You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really
stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weaknesses.
—Marie de Vichy-Chamrond
A great figure or physique is nice,
but it's self-confidence that makes someone really sexy.
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.
There is no more creative force in the world than the menopausal woman with zest.
I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life—and I've never let it
keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.
When nothing is sure, everything is possible.
If you have any doubts that we live in a society controlled by men,
try reading down the index of contributors to a volume of quotations,
looking for women's names.
Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle.
I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.
It is only through disruptions and confusion that we grow,
jarred out of ourselves by the collision of someone else's private world with our own.
—Joyce Carol Oates
The more we refuse to buy into our inner critics—and our external ones, too
—the easier it will get to have confidence in our choices, and to feel comfortable
with who we are—as women and as mothers.
I've never had a humble opinion. If you've got an opinion, why be humble about it?
A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture, and transform.
Being a woman is hard work.
One is not born a woman, one becomes one.
—Simone de Beauvoir
I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems
without signing them, was often a woman.
I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.
It is the plain women who know about love;
the beautiful women are too busy being fascinating.
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.