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.

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“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. says

    Ah, Tia, this just made my day. Here’s a quote I found in a pile of really old journal entries a few days ago…
    “It’s not because I’m fearless that I will brave scary things. Love can give even the likes of me the heart of a lion.” -Carrie Newcomer

    So many of these resonated with me, but the very last one, the Marianne Williamson poem, was a major catalyst in helping me find a place to START my journey of self-awareness and self-love last year. Lach sent it to me, and I kept a copy posted on the bulletin board where I used to work, to help me hang on to my courage. Thanks so much for posting it here, it was a beautiful reminder of how much better I feel now. :)

    I’m also really appreciating your weekly emails, always something to smile at in those. No one’s ever called me “Sparklepants” before! Light and blessings to you…

    • says

      So there was this discussion today about whether to use hey {first name} in emails or not. And I decided I wanted to do what I do best – make up words! What better way to know exactly who my right people are than call them sparklepants and see who stays and who goes :)? YOU, are my right people girlfriend, and I am yours. You have no idea how much that feedback about the weekly emails means to me. Thank.you.so.much. #Nuffsaid.

      ps: Excellent quote, thanks for sharing!

  2. says

    This is so great! Thank you so much for compliling this great post, Tia! I already sent off some of the quotes to some people I think may need to hear them. What a great grouping of empowerment for women! xo

    • says

      You’re the best, one of the most amazing women I know and I am SO lucky to have you in my life – can’t wait for the day we actually get to meet in person. xo

  3. says

    I’m no woman but I love the Anon quote, “If you don’t like being a doormat then get off the floor.” I think your message of self-reliance and self-confidence is important. You have an entire list of quotes under the (paraphrased) heading “sass”. How do you think a woman should be sassy?

    • says

      Hey Isaiah! Apologies for the late response :) I reckon sass is all about attitude, confidence and being spunky! Those quotes are very devil may care, in your face, cheeky and straight up. That’s my definition of sass. How about yours? Thanks for being a part of this community, I appreciate your likes, comments and shares on the FB posts. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  4. Anastacia says

    Hi there, I really like this quote by Ayn Rand “The question is not who’s going to let me but who’s going to stop me” that really inspired me.am grateful for the good job y u are doing in putting a smile on my face. thanx

  5. says

    I opened a non-profit organization to help women get out of abusive relationships. I was inspired because it has happened to me as well. At the time it was going on, I was lost, confused and scared. If it was not for my GREAT friends and family I would probably be dead. I am here now, looking at your site for inspirational quotes to help other women get courage to get out and join me in the “survivor” circle. I am glad that I can actually find a site where I can use the resources to help them just by inspiration. My organization is still work in progress but with work and determination, I will have all the possible resources to help women GET OUT. I guess I just wanted to say thank you for being here and inspiring me and all other women in the world be better, and the best we can be.

    P.S. If you are interested in joining please follow me on facebook (www.facebook.com/Lastbruise or twitter @LastBruise)



    • says

      Hi Vicky! Humbled and honoured to be of inspiration to you and this cause. May I just add – I know that surviving is the 1st step (I volunteered with victim abuse organisations) and yet, there’s something about moving past that into a more empowered version of self and THRIVING that serves a stronger purpose.

      When I see “last bruise”, it makes me think of pain. That can be a motivator, yes, and to help your work spread even further and give strength where needed, what do you think of using words that speak to where women want to go vs where they have been?

      I believe our words have great power and instead of reminders of the past, we need visions of the future. Exactly what you talked about in your comment – courage, inspiration, being the best we can be, loving ourselves! Would love to hear what you think of this.

      Huge kudos and admiration for the mission you’ve dedicated yourself to – you ROCK!! Thank you for surviving and thriving <3

  6. Sazzle says

    Great quotes, was looking for inspiration on the internet, needed something to remind me that Im better than anyone realises and men who cant see it, lie cheat etc, well there is there downfall reality is, they are probably scared by the fact I dont need them and Im nice, – the poem is amazing but apt for me right now is ‘ the truth will set you free but first it will piss you off’. Watch out 2012, this time I mean business :)

    • says

      Know what, lady? You ARE better than anyone realises. Including yourself! Don’t let anything tell you otherwise, not even your own saboteurs. Yeah, the truth sucks to hear and once you get past the shock of hearing it, watch out world indeed. All the best to you and let me know how it goes! Thanks for the comment :)

    • Rasssy says

      I love your comment, you sound like you are in a place in your life similar to my own. Remember you are “nice” and don’t let a man put you down and make you believe that you are anything but that. “the truth …….” will be printed off tomorrow and stuck on my noticeboard at work.

  7. Laura says

    I can never find good quotes but finally I have. I am a college student and am always busy and sometimes in need of a little empowering inspiration. I also just started working out daily and also need a little kick in the butt sometimes to get out of bed and go to the gym. Thank you for all of this!!

    • says

      Kudo on the daily workouts, that’s fantastic! Be sure to bookmark this page and come back to it whenever you need inspiration. OH and did you get my 120 Best Quote eBook yet? Sign up for it on the top right of this page – even more inspiration right at your fingertips :D Thanks for the comment, Laura!

  8. says

    A famous musician once stated that, “In complete darkness we are all the same. It is only our knowledge and wisdom that separates us.” Is a lack of information something that makes you powerless? Can what you do not know really hurt you? Indeed it can, and yes the opposite is also true. Worse off acting on bad information is very similar to acting on no information. For this reason it makes sense to never stop learning, to learn something everyday and to make knowledge a priority in your life.

  9. seunakins says

    I am a man, but these quotes are so powerful, I forwarded part of it to my wife and it lifted her, just like
    it did to me. This is really inspiring. Kudos, autor, this is an outstanding one.

  10. Mel says

    Hi, what an inspirational portal for all the great and inspiring words…thank you so much. Was searching the web for some quotes to send to my colleagues today to celebrate International Women’s Day and found you.


    • says

      Cheers Mel! Glad this post came in handy – I reckon EVERY day should be a day to celebrate women! And men! And LIFE! :) Tia

  11. SRWade4 says

    I don’t know how long ago you published this, but please KNOW and TRUST that your efforts are literally saving my life right now. Thank you so much! And the Manifesto is currently on my desk, in my car and on my cell phone!

    • says

      Wow! I wrote it 5 months ago and am SO glad that it is helping you even now! Thank you for letting me know :) Totally makes EVERYTHING I do worth it. xoxo, Tia

  12. Sandhya says

    Thanks million for the most amazing uplifting quotes. I am forwarding these everyday to one of my women friend going through difficulty. Very inspiring.
    Sandhya x

  13. Carolyn Douglas says

    Hey Tia!

    I was reading your quote and it absolutely gave me chills! My boss and I are thinking about starting a diary so that our patients are able to express theirselves during the hard times that they are facing. We were wondering if we could use your quote for our diary? I think you are awesome :).


    • says

      Hey Lyn, glad to have connected over on Facebook :) Thanks for asking and yes of course, use it and link back to this post if it’s an online diary, or just to http://www.yourlifeyourway.net if it’s a paper diary. What a wonderful thing you are doing with this diary! Rock on!

  14. Kerry Johnson says

    My dear friend’s daughter will be celebrating her Quinceanera soon. I wanted to give a gift with some meaning for this transition from child to woman celebration. I decided to create a book that could be passed around the day of her celebration and have the women in her life enter their own words of “wisdom”. I planned to have inspiration quotes throughout to prompt ideas and thoughts. Thank you for your beautiful compilation of fabulous options for my use. And thank you for being out there for the women in this world who need to hear how wonderful they truly are…every day.
    Beautiful Princess Mema (a title I proudly use which was bestowed on me by my grandchildren)

    • says

      Beautiful Princess Mema, the honour is all mine :) Here’s to empowered, delighted, strong young women! What a lovely gift you are giving her! xo, Tia

  15. Malinda says

    Tia! Just what I needed. I have been through a gut wrenching divorce after my husband woke up one day and decided to leave. My daughter and I wound up living in a homeless shelter. I never felt more alone in my life. But realizing that no one was goo g to save me forced me to become my own night in shining armor. I struggle everyday with feeling not enough and dealing with the hurt. I was raised to be pleasant and not ruffle feathers. Being assertive and strong is a foreign thing to me. I am learning every day how to sparkle and shine. I want so badly to teach my little girl to be a kick ass chick that doesn’t take crap off anyone. Thank you for the great reminders that there isnt anyone that can stop me but me. My husband and his hurtful words and acts do nothing but make me stronger and make me sparkle brighter! My baby and I now have own home and I am running my own business helping other woman to feel beautiful and strong. I am so excited to start receiving your weekly emails and get pumped up!

    • says

      Hi Malinda! WOW you are amazing. And sparkly. Tiaras off to you, my lady! Rock on and I have NO doubt you will shine and show your daughter what it really means to be a smart, sassy, confident, beautiful, happy, empowered woman!!

  16. says

    Awesome! Enjoyed reading the intro ‘girl’ behind the movtivated woman! Great quotes, inspiring & wonderful contribution to humanity :)

  17. Piyush kumar says

    Hey tia a good collection of quotes u have. Well i also have 1 quotes I hope u like it ” The greatest line said by a guy to a girl the day I go on knee for another girl is the day I wouldt tie the shoelace of our daughter “

    • says

      Hi Tabitha! Another reader mentioned that as well but I checked on wikipedia and it is indeed by Marianne Williamson – just wrongly attributed to Nelson Mandela. Thanks for the heads up though :) Tia

  18. Brianna says

    Wow is all I can say! These quotes are amazing. Im always looking for inspiring quotes and you hit my spot! They helped sooooo much! Awesome job lady! :)


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