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Below is a collection of quotes for women on the themes of Courage and Power, Self-Esteem and Self-Acceptance, and Life Success, interspersed with links to resources on personal and professional effectiveness. Hope you enjoy!
On Courage and Power
“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” — Diane Mariechild
“One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.” — Sheila Murray Bethel
“Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression.” — Margaret Sanger
“Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use.” — Ruth Gordo
"I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass." — Maya Angelou
"It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent." — Madeleine Albright
For more on staying strong in the face of life challenges, see my articles "Five Keys to Enhancing Your Emotional Intelligence," & "Eight Keys to Life Hardiness and Resiliency."
On Self-Esteem & Self-Acceptance
“Women hold up half the sky.” — Chinese proverb
“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." — Eleanor Roosevelt
Blogger's Note: Some readers don't agree with Mrs. Roosevelt's statement above. How can you feel strong within and not surrender your power to others? See my articles: "Are You Too Nice? 7 Ways to Gain Appreciation & Respect," and "Ten Keys to Handling Unreasonable & Difficult People."
“How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?” ― Anaïs Nin
"You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are." — Melissa Etheridge
"I always thought that people told you that you're beautiful--that this was a title that was bestowed upon you...I think that it's time to take this power into our own hands and to say, "You know what? I'm beautiful. I just am. And that's my light. I'm just a beautiful woman." — Margaret Cho
For more on personal and relationship success, see "7 Keys to Long-Term Relationship Success, "Are You a Poor Communicator? How to Improve," & "How to Be Ultra Productive — 10 Tips for Mastering Your Time Now."
On Life Success
“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” — Oprah Winfrey
“A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts.” — Nancy Rathburn
“Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.” — Anita Roddick
“A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want." — Madonna
“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.” — Marissa Mayer (CEO of Yahoo)
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” — Mae West
For more on personal and professional success, download free excerpts of my publications (click on titles or covers): "Communication Success with Four Personality Types," "How to Communicate Effectively and Handle Difficult People," "The 7 Keys to Life Success," "Wealth Building Attitudes, Values, and Habits," and "Branding Your Career Like Steve Jobs — Seven Essential Lessons in Work Success."
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