50 Quotations for Self-Empowerment

We see the brightness of a new page where everything yet can happen.
— Rainer Maria Rilke

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
— Harold Thurman Whitman

To be a warrior is not a simple matter of wishing to be one. It is rather an endless struggle that will go on to the very last moment of our lives. Nobody is born a warrior, in exactly the same way that nobody is born an average man. We make ourselves into one or the other.
— Carlos Castaneda

You gain strength, experience and confidence by every experience where you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you cannot do.
— Eleanor Roosevelt

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
— Mahatma Gandhi

Truth only reveals itself when one gives up all preconceived ideas.
— Shoseki

When you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping other people with their difficulties, you will be able to cope with your own more effectively. Somehow, the act of self-giving is a personal power-releasing factor.
— Norman Vincent Peale

Within each of us is a hidden store of energy. Energy we can release to compete in the marathon of life. Within each of us is a hidden store of courage, courage to give us the strength to face any challenge. Within each of us is a hidden store of determination. Determination to keep us in the race when all seems lost.
— Roger Dawson

We need to find the courage to say ‘NO’ to the things and people that are not serving us if we want to rediscover ourselves and live our lives with authenticity.
— Dr. Barbara DeAngelis

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.
— Pamela Vaull Starr

Any time we feel twinges of resentment because we are too often asked to volunteer, it’s time to remind ourselves that we CAN choose to change our behavior and say: “NO” … a word that will do wonders for our self-esteem.
— Chelle Thompson, Editor of Inspiration Line

There is a delicate balance of putting yourself last and not being a doormat and thinking of yourself first and not coming off as selfish, arrogant or bossy. We spend the majority of our lives attempting to perfect this balance.
 Cindy L. Teachey, “Building Lifelong Relationships” 1994

You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.
— Louise L. Hay, Best-selling Author of “You Can Heal Your Life”

I’m not afraid of storms for I’m learning how to sail my ship.
 Louisa May Alcott, Author & Women’s Activist (1832-1888)

Humility does not mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself less.
 Ken Blanchard, Motivational Speaker & Author

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Muriel Strode, American Author “At the Roots of Grasses”

When I’m trusting and being myself as fully as possible, everything in my life reflects this by
falling into place easily, often miraculously.
— Shakti Gawain, Bestselling Personal Growth Author

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
 Andre Gide, French Author (1869-1951)

Sometimes risk taking may involve the most simple of acts. Yet we often whip up a bag full of excuses to avoid taking action. For goodness sake (literally), let’s step beyond our security bubbles and start reaching out to those who cross our path.
 Chelle Thompson, Editor of Inspiration Line

Each choice we make causes a ripple effect in our lives. When things happen to us, it is the reaction we choose that can create the difference between the sorrows of our past and the joy in our future.
 Chelle Thompson, Editor of Inspiration Line 

You may feel like dwelling on your limits or your fears. Don’t do it. A perfect prescription for a squandered, unfulfilled life is to accommodate self-defeating feelings while undercutting your finest, most productive ones.
— Marsha Sinetar 

Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.
— Benjamin Disraeli

The art of living lies not in eliminating but in growing with troubles.
— Bernard M. Baruch

I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experiences behind him.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

We are so obsessed with doing that we have no time and no imagination left for being. As a result, men are valued not for what they are but for what they do or what they have — for their usefulness.
— Thomas Merton

Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.
— Chief Seattle

It’s not true that nice guys finish last. Nice guys are winners before the game even starts.
— Addison Walker

All problems become smaller if you don’t dodge them, but confront them. Touch a thistle timidly, and it pricks you; grasp it boldly, and its spines crumble.
— William S. Halsey

Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear.

— William Congreve

If you let fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct, then your life will be safe, expedient and thin.

— Katharine Butler Hathaway

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them — every day begin the task anew.
— Saint Francis de Sales

Courage is being scared to death — and saddling up anyway.
— John Wayne

“Come to the edge,” He said. They said, “We are afraid.” “Come to the edge,” He said. They came. He pushed them … and they flew.
— Guillaume Apollinaire 

Confront your fears, list them, get to know them, and only then will you be able to put them aside and move ahead.
— Jerry Gillies

Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.
— Eddie Rickenbacker

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
— Ambrose Redmoon 

Courage is reclaiming your life after a devastating event robs you of your confidence and self-esteem. It is facing tomorrow with a firm resolve to reach deep within yourself to find another strength, another talent. … It is taking yourself to another level of your own existence where you are once again whole, productive, special…
— Catherine Britton 

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.
— Aristotle 

The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment, but it is no less than a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy. People do what they must — in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures — and that is the basis of all human morality.
— John F. Kennedy 

Courage is the atom of change.
— Bettina R. Flores 

Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, these ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
— Robert F. Kennedy

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson 

I have not ceased being fearful, but I have ceased to let fear control me. I have accepted fear as a part of life — specifically the fear of change, the fear of the unknown; and I have gone ahead despite the pounding in my heart that says: turn back, turn back, you’ll die if you venture too far.
— Erica Jong 

It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.
— e.e. cummings

If our vocabulary did not contain the words trouble, adversity, calamity and grief, it could not contain the words, bravery, patience and self-sacrifice. Those who face no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the human characteristics we admire most grow in a soil with a strong mixture of trouble.
— Dale Turner

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.
— Seneca 

Something happens to me when I witness someone’s courage. They may not know I’m watching and I might not let them know. But something happens to me that will last me for a lifetime. To fill me when I’m empty, and rock me when I’m low.
— Holly Near

Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.
— Unknown

There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, “Yes, I’ve got dreams, of course I’ve got dreams.” Then they put the box away and bring it out once in awhile to look in it, and yep, they’re still there. These are great dreams, but they never even get out of the box. It takes an uncommon amount of guts to put your dreams on the line, to hold them up and say, “How good or how bad am I?” That’s where courage comes in.
— Erma Bombeck 

Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where you backbone ought to be.
— Clementine Paddleford 

What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are here to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.
— Jiddu Krishnamurti 

Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson


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