When I look back on the authors that changed my life, I can honestly say that most of them have been women.
Mary Shelley. Jane Austen. Virginia Woolf. Emily Dickinson. Zora Neale Hurston. Anne Frank. Margaret Atwood. The list goes on.
There are so many women whose words I have held close to my heart. From thoughts about compassion and empathy to encouragements of strength and action against injustice, the following quotes are just a few gems that I continue to return to for inspiration and hope.
1. “Wear your heart on your skin in this life.” Sylvia Plath
2. “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt
3. “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” Maya Angelou
4. “Why shall I wait for someone else? Why shall I be looking to the government, to the army, that they would help us … for them to help me. Why don’t I raise my voice? Why don’t we speak up for our rights?” Malala Yousafzai
5. “I am a person who believes in asking questions, in not conforming for the sake of conforming. I am deeply dissatisfied – about so many things, about injustice, about the way the world works – and in some ways, my dissatisfaction drives my storytelling.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
6. “If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Toni Morrison
7. “Let me listen to me and not to them.” Gertrude Stein
8. “Where we come from in America no longer signifies. It’s where we go, and what we do when we get there, that tells us who we are.” Joyce Carol Oates
9. “What keeps you going isn’t some fine destination but just the road you’re on, and the fact that you know how to drive.” Barbara Kingsolver
10. “We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” J.K. Rowling
Have another quote from a female author that you find meaningful? Share the love in the comments!