75 Most Empowering, Inspirational Quotes for Sassy, Kickass Women

For the kickass women of the world.

Those that are, and those that are growing up to be.

Via Cuba Gallery/Flickr

The daughters. The mothers. The sisters.

The fribblings – friends like siblings.

The wives. The girlfriends.

The aunts. The nieces.

The grand-somethings.

The young uns. The teens.

The women in your life.

Who love, lose, cry.

Laugh, heal, thrive.

Nurture. Create.


As. you. are.
Stronger than you know.
More beautiful than you think.
Worthier than you believe.
More loved than you can ever imagine.
Passionate about making a difference.
Fiery when protecting those you love.
Learning. Growing. Not alone.
Warm. Giving. Generous.
Quirky. Sexy. Funny. Smart.
Flawed. Whole. Scared. Brave.
And so, so, so.much.more.

Be Strong. Be Confident. Be You. ~ Copyright: Tia Sparkles Singh, 2011.

(Note: While I’m flattered to get requests to use this poem in various ways,
 please do not use it in any form before checking with me, thank you! If you want to buy it as a poster, click here).

Exception: for inclusion on your blog/website, you don’t need to email
me – just include a link to this post + the following at the end of the poem:

“Copyright: Tia Sparkles Singh, 2011
Your Life YOUR Way

There was a time I wasn’t.

A time when I didn’t think I was worth much. A very confident and happy child turned into a rebellious, angry teenager who couldn’t see how amazing and wonderful she was and would never have believed it even if you told her.


It took years of being a grown up to get that confidence and self worth back but there are still days that I get caught up in challenging situations and forget.

So I decided to create a reminder for myself and all women, bringing together quotes that inspire, empower and remind us of how powerful we really are.

Mere quotes won’t change your life, but they can change your perspective and your day.

ANYTHING is possible thereon.

Because even though we have bad days, it’s not a bad life at all.

ps: A smile is still the sexiest curve on your body. Ever.
pps: If you know a special woman, let her know how phenomenal she is.

Call her, email her, hug her, do the chores, cook her dinner, make love to her, send her this post.

Whatever you do, just do it & make her day.


Quotes on Life.


1. When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another. – Helen Keller.

2. If you can’t make it better, you can laugh at it – Erma Bombeck.

3. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. – Maya Angelou.

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

5. If you don’t like being a doormat then get off the floor. – Al Anon.

6. Anything you want to ask a teacher, ask yourself, and wait for the answer in silence. – Byron Katie.

7. It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on Earth and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it were the only one we had. - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

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

9. When you forgive, you heal your own anger and hurt and are able to let love lead again. It’s like spring cleaning for your heart. – Marci Shimoff.

10. Forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, just harness your power to your passion. -Oprah.

11. Your own words are the bricks and mortar of the dreams you want to realize. Your words are the greatest power you have. The words you choose and their use establish the life you experience. - Sonia Choquette.

12.  Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. - Maya Angelou.

13. 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.

14. I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains. – Anne Frank.

15. I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well. - Diane Ackerman.

16. Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, champagne in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming….. WOO HOO…. What a RIDE!”

17. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. – Eleanor Roosevelt.

18. You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself – Ethel Barrymore.

19. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. – Sally Berger.

20. What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner. – Colette.


Love & Expression.


Via Pablo J Günther on Flickr

21. There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you. – Maya Angelou.

22. We can do no great things, only small things with great love. – Mother Teresa.

23. There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. – Anais Nin.

24. There are two ways of spreading light. To be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it. – Edith Wharton.

25. Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen. - Sarah Ban Breathnach.

26. It’s not your job to like me, it’s mine. – Byron Katie.

27. Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror. – Byron Katie.

28. We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past, but by the love we’re not extending in the present. - Marianne Williamson.

29. Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people. - Eleanor Roosevelt.

30. When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’. – Erma Bombeck.

31. A woman has got to love a bad man once or twice in her life, to be thankful for a good one. - Marjorie Kinnan.

32. Always concentrate on how far you have come, rather than how far you have left to go. The difference in how easy it seems will amaze you. - Heidi Johnson.

33. The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of loving in the present. - Barbara De Angelis.

34. The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. - Ayn Rand.

35. Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get. - Ingrid Bergman.

36. Nobody cares
if you can’t dance well.
Just get up and dance.
Great dancers are not great
because of their technique,
they are great because of
their PASSION.

-Martha Graham


Strength, Courage, Choices.

Steve McCurry for National Geographic Magazine

37. Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to require the most from you – Caroline Myss.

38. Do you really want to look back on your life and see how wonderful it could have been had you not been afraid to live it? – Caroline Myss.

39. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. – Alice Walker.

40. A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water. – Eleanor Roosevelt.

41. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. - Marianne Williamson.

42. Whether we love, or close our hearts to love, is a mental choice we make, every moment of every day.

43. If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don’t be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning ‘Good morning’ at total strangers. – Maya Angelou.

44. You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame. – Erica Jong.

45. You move totally away from reality when you believe that there is a legitimate reason to suffer. – Byron Katie.

46. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen nor touched but are felt in the heart. – Helen Keller.

47. I am willing to put myself through anything, temporary pain or discomfort means nothing to me as long as I can see that the experience will take me to a new level. I am interested in the unknown, and the only path to the unknown is through breaking barriers, an often painful process. - Diana Nyad.

48. The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. – Coco Chanel.

49. Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be. – Elizabeth Gilbert.

50. And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk more. – Erica Jong.

51. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold. – Helen Keller.

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

53. People are like stained-glass windows.
They sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when the darkness sets in,
their true beauty is revealed only if
there is a light from within.
- Elizabeth Kübler-Ross.

54. 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.

55. The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself. Anna Quindlen.

56. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. – Anais Nin.

57. It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends. -  J. K. Rowling.

58. Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here. - Marianne Williamson.

59. You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” You must do the thing you think you cannot do. - Eleanor Roosevelt.

60. I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship. - Louisa May Alcott.


Sass & Spice.


By Móri via Flickr

61.  Life is short, wear your party pants! – Loretta LaRoche.

62. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.

63. A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous. – Coco Chanel.

64. Always remember you’re unique, just like everyone else. - Alison Boulter.

65. It’s the good girls who keep diaries, the bad girls never have the time. – Talullah Bankhead.

66. When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. – Maya Angelou.

67. When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane. – Steven Wright.

68. Did you ever notice that the first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone? – Erma Bombeck.

69. 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.

70. Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t. – Erica Jong.

71. Living in a vacuum sucks. – Adrienne Gusoff.

72. I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me that trouble of liking them. – Jane Austen.

73. The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off. – Gloria Steinem.

74. No one ever died from sleeping in an unmade bed. – Erma Bombeck.

75. 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 is 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.

I’d love to know who this woman is in your life so leave a comment telling me & like / tweet / stumble / pin this post, please.

Img credits: 1. Cuba Gallery via Flickr.  2. Me. 3. Pablo J Gunther via Flickr. 4. Steve McCurry via National Geographic. 5. Mori via Flickr.


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  1. tumi says

    Thank you for these powerful quotes they realy are making a big difference in my life and others peoples lives i believe ,her Name is Magdeline , other name is Itumeleng , i love her so much

  2. Pootéy says

    Her name is Vanessa and she has been great in my life more than she has been to herself probably think this page will serve a great deal. Thank you very much for the inspiration

  3. christie says

    The most difficult job I think, is to be a woman. We play so many roles, that only us as women can relate to one another. Thankyou for giving us something to look at and reflect on when we ourself need some uplifting. May I use your poem “You.Are.Amazing” to share with the ladies I work with who come to work and give their all, only to go home and do it all again. I have resigned to be a stay at home mom, but I wanted them to know that they have played a very iportant role in my life. I would like to print this poem referencing you and the website and present it to all the ladies as a good bye token of my thanks.

  4. Felicia says

    thank you. thank you for showing me the light at the end of the tunnel. thank you for what you have done here. thank you for everything

  5. Chanel green says

    Hi . I Love the poem YOU.ARE.AMAZING IWould love to use this in my Empowering Women’s Speech On Feburary 12, 2014. I will of course give you credit by being the author of this amazing speech . Thank u!

  6. Anupreet Kounsal says

    Hi Tia,
    Firstly, let me praise your work on raising the self-esteem of women.. Simply fabulous! Secondly, I live the poem ‘You Are Amazing’ and would like to use it in my inspirational speech on March 8th for the International Women’s Day 2014 event that I will be hosting. If you are ok, I’ll be ever thankful!!

  7. Rach says

    My young woman would be my daughter who has just had her heartbroken for the first time (and hopefully the last), great inspirational material, wow Eleanor Roosevelt – what a woman! Thanks x

  8. Tia says

    Came across your page needing a slight pick me up after a horrible break up and found the quotes on here to be exactly what I needed. Then to find we share a name it felt like fate so from one Tia to another THANK YOU.

  9. Darnell Ward says

    Her name is Valerie We have been dealing with a lot in our relationship, right now we are not together but we are friends I been wanting to see her for awhile now but she is scared of me I need help with a lot of encouraging words to present to her so she can understand how much I Love her and want us back together again without her being afraid of me please help me Thank you.


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