When it comes to feeling bold, we all need a bit of help from time to time.

We asked our wonderful network of contributors to share a quotation with us – something they have heard or read that gives them a boost of courage when they need it the most. Here we’ve compiled a list of our absolute favourites. We hope that they give you the extra dose of inspiration you need today!

Well-behaved women seldom make history.” – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Every person who has ever achieved anything has been knocked down many times. But all of them picked themselves up and kept going, and that is what I have always tried to do.” – Wangari Maathai

Don’t let your mind set limits that aren’t really there” – Zadie Smith

Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgement that something is more important that fear; the brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all.” – Meg Cabot

I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and my femininity. And I want to be respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” – Bernard Baruch

I shall stake my last like a woman of spirit. No cold prudence for me. I am not born to sit still and do nothing. If I lose the game, it shall not be from not striving for it.” – Jane Austen

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin

Either way, change will come. It could be bloody, or it could be beautiful. It depends on us.” – Arundhati Roy

Know your own value.” – Michelle Obama

Do you have your own favourite quotation that helps you to feel bold? We’d love for you to share it with us! Leave a comment or connect with us on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

For more inspiration you can read Girls’ Globe’s list of ‘Books to Make you Feel Bold’ and listen to our Spotify playlist – compiled by our contributors to inspire YOU!


Cover photo credit: Kris Roller

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