"I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity."
"I think women are scared of feeling powerful and strong and brave sometimes. There’s nothing wrong with being afraid. It’s not the absence of fear, it’s overcoming it and sometimes you just have to blast through and have faith."
"We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead."
‘We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons, but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.’
"I am a hot-blooded fighter and I am fearless."
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who
will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.”
“Women have got to stop being polite. If I ever had children, which I don’t, the first thing I’d teach a girl of mine is the words ‘fuck off’.”
"In my view, all that is necessary for faith is the belief that by doing our best we shall succeed in our aims: the improvement of mankind."
"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."
"Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it, and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work - and realising what is opportunity and what isn’t."
Dr. Maya Angelou
"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
"You can never shake hands with a closed fist."
"Never limit yourself because of others' limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination."
"The most effective way to do it, is to do it."
“I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible; to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance, to live so that which came to me as seed goes to the next as blossom, and that which came to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.”
“The truth of who we are is innate goodness, and the whole journey is really about removing any obstacle or false belief that keeps us from knowing that.”
Diane Von Furstenberg
“I’ve never met a woman who is not strong, but sometimes they don’t let it out. Then there’s a tragedy, and then all of a sudden that strength comes. My message is let the strength come out before the tragedy.”
“When you do it on your terms instead of someone else’s, running your own shop is fun and meaningful. Every day presents new challenges, and you don’t have to close off the creative part of your personality to navigate them."
"A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink"
"Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.’
"Everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease a herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence."
"Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us."
"I have learned over the years that when ones mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear."
"The secret of our success is that we never, never gave up."
"Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then."