“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” - ralph waldo emerson

115 Empower Yourself Quotes To Boost Self-Empowerment

There’s nothing worse than feeling stuck, beat down, and defeated by life. And if there’s one thing I have learned in the last few years, it’s that life loves to knock you down!

As hard as it can be, empowering yourself and getting back up again is how you build resilience to overcome life’s ongoing challenges. It’s in those moments of rising that you discover your true power and potential.

To help you rise strong, I have put together this list of empower yourself quotes so that you can find inspiration and motivation from people who have struggled, failed, and triumphed. 

I am a firm believer that you truly can do anything you put your mind to, even when the odds are stacked against you. These quotes will help you make the conscious decision to learn from failure in order to find growth and take control of your life.

Let’s dig in so that you can harness your own power to live your own dreams!

115 Empower Yourself Quotes

  1. “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  2. “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  3. “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  4. “It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you – always.” – Oprah Winfrey 
  5. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou
  6. “You are not what you’ve done. You are what you keep doing.” – Jack Butcher
  7. “Remember, every pro was first an amateur. Start your dream now.” – Marie Forleo
  8. “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh
  9. “Talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.” – Patrick Suskind
  10. “You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  11. “It’s not about how many times you get rejected or fall down or are beaten up, it’s about how many times you stand up and are brave and you keep on going.” – Lady Gaga
  12. “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey
  13. “Often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller
  14. “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  15. “Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when you’re knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.” – Hillary Clinton
  16. “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein
  17. “Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.” – Amelia Earhart
  18. “I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.” – Louisa May Alcott
  19. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. - alice walker

Inspirational Quotes For Self-Empowerment

  1. “Believe in yourself. Believe in your capacity to do good and great things. Believe that no mountain is so high that you cannot climb it. Believe that no storm is so great that you cannot weather it. Believe in yourself.” – Gordon B Hinckley
  2. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein
  3. “Selecting a challenge and meeting it creates a sense of self-empowerment that becomes the ground for further successful challenges.” – Julia Cameron
  4. “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton
  5. “Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it, the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.” – Arianna Huffington
  6. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
  7. “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” – Henry Ford
  8. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  9. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  10. “Stay away from those people who try to disparage your ambitions. Small minds will always do that, but great minds will give you a feeling that you can become great too.” – Mark Twain
  11. “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” – Esteé Lauder
  12. “Inspiration comes from within yourself. One has to be positive. When you’re positive, good things happen.” – Deep Roy
  13. “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” – Winston Churchill
  14. “No one ever became a success without taking chances… One must be able to recognize the moment and seize it without delay.” – Estée Lauder
  15. “You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.” – Steve Maraboli
  16. “It’s not always necessary to be strong, but to feel strong.” – Jon Krakauer
  17. “If you’re one of those people who has that little voice in the back of her mind saying, ‘Maybe I could do [fill in the blank],’ don’t tell it to be quiet. Give it a little room to grow, and try to find an environment it can grow in.” – Reese Witherspoon
  18. “One of the best things that ever happened to me is that I’m a woman. That is the way all females should feel.” – Marilyn Monroe
  19. “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” – Rosa Parks
  20. “She will rise with a spine of steal and a roar like thunder. She will rise.” – Nicole Lyons

Empower Yourself With Self-Love Quotes

  1. “You cannot wait for someone to save you, to help you, to complete you. No one can complete you. You complete yourself.” – Oprah Winfrey
  2. “Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.” – Marilyn Monroe
  3. “The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.” – Rita Mae Brown
  4. “Your greatest self has been waiting your whole life; don’t make it wait any longer.” – Steve Maraboli
  5. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  6. “I’m not going to limit myself just because people won’t accept the fact that I can do something else.” – Dolly Parton
  7. “You could certainly say that I’ve never underestimated myself. There’s nothing wrong with being ambitious.” – Angela Merkel
  8. “You are enough just as you are.” – Meghan Markle
  9. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” – Marianne Williamson
  10. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot
  11. “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” – Rumi
  12. “Everything you can imagine is real.” – Pablo Picasso
  13. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” – Nora Ephron
  14. “How would your life be different if…You stopped allowing other people to dilute or poison your day with their words or opinions? Let today be the day…You stand strong in the truth of your beauty and journey through your day without attachment to the validation of others.” – Steve Maraboli
  15. “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” – Charlotte Brontë
  16. “A strong woman is a woman determined to do something that others are determined not to be done.” – Marge Piercy
  17. “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anaïs Nin
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” - Anaïs Nin

Motivational Quotes to Empower Yourself

  1. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou
  2. “Don’t be afraid.  Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered.” – Michelle Obama
  3. “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” – Pablo Picasso
  4. “Everything you want is just outside of your comfort zone.” – Robert Allen
  5. “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” – Babe Ruth
  6. “The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.” – Roseanne Barr
  7. “Taking initiative is a form of self-empowerment.” – Stephen Covey
  8.  “Be willing to be a beginner every single morning” – Meister Eckhart
  9. “Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” – Carol Burnett
  10. “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary
  11. “Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself.” – Gloria Steinem
  12. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the aeroplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford
  13. “You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” – Stephen King
  14. “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie
  15. “Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” – Gloria Steinem
  16. “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  17. “Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” – Maya Angelou
  18. “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” – Michelle Obama
  19. “Some people think that you have to be the loudest voice in the room to make a difference. That is just not true. Often, the best thing we can do is turn down the volume. When the sound is quieter, you can actually hear what someone else is saying. And that can make a world of difference.” – Nikki Haley
  20. “Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.” – Malala Yousafzai
  21. “I raise up my voice — not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard… we cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.” – Malala Yousafzai
  22. “Women are leaders everywhere you look—from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.” – Nancy Pelosi
  23. “Be fearless. Have the courage to take risks. Go where there are no guarantees. Get out of your comfort zone even if it means being uncomfortable. The road less traveled is sometimes fraught with barricades bumps and uncharted terrain. But it is on that road where your character is truly tested And have the courage to accept that you’re not perfect nothing is and no one is — and that’s OK.” – Katie Couric

Empowering Quotes for Self-Worth

  1. “To be the person who we long to be—we must be vulnerable. We must take off the armour, put down the weapons, show up, and let ourselves be seen.” – Brené Brown
  2. “The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.” – Mark Twain
  3. “Only make decisions that support your self-image, self-esteem, and self-worth.” – Oprah Winfrey
  4. “Your self-worth grows when you fight for something you love.” – Maxime Lagacé
  5. “True abundance isn’t based on our net worth, it’s based on our self-worth.” – Gabrielle Bernstein
  6. “When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.” – Oprah Winfrey
  7. “When life hands you a difficult situation where you feel undervalued and disrespected, be bold and brave enough to know your worth.” – Yai Vargas
  8. “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha
  9. “Sometimes the hardest part of the journey is believing you’re worth the trip.” – Glenn Beck
  10. “Self–worth is so vital to your happiness if you don’t feel good about yourself, it’s hard to feel good about anything else.” – Sandy Hale
  11. “Don’t waste a second of your time convincing other people you’re worth loving.” – Atticus
  12. “In your own life it’s important to know how spectacular you are.” – Steve Maraboli
  13. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin
  14. “If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them anymore.” – Michele Ruiz
  15. “Everything is within your power, and your power is within you.” – Janice Trachtman
  16. “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” – Coco Chanel
  17. “Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.” – Benjamin Disraeli
  18. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  19. “You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” – Toni Morrison
  20. “There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” – Jane Austen
  21. “There are so many more important things to worry about than how you’re perceived by strangers.” – Dennis Lehane
“There are so many more important things to worry about than how you’re perceived by strangers.” - Dennis Lehane

Empowering Quotes on Happiness

  1. “I now tried a new hypothesis: It was possible that I was more in charge of my happiness than I was allowing myself to be.” – Michelle Obama
  2. “True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” – Helen Keller
  3. “Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.” – Benjamin Disraeli
  4. “Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  5. “Women are always saying, ‘We can do anything that men can do.’ But men should be saying, ‘We can do anything that women can do.’” – Gloria Steinem
  6. “Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” – Helen Keller
  7. “Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.” – Desiderius Erasmus
  8. “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill
  9. “A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you.” – Joyce Meyer
  10. “Something special awaits you each day. All you need is to recognize it and make the most of it. Have a positive attitude throughout the day and then that today is going to be the best day of your life.” – Anonymous
  11. “Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you have never been. Sleep out alone under the stars. Learn how to drive a stick shift. Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back. Say no when you don’t want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees. Decide whether you want to be liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here. Believe in kissing.” – Eve Ensler
  12. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  13. “When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go.” – Carol Burnett
  14. “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
  15. “A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts.” – Nancy Rathburn

Using Empower Yourself Quotes

You’re not alone if you have let life’s setbacks defeat you. It is so easy to let one little failure grow into an overwhelming limiting belief that has the power to hold you back for the rest of your life.

But as Maya Angelou said “you may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

Use these empower yourself quotes to find the strength to not let struggles and obstacles reduce you. Channel the power from these inspirational quotes to learn from your failures so that you can rise stronger and have another go.

One of the most important things to remember is that empowering yourself isn’t about pretending your life is perfect. Instead, it’s about recognizing your strengths and weaknesses, understanding that imperfections are part of being human, and doing your best to grow and improve despite life’s challenges. 

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