Quotes by Iconic Women


Sappho – 570BC

“What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon be beautiful.”


sappho Diana, Princess of Wales 1961-1997

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”

– Diana, Princess of Wales

sappho Florence Nightingale 1820-1910

“You ask me why I do not write something…. I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words, they ought all to be distilled into actions and into actions which bring results. “

Florence Nightingale

sapphoMother Teresa 1910-1997

“Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action. “

– Mother Teresa

sappho Benazir Bhutto 1953
“I have found that those who do achieve peace never acquiesce to obstacles, especially those constructed of bigotry, intolerance, and inflexible tradition.” – B. Bhutto.

Oprah_winfrey Oprah Winfrey 1954

“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.”

Oprah Winfrey

sappho Madonna 1958 –

“If your joy is derived from what society thinks of you, you’re always going to be disappointed.”


sappho Marilyn Monroe 1926-1962

“I don’t want to make money, I just want to be wonderful. ”

– Marilyn Monroe

sapphoAnne Frank 1929-1945

“Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.”

– Anne Frank

sappho Eva Peron 1919-1952

” I have one thing that counts, and that is my heart; it burns in my soul, it aches in my flesh, and it ignites my nerves: that is my love for the people and Peron.”

– Eva Peron

sappho Cleopatra 69 -30 BC

Queen of Egypt during a period of great unrest in Roman Empire.

– Cleopatra

sappho Boudicca 1st Century AD

“I am not fighting for my kingdom and wealth now. I am fighting as an ordinary person for my lost freedom, my bruised body, and my outraged daughters.”

– Boudicca

sappho Hildegard of Bingen 1098-1179

“There is the Music of Heaven in all things and we have forgotten how to hear it until we sing.”

– Hildegard of Bingen

sapphoJoan of Arc 1412-1431

“One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.””

Joan of Arc

sappho Mirabai 1498-1565

“Don’t forget love; it will bring all the madness you need to unfurl yourself across the universe.”

– Mirabai

sapphoSt Teresa of Avila 1515-1582

“Let nothing disturb thee; Let nothing dismay thee:
All thing pass; God never changes.”

– St Teresa Of Avila

sappho Elizabeth I 1533-1603

“There is one thing higher than Royalty:
and that is religion, which causes us
to leave the world, and seek God.

– Elizabeth I

sappho Catherine the Great 1729-1796

“A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache. “

– Catherine the Great

sappho Mary Wollstonecraft 1759-1797

“If the abstract rights of man will bear discussion and explanation, those of women, by a parity of reasoning, will not shrink from the same test. “

– Mary Wollstonecraft

sappho Jane Austen 1775-1817

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.” (Northanger Abbey)

– Jane Austen

sappho Billie Jean King 1943
“I thought it would set us back 50 years if I didn’t win that match. It would ruin the women’s tour and affect all women’s self-esteem.” (on tennis match dubbed – Battle of Sexes)

Billie Jean King

sappho Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

” If women want any rights they had better take them, and say nothing about it “

– Harriet Beecher Stowe

sappho Queen Victoria 1819-1901

“I love peace and quiet, I hate politics and turmoil. We women are not made for governing, and if we are good women, we must dislike these masculine occupations. There are times which force one to take interest in them, and I do, of course intensely” Queen Victoria

sappho Susan B. Anthony 1820-1906

“Men – their rights and nothing more; Women – their rights and nothing less. “

– Susan B.Anthony

sapphoEmily Dickinson 1830 – 1886

“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain;..”

Emily Dickinson

sappho Emmeline Pankhurst 1858-1928

“We are here to claim our rights as women, not only to be free, but to fight for freedom. It is our privilege, as well as our pride and our joy, to take some part in this militant movement, which, as we believe, means the regeneration of all humanity. “

– Emily Pankhurst

sapphoMarie Curie 1867-1934

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. “

Marie Curie

sappho Rosa Luxemburg 1870-1919

“Freedom only for the members of the government, only for the members of the Party — though they are quite numerous — is no freedom at all. Freedom is always the freedom of dissenters.”

– Rosa Luxemburg

sappho Coco Chanel 1883-1971

“Fashion has become a joke. The designers have forgotten that there are women inside the dresses. Most women dress for men and want to be admired. But they must also be able to move, to get into a car without bursting their seams!”

Coco Chanel

sappho Eleanor Roosevelt 1884-1962

“Women are like teabags; you never know how strong they are until they’re put in hot water.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

sappho Amelia Earhart 1897-1937

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.

– Amelia Earhart

sappho Katharine Hepburn 1907-2003
“Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. And you don’t do that by sitting around wondering about yourself.

Katharine Hepburn

sappho Billie Holiday 1915-1959

“If you copy, it means you’re working without any real feeling. No two people on earth are alike, and it’s got to be that way in music or it isn’t music.”

– Billie Holiday

sapphoRosa Parks 1913-2005
“I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.

– Rosa Parks

sappho Indira Gandhi 1917-1984

“There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there. “

Betty_Friedan Betty Friedan 1921-2006

“The only way for a woman, as for a man, to find herself, to know herself as a person, is by creative work of her own. There is no other way.

sappho Margaret Thatcher 1925 – 2013

“I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near.

Mrs Thatcher

sappho Audrey Hepburn

““For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.””

– Audrey Hepburn

sappho Germaine Greer 1939-

“Never advise anyone to go to war or to get married “

Germaine Greer

sapphoBetty Williams 1943

“”We should stop worshipping flags and respect the people, remember the people and forget the flags.””

Betty Williams

  Brigitte Bardot (1934-)

“When I love, I do it without counting. I give myself entirely. And each time, it is the grand love of my life.”

Brigitte Bardot

antoinetteMarie Antoinette (1755 – 1793)

“Courage! I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end? ”

Citation: Pettinger, Tejvan. “Quotes by Iconic Women”, Oxford, www.biographyonline.net, 18th April 2014. Last updated 22 Feb 2018.

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