More Quotes From Great Women In History

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, presents Part II of our series on wonderful, inspirational quotes by women of historic achievement.

“Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul…The woman power of this nation can be the power which makes us whole and heals the rotten community, now so shattered by war and poverty and racism. I have great faith in the power of women who will dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to the task of remaking our society.”  Coretta Scott King, American author, activist, civil rights leader, and the wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The world is put back by the death of everyone who has to sacrifice the development of his or her peculiar gifts to conventionality.” — Florence Nightingale, English social reformer, statistician, and the founder of modern nursing

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou, poet, singer, and civil rights activist

“Any person who does not vote is failing to serve the cause of freedom – his own freedom, his people’s freedom, and his country’s freedom.” — Constance Baker Motley, first African-American woman to serve as a federal judge

“The excuse or toleration of cruelty upon any living creature by a woman is a deadly sin against the grandest force in nature – maternal love … In not a single instance known to science has the cure of any human disease resulted necessarily from this fallacious method of research.”  Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female physician in the United States.

“Follow your passion. Whatever you’re doing, do your best at all times and make it as correct as possible. Work as if someone is watching you. Then you’ll be prepared when an opportunity presents itself.” – Katherine Johnson, one of the first African American mathematicians at NASA, depicted in the film, Hidden Figures. 

“Love the moment. Flowers grow out of dark moments. Therefore, each moment is vital. It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments and to live each, is to succeed.”  Sister Mary Corita Kent; nun, artist, and educator

“You can pray until you faint, but unless you get up and try to do something, God is not going to put it in your lap.”  Fanny Lou Hamer, American voting rights activist, Civil Rights leader, and philanthropist

“If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these together ought to be able to turn it back and get it right side up again.” — Sojourner Truth, African-American orator, abolitionist, and former slave

“We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.” — Louisa May Alcott, author of “Little Women”

“If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there’s shouting after you, keep going. Don’t ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.” ― Harriet Tubman, African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and former slave

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