Discover the top 15 most inspiring quotes about life.

“If I stop to kick every barking dog I am not going to get where I’m going.”

– Jackie Joyner-Kersee


“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.”

– Helen Keller


“You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness.”

– Diane von Furstenberg


“I was smart enough to go through any door that opened.”

– Joan Rivers


“Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations can never effect a reform.”

– Susan B. Anthony


“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”

– Malala Yousafzai


“Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”

– Golda Meir


“Knowing what must be done does away with fear.”

– Rosa Parks


“I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.”

– Estée Lauder


“Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.”

– Beyoncé Knowles Carter


“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”

– Amelia Earhart


“The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.”

– Barbara Corcoran


“You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.”

– Shonda Rhimes


“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.”

– Lucille Ball


“I hope the fathers and mothers of little girls will look at them and say ‘yes, women can.’”

– Dilma Rousseff


“Beware of monotony; it’s the mother of all the deadly sins.”

– Edith Wharton


“If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.”

– Erica Jong


“I have stood on a mountain of no’s for one yes.”

– B. Smith


“The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.”

– Peggy O’Mara


“You can never leave footprints that last if you are always walking on tiptoe.”

– Leymah Gbowee


“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.”

– Dolly Parton


“If you think taking care of yourself is selfish, change your mind. If you don’t, you’re simply ducking your responsibilities.”

– Ann Richards


“You can’t give up! If you give up, you’re like everybody else.”

– Chris Evert


“No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.”

– Martha Beck


“Done is better than perfect.”

– Sheryl Sandberg


“One of the secrets to staying young is to always do things you don’t know how to do, to keep learning.”

– Ruth Reichl


“Be first and be lonely.”

– Ginni Rometty


“One cannot accomplish anything without fanaticism.”

– Eva Perón


“Look your best – who said love is blind?”

– Mae West


“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.”

– Madeleine Albright


“Don’t take too much credit for your children — or too much blame!”

– Debora Spar


“You can imprison a man, but not an idea. You can exile a man, but not an idea. You can kill a man, but not an idea.”

– Benazir Bhutto


“Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.”

– Oprah Winfrey


“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

– Jane Goodall


“I firmly believe you never should spend your time being the former anything.”

– Condoleezza Rice


“I may be wearing makeup, but I can throw a fastball by you at the same time.”

– Jennie Finch


“A good compromise is one where everybody makes a contribution.”

– Angela Merkel


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

– Marge Piercy


“I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life.”

– Louise Hay


“Drama is very important in life: You have to come on with a bang. You never want to go out with a whimper.”

– Julia Child


“If your home environment is good and peaceful and easy, your life is better and easier.”

– Lori Greiner


“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”

– Coco Chanel


“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”

– Ayn Rand


“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”

– Mother Teresa


“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


“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”

– Audre Lorde


“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt


“Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.”

– Ruth Bader Ginsburg


“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”

– Nora Ephron


“You should treat your marriage like a business that you wouldn’t want to let fail.”

– Lisa Ling