Do you feel like you’ve lost yourself a bit lately and need some empowering lines to get you back on track?

Then the best strong women quotes from many famous women (and men) are most definitely going to help!

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While hardly anyone discusses what it’s like to be a strong man, being a strong woman is the topic of many debates.

Whether you want to become one or feel like one already, the lines we’ve collected are just right for you!

We’ve completed our collection with anonymous quotes that we simply couldn’t resist.

Strong women inspirational quotes:

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1. “I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story – I will.”Amy Schumer

2. “Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, “She doesn’t have what it takes.” They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes.”” – Clare Boothe Luce

3. “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” – Rosa Parks

4. “I like to play a strong woman, but a strong woman can also be very fragile and vulnerable at the same time.” – Carice van Houten

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5. “Strong women don’t play the victim, don’t make themselves look pitiful, and don’t point fingers. They stand and they deal.” – Mandy Hale

6. “At 70 years old if I could give my younger self one piece of advice, it would be to use the words ‘fuck off’ much more frequently.” – Helen Mirren

7. “Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.” – Charlotte Whitton

8. “Let’s be clear, I’m a strong woman.” – Bethenny Frankel

9. “She was a wild one; always stomping on eggshells that everyone else tip-toed on.” – Kaitlin Foster

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10. “A really strong woman accepts the war she went through and is ennobled by her scars.” – Carly Simon

11. “When you are a strong woman, you will attract trouble. When a man feels threatened, there is always trouble.” – Barbara Taylor Bradford

12. “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” – Margaret Thatcher

13. “You don’t have to play masculine to be a strong woman.” – Mary Elizabeth Winstead

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14. “The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race.” – Susan B. Anthony

15. “Most people who meet my wife quickly conclude that she is remarkable. They are right about this. She is smart, funny and thoroughly charming. Often, after hearing her speak at some function or working with her on a project, people will approach me and say something to the effect of, you know, I think the world of you, Barack, but your wife, wow!” – Barack Obama

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16. “I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” – Oprah Winfrey

17. “A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” – Diane Mariechild

18. “You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” – Rosalynn Carter

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19. “Women are like teabags. We don’t know our true strength until we are in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

20. “Take care of yourself now that you’re old enough to know how. Drink water, sleep eight hours (I wish), and don’t go within 400 feet of a tanning booth or I’ll slap you. Hard.” – Olivia Wilde

21. “One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.” – Sheila Murray Bethel

22. “I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind learning.” – Amy Poehler

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23. “Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.” – Hillary Clinton

24. “The strongest actions for a woman is to love herself, be herself and shine amongst those who never believed she could.”- ‘The Free Woman’

25. “A strong woman understands that gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts.” – Nancy Rathburn

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26. “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.” – Mother Teresa

27. “Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.” – Helen Kelle

Strong Women empowering quotes: 

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1. “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou

2. “Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weaknesses.” – Madame Marie du Deffand

3. “Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.” – Anne Frank

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4. “We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls: ‘You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you will threaten the man.’ Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices, always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now, marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support, but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same?” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

5. “A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” – Melinda Gates

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6. “The girls who were unanimously considered beautiful often rested on their beauty alone. I felt I had to do things, to be intelligent and develop a personality in order to be seen as attractive. By the time I realized maybe I wasn’t plain and might even possibly be pretty, I had already trained myself to be a little more interesting and informed.” – Diane Von Furstenberg

7. “Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.” – Ziad K. Abdelnour

8. “I am a strong woman with or without this other person, with or without this job, and with or without these tight pants.” – Queen Latifa

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9. “Women have to work much harder to make it in this world. It really pisses me off that women don’t get the same opportunities as men do, or money for that matter. Because let’s face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define our values and to define what’s sexy and what’s feminine and that’s bullshit. At the end of the day, it’s not about equal rights, it’s about how we think. We have to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves.” – Beyoncé Knowles

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10. “Women are leaders everywhere you look—from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.” – Nancy Pelosi

11. “We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.” – Sheryl Sandberg

12. “Figure out who you are separate from your family, and the man or woman you’re in a relationship with. Find who you are in this world and what you need to feel good alone. I think that’s the most important thing in life. Find a sense of self. With that, you can do anything else.” – Angelina Jolie

13. “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” – Marie Curie

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14. “The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.” – Albert Einstein

15. “Sometimes I wake up and think I look horrible. And sometimes I see a strong woman.” – Irina Shayk

16. “I’m lucky my wife is a strong woman. She’s one of the stronger people I’ve ever met. It’s hard for me to be away, but I know my home life is fine because my wife is there.” – Darius Rucker

17. “A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not be done.” – Marge Piercy

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18. “I’ve often thought it unfair that women are expected to stay at home when there’s a fight to be won. If a woman has the strength to bear a child, she can swing a sword as well as any man.” – Karen Hawkins

19. “I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and my femininity. And I want to be respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be.” –Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

20. “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” – Maya Angelou  

21. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” – Nora Ephron

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22. “Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when you’re knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.” – Hillary Rodham Clinton

23. “Don’t let anyone speak for you, and don’t rely on others to fight for you.”Michelle Obama

24. “We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.” – Kavita Ramdas

25. “I’m tough, ambitious and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” – Madonna

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26. “I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn

27. “And one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong, and full of fire and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.” – Mark Anthony

28. “Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.” – Jennifer Lopez

Strong women quotes from literature:

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1. “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will, which I now exert to leave you.”Charlotte Bronte

2. “The trouble was, I hated the idea of serving men in any way. I wanted to dictate my own thrilling letters.” – Sylvia Plath

3. “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” – Jane Austen

4. “You should never be surprised when someone treats you with respect. You should expect it.”Sarah Dessen

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5. “You had the power all along my dear.” – Glinda the Good Witch 

6. “And really, how insulting is it that to suggest that the best thing women can do is raise other people to do incredible things? I’m betting some of those women would like to do great things of their own.” – Jessica Valenti

7. “Nothing I accept about myself can be used against me to diminish me.” – Audre Lorde

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8. “I like being present in spaces where I am not welcome because you do not deserve to feel comfortable just because you’re racist or sexist or small-minded.” – Scaachi Koul

9. “‘You must never behave as if your life belongs to a man. Do you hear me?’ Aunty Ifeka said. ‘Your life belongs to you and you alone.’”Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Anonymous strong women quotes:

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1. “I am proud of the woman I am today because I went through one hell of a time becoming her.”

2. “Be that strong girl that everyone knew would make it through the worst. Be that fearless girl – the one who would dare to do anything. Be that independent girl, who doesn’t need a man. Be that girl who never backed down.”

3. “I need someone who sees fire in my eyes and wants to play with it.”

4. “She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”

5. “A strong woman will automatically stop trying if she feels unwanted. She won’t fix it or beg, she’ll just walk away.”

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6. “I am not a difficult woman at all. I am simply a strong woman and know my worth.”

7. “Be a first-rate version of yourself, not a second-rate version of someone else.”

8. “Beneath every strong, independent woman lies a broken little girl who had to learn how to get back up and to never depend on anyone.”

9. “A strong woman loves, forgives, walks away, lets go, tries again, and perseveres… no matter what life throws at her.”

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10. “Be a strong woman. So your daughter will have a role model and your son will know what to look for in a woman when he’s a man.”

11. “Never apologize for being a powerful woman.”

12. “I am a strong woman. I don’t sit around feeling sorry for myself, nor let people mistreat me. I don’t respond to people who dictate to me or try to bring me down. If I fall I will rise up even stronger because I am a survivor and not a victim. I am in control of my life and there is nothing I can’t achieve.”

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13. “A strong woman is one who feels deeply and loves fiercely. Her tears flow as abundantly as her laughter. A strong woman is both soft and powerful, she is both practical and spiritual. A strong woman in her essence is a gift to the world.”

14. “A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for everybody else.”

15. “The world needs strong women. Women who will lift and build others, who will love and be loved. Women who live bravely, and are both tender and fierce. Women of indomitable will.”

16. “A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.”

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17. “There’s fire in her. If loved correctly she will warm your entire home. If abused she will burn it down.”

18. “I am a strong woman. Everything that’s hit me in life I’ve dealt with on my own. I’ve cried myself to sleep. Picked myself back up and wiped my own tears. I have grown from things meant to break me. I get stronger by the day and I have God to thank for that.”

19. “You can tell who the strong women are. They are the ones you see building one another up instead of tearing each other down.”

20. “I know what I bring to the table. So trust me when I say I’m not afraid to eat alone.”

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21. “She’s badass with a good heart, soft but strong. Unapologetic and honest. She’s the type of woman you go to war beside, the type of woman you marry.”

22. “Strong women aren’t simply born. We are forged through the challenges of life. With each challenge, we grow mentally and emotionally. We move forward with our head held high and a strength that can not be denied. A woman who’s been through the storm and survived. We are warriors.”

23. “Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says “Oh crap, she’s up!”

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24. “Strong women wear their pain like they do stilettos. No matter how much it hurts, all you see is the beauty of it.”

25. “She’s a strong cup of black coffee in a world that is drunk on the cheap wine of shallow love.”

26. “I am a strong woman because a strong woman raised me.”

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