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Top 10 Inspiring Quotes by Women In History

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 collection of 10 inspiring quotes by women of great faith throughout history. They are women who have surpassed seemingly insurmountable obstacles to emerge untarnished on the other side.  They have paved the way for the next generation of women to reach for God’s dreams for their lives and to make them come true.

Top 10 Inspiring Quotes by Women in History: Network owner and talk show host Oprah Winfrey (C) cuts the ribbon at the girls’ school she funded in Henley-on-Klip, South Africa, January 2007. Image by © Kim Ludbrook/epa/Corbis

“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

“…I have not even doubted the power and goodness of God to keep me from falling, through the sanctification of the spirit and the belief in the truth.” – Jarena Lee, the first woman ordained to preach by the AME Church

“Where there is so much racket, there must be something out of kilter. I think that ‘twixt the Negroes of the South and the women at the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon.” – Sojourner Truth  abolitionist, advocate for civil and women’s rights, and former slave

“The message that God forgives has a prior condition: that we forgive those who have injured us.” – Corrie ten Boom, Dutch watchmaker and writer who was persecuted for hiding Jews in her home during the Holocaust

“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 Ph.D. in Chemistry

10 inspiring quotes by great women in historyTop 10 Inspiring Quotes by Women in History: Marie Daly, first African American woman to receive a PhD in Chemistry in the US[/caption]

“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 (is) and always work for the world as it should be.” – Condoleezza Rice,  Former United States Secretary of State

“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

“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

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