by Famous Women!

Naturally, you can find inspiring quotes by famous women throughout this site. But some of these ladies' lives are so remarkable, they rightly deserve their own pages.

Abigail Adams, Amelia Earhart, Oprah Winfrey, Marlene Dietrich, Marie Curie, Gloria Steinem, Rosa Parks, Anne Frank, Eleanor Roosevelt and other unique women.

They come from different countries, eras and backgrounds. But they all have something very important in common…

They decided to live true to themselves, despite any disadvantages they faced—poverty, being female in male-dominated societies, family problems, personal danger, having the “wrong” religion or skin colour… whatever!

Nope, no second-class citizenship for these ladies!

They stood up to make a difference in their lives… and benefited us all as a result. That’s why these quotes by famous women have so much power to move you.

How to use this page:

You’ll find on this page a very brief introduction to the famous women featured in this section.

When you click on the link to go to a particular page, you’ll see a more detailed description. You’ll probably find that knowing more about the person and what she lived through will give quotes by famous women more meaning for you.

So here we go! Quotes by famous women that can change your life!

Abigail Adams (1744-1818) 2nd First Lady of the United States

A woman way ahead of her time, Abigail Adams was so politically active, her political opponents referred to her as "Mrs. President."

You can tell she was a keen observer of human nature from this quote: "We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them."

So true, Abigail, so true.

Please click here for more Abigail Adams quotes.

Marie Curie (1867–1934) the world’s first recipient of 2 Nobel prizes

Then there's Marie Curie, one of the greatest scientists to ever live, and the first person—let alone the first woman—to receive two Nobel Prizes.

Her early life was marked by suppression and personal tragedy. But that didn’t stop her.

In her youth, Marie wrote in a letter to a friend: “First principle: never to let one’s self be beaten down by persons or by events.”

Please click here for more Marie Curie quotes.

Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992) star of stage, screen and soldiers’ hearts

You probably know of Marlene Dietrich as an iconic blond femme-fatale Hollywood movie star with a distinctive German accent.

But did you know about her selfless and untiring contribution to the American war effort to defeat the Nazis?

Marlene put herself in great danger, even visiting U.S. troops in Germany, very close to German enemy lines. When asked why, she replied, "Aus Anstand"—"It was the decent thing to do."

An amazing woman, with many great quotes for women. You can click this link for more Marlene Dietrich quotes.

Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) the world's most famous female aviator

The young Amelia Earhart didn’t have an easy time of it. She had to contend with an unsettled childhood, an alcoholic father and ill health, among other things.

But she had determination... In 1932 Amelia became the first woman to fly solo non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean.

Then in 1937, the gutsy woman who said, "Flying may not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price," was lost without a trace during her round-the-world flight. At 39, she had accomplished so much, including status as a feminist icon and a never-dying source of famous women quotes.

Inspire yourself now with more Amelia Earhart quotes.

Anne Frank (1929-1945) writer, hero and humanist

Quotes by famous women includes the timeless hero, Anne Frank, the girl who had to go into hiding with her family during the Second World War because they were Jewish.

While in hiding, Anne wrote all her feelings and thoughts in her diary. Although she died in a Nazi concentration camp, her diary survived.

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, has become one of the world's most widely read books, and it has secured Anne’s place in history.

Anne wrote in her diary: “I don't want to have lived in vain.” She certainly didn’t.

Click on this link and read more unforgettable Anne Frank quotes.

Rosa Parks (1913–2005) one of the most significant people of the 20th century

The marvellous Rosa Parks was a dignified African-American civil-rights activist, dubbed by U.S. Congress the "Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement.”

On her way home from work in 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa refused to obey the white bus driver’s order to give up her seat to make room for a white man. She chose to stop giving in to oppression.

Rosa became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation. She organized and collaborated with civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King, Jr.

She said of her action: "I only knew that, as I was being arrested, it was the very last time that I would ever ride in humiliation of this kind.”

Quotes by famous women wouldn't be complete without these stirring Rosa Parks quotes.

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962) American First Lady and hero of human rights

The very human Eleanor Roosevelt’s civil-rights achievements are so many and so important, she is one of the most admired people of the 20th century. Her greatest legacy is the influential role she played in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The woman whose activism brought comfort and hope to many lived a life that was anything but smooth. From a very young age, she felt insecure and starved for affection, and considered herself ugly.

But you can see the depth of her wisdom from this quote, a comment she made at the tender age of 14: “No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and loyalty are stamped upon her face, all will be attracted to her.”

Treat yourself to some soul-refreshing famous women quotes. Click here for Eleanor Roosevelt quotes.

Gloria Steinem (born 1934) American writer, social-political activist and feminist icon

When it comes to quotes by famous women, Gloria Steinem is always a winner.

Gloria's mother's unhappy consequences of society’s firm belief that a woman’s place was in the home convinced Gloria that women badly needed equality.

To say she has dedicated her life to supporting women’s issues ever since is a major understatement.

Talking about her view of equality, Gloria has said: “We are talking about a society in which there will be no roles other than those chosen or those earned. We are really talking about humanism.”

Click here for more stimulating Gloria Steinem quotes.

(Not all these quotes by famous women are about feminism!)

Oprah Winfrey (born 1954) African-American media mogul and TV talk show host

What can you say about Oprah?!!

Her multiple Emmy Award-winning The Oprah Winfrey Show is the highest-rated talk show in the history of television.

But this force of nature who today many call the most influential woman in the world once wore potato sacks as dresses, was raped at age 9, and at 14 gave birth to a baby who died soon after.

You can tell that she has really walked her talk from this quote: "My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment."

Click here for more Oprah quotes that plumb the depths of this talented, unique and unstoppable woman, whose heart is in the right place.

So there you have it…

… quotes by famous women whose lives prove that “easy” isn’t the path to greatness. Having a purpose and perseverance is.

And you can quote me on that!

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