25 Quotes to Inspire Our Daughters

25 Quotes to Inspire Our Daughters

25 must-read quotes to inspire, motivate, and empower our daughters.

By: Heather Chaet

When the doctor was performing that big ultrasound at 20-something weeks, the one during which we found out our baby’s gender, my husband and I had very different reactions to the news we were having a girl. His first thought? Weddings are so expensive! My first thought? Those awful middle school years!

Fast forward seven years, and we’re (hopefully) decades from planning a wedding, but adolescence is coming. I’ve started observing the older girls in my daughter’s school, as they huddle and chatter and laugh, trying to peek into the social-emotional megastorm that will hit in the next few years. I’m battling wafts of anxiety as I wonder how I’m going to help Kiddo survive the tricky time when her body starts to change and when she may begin to doubt herself, base her thoughts on others’ opinions, and lose that inner strength.

In other words, I’m totally freaking out!

So, what am I going to do? Redecorate her room, of course! Just hear me out -- I’m going to tap into the wisdom of presidents, writers, businessmen, and Oprah and hang their sage musings on her walls, surrounding her in subtle reminders to build courage, resiliency, and self-esteem. It’s a sort of Pinterest®-inspired first step in navigating the tween/teen years. I’m still compiling, but here’s a list of 25 amazing quotes every adolescent girl should read (over and over and over again).

1. “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” -Coco Chanel, fashion designer and businesswoman

2. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist and poet

3. “An old Cherokee told his grandson, ‘My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside all of us. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, lies, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth.’ The boy thought about it and asked, ‘Grandfather, which wolf wins?’ The old man quietly replied, ‘The one you feed.’” -Unknown

4. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” -Beverly Sills, opera singer

5. “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” -Mary Anne Radmacher, writer and artist

6. “Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right.” -Henry Ford, American industrialist and the founder of the Ford Motor Company

7. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” -Eleanor Roosevelt, former first lady of the United States

8. “Fall down seven times, get up eight.” -Japanese proverb

9. “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” -Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist

10. “It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone.” -Hans F. Hansen, retired soccer player and entrepreneur

11. “Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.” -Martha Graham, dancer and choreographer

12. “The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” -Anna Quindlen, author

13. “Be a voice, not an echo.” -Unknown

14. “Happiness is not ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” -Dalai Lama, winner of Nobel Peace Prize and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism

15. “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” -Pablo Picasso, artist

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16. “Comparison is the thief of joy.” -Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States

17. “One small crack does not mean that you are broken. It means that you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart.” -Linda Poindexter, author

18. “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” -Maya Angelou, poet, author, and civil rights activist

19. “You were born an original. Don't die a copy.” -John Mason, author and speaker

20. “You never fail until you stop trying.” -Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist and philosopher of science

21. “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” -Neil Gaiman, author

22. “Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” -Oprah Winfrey, talk show host and actress

23. “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” -John Lennon, musician and member of The Beatles

24. “Don't let yesterday take up too much of today.” -Unknown

25. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” -Oscar Wilde, writer and poet

What other fabulous quotes am I missing? What are your favorite quotes that I should share with my daughter?

Heather Chaet documents her mini parenting successes, epic mommy fails, and everything in between for a plethora (love that word!) of publications and websites such as CafeMom, New York Family, and AdWeek. While her online persona is found at heatherchaet.com, Heather lives in New York City with her film director husband and one insanely curious, cat-obsessed daughter.


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