10 Quotes From Women Who Don’t Believe in Quitting

With International Women’s Day just around the corner, it felt only appropriate to find a handful of bad ass chicks who embody the Zenfulie lifestyle to a T. From actresses to authors to North Korean defectors, here are ten awesome women to inspire and remind you just how powerful you can be.

1. Lena Horne, singer, actress and civil rights activist  

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”

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2. Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, French designer and founder of Chanel

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“I don’t know why women want any of the things men have when one the things that women have is men.”

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 3. Anna Eleanore Roosevelt, politician, diplomat, activist and First Lady

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“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.”

You must do the things you think you cannot do.”

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4. Rigoberta Menchu, activist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient 

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“I am like a drop of water on a rock. After drip, drip, dripping in the same place, I begin to leave a mark, and I leave my mark in many people’s hearts.”

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5. Kathleen Hanna, musician, feminist activist and writer

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Find something you really love doing and mix it with something you really care about. That’s why I’ve had such longevity as an artist. I really, really care about ending violence against women, and I really, really love playing music. It’s super enjoyable!

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6. Malalai Joya, activist, writer and former Parliamentarian in Afghanistan

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“I don’t fear death; I fear remaining silent in the face of injustice. I am young and I want to live. But I say to those who would eliminate my voice: I am ready, wherever and whenever you might strike. You can cut down the flower, but nothing can stop the coming of the spring.”

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7. Nikki Giovanni, writer, poet, activist and educator

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“I really don’t think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don’t mind the failure but I can’t imagine that I’d forgive myself if I didn’t try.”

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8. Yeonmi Park, North Korean defector, activist

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“Never say there is no hope. Never say there is no hope.”

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9. Joan Baez, folk singer, song writer, musician and activist

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“You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die, or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live. Now.”

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“One of the most radical things women can do is to love their body.”

“I think that anytime you get clear about what your mission is or what your focus wants to be, things start to come together in your life.”

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Image Sources: Lena Horne 1 and 2, Coco Chanel 1, Eleanore Roosevelt 1, Rigoberta Menchu 1, Kathleen Hanna 1 and 2, Malalai Joya 1 and 2, Nikki Giovanni 1, Yeonmi Park 1 and 2, Joan Baez 1,  Eve Ensler 1 and 2

 

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