10 Incredibly Inspirational Quotes

Advice from famously smart and fearless women to get you through anything.

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1. Katharine Hepburn

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"If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun."

2. Amy Poehler

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"I love bossy women. I could be around them all day. It means somebody's passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn't mind leading."

3. Ayn Rand

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"The question isn't who's going to let me; it's who's going to stop me."

4. Audrey Hepburn

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"Nothing's impossible. The word itself says, 'I'm possible!'"

5. Cate Blanchett

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"If you know you are going to fail, then fail gloriously!"

6. Coco Chanel

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"The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud."

7. Gloria Steinem

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"Once we give up searching for approval, we often find it easier to earn respect."

8. Kerry Washington

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"I realized that I don't have to be perfect. All I have to do is show up and enjoy the messy, imperfect and beautiful journey of life."

9. Maya Angelou

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"Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women."

10. Salma Hayek

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"People often say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I say the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder."

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