35 Inspirational Quotes For Confidence & Motivation

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Need a reminder that you’re in control of your destiny?

Today I’m sharing inspirational quotes that have motivated me as I’ve launched businesses, managed clients, & faced personal hardships. Whether you need inspiration or are just looking to find the strength to persevere through any of life’s struggles, here are some of my favorite inspirational quotes that will refuel your motivation and get you back on track. 

Life is a constant cycle of ups and downs whether it’s in work, relationships, family, or social life. If you’re having a rough day and need a pick-me-up to assure yourself that it’s all going to be OK, or you’re just looking for a mission statement for the day, these inspirational quotes can uplift you and get you on the path towards success. 

The following inspirational quotes are from a variety of bright minds including philosophers, authors, & influential leaders. Mixed in are some confidence-building quotes specifically for women. Because sometimes wise words from a female trailblazer and/or cultural icon will be just what you need for a serious dose of girl power.

So without further ado, let’s dive in!

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  1. “They’ll tell you you’re too loud, that you need to wait your turn and ask the right people for permission. Do it anyway.”- Alexandria Ocasio Cortez
  2. “Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.” – W. Clement Stone
  3. “Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.” – Albert Schweitzer
  4. “You don’t know the background story of resilience, struggles, and strength of beautiful and outgoing women. All you see is what is showcased.” ― Germany Kent
  5. “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary
  6. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe
  7. “There’s something so special about a woman who dominates in a man’s world. It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness, and the nerve to never take no for an answer.” ― Rihanna
  8. “You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?” – Rumi
  9. “Most obstacles melt away when we make up our minds to walk boldly through them.” – Orison Swett Marden
  10. “The degree of responsibility you take for your life determines how much change you can create in it.” – Celestine Chua
  11. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” ― Nora Ephron
  12. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” ― Ayn Rand
  13. “If any female feels she needs anything beyond herself to legitimate and validate her existence, she is already giving away her power to be self-defining, her agency.” ― Bell Hooks
  14. “Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it, the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.” ― Arianna Huffington
  15. “You do not find a happy life. You make it.” — Camilla Eyring Kimball
  16. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” ― Anais Nin
  17. “Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” ― Maya Angelou
  18. “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible!’” — Audrey Hepburn
  19. “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” — Michael Altshuler
  20. “The biggest barrier for women is the thought that they can’t have it all.” ― Cathy Engelbert
  21. “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” — Herman Melville
  22. “Goal setting is the secret to a compelling future.” — Tony Robbins
  23. “I never look back, darling. It distracts from the now.” —Edna Mode
  24. “Sometimes just being yourself is the radical act. When you occupy space in systems that weren’t built for you, your authenticity is activism.” – Elaine Welteroth
  25. “Learn as if you will live forever, live like you will die tomorrow.” — Mahatma Gandhi
  26. “Stay away from those people who try to disparage your ambitions. Small minds will always do that, but great minds will give you a feeling that you can become great too.” — Mark Twain
  27.  “A woman is like a tea bag — you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” ―  Eleanor Roosevelt
  28. “I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” — Thomas Jefferson
  29. Women challenge the status quo because we are never it.” — Cindy Gallop
  30. No one ever became a success without taking chances… One must be able to recognize the moment and seize it without delay.- Estée Lauder
  31. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. – Alice Walker
  32. “A year from now you will wish you had started today.” — Unknown
  33. “A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.” ― Melinda Gates
  34. “Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.” ― Anne Lamott
  35. “First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.” ― Octavia Butler
  36. “You can never leave footprints that last if you are always walking on tiptoe.” — Leymah Gbowee
  37. “If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.” — Maria Edgeworth
  38. “Some women choose to follow men, and some choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” — Lady Gaga
  39. “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” — Steve Furtick
  40. “If it makes you nervous, you’re doing it right.” — Childish Gambino
  41. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is sitting on the other side of fear.” — George Addair
  42. “Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.” — Pablo Picasso
  43. “The two most important days in your life are the day you’re born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain
  44. “When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.” – Diane Von Furstenberg
  45. “Work until your bank account looks like a phone number.” — Joanna Rahier 

I’ve come to realize how much of a positive impact a few good quotes can have on my mindset.

Since your thoughts play a big part in your overall success and happiness, make sure to write a few of these on a little sticky note & keep them in a visible place.

Are there any inspirational quotes that keep you going? I would love to hear them in the comment section below 

Have a wonderful & productive day,

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