Empowerment Quotes


I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.

Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.

When a man gives his opinion, he's a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she's a bitch.

I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.

There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.


I
care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre

It’s probably not just by chance that I’m alone. It would be very hard for a man to live with me, unless he’s terribly strong. And if he’s stronger than I, I’m the one who can’t live with him. … I’m neither smart nor stupid, but I don’t think I’m a run-of-the-mill person. I’ve been in business without being a businesswoman, I’ve loved without being a woman made only for love. The two men I’ve loved, I think, will remember me, on earth or in heaven, because men always remember a woman who caused them concern and uneasiness. I’ve done my best, in regard to people and to life, without precepts, but with a taste for justice.

Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.

You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.

Song of Solomon

Toni Morrison

Song of Solomon

It's not always necessary to be strong, but to feel strong.

Into the Wild

Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild

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.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre

Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don't.

I hate men who are afraid of women's strength.

Henry & June

Anaïs Nin

Henry & June

Happiness is not the absence of problems, it's the ability to deal with them.

I am not an angel,' I asserted; 'and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself. Mr. Rochester, you must neither expect nor exact anything celestial of me - for you will not get it, any more than I shall get it of you: which I do not at all anticipate.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre
Character    Empowerment    Flaws    Freedom    Gender    Ideal woman    Identity    Image    Independence    Integrity    Love    Men    Realism    Romance    Self awareness    Self determination    Women

I'm single because I was born that way.

Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.

As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.

Orlando

Virginia Woolf

Orlando

In youth, it was a way I had,
To do my best to please.
And change, with every passing lad
To suit his theories.
But now I know the things I know
And do the things I do,
And if you do not like me so,
To hell, my love, with you.

Adaptation    Change    Character    Empowerment    Love    Men    Nature    Pleasing    Self discovery    Self esteem    Self respect    Truthfulness    Wisdom    Women    Youth

She was free in her wildness. She was a wanderess, a drop of free water. She belonged to no man and to no city

Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.

A Room of One's Own

Virginia Woolf

A Room of One's Own

Keep your best wishes, close to your heart and watch what happens

Abundance    Balance    Better    Book    Change    Empowerment    Expression    Freedom    Fulfillment    Fun    Greater    Happiness    Health    Help    Hope    Improvement    Joy    Life    Love    Meditation    Money    More    Peace    Perfect    Power    Relaxation    Self    Self expression    Self help book    Self improvement book    Self realization    Success    Wealth    Your

I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.

A woman knows very well that, though a wit sends her his poems, praises her judgment, solicits her criticism, and drinks her tea, this by no means signifies that he respects her opinions, admires her understanding, or will refuse, though the rapier is denied him, to run through the body with his pen.

Orlando

Virginia Woolf

Orlando
Criticism    Dignity    Double standards    Empowerment    Equality    Feminism    Gender    Hypocrisy    Judgment    Men    Misogyny    Poetry    Respect    Women    Writing

Wherever you find a great man, you will find a great mother or a great wife standing behind him -- or so they used to say. It would be interesting to know how many great women have had great fathers and husbands behind them.

Gaudy Night

Dorothy L. Sayers

Gaudy Night

Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.

To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man's injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then, indeed, is woman less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man's superior. Has she not greater intuition, is she not more self-sacrificing, has she not greater powers of endurance, has she not greater courage? Without her, man could not be. If nonviolence is the law of our being, the future is with woman. Who can make a more effective appeal to the heart than woman?"
[
To the Women of India
(
Young India
, Oct. 4, 1930)]

Empowerment    Equality    Feminist    Gandhi    Gender    Inspirational    Men    Strength    Women

My own sex, I hope, will excuse me, if I treat them like rational creatures, instead of flattering their
fascinating
graces, and viewing them as if they were in a state of perpetual childhood, unable to stand alone.

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat, or a prostitute.

What we call our destiny is truly our character and that character can be altered. The knowledge that we are responsible for our actions and attitudes does not need to be discouraging, because it also means that we are free to change this destiny. One is not in bondage to the past, which has shaped our feelings, to race, inheritance, background. All this can be altered if we have the courage to examine how it formed us. We can alter the chemistry provided we have the courage to dissect the elements.

The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.

A Room of One's Own

Virginia Woolf

A Room of One's Own
Emancipation    Empowerment    Feminism    Gender    Men    Misogyny    Women

If you need something from somebody always give that person a way to hand it to you.

I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves me.

Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing

One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.

Don't confuse poor decision-making with destiny. Own your mistakes. It’s ok; we all make them. Learn from them so they can empower you!

Any woman who is sure of her own wits, is a match, at any time, for a man who is not sure of his own temper.

The Woman in White

Wilkie Collins

The Woman in White
Argument    Control    Dispute    Empowerment    Intelligence    Men    Self control    Superiority    Wit    Women

I am not an angel," I asserted; "and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre

In order to rise from its own ashes, a Phoenix first must burn.

I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been.

Empowerment    Equality    Gender    Men    Superiority    Women

Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others ... Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth."
(Journal entry, 14 October 1922)

People who lack the clarity, courage, or determination to follow their own dreams will often find ways to discourage yours. When you change for the better, the people around you will be inspired to change also....but only after doing their best to make you stop. Live your truth and don't EVER stop.

Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work.

If men could see us as we really are, they would be a little amazed; but the cleverest, the acutest men are often under an illusion about women: they do not read them in a true light: they misapprehend them, both for good and evil: their good woman is a queer thing, half doll, half angel; their bad woman almost always a fiend.

Shirley

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Shirley

My name is Celaena Sardothien," she whispered, "and I will not be afraid.

I used to spend so much time reacting and responding to everyone else that my life had no direction. Other people's lives, problems, and wants set the course for my life. Once I realized it was okay for me to think about and identify what I wanted, remarkable things began to take place in my life.

When, however, one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs, or even of a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet, of some mute and inglorious Jane Austen, some Emily Bronte who dashed her brains out on the moor or mopped and mowed about the highways crazed with the torture that her gift had put her to. Indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.

I don't damsel well. Distress, I can do. Damseling? Not so much.

I remembered that the real world was wide, and that a varied field of hopes and fears, of sensations and excitments, awaited those who had the courage to go forth into it's expanse, to seek real knowledge of life amidst it's perils.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre

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