This page includes a list of my favorite quotes and pieces of wisdom from my role models and people I admire. These individuals inspire me to write and be the person I am in the world. I  feel compelled to share their words because they have helped shape me in the most important ways. I also provide them below in hopes of inspiring others.

“A word after a word after a word is power.” -Margaret Atwood

“Make a difference about something other than yourselves.” -Toni Morrison

“It is our choices, Harry, that show us who we truly are, far more than our abilities.” -Albus Dumbledore (J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.” -Maya Angelou

“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” -Gloria Steinem

“Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got.” -Janis Joplin

“So often, particularly at a young age, we look a far a field for our models of the meaningful life, and sometimes they’re in our own kitchens–talking on the phone making us dinner, doing all that makes the world going around and around. My mom and so many women like her have taught me that life is not about glory, or certainty, or security, even. It’s about embracing the paradox. It’s about acting in the face of overwhelm. It’s about loving people really well, and at the end of the day these things make for a lifetime of challenge and reward.” -Courtney E. Martin

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” -Audre Lorde

“I just want to live each moment, but it’s kind of hard to do that when you are asked to analyze yourself constantly. But it’s also good in that you are forced to think about things that you don’t ordinarily think about.” -Alexis Bledel

“Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it has about 18 million cracks in it and the light is shining through like never before.” -Hillary Clinton

“Peace. it does not mean to be in a place where there is no trouble, noise, or hard work. it means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” -Lady Gaga

“It’s so reassuring to have a woman heroine who triumphs with more than just what she has on the outside… who has more to offer the world than just a pretty picture. To me, the tragedy about this whole image-obsessed society is that young girls get so caught up in just achieving that they forget to realize that they have so much more to offer the world.” America Ferrera

“Get involved in a cause larger than one’s self. I can’t think of any cause larger than the role of women around the world.” -Nicholas Kristof

“Kick ass and take names. It’s the only way to do it.” -Rick Yandoli


2 Responses to “Inspiration”

  1. Kayla Yandoli April 8, 2011 at 12:17 am #

    Where am I?!?! I think i’m pretty inspirational 🙂 (MELONS)

  2. Toni Symthe December 12, 2011 at 1:34 am #

    Great inspirational Quotes! Definiately going to borrow a few of these1 Thanks for sharing

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