103 Inspirational Quotes That'll Give You More of a Boost Than Coffee

Sage advice from a collection of badass women—and a few men, too.

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Feeling stuck in a rut or just out of sorts? We've been there too, girl—and we've got the perfect remedy for your blues. Enter: the classic inspirational quote to get you back in the game. Here, bite-size pieces of motivation from a slew of our favorite women.

Viola Davis

"Do not live someone else's life and someone else's idea of what womanhood is. Womanhood is you." —Viola Davis

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Tory Burch

"If it doesn't scare you, you're probably not dreaming big enough." —Tory Burch

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Tina Fey

"Perfect is overrated. Perfect is boring." —Tina Fey

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Reese Witherspoon

"I don't know a woman alive who isn't courageous." —Reese Witherspoon

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Kerry Washington

"I don't have to be perfect. All I have to do is show up and enjoy the messy, imperfect, and beautiful journey of my life." —Kerry Washington

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Estée Lauder

"I didn't get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it." —Estée Lauder

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Coco Chanel

"In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different." —Coco Chanel

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Ryan Gosling

"I'm attracted to films that have strong female characters because there are strong female characters in my life." —Ryan Gosling

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Prince Harry

"Real men treat women with dignity and give them the respect they deserve." —Prince Harry

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Margaret Thatcher

"If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman." —Margaret Thatcher

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"I'm tough. I'm ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay." —Madonna

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John Legend

"All men should be feminists. If men care about women's rights, the world will be a better place. We are better off when women are empowered." —John Legend

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Daniel Radcliffe

"I definitely think the idea of friend zone is just men going, 'This woman won't have sex with me.'" —Daniel Radcliffe

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

"Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in." — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Vera Wang

"A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her own clothes." —Vera Wang

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Tina Fey

"Know what? Bitches get stuff done." —Tina Fey

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Tavi Gevinson

"Women are complicated. Women are multifaceted. Not because women are crazy. But because people are crazy, and women happen to be people." —Tavi Gevinson

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Rebecca West

"I myself have never been able to find out precisely what a feminist is. I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat." —Rebecca West

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Marilyn Monroe

"Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world." —Marilyn Monroe

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Gigi Hadid

"I've always said, 'Eat clean to stay fit, have a burger to stay sane.'" —Gigi Hadid

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Betty Friedan

"No woman gets an orgasm from shining the kitchen floor." —Betty Friedan

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Sophia Loren

"Sex appeal is fifty percent what you've got and fifty percent what people think you've got." —Sophia Loren

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Hailee Steinfeld

"It needs to be said and heard: It's okay to be who you are." —Hailee Steinfeld

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Eleanor Roosevelt

"A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." —Eleanor Roosevelt

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Coco Chanel

"The most courageous act is to think for yourself. Aloud." —Coco Chanel

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Anne Hathaway

"A man told me that for a woman, I was very opinionated. I said, 'For a man, you're kind of ignorant.'" —Anne Hathaway

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Alice Walker

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." —Alice Walker

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Amelia Earhart

"The most effective way to do it, is to do it." —Amelia Earhart

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Shonda Rhimes

"You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them." —Shonda Rhimes

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Lucille Ball

"I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done." —Lucille Ball

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