8 Inspirational Quotes from Powerful Women

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“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?”– Frida Kahlo

Today is my Monday, very sad indeed, but I have to pick myself up and somehow get out of that door. What better way to start the week than a cup of coffee and some uplifting quotes from these wonderful women?

For when you’re feeling weak:
“Don’t let anyone speak for you, and don’t rely on others to fight for you.”- Michelle Obama

“I told myself, Malala, you have already faced death. This is your second life. Don’t be afraid — if you are afraid, you can’t move forward.” – Malala Yousafzai, I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

“One of the things that baffles me (and there are quite a few) is how there can be so much lingering stigma with regards to mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder. In my opinion, living with manic depression takes a tremendous amount of balls. Not unlike a tour of Afghanistan (though the bombs and bullets, in this case, come from the inside). At times, being bipolar can be an all-consuming challenge, requiring a lot of stamina and even more courage, so if you’re living with this illness and functioning at all, it’s something to be proud of, not ashamed of. They should issue medals along with the steady stream of medication.” – Carrie Fisher, Wishful Drinking

Because self-acceptance is the key to confidence:
“Nothing I accept about myself can be used against me to diminish me.”
—Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

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Activate your feminist side:
“I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.”
― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Embrace your complicated and beautiful mind:
“I never am really satisfied that I understand anything; because, understand it well as I may, my comprehension can only be an infinitesimal fraction of all I want to understand about the many connections and relations which occur to me.”-Ada Lovelace

And remember:
“We don’t heal in isolation, but in community.” – S. Kelley Harrell, Gift of the Dreamtime – Reader’s Companion

Have a beautiful day, pineapples!

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