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31 Highly Successful Women Share Their Most Powerful Quotes

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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Here is a nice collection of some of the worlds most powerful quotes by successful women.

Women nowadays are becoming more and more noticed for there exceptional success in society. A number of the following successful women we are about to feature are great business leaders, role models, activists, entertainers, authors and politicians.

Read on to be inspired by these 31 amazing inspirational quotes by successful women:

1. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West (Actress/Singer)

2. “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey (Entrepreneur/Personality)

3. “We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.” – Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook)

4. “Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” – Anne Sweeney (President of Walt Disney)

5. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller (Author/Political Activist)

6. “I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. I believe we’re all put on this planet for a purpose, and we all have a different purpose… When you connect with that love and that compassion, that’s when everything unfolds.” – Ellen DeGeneres (Comedian/Personality/Philanthropist)

7. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou (Author/Poet)

8. “I don’t believe in guilt, I believe in living on impulse as long as you never intentionally hurt another person, and don’t judge people in your life. I think you should live completely free.” – Angelina Jolie (Actress/Philanthropist)

9. “Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt (First Lady of The US , 1933 – 1945)

10. “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” – Sara Blakely (Founder of Spanx – Worlds Youngest Female Billionaire)

11. “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn (Actress)

12. “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)

13. “It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – J.K Rowling (Billionaire Author)

14. “You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” – Michelle Obama (The First African-American 1st Lady)

15. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson (Author)

16. “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa (Philanthropist/Charity Worker)

17. “We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” – Arianna Huffington (AOL/Editor In Chief of Huffington Post)

18. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand (Novelist/Philosopher)

19. “I used to walk down the street like I was a super star… I want people to walk around delusional about how great they can be – and then to fight so hard for it every day that the lie becomes the truth.” – Lady Gaga (Singer/Songwriter)

20. “The only way to do something in depth is to work hard. The moment you start being in love with what you’re doing, and thinking it’s beautiful or rich, then you’re in danger.” – Miuccia Prada (Owner, Fashion Designer of Prada)

21. “I’m fearless, I don’t complain. Even when horrible things happen to me, I go on”. – Sofia Vergara (Entrepreneur/Actress)

22. “If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.” – Melinda Gates (Philanthropist)

23. “Whatever you want in life, other people are going to want it too. Believe in yourself enough to accept the idea that you have an equal right to it.” – Diane Sawyer (ABC/World News/Disney)

24. “I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” – Virginia Rometty (CEO of IBM)

25. “I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” – Marilyn Monroe (Model/Actress)

26. “As a leader, I am tough on myself and I raise the standard for everybody; however, I am very caring because I want people to excel at what they are doing so that they can aspire to be me in the future.” – Indra Nooyi (CEO of PepsiCo)

27. “Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.” –Hilary Clinton (First Lady of The US , 1993 – 2001)

28. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I always knew the woman I wanted to be.” – Diane Von Furstenberg (Fashion Designer)

29. “When you’re building a business, you’re either all in, or you’re not.” – Barbara Corcoran (Built The Corcoran Group)

30. “Don’t waste a single second. Just move forward as fast as you can, and go for it.” – Rebecca Woodcock (Entrepreneur)

31. “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” – Audrey Hepburn (Actress/Model/Humanitarian)

We hope you enjoyed this collection of quotes by some of the worlds most successful women. Share with us which one of them is your favorite and why!

I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 200 million lives in the last 10 years.

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18 Comments

  1. kavita rana

    Nov 5, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    thanks joel

  2. Krishna

    Sep 14, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Excellent. Very inspiring quotes by great women.. We all have inherent qualities to do extraordinary in our life but fear of failure overpowers our will- power and we cannot achieve what we are destined to do. Let’s be liberated , work hard to achieve our ambition .

  3. Maribel

    Mar 25, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    I have to give it up to Marissa Mayer for her quote. I had always been a very introverted person when one day I realized that in order to reach new heights as a personal wardrobe stylist I had to totally push myself far beyond my comfort zone. This habit keeps me in check with my goals and far beyond.

  4. di georgez

    May 2, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    amazing.I love this qoutes

  5. Ann

    Mar 9, 2015 at 11:39 am

    These are inspiring quotes from great people with great experience

  6. habibjan

    Dec 25, 2014 at 3:51 am

    thanks to god, to give life these ladies to create their own fate in this socity. i love all inspiration quotes.

  7. Charlene Baker

    Jun 3, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Joel, I enjoyed reading this and your blog!!! Keep operating in your purpose in inspiring entrepreneurs that they have what it takes!!!! Love it!

  8. rakesh2015

    Mar 10, 2014 at 6:39 am

    Hi Joel,

    I’ve found this article from woorank’s google plus page. Thanks for sharing this inspirational article. All these quotes are very inspirational for everyone. All these 26 women are legend in her niche. We all are saluting these women for her social activities.

  9. lindile Mhlongo

    Feb 13, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    inspired

  10. Michael

    Oct 27, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    That is an awesome collection of quotes!! I especially enjoy the Maya Angelou quote – it really inspires me to have a positive effect on every person I interact with every day.

    One of my own favorites is:

    “Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory. ”
    ~ Betty Smith

  11. niharika

    Jul 17, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    nice and real….read them when i need something like this,the most………
    and lady gaga..gr8 thought..

  12. Andrea Mh

    Jun 27, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Love it!

  13. Dianne McLaren

    Jun 25, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Great quotes ..

  14. dineo

    Jun 23, 2013 at 3:28 am

    I feel so blessed to have received these quotes at the time when I feel my worst. It is true that God answers our prayers and often we don’t see cos we expect Him to give us exactly what we are praying for.

  15. David mbedu

    Jun 22, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    I really ejoyed every bit of all the qoutes

  16. Bob

    Jun 22, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Great article. It also shows that happiness and success are achieved the same way for both genders. Everyone should read Arianna Huffington’s quote “…understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.”

  17. Nancy Ewing

    Jun 22, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    These quotes are very inspirational, I love all of them.

  18. shobelyndayrit

    Jun 22, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    These women are very inspiring.I like Lady Gaga’s comment,”so fight everyday so the lie becomes the truth.”

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Ball’s career in the entertainment world was full of various ups and downs that included many B movies and lackluster performances. However, she continued to forge ahead learning from each and every experience. She was forty years old when she finally hit her stride and began her journey with I Love Lucy. Ball didn’t let the fact that Hollywood considered her to be “old” to stop her from fulfilling her dreams.

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4. “I dyed my hair this crazy red to bid for attention. It has become a trademark, and I’ve got to keep it this way.”

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For example, Ball’s natural hair colour was a light to medium brown with reddish tones. Early in her career, she bleached it blonde in hopes of being able to compete with the plethora of bombshell blondes of the era. She eventually realised, however, she needed to stand out, not blend in!

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5. “The more things you do, the more you can do.”

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