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

Sage advice from badass women (and a few men, too).

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Feeling stuck in a rut, or just out of sorts? We got you. Sometimes, you just need a couple of positive, candid, inspiration-giving quotes that'll help you see the light of the end of the tunnel. From the women (and some men) who have seen it all, done it all, and have the wisdom to help you through anything, we present: Inspirational, timeless lines that will get you through even the darkest of days. You may just need one or two of these quotes—the ones that really speak to you and your situation—but we listed 108 of them (yes, 108) so that there's something for everyone.

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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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Ilhan Omar

"They cannot stand that a refugee, a black woman, an immigrant, a Muslim, shows up in Congress thinking she's equal to them. But I say to them, 'How else did you expect me to show up?'" — Ilhan Omar

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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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"Feminism is for everybody." —bell hooks

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"There's something so special about a woman who dominates in a man's world. It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness, and the nerve to never take no for an answer."

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Kamala Harris Launches Presidential Campaign In Her Hometown Of Oakland
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Kamala Harris

“If we do not lift up women and families, everyone will fall short.”—Kamala Harris

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Tina Fey

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

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Justin Trudeau

“I am a feminist. I’m proud to be a feminist.” —Justin Trudeau

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The American Jewish Congress Tribute to Fay Kanin - June 2, 1983
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Diane von Furstenberg

"I always wanted to be a femme fatale. Even when I was a young girl, I never really wanted to be a girl. I wanted to be a woman." —Diane von Furstenberg

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Reese Witherspoon

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

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Nancy Pelosi

"Women are leaders everywhere you look—from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes."
—Nancy Pelosi

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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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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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Michelle Obama

"There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish."
—Michelle Obama

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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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Amy Schumer

"I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I'm beautiful. I say if I'm strong. You will not determine my story—I will." —Amy Schumer

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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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Jia Tolentino

"Women’s speech—and the fact that we are now listening to it—has enraged men in a way that makes them determined to reestablish the longstanding hierarchy of power in America. ... And yet this awful truth will not stop women from speaking, and I do not think that it will turn a movement into a moment. It has become clear that there is not nearly enough left to lose." — Jia Tolentino

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Marilyn Monroe
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Marilyn Monroe

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

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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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