“A strong woman knows she has strength enough for the journey, but a woman of strength knows it is in the journey where she will become strong.”
There are 3.9 billion phenomenal women in the world. The stories touch our hearts and inspire our souls. These strong women have left tales of their courage, determinism, and strength. The extraordinary gift of love they have spread and the life lessons they have given are pearls of wisdom for everyone across the globe.
As a woman, you have a different journey in your life. As your life opens up, new experiences come your way. You encounter more challenging times. As a result, you wear an invisible suit of armor against people who try to put you down, criticize or even tease you.
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Tips to Help Become a Strong Woman
We have mentioned some tips below to help you feel good about yourself, your strengths, talents, and capabilities while you are being a strong woman:
- Stand up for yourself.
- Let yourself be recognized.
- Realize that, although right now you are adjusting to challenges, you have a lifetime to get used to them. Keep reminding yourself that you will adjust against challenges and come back stronger.
These tips will definitely help you. However, quotes from strong women themselves will give you a perspective shift, no matter if you are single, a new mom, or a working woman.
Attitude & Self-Esteem
We have been inspired by the power of choice and love given by strong women of the world. One of the most inspiring attitudes comes from our beloved, Oprah Winfrey. She, through her words, actions, and examples, has lifted up many fellow women. In a commencement address to all-female Spelman College graduates, she gave a powerful message:
Be a queen. Dare to be different. Be a pioneer. Be a leader. Be the kind of woman who in the face of adversity will continue to embrace life and walk fearlessly toward the challenge. Take it on! Be a truth seeker and rule your domain, whatever it is — your home, your office, your family — with a loving heart.
Be a queen. Be tender. Continue to give birth to new ideas and rejoice in your womanhood … My prayer is that we will stop wasting time being mundane and mediocre. … We are daughters of God — here to teach the world how to love …
It doesn’t matter what you’ve been through, where you come from, who your parents are — nor your social or economic status. None of that matters. What matters is how you choose to love, how you choose to express that love through your work, through your family, through what you have to give to the world…
Be a queen. Own your prayer and your glory!Oprah Winfrey
Go easy on yourself: Don’t tell yourself you are hopeless if you make a mistake or do something others laugh at. Instill an attitude of being your own best friend. What attitude do other strong women carry? Read below:
“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.”Angela Davis
“What is right for one soul may not be right for another. It may mean having to stand on your own and do something strange in the eyes of others.”Eileen Caddy
“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching, or cool one pain
Or help one fainting Robin unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.”Emily Dickson
“Dignity will only happen when you realize that having someone in your life doesn’t validate your worth.”Shannon L. Alder
“I believe in strong women. I believe in the woman who is able to stand up for herself. I believe in the woman who doesn’t need to hide behind her husband’s back. I believe that if you have problems, as a woman you deal with them, you don’t play victim, you don’t make yourself look pitiful, you don’t point fingers. You stand and you deal. You face the world with a head held high and you carry the universe in your heart.”C. JoyBell C
“With the spread of conformity and image-driven superficiality, the allure of an individuated woman in full possession of herself and her powers will prove irresistible. We were born for plenitude and inner fulfillment.”Betsy Prioleau
“If you live for people’s acceptance, you’ll die from their rejections.”Lecrae
“Strong women — precious jewels all — their humanness is evident in their accessibility. We are able to enter into the spirit of these women and rejoice in their warmth and courage.”Maya Angelou
What would you say to others to make them feel confident about their attitudes and themselves? Tell it to yourself:
“The emerging woman … will be strong-minded, strong-hearted, strong-souled, and strong-bodied…strength and beauty must go together.”Louisa May Alcott
“I’d rather be thought of as smart, capable, strong, and compassionate than beautiful. Those things all persist long after beauty fades.”Cassandra Duffy
“What one person sees as degrading and disgusting and bad for women might make some women feel empowered and beautiful and strong.”Sasha Grey
Every woman has barriers and obstacles. You will have them too. It’s not easy to overcome; however, know that there are ways to become optimistic even in the face of adversity. Just as fellow women say:
“Life is either a daring obstacle or nothing at all.”Helen Keller
“A queen will always turn pain into power.”
“A woman is like a tea bag. You never know her strength until you drop her in hot water.”Eleanor Roosevelt
“The richness of the human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome.”Helen Keller
“Opportunities are usually disguised by hard work, so most people don’t recognise them.”Ann Landers
“I may be in pain, but I am not weak.”Veronica Roth
“You become stronger and more confident by showing the courage to change the things you have control over.”Germany Kent
Be still for a while. It gets hard to work out what you think or how you feel if you are in the middle of chaos. Sit or walk by yourself and give yourself time to think and be grateful.
“A strong woman loves, forgives, walks away, lets go, tries again, and perseveres … no matter what life throws at her.”Unknown
“She may be broken for a while, but that’s ok. She’s working on her, cause she’s not one to leave a mess lying around.”J M Storm
“The most dangerous woman of all is the one who refuses to rely on your sword to save her because she carries her own.”R. H. Sin
“There will be people who say to you, ‘You are out of your lane.’ They are burdened by only having the capacity to see what has always been instead of what can be. But don’t you let that burden you.”Kamala Harris
“The woman who doesn’t require validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet.”Mohadesa Najumi
“Just because I give you my all, doesn’t mean I’m a pushover. Don’t make the mistake of underestimating me. Push too hard and you’ll see how strong I really am!Karen Gibbs
Living your Dream
Do something that makes you feel better about yourself because:
“Own yourself, woman.”Toni Morrison
“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow them.”Louisa May Alcott
You may find very few people in your life who will say, “You did really well!” or “I am proud of you!”. You have to become a proud woman working towards your dream.
“And to all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.”Hillary Clinton
“My doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother.”Wilma Rudolph
“You gotta have a dream. If you don’t have a dream, how you gonna make a dream come true?”Bloody Marry, in the move South Pacific
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”Eleanor Roosevelt
“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.”Pamela Vaull Starr
Don’t be embarrassed or apologetic about your passions and ambitions. Find fellow women, groups, or clubs that have the same interest as yours. There are websites/social media channels that let you know there are other people out there who have the same goal as yours. Take support from them, and be their support system. After all, follow your dreams and live them.
“Today a new sun rises for me; everything lives, everything is animated, everything seems to speak to me of my passion, everything invites me to cherish it…”Anne de Lenclos
“I’ve often thought it unfair that women are expected to stay at home when there’s a fight to be won. If a woman has the strength to bear a child, she can swing a sword as well as any man.”Karen Hawkins
“She would rather walk alone in darkness than follow anyone else’s shadow.”R. G. Moon
“When she laughed she was beautiful, when she cried she was beautiful, but, when she was determined she was sexy as hell.”Matt Baker
“One of the most beautiful sounds that I have ever heard is the sound of a beautiful, strong woman’s voice once she has discovered her true worth. She sounds empowered … She sounds confident … but most of all … she sounds free.”
Do something for others. It will make you feel useful and that you are doing something important. Support a fellow girl to follow her dreams. Be kind and instill courage in others. Women throughout the ages have shared their wisdom. Read the pearls they have left for you below:
“The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.”Harriet Beecher Stowe
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”Mother Teresa
“Girls should never be afraid to be smart.”Emma Watson
“Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.”Lauren Bacall
“As soon as you feel too old to do a thing, do it.”Margaret Deland
“Life is tough, my darling, but so are you.”Stephanie Bennett Henry
“Miracles are natural; when they do not occur, something has gone wrong.”Helen Schucman
“Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.”Cheryl Strayed
Women’s love is tender and heart-warming. However, what is important to understand is your love is not to be taken for granted. Strong women in their toughest circumstances learned it the hard way yet they say:
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”Hellen Keller
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get any thing done in this world.”Lucille Ball
“Life isn’t matter of milestones, but of moments.”Rose Kennedy
“Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.”Jeanne Moreau
“Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time.”Anna Louise de Steal
“You can love her with everything you have and she still wont belong to you. She will run wild with you, beside you with everystep but let me tell you something about women who run with wolves, their fierce hearts dont settle between walls and their instinct is stronger than upbringing. Love her wild or leave her there.”Nikki Rowe
“A strong woman builds her own world. She is one who is wise enough to know that it will attract the man she will gladly share it with.”Ellen J. Barrier
“There’s fire in her … If loved correctly, she will warm your entire home. If abused, she will burn it down.”
“The strongest actions for a woman is to love herself, be herself and shine amongst those who never believed she could.”Unknown
“She is water. Strong enough to drown you, soft enough to cleanse you, and deep enough to save you.”Rupi Kaur
Marriage is a bond where you decide to spend your life with your better half. You share everything with your partner and life’s dynamics completely change. Strong women strengthen this bond with their partners by investing as much as they do.
“The most precious possession that ever comes to a man in this world is a woman’s heart.”Josiah G. Holland
“I must conquer my loneliness alone. I must be happy with myself, or I have nothing to offer. Two halves have little choice but to join; and yes, they do make a whole. But two wholes when they concise.. That is beauty, That is love”Lillian Dar
“The funny thing about a strong woman is that she doesn’t need you – she wants you and if you start slacking she’ll be content without you.”Unknown
“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.”Dorothy L. Sayers
Motherhood is every woman’s life’s most beautiful chapter. It’s the hardest, toughest, and the most exhausting job she simply opts for. But if you put things in perspective, only women can be mothers because of their unchallenging strength. There’s a reason why it’s never in men to be a mom!
“Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”Elizabeth Stone
“The love we give away is the only love we keep.”Elbert Hubbard
“Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.”Zelda Fitzgerald
“A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary.”Dorothy Canfield Fisher
“The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won’t wait while you do the work.”Patricia Clafford
“Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in the whole words.”Kate Douglas Wiggin
“I am the woman who holds up the sky.
The rainbow runs through my eyes.
The sun makes a path to my womb.
My thoughts are in the shapes of clouds.
But my words are yet to come.Ute Poem
Women through generations have fought with their strength, courage, bravery, and determinism against everything that came their way. They stood strong in the face of dire adversity. Across generations, their wisdom remained the same. Even centuries later, they are there for each other.
The following stories and quotations are very inspiring:
“When the child is born, so are grandmothers.”Judith Levy
There are several stories that we have heard, of women of all ages inspiring people across generations. We will quote a few here to illuminate you with women’s love miracles and the unconditional bond they hold:
- Once a young woman saw a really poor little boy standing outside a shop window during the holiday season with no shoes and barely any clothes. She took her to the store and bought whatever he needed. When the woman was about to leave, the boy asked, “Are you God, Ma’am?” She said, smiling, “No son, I’m just one of His children.” The boy then replied, “I knew you had to be some relation.”
“Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.”Emily P. Bissell
- When asked how she still appears young despite her difficult lifestyle, Mother Teresa replied:
“Sometimes a good feeling from inside is worth much more than a beautician.”Mother Teresa
- A wise woman was traveling in the mountains and found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met a hungry traveler, and she opened her bag to share her food with him. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone in her bag, admired it, and asked the wise woman to give it to him. The woman gave it to him without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in good fortune for the rest of his life. But a few days later, he came back, returned the stone, and said:
“I have been thinking. I know how valuable this stone is, but I give it back to you in the hope that you can give me something much more precious. If you can, give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.”The Best of Bits and Pieces
- The following marriage advice came from Jane Wells all the way from 1886. The advice itself is universally true and the last line makes sense across generations:
“Let your love be stronger than your hate or anger.
Learn the wisdom of compromise, for its better to bend a little than to break.
Believe the best rather than the worst.
People have a way of living up or down to your opinion of them.
Remember that true friendship is the basis for any lasting relationship. The people you choose to marry is deserving of the courtesies and kindness you bestow on your friends.
Please hand this down to your children and your children’s children. The more things change they more they are the same.”Jane Wells
“I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.”Anne Frank
“Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.”G. D. Anderson
“You can tell who the strong women are. They are the ones you see building one another up instead of tearing each other down.”
“I’ve always loved strong women, which is lucky for me because once you’re over about twenty-five there is no other kind. Women blow my mind. The stuff that routinely gets done to them would make most men curl up and die, but women turn to steel and keep on coming.”Tana French
“We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.”Kavita N. Ramdas
Everybody knows that not even a century ago, women had no right to vote and that having paid work was considered not respectable. Even if women found work, they would be given the lowest wage, and they were automatically “sacked” when they got married.
Times have changed today. Women fought for their rights, followed their passion, and overcame all the challenges that came their way. If there is someone to look to for strength, bravery, dynamism, and beauty, it’s women. Their inspiring tales and words of wisdom will motivate everyone even a century later.