What sets strong women apart? What makes them tick?
For those who are unaware, these are the women who love themselves and are confident of their abilities. They are the few of who don’t need validation from other people because they are sure of themselves and what they can give to society. They embrace their color, shape and size without fear – yes, these are the brave and strong!
So, here’s a list of the best strong women quotes. You’ll be surprised to learn that the positive virtues of these women make the world a better place.
She wore her scars as her best attire. A stunning dress made of hellfire. – Daniel Saint
Women who have weathered the storms of life have scars to prove it. They wear their scars with pride and dignity because these are the marks of a true survivor. Every battle won is an achievement that makes them better fighters. They never run from challenges and they come out stronger than ever. In life, it’s impossible not to encounter pains and struggles. Yet, it’s true what they say, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
She remembered who she was and the game changed. – Lalah Deliah
History is full of women who started out unsure of themselves but became better and more courageous. Experience is an excellent teacher and a strong woman never forgets the lessons she has learned. She knows that these life lessons are necessary for transformation and strength of character. Every victory in her life is well-fought and she gets better each time. Faced with the same difficulties, she only has to remember past triumphs and she is again ready for any challenges that life throws at her.
Nothing can dim the light that shines from within. – Maya Angelou
Courageous women find their strength in their inner core. It takes years to develop character and strong women are willing to change for the better. All their past experiences, however difficult these may be, are stored in their hearts. Nothing is wasted since these women are also wise and know that everything that happened in their life has a reason. The mess in their lives becomes their message of light in a dark world.
The strongest actions for a woman is to love herself, be herself and shine amongst those who never believed she could. –Author Unknown
Love for self is a marked trait of a strong woman and is an important part of her being. She often takes stock of her strengths and vulnerabilities and uses these for good. She never makes excuses for her abilities and she embraces who she is. Accepting their own limitations and working around it helps these brave women overcome adversities and challenges. That’s the reason why their resilience often takes the world by surprise.
Woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself. – Susan B. Anthony
Proponent of women’s rights and American social reformer, Susan B. Anthony believed that women can stand on their own feet, even without the protection of a man. This belief has resonated through the centuries and has been a major goal for ladies everywhere. These women don’t rely on anyone to nurture or protect themselves. Rather, being independent and self-reliant are remarkable qualities of strong women around the world.
Never ever mistake her silence for weakness. Remember that sometimes the air stills, before the onset of a hurricane. –Nikita Hill
One thing about strong women, they don’t have to brag about what they can do – they just do it. And they do it well. Their silence can be mistaken for weakness, but that’s a big mistake since most of the time, they are behind the scenes. They are hands on and aren’t afraid of getting their hands dirty. They are movers, more than talkers. They get things done with minimum fuss and rancor.
She was brave and strong and broken all at once. – Anna Funder
One outstanding trait of a strong woman? She learns from her past and is brave enough to rise up and try again. While some people may be discouraged and just give up, these amazing women continue to go forward. Resiliency is a strong quality that is common to all these courageous women. They can be broken, yes, but never destroyed. There may be times in life when they are down, but they learn and never give up.
A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. – Eleanor Roosevelt
A woman of strong character can be tested by how she reacts to her circumstances. She knows that she can’t control everything so she does her best to cope using her wit and determination. She doesn’t let events and past actions define her – she rises above that. Her courage stems from being aware of her capabilities and weaknesses, and she puts these to good use. She thrives in any exigency and faces challenges head on.
A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink. – Gina Carey
Brave and courageous women never let disheartening situations get them down. They know that the only way through a tough circumstance is to go through it and not around it. There are no shortcuts to take since she knows that whatever happens in life, this too shall pass. Strong women make it appear easy as they show the world how it is done. They head on straight to a challenge and they never waver.
A woman who opens her heart to love you, when its already broken, is braver than any person you’ll meet. – Steven Benson
The ability to love and be loved in return is as natural as air. Many pine for affection and when all they get is unrequited love; some are disillusioned and never open their hearts again. Not those women who have characters made of steel. In their vulnerability, choosing to love again will always be their first knee-jerk reaction. They believe that loving someone is worth all the pain and they are not afraid of second chances.
She understood that the hardest times in life to go through were when you were transitioning from one version of yourself to another. – Sarah Addison Allen
Nothing in this life is permanent except change. No one can stop it – it’s either you embrace it or fight it. It’s easy to stay as you are and where you are. After all, staying in your comfort zone is easier than wading in unknown waters. In the case of strong women, they understand and accept that change is imminent. There may be aches similar to birth pains, but after the process has finished, it’s like a metamorphosis where a better person is revealed.
I am mine. Before I am anyone else’s. – Nayyirah Waheed
What makes strong women tick? They have a good sense of self-worth that’s remarkable. Placing tremendous value on yourself entails believing you are a good person who deserves better. Strong women know who they are, what they can accomplish and how to go about it. They love themselves, but this is different from conceit. Loving yourself involves acceptance of who you are. Whatever you see in the mirror however flawed – you nurture for the better.
You have to learn to get up from the table when love is no longer being served. – Nina Simone
While love is worth fighting for, a woman of strong character must know when to put down her sword. There are times when women stay in a relationship out of fear of being alone or are unable to leave because of economic reasons. In domestic violence, statistics show women remain in this unsafe environment because they are afraid of shaking the status quo. Learning to stand on one’s own two feet is the start of empowerment, and strong women choose this path.
Some women are lost in the fire. some women are built from it. – Michelle K., “Some”
Women who have characters of steel are like gold that has been refined by fire. Impurities are removed by the flame and what comes out is is a gem of true value. While lesser personalities are consumed by the blaze, these women of grit rises from the ashes like the legendary phoenix. Struggles in life are crucial and hones character. While life may be difficult, undergoing these trials ensure that transformation will take place after this process.
She never seemed shattered; to me, she was a breathtaking mosaic of the battles she’s won. – Matt Baker
Think of a strong woman in your life and chances are, this lady stands in dignity, as if nothing can shatter her calm demeanor. Wise beyond her years and with wisdom borne out of her numerous experiences in life, she is like a colorful tapestry. All the colors come together to produce a stunning picture. Being a true survivor in life’s many battles makes a strong woman confident. And it shows in her actions and personal choices.
Never apologize for being sensitive or emotional. Let this be a sign that you’ve got a big heart and aren’t afraid to let others see it. Showing your emotions is a sign of strength. – Brigitte Nicole
Strong women stand out from the pack. Their experiences in life have molded them to become better persons. Since they learn from their mistakes, they are more confident about making decisions that impact their life and those of others. Women who are strong leaders are not afraid to lead their team or their organization. Like lions, which are symbols of strength and courage, these women are resolute and are willing to fight to protect what they cherish.
Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim. – Nora Ephron
Don’t you just cringe when people you know and care about have this perennial “victim” mentality? Learn a few tips or so from strong women who never let any obstacles bring them down. Having a positive outlook, being confident in one’s abilities and having courage are just some of the noble traits of these powerful women. Being one’s own heroine means you are responsible for your life. Dependency is unheard of for these women – they don’t rely on others to make their lives better.
Strong women don’t play victim, don’t make themselves look pitiful, and don’t point fingers. They stand and they deal. –Mandy Hale
The ability to fend for themselves, having a high degree of self-worth and the confidence to take charge of their lives are what makes strong women stand out. It would be just convenient to be always the “victim” in life, because this means you’re not accountable for your actions. This also entails finger-pointing and putting the blame on others. In contrast, courageous women always face the music, are responsible for their actions and they don’t blame others for any difficulties that come their way. They make their stand and they deal with the cards that life hands out to them.
Storms make trees take deeper roots. – Dolly Parton
Think of a strong woman and most often, these are the ladies that have weathered the many storms of life. These storms may include sickness, the death of a loved one, divorce or economic difficulties. Looking at their weather-beaten faces, you see a firm resolve, and a quietness of spirit that has accepted what life has given them. It’s interesting to note that the difficulties of live have not left them jaded. Rather, each storm enabled them to dig deeper into their inner resources making their resolve firmer and their characters stronger.
You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself. – Glinda, “Wizard of Oz”
The good witch Glinda of the classic The Wizard of Oz doesn’t have to remind the Dorothys of this generation that there is always an innate power just waiting to be harnessed into fruition. One way of learning what you have inside is through challenges and struggles that test who your really are. For strong women, they have discovered this pack of hidden power inside of them – the ability to rise up from their dire circumstances; resiliency and the will to live. Only in adversity can one discover what they are really made of.
After all those years as a woman hearing ‘not thin enough, not this enough, not that enough’, almost overnight I woke up one morning and thought: I’m enough. – Anna Quindlen
Through the ages, there were a lot of high expectations and false premises against women. In every society around the world, women’s status varied according to culture and beliefs. It’s no wonder that women developed into strong individuals in light of prejudices and conjectures against them. At some point in their lives, they have learned that no one will ever understand or love them but themselves. Recognizing their worth in society is one of the many lessons that they have learned through the centuries.
A strong woman builds other up because she knows what it’s like to be torn down. – Anonymous
Strong women have this amazing quality: they don’t consider other women as rivals. It’s a basic truth that small minds talk and gossip about other people; those of good character invest their time speaking words of encouragement. Lifting others’ morale and spirit is one of the distinct qualities of strong women. They encourage, nurture and share their valuable life experiences in to others. Their great sense of self-worth and confidence makes these strong women good models for others to emulate.
As for my girls, I’ll raise them to think they breathe fire. – Jessica Kirkland
Strong mothers and woman mentors develop “offsprings” that are similarly-minded like them: courageous, determined, hopeful, and fiercely independent. They act with decisiveness and are not dependent on others for their happiness or well-being. It’s not difficult to see why these daughters will grow up to be like their “moms”. Since values are caught and not taught, it would be natural that their every interaction with these strong women will be learning moments for these girls.
Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift. – Mary Oliver
Everything that happened in the life of strong women is a learning experience for them. But the greatest takeaways will always be from bleak and unhappy circumstances. It’s true, the good and bad times take on a different perspective when seen in the light of experience. These courageous women ultimately realize that all things that occurred in their life have reasons that they were unable to see at that time. On hindsight, these wise women understood that all of these events helped built character. And molded them to what they are today.
I wanted to show that women are empowered and strong, and don’t have to be saved by some male hero, but they can take care of themselves using their intelligence and their power. – Gal Gadot
A strong woman is indeed a “Wonder Woman”. Not only is she wise beyond her years, she is also empowered and resilient. Gal Gadot who portrayed the heroine in the movie exuded grace, intelligence and a huge capacity to love others. These qualities resonated with many strong women because they are the living “Wonder Women” of this age. Being strong in character and mind are just some of the traits that these women possess.
In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. – Albert Camus
Only in adversity and life’s challenges will one know the true character of a person. There is really no substitute for experiential learning; no shortcuts will suffice. This is because these experiences pave the way for lessons to be ingrained deeply in one’s nature or personality. When the going gets rough in the depths of winter, and with no end in sight, strong women always draw strength from their inner resources, which is their “invincible summer”.
If you live off a man’s compliments, you’ll die from his criticism. – Cornelius Lindsey
It’s an age-old notion that women can only validate their worth through a man’s eyes. Strong women have learned early on that they can’t and won’t be defined by what other people think of them. These tough women recognize their worth and are defined by their strength of character. They value their past experiences that made them better individuals. They are not easily swayed by criticisms but rather, they rise above it and believe in their innate abilities.
It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do. – Jane Austen, “Sense and Sensibility”
Action speaks louder than words, and this is true for all the courageous women who are not afraid of hard work or getting their hands dirty. Words can easily be uttered and forgotten, but actions, especially noble and kind ones transcend time. It’s so easy to engage in double talk but women of character follow up their words with concrete action. They are genuine in their words but what sets them apart is that the honesty of their intention can be seen in their response to situations and events.
She’s a strong cup of black coffee in a world that is drunk on the cheap wine of shallow love. – JmStorm
If you need to be alert, black coffee is all you’ll need. It’s a quick way to energize and blow the cobwebs from your mind. Strong women are like a cup of black coffee – they are the real deal. They are authentic, unadulterated and makes you see things in their proper perspective. In this world, few are honest enough to show their real self. Not these women. They can be honest because they are not people pleasers. They don’t need validation from others to know their true worth.
I know my worth. I’ve paid dearly for every ounce of it. – Alfa
Strong women have paid a high price for becoming who they are. Like diamonds in the rough, they are chiselled by struggles and difficulties in order to shine brightly. These women can also be likened to gold that needs to be purified by fire to remove all flaws. Transforming into a courageous female does not happen overnight. It’s a long and difficult process that often involves obstacles, hardships and adversities.
Understand that getting help isn’t a sign of weakness but a sign of strength. – Michelle Obama
Think of any strong women you know, and you’ll realize that they are not afraid to seek help when they need it. But they also know that when none is given, it’s up to them to help themselves. Getting help is not a sign of weakness, as compared to dependency which is not a trait of these brave females. They know that not getting help deprives others of the opportunity to extend a hand. It also places all burden on one’s shoulder that might have easily been shared.