Quotes That Inspire Swagger…

DCIM100MEDIAI hope you will go out and let stories happen to you, and that you will work them, water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom. Clarissa Pinkola Estes   







The woman who does not require validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet.   Mohadesa Najumi


As long as people are going to call you a lunatic anyway,
why not get the benefit of it?
It liberates you from convention.

-Wicked witch of the West

From the book Wicked, by Gregory Maguire.



“It is important to have a vision. Women can use their words as powerful vessels to heal. They can use the power of the tongue and pen to make a difference.” ~ Lucinda Cross, Entrepreneur and Author

“My journey was not impossible, it was simply improbable. There is a fine line between the two. Next time you see something that seems impossible, take a closer look and determine if it’s really impossible or improbable.” ~Gretchen Cawthon, founder of Girls Can’t What?

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” ~Edith Wharton, Novelist

“Women’s empowerment is something that is very much needed. I think when women continue to empower themselves and continue to love themselves and think about their own personal beauty as opposed to waiting for the approval for someone else. That becomes one way to put an end to the violence right there. Because then they’ll rise up and realize that they’re able to do everything,” Christopher Britto, Divas in Defense

“Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.” ― Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

Danielle Aument“Our contribution to the world is to encourage people to tell their stories. And I think that the more stories that are told, the less taboo these issues are such as violence. The safer people will feel talking about it and getting empowered and getting help and getting closure. People don’t feel so alone.” ~Ashley Marinaccio, Founder of Girl Be Heard

 “I sing and everything because when I’m up on that stage… for that hour or even just those five minutes, it’s like I have so much confidence and I feel like I can just take on the world and that’s why I do it.”  ~Danielle Aument, Singer


 “Hang around positive people who uplift you. Hang around people who are like yourself. Don’t hang around people who break you down,”  ~ Sheena Williams, Founder of SheWill, Inc.

“Whatever your vision is, whatever the vision that God has given you, trust that process. And run the course faithfully for that journey,”  ~Brenda Summerville, Writer and Theologian

“You have to constantly reassure them that they deserve more. And that you are pretty regardless of what color is, or what size you are. You have to learn how to love and accept yourself for how you are. Accept your flaws cause that’s what makes you who you are.” Shantay Carter, Founder, Women Of Integrity, Inc.

“SELF-DEVELOPMENT IS A HIGHER DUTY THAN SELF-SACRIFICE.” ~Suffrage activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton told a reporter to quote her in capital letters.

“I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want.  If that makes me a bitch, okay.” ~Madonna

“As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.”  ~Virginia Woolf 

“The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.” ~Gloria Steinem

“Something which we think is impossible now is not impossible in another decade.” 
~Constance Baker Motley -First Black Woman in the U.S. to become a Federal Judge

“We’ve chosen the path to equality, don’t let them turn us around.”  ~Geraldine Ferraro  -first woman to be nominated as Vice President of the United States.

“The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race.“  ~Susan B. Anthony


“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.” ~Louisa May Alcott, Author

“One cannot consent to creep when one has an impulse to soar.”

  ~Helen Keller

“In fully accepting your creative power, you honor and respect your soul and remind others to do the same.”

~Sonia Choquette, Soul Lessons and Soul Purpose

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” ~Dale Carnegie

“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” ~Helen Keller

“I’m cool, confident and know what I want. And I’m going to get it.” ~From our Swagger Survey  

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“What do I risk to tell you this, which is all I know? Love yourself. Then forget it. Then, love the world.”

~Mary Oliver, Evidence

“Whenever we deny our need to say “no,” our self-respect diminishes. It is not only our right at certain times to say no – it is our deepest responsibility.  For it is a gift to ourselves when we say no to those old habits that dissipate our energy, no to what robs us of inner joy, no to what distracts us from our purpose.  And it is a gift to others to say no when their expectations do not ring true for us, for in so doing we free them to discover more fully the truth of their own path.  Saying no can be liberating when it expresses our commitment to take a stand for what we believe we truly need.” ~In Search of Balance: Discovering Harmony in a  Changing World

“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is:  I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat or a prostitute.”

~Rebecca West, “Mr Chesterton in Hysterics: A Study in Prejudice,” The Clarion, 14 Nov 1913, reprinted in The Young Rebecca, 1982

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” ~Marie Curie

 ”We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

“You will be the teachers for each other. You will come together in circles and speak your truth to each other.  The time has come for women to accept their spiritual responsibility for our planet.” ~ Patricia Hopkins and Sherry Rochester, The Feminine Face of God

 “Sex is difficult, yes. But they are difficult things with which we have been charged…If you only recognize this and manage out of yourself, out of your own nature and ways, out of your own experience and childhood and strength to achieve a relation to sex wholly your own (not influenced by convention and custom) then you need no longer be afraid of losing yourself and becoming unworthy of your best possession.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

“My excitement for the Swagger project comes from its potential to redefine the meaning of “strength” or “power,” starting with women and extending to the rest of humanity.  With this new kind of swagger, we can find a way to power that does not require any kind of destruction, discover strength that is great enough to encompass compassion and broad-mindedness as its central tenets.  I am excited to witness thousands of women learning how to walk with this new kind of swagger, to see them confidently shaping the world according to the justice in their hearts and the ideas they are on the verge of bringing to light.”~Liz Wolfert

“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatsoever I can. Life is no brief candle to me.  It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment; and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”~George Bernard Shaw

“Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so that they will be happier.  The way it actually works is the reverse.  You must first be who you really are, then, do what you need to do, in order to have what want.” ~Margaret Young

“Girls who stay true to themselves manage to find some way to respect the parts of themselves that are spiritual.  They work for the betterment of the world. Girls who act from their false selves are often cynical about making the world a better place. They have given up hope.  Only when they reconnect with the parts of themselves that are alive and true will they again have the energy to take on the culture and fight to save the planet.” ~Mary Pipher, Reviving Ophelia

“They are not one jot less than I am,

They are tann’d in the face by shining suns and blowing winds,

Their flesh has the old divine suppleness and strength,

They know how to swim, row, ride, wrestle, shoot, run, strike, retreat, advance, resist, defend themselves,

They are ultimate in their own right – they are calm, clear, well-possess’d of themselves.” ~Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

“Please know that I am quite aware of the hazards. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.” ~ Amelia Earhart, d. 1937 (Letter to her husband before her last flight).

“I am only one; but still I am one.  I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.  I will not refuse to do the something I can do.” ~Helen Keller

“What does swagger look like? When I’m helping someone else – it looks like sunlight radiating from within me.”  ~Swagger Survey

“You’ve got to forget all about punishments and all about rewards and all about self-styled obligations and duties and responsibilities, and remember one thing only: that it’s you – nobody else – who determines your destiny and decides your fate.  Nobody else can be alive for you, nor can you be alive for anybody else.” ~e.e. cummings, poet

 “Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed.  If I fail, no one will say, “She doesn’t have what it takes.”  They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes.” ~Clare Boothe Luce

“I guess I’d say I get most of my needs met.  I have the advantage of knowing that if this doesn’t work out and it may not, then I can go somewhere else, do something else, figure it out again.” ~Kathy

“If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell  you: I came to live out loud.” ~Emile Zola

“I don’t take on anything that doesn’t belong to me. In my relationships with men I don’t apologize for truly being the strong independent woman men say they want and then immediately either run for cover or try to change you. I practice my religion (without fear or worrying about offending anyone who doesn’t understand.)” ~From the Swagger Survey

 ”I visited your web site and saw your video.  Love the notion of swagger.  It made me want to get up and swagger with a shout…” ~EW, Friend of Swagger

“Don’t let yourself be thrown away….Continue on no matter what….Continue to make a positive effort for the good.”  swagger-block-letters-GIF~Writing Coach, Natalie Goldberg

“When you are in state of flow – more of yourself becomes available, it recruits more from the environment.  When in your own power – the entire room shifts – everyone also occupies a larger part of themselves, it can spark extraordinary conversations. Swagger – is a field – people in it benefit when the flow starts.” ~Joan Borysenko, author of 16 books, including Fried: Why You Burn Out and How to Revive

“Swagger is the ability to express opinions/views/ideas with confidence, regardless of the audience. To know yourself and what you want out of life and have the confidence to pursue those needs.  Swagger starts with knowing, liking, and respecting yourself and carrying that confidence and self-respect through all aspects of life.  If you don’t respect and like yourself, how can you expect others to.  If you don’t know what you want/need out of life, how can you creatively apply swagger to your goals and needs?” ~Wendy

“I don’t often think of swagger as a verb.  I prefer it as a noun, as a gift, as a goal. Maybe you have to swagger to get swagger. I think of Mother Teresa and Mae West, both wonderful women with swagger, but how different can they be?” ~Betsey

“Confident, sassy, sense of humor; give people a poke up the butt – about getting serious people to relax; don’t take yourself or others too seriously.” ~Michelle

“Why are people so afraid of their own voice?  They have probably been told that they are not important – to be seen and not heard.  It is a sad reality.” ~Tamara