1. Maya Angelou
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
2. Nicola Maye Goldberg
"In the morning I’ll be ten feet-tall solid gold not sorry for anything."
3. Michelle Obama
“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.”
4. Alex Elle
"I’m not afraid of my truth anymore, and I will not omit pieces of myself to make you more comfortable."
5. Nayyirah Waheed
"If you show someone the sun in your bones and they reject you, you must remember. They hurt themselves this very same way."
6. Bell Hooks
" …Sometimes people try to destroy you precisely because they recognize your power—not because they don’t see it, but because they see it and they don’t want it to exist."
7. Anne Frank
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
8. Margaret Attwood
“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”
9. Audre Lorde
"I am deliberate and afraid of nothing."
10. Eleanor Roosevelt
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
11. Jane Goodall
"You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."
12. Gertrude Stein
"A very important thing is not to make up your mind that you are any one thing."
13. Alice Walker
"The Feminine Is not. Dead Nor is she. Sleeping. Angry, yes, Seething, yes. Biding her time; Yes. Yes."
14. Wilma Rudolf
"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."
15. Malala Yousafzai
"We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced."
16. Arlen C.
"I am learning to sharpen my teeth and rule kingdoms, instead."
17. Salma Deera
"If history says anything, if it says anything at all, it is this: all women know how to do is burn. If her story says anything—and it says everything—we girls have been raised to walk through fire."