Inspirational Quotes – Spotlight on Courage


This year my weekly Thursday blog posts are a Spotlight on Courage.  Today, I decided to share quotes, some by women, some not, but all about women – particularly, strong women.  I believe we all have a strong woman inside of us, sometimes she gets buried under sorrow, pain, overwhelming loads of work, and more.  I find myself in that situation often, as I have been building my writing career and feeling as though I am out there by myself.  This is one of those weeks, but reading these quotes and then typing them out, has given me the strength I needed to keep driving this business forward and striving to reach my goals.  Sometimes, we just need a reminder of how strong we really are.  I hope they inspire you too.

 “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within” – Maya Angelou


“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, at whatever cost, must be attained” – Marie Curie


“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it” – Margaret Thatcher


“Where there is no struggle, there is no strength” – Oprah


“Go within every day and find the inner strength so that the world will not blow your candle out” – Katherine Dunham


“A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.” – Gina Carey


“She slept with wolves without fear, for the wolves knew a lion was among them.” – R.M. Drake


“Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who would be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.” – Chimamanda Adichie


“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do” – Eleanor Roosevelt


“Strong women don’t play victim, don’t make themselves look pitiful, & don’t point fingers. They stand & they deal.” – Mandy Hale


“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


“The only thing that goes on in your life is what you allow to go on in your life.” – Iyanla Vanzant


“Character. Intelligence. Strength. Style. That makes beauty.” – Diane Von Furstenberg


“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” – Maya Angelou


“My mother always told me, “Hide your face, people are looking at you.” I would reply, “It does not matter, I am also looking at them.” – Malala Yousafzai


“A beautiful woman is a beautiful woman, but a beautiful woman with a brain is an absolutely lethal combination.” – Prabal Gurung


“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou


“I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story – I will.” – Amy Schumer



“I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is indestructible.” – John Steinbeck, East of Eden


“She stood in the storm, & when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.” – Elizabeth Edwards


Do you have a favorite quote that isn’t listed here?  Please share it in the comments so we can all be inspired.  Thank you. The kindest thing you can do for a friend is share these quotes today!



4 thoughts on “Inspirational Quotes – Spotlight on Courage”

  1. Nicole SorrellNicole Sorrell

    Thanks for sharing these! I like the ones from Eleanor Roosevelt. Another is: “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

    February 4, 2016
    • PJ FialaPJ Fiala

      Thanks Nicole. I like Eleanor’s quotes too. Maya Angelou of course, is inspiring and encouraging.

      February 4, 2016
  2. Lela MarkhamLela Markham

    Some great quotes!

    February 4, 2016
    • PJ FialaPJ Fiala

      Yep. Thanks Lela.

      February 4, 2016

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