Women are the springboard of life. When you remove women from the equation, you halt life. In philosophy, an inspiring quote can help rekindle our passion, firing us up to look beyond our current challenges.
As the world gather to celebrate the energy, love, strength, passion and dedication of women worldwide, Quillcastle Nigeria shares these quotes to inspire our women readers and their girls to keep being the wonder in the world.
Get inspired, get ahead:
“Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” – Golda Meir
Golda Meir (born Golda Mabovitch; May 3, 1898 – December 8, 1978) was an Israeli stateswoman, politician, teacher, and kibbutznik who served as the fourth Prime Minister of Israel.
Born in Kiev, she emigrated to the United States as a child with her family in 1906, and was educated there, becoming a teacher. After getting married, she and her husband emigrated to then Palestine in 1921, settling on a kibbutz.
Meir was elected prime minister of Israel on March 17, 1969, after serving as Minister of Labour and Foreign Minister. The world’s fourth and Israel’s first and only woman to hold the office of Prime Minister, she has been described as the “Iron Lady” of Israeli politics.
“I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.” – Estée Lauder
Estée Lauder (née Josephine Esther Mentzer; July 1, 1906 – April 24, 2004) was an American businesswoman. She co-founded her eponymous cosmetics company with her husband, Joseph Lauter (later Lauder).
Lauder was the only woman on Time magazine’s 1998 list of the 20 most influential business geniuses of the 20th century. Lauder graduated from Newtown High School in Elmhurst, Queens, New York, and much of her childhood was spent trying to make ends meet.
Like most of her eight siblings, she worked at the family’s hardware store, where she got her first taste of business, entrepreneurship, and what it takes to be a successful retailer. Her childhood dream was to become an actress with her “name in lights, flowers and handsome men.”
“The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.” – Barbara Corcoran
Barbara Ann Corcoran (born March 10, 1949) is an American businesswoman, investor, speaker, consultant, syndicated columnist, author, and television personality.
She founded The Corcoran Group, a real estate brokerage in New York City, which she sold to NRT for $66 million in 2001. After graduating college, she taught school for a year but soon moved on. She had worked a total of 20 jobs by the time she was 23.
While she was a waitress, her boyfriend convinced her to work for a real estate company. She wanted to be her own boss, and in 1973, while working as a receptionist for the Giffuni Brothers’ real estate company in New York City, co-founded The Corcoran-Simonè with her boyfriend, who loaned $1,000.
“I maintain that nothing useful and lasting can emerge from violence.” -Shirin Ebadi
Shirin Ebadi (Persian: شيرين عبادى, romanized: Širin Ebādi; born 21 June 1947) is a Muslim political activist from Iran, lawyer, a former judge and human rights activist and founder of Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran.
On 10 October 2003, Ebadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her significant and pioneering efforts for democracy and human rights, especially women’s, children’s, and refugee rights.
The selection committee praised her as a “courageous person” who “has never heeded the threat to her own safety”. Now she travels abroad lecturing in the West.
“If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.” – Erica Jong
Erica Jong (née Mann; born March 26, 1942) is an American novelist, satirist, and poet, known particularly for her 1973 novel Fear of Flying. According to The Washington Post, it has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.
A 1963 graduate of Barnard College with an MA (1965) in 18th century English Literature from Columbia University, Jong is best known for her first novel, Fear of Flying (1973). In 2007, her literary archive was acquired by Columbia University in New York City.
Jong is mentioned in the Bob Dylan song “Highlands” (Time Out of Mind (1997), and satirized on the MC Paul Barman track “N.O.W.”, in which the rapper fantasizes about a young leftist carrying a fictitious Jong book titled America’s Wrong.
“You can never leave footprints that last if you are always walking on tiptoe.” – Leymah Gbowee
Leymah Roberta Gbowee (born 1 February 1972) is a Liberian peace activist responsible for leading a women’s nonviolent peace movement, Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003.
Her efforts to end the war, along with her collaborator Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, helped usher in a period of peace and enabled a free election in 2005 that Sirleaf won.
She, along with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakkul Karman, were awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.”
“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton
Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian, known primarily for her work in country music.
After achieving success as a songwriter for others, Parton made her album debut in 1967 with Hello, I’m Dolly, which led to success during the remainder of the 1960s (both as a solo artist and with a series of duet albums with Porter Wagoner), before her sales and chart peak came during the 1970s and continued into the 1980s.
Parton’s albums in the 1990s did not sell as well, but she achieved commercial success again in the new millennium and has released albums on various independent labels since 2000, including her own label, Dolly Records. She has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.
“Done is better than perfect.” – Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Kara Sandberg (born August 28, 1969) is an American business executive, billionaire and philanthropist. Sandberg serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Facebook and the founder of LeanIn.Org.
In June 2012, she was elected to Facebook’s Board of Directors, becoming the first woman to serve on its board.
Prior to joining Facebook as its COO, Sandberg was Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, and was involved in its philanthropic arm Google.org. Before that, Sandberg served as Chief of Staff for United States Secretary of the Treasury, Lawrence Summers.
“One of the secrets to staying young is to always do things you don’t know how to do, to keep learning.” – Ruth Reichl
Ruth Reichl (born January 16, 1948), is an American chef, food writer, co-producer of PBS’s Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie, culinary editor for the Modern Library, host of PBS’s Gourmet’s Adventures With Ruth, and the last editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine.
She has written critically acclaimed, best-selling memoirs: Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table, Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table, Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise and Not Becoming My Mother. In 2009, she published Gourmet Today a 1,008 page cookbook containing over 1,000 recipes.
She published her first novel, Delicious! in 2014, and, in 2015, published My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life, a memoir of recipes prepared in the year following the shuttering of Gourmet.
“One cannot accomplish anything without fanaticism.” – Eva Perón
María Eva Duarte de Perón (née María Eva Duarte; 7 May 1919 – 26 July 1952), better known as Eva Perón and Evita, was the wife of Argentine President Juan Perón (1895–1974) and First Lady of Argentina from June 1946 until her death in July 1952.
She was born in poverty in the rural village of Los Toldos, in the Pampas, as the youngest of five children.
In 1934 at the age of 15, she moved to the nation’s capital of Buenos Aires to pursue a career as a stage, radio, and film actress.