10 Powerful Quotes from 10 Influential Women Who Changed the World

We need to move beyond the idea that girls can be leaders and create the expectation that they should be leaders.

Condoleeza Rice

Condoleeza Rice is the former U.S Secretary of State, a professor, diplomat, author and also serves as a national security expert. She was the first African-American female Secretary of State and served as George W. Bush’s National Security Advisor. She emphasized supporting democratic governments and world peace.. She is currently a professor of political science at Stanford University.

You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn (1929 – 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. She is recognized as a film and fashion icoon. She was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema and has been placed in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. She is also regarded by some to be the most naturally beautiful woman of all time. (Source: Wikepedia)

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.

Mother Teresa

Mother Theresa (1910-1997) was the founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to helping the poor. Her order established a hospice; centers for the blind, aged, and disabled; and a leper colony. She was summoned to Rome in 1968, and in 1979 received the Nobel Peace Prize for her humanitarian work. (Source: Biography.com)

I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse. 

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) Florence Nightingale, was a nurse during the Crimean War. She improved the unsanitary conditions at a British base hospital reducing the death count by two-thirds. Her writings sparked worldwide health care reform. She is referred to as the “Lady of the Lamp” because of her night rounds giving personal care to the wounded soldiers.

Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.

Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin (1943 –1970) was an American singer-songwriter who first rose to fame in the late 1960s . She was part of a few popular bands and had an impressive solo career and was one of the major attractions at the Woodstock festival. She was a painter, dancer and music arranger. Rolling Stone ranked Joplin number 46 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 2004. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

Devote today to something so daring even you can’t believe you’re doing it.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is a talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.[1] She is best known for her multi-award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show which was the highest-rated program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011. She has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century and the greatest black philanthropist in American history. In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama and an honorary doctorate degree from Harvard.

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , the process is its own reward.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart (1897–1937) was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. She was a best-selling author, a member of the National Woman’s Party, and a supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment. In 1937 while attempting to become the first person to fly around the world, Earhart’s plane disappeared over the Pacific Ocean. Her bravery paved the way for women pilots.


The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. 

Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel (1883 – 1971) was the only fashion designer to appear on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. She completely revolutionized the fashion industry and her signature scent, Chanel No. 5, has become an iconic product.


You can’t forgive without loving. And I don’t mean sentimentality. I don’t mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, ‘I forgive. I’m finished with it.’

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014) was an American author and poet. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than 50 years. She received dozens of awards and over 30 honorary doctoral degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences, her most famous being I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969). (Source: Wikepedia)

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “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

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962) was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, holding the post from 1933 to 1945. She was the first presidential spouse to hold press conferences, write a syndicated newspaper column, and speak at a national convention. She was a champion of human rights for women and minorities.  

Beautiful, powerful, inspirational words from some of the most iconic women in history! I hope these words stir your heart and help you dig deep and find your courage and passion.

~Coach Raychel