” Strength and honor are her clothing; she shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and on her tongue is the law of kindness” – Proverbs 31:25-26
On Westa.org, we celebrate the strength and resilience of women throughout history. Below is a list of 10 inspiring quotes by great women in history who have surpassed obstacles to emerge untarnished on the other side. These women paved the way for the next generation to reach for our dreams and to make them come true.
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
– Harriet Tubman, abolitionist, humanitarian, and former slave
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
– Helen Keller, activist and lecturer; the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”
– Marie Curie, chemist and physicist
“Courage… it’s a habitus, a habit, a virtue: you get it by courageous acts. It’s like you learn to swim by swimming. You learn courage by couraging.”
-Marie M. Daly, The first female African-American to earn a PhD in Chemistry
“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
— Rosa Parks, African-American civil rights activist
“Too often we have bartered away not only the land, but the very air and water. Too often we have sacrificed human values to commercial values under the bright guise of progress. And in our unconcern, we have let a crisis gather which threatens health and even life itself.”
– Claudia “Ladybird” Johnson, former First Lady of the United States; proponent of the Head Start program and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
“Great leaders never accept the world as it was and always work for the world as it should be.”
“You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages. “
– Michelle Obama, first African American First Lady of the United States
“You have to imagine it possible before you can see something. You can have the evidence right in front of you, but if you can’t imagine something that has never existed before, it’s impossible.”
– Rita Dove, first African-American poet laureate of the U.S.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
– Oprah Winfrey, American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist
May you be inspired and encouraged to live your life to the fullest by the ancestors that have proved your capability and influence as a child of God.
Hear Nia Allen sing the beautiful hymn, “Holy Spirit”, at West Angeles Church of God In Christ below: