rankin
Before women even had the right to vote, Rankin became the very first woman elected to Congress. She’s said a lot of powerful things, but this one really stood out to me. You can’t try to help someone, you can try to inspire them, but ultimately it’s up to them to decide how far they want to go.
11. Stand up for what’s right, even if you have to stand alone
I tell my kids this all of the time. Never be afraid to stand up for what you believe in, even if no one else stands beside you.
12. There’s more to life than winning
“Being champion is all well and good, but you can’t eat a crown.” ~ Althea Gibson
Life isn’t about winning. Sure, we all like to be champions. But ultimately, it’s about the journey and the hard work we put into winning that really matters.
13. Every dream begins with a dreamer
Every great dream begins in the same exact place…with the dreamer. Find the courage to go after your dreams, reach for the stars, and never forget that YOU have the power to change the world.
14. Let your own conscience be your guide
Don’t worry so much about what others think of you. Do what you think is right, speak your mind, and look within yourself for approval.
15. Women will get their rights anyway…
I’ve always loved this quote from Sojourner Truth. All through history, women have had to fight for every last right that we have. Every. Last. One. Not even the big stuff, like voting and body autonomy. We had to fight just to open bank accounts and wear pants! But we won. No matter how many people hissed and spit and whined about it, we won. We will keep winning, too. Because we women ARE strong. We ARE powerful, mighty, and indomitable forces of nature. Never, ever forget that for a single moment.