22 Quotes from the World's Most Influential Women

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In all of our lives, we have undoubtedly been exposed to some incredible women.

It was Maya Angelou who said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

So, in honor of all the amazing women in my own life and in the world, here are my favorite quotes from some of the most successful and influential women of our time.

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
– Mae West
“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”
– Oprah Winfrey
“We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.”
– Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook)
“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.”
– Anne Sweeney (President of Walt Disney)
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
– Helen Keller
“I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. I believe we’re all put on this planet for a purpose, and we all have a different purpose… When you connect with that love and that compassion, that’s when everything unfolds.”
– Ellen DeGeneres
“I don’t believe in guilt, I believe in living on impulse as long as you never intentionally hurt another person, and don’t judge people in your life. I think you should live completely free.”
– Angelina Jolie
“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.”
– Sara Blakely (Founder of Spanx – Worlds Youngest Female Billionaire)
“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. 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
“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.”
– Marissa Mayer (CEO of Yahoo)
“It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
– J.K Rowling
“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.”
– Marianne Williamson
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
– Mother Teresa
“We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.”
– Arianna Huffington (AOL/Editor In Chief of Huffington Post)
“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”
– Ayn Rand
“The only way to do something in depth is to work hard. The moment you start being in love with what you’re doing, and thinking it’s beautiful or rich, then you’re in danger.”
– Miuccia Prada
“I’m fearless, I don’t complain. Even when horrible things happen to me, I go on”.
– Sofia Vergara
“If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.”
– Melinda Gates
“Whatever you want in life, other people are going to want it too. Believe in yourself enough to accept the idea that you have an equal right to it.”
– Diane Sawyer (ABC/World News/Disney)
“I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.”
– Virginia Rometty (CEO of IBM)

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