As the year comes to an end and we look forward to 2019, I thought I’d share some of my favorite quotes. These ones are from the minds of women, and I’ve included a few quotes of my own.

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES ABOUT PERSEVERANCE AND SELF-DISCOVERY

“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.”
-Georgia O’Keefe

“My agent said, ‘You aren’t good enough for movies.’ I said, ‘You’re fired.’
-Sally Field

“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

“For awhile it might wreck you. But awhile is not forever. So darling, just hold on for another day. And another. And another. Until your ‘awhiles’ stop being a whole bunch of todays and tomorrows and turn into a fading yesterday.”
-Hallie Shepherd

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.”
-Amelia Earhart

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

“Failure: Is it a limitation? Bad timing? It’s a lot of things. It’s something you can’t be afraid of, because you’ll stop growing. The next step beyond failure could be your biggest success in life.”
— Debbie Allen

“A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.”
-Madonna

“I am out with lanterns, looking for myself.”
-Emily Dickinson

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”
– Audrey Hepburn

“I must be a mermaid… I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.”
-Anais Nin

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
-Maya Angelou

“You can’t really know where you are going until you know where you have been.”
-Maya Angelou

“I won’t stop taking my hammer to this ceiling until I fashion a door straight to the clouds.”
-Hallie Shepherd

“Don’t feel stupid if you don’t like what everyone else pretends to love.”
― Emma Watson

QUOTES ABOUT FEMININITY AND FEMINISM

“It matters more what’s in a woman’s face than what’s on it.”
-Claudette Colbert

“Make-up can only make you look pretty on the outside but it doesn’t help if you’re ugly on the inside. Unless you eat the make-up.”
-Audrey Hepburn

“Feminism isn’t about making women strong. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.”
-G.D. Anderson

“I think the best role models for women are people who are fruitfully and confidently themselves, who bring light into the world.”
-Meryl Streep

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made… It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”
-Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Don’t sit around in the castle tower waiting to be rescued. Tie together those bed sheets and climb out the window yourself.”
-Hallie Shepherd

WILD, ROMANTIC, SENSUAL QUOTES

“Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze.”
-Carolyn Gold Heilbrun

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.”
-Katharine Hepburn

“All this time you thought you were playing rec ball when you were really Division 1. Girl, he’s not out of your league. Just go for it.”
-Hallie Shepherd

“I used to be snow white, but I drifted.”
-Mae West

“You were wild once. Don’t let them tame you.”
-Isadora Duncan

QUOTES FROM FEMALE WRITERS ON WRITING

“Good fiction creates empathy. A novel takes you somewhere and asks you to look through the eyes of another person, to live another life.”
-Barbara Kingsolver

“I write to discover what I know.”
-Flannery O’Connor

“Let your blood and tears be the ink that falls on the pages of your soul.”
-Hallie Shepherd

“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.”
-Anais Nin

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”
-Anais Nin

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
-Maya Angelou

“Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences”
-Sylvia Plath

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Hallie Shepherd is a writer, actress, and film producer. Follow her on Instagram where she celebrates the stories we tell.