She’s Doing It: Quotes for You by (Mostly) Women Who Inspire Me

by Gloria Feldt on September 5th, 2012
in Inspiration, Leadership, No Excuses, Power, She's Doing It and tagged , , , , ,

Today I was feeling frustrated. I’d been working hard on a project but it wasn’t moving forward. I thought of a quote from the humorist Will Rogers, one I’ve often used when speaking about strategic planning or leadership. He said, “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

How often do you find that a great quote can inspire you, inform you, give you just the kick of encouragement you need at a particular moment?

Happens to me all the time.

I’ve long collected quotes that speak to me in various files and electronic folders. I turn to them for inspiration and I often share them in writings and speeches. People tell me they look forward to these morsels of wisdom, encouragement, and power. In fact one friend told me she was addicted to the quotes I post on Facebook and twitter.

So I’ve collected the best of of the quotes and shared them on a new page here http://gloriafeldt.com/quotes-that-inspire-me/ Take a gander and see if you find your favorites there.

Quotes like:

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right—for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

“It is our choices … that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” — J.K. Rowling

“A woman who knows her power has in her hands the key to her own happiness and success.” —Raffaella Barker

“It’s hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.” —Sally Kempton

And probably my all-time favorite:

“Well behaved women rarely make history.” —Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

Browse the “Quotes that Inspire me” page to find quotes that speak to you. Feel free to use any of them with attribution to their creators. And you can even share these pages in their entirety.

Do you have a favorite quote? E-mail it to me and I’ll add it. I’ll also keep adding new quotes as I find them, so we’ll all have a repository of encouraging words when we need them.

I’ll give the wonderful author Isabel Allende the last word:

“You are the storyteller of your own life, and you can create your own legend or not.”

Go for it! And be sure to bookmark the page for when you need some encouraging words.

Gloria Feldt

Gloria Feldt is the author of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power. Buy the book here. Engage Gloria for a Speech or Workshop. Tweet @GloriaFeldt and connect on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ Gloria is the co-founder (with Amy Litzenberger) of Take the Lead, a new initiative to prepare and propel women to leadership parity by 2025. Find them @takeleadwomen and on Facebook.

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2 Responses to She’s Doing It: Quotes for You by (Mostly) Women Who Inspire Me

  1. Aletha says:

    I see you included two quotes from Virginia Woolf. Here is one I particularly like, from Chapter 3 of Three Guineas, but perhaps you may not like it, since you do not feel like an outsider at the moment.

    For,’ the outsider will say, ‘in fact, as a woman, I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.’

    I imagine this quote does not really fit here or on your quote page, but I paraphrased it in my latest blog entry, and it suits my mood particularly well as I seethe about the maelstrom of mainstream spin swirling about just now.

  2. Gloria Feldt says:

    Aletha, I like almost everything Virginia Woolf said. I am quite sure that being an outsider myself contributed to my ability to navigate many cultures and fostered my commitment to social justice.

    Thanks for sharing the quote. I’ll be adding to the page after I collect a few more new ones.

 
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