24 Words of Encouragement By Historical Women To Bring Positivity Into Your Day

What do Oprah, Amelia Earhart, and Helen Keller have in common? These are examples of women who have historically defied the odds and have endured countless obstacles on their paths to success.
To help shine a light on successful women everywhere, FTD put together this collection of inspiring quotes by the world’s most influential women. These words of encouragement be sure to lift your spirits up despite any hurdles that life may throw at you. Not only will these quotes serve to help you stay positive, they will also inspire you to be an encouraging force for others. Check out the quotes below and spread the message by sharing your favorite visuals below.

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion with one’s courage.” — Anaïs Nin

“It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.” — J.K. Rowling
“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

“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.” — Martha Graham

“The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence.” — Blake Lively

“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” — Mother Teresa
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” — Mother Teresa
“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” — Diane Mariechild
“No one has ever become poor by giving.” — Anne Frank
“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Never throw out anyone.” — Audrey Hepburn
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” — Amelia Earhart
“I think the best way to have confidence is not to allow everyone else’s insecurities to be your own.” — Jessie J
“I’m stronger than I thought I was. My favorite phrase has been ‘This too shall pass.’ I now understand it really well.” — Robin Roberts
“When there is no struggle, there is no strength.” — Oprah
“Keep your sunny side up, keep yourself beautiful, and indulge yourself.” — Betsey Johnson
“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” — Judy Garland
“I may not be perfect, but parts of me are pretty awesome.” — Anonymous
“Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.” — Byron Katie
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.” — Helen Keller
“If you’re feeling helpless, help someone.” — Aung San Suu Kyi
“One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.” — Simone De Beauvoir
“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” — Malala Yousafzai