Whether you want to be a small business owner or you already are, this list of inspirational quotes from successful women entrepreneurs is for you.

Women have been such an essential part of history that resulted in the development of our world, and today, we have a significant role to play to make our world grow.

In entrepreneurship, women have laid their mark in one way or another. We are lucky to live in a generation with more opportunities to succeed than ever before. But it can be challenging and stressful sometimes.

That’s why these quotes will help you out. When you feel uninspired, unmotivated, or even on the verge of quitting, then you should definitely read these quotes from successful women entrepreneurs.

Let’s begin.

Inspirational quotes from women

“The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel

“Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally. It comes from what you do consistently.” – Marie Forleo

“It’s not what you do once in a while, it’s what you do day in and day out that makes the difference.” – Jenny Craig

“If you can dance and be free and not be embarrassed, you can rule the world.” – Amy Poehler

“My mission in life is not merely to survive but to thrive and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou

“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

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Woman motivational quotes

“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” – Mary Kay Ash

“To succeed you have to believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a reality.” – Anita Roddick

“I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” – Virginia Rometty

“Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.” – Amelia Earhart

“Women are the real architects of society.” – Cher

“Strong women don’t have ‘attitudes’, we have standards.” – Marilyn Monroe

“Once I learned to like me more than others did, then I didn’t have to worry about being the funniest or the most popular or the prettiest. I was the best me and I only ever tried to be that.” – Issa Rae

Quotes about entrepreneurship

“The challenge of a leader is looking around the corner..and making the change before it’s too late to make the change.” – Indra Nooyi

“If you are starting your own business, the best shortcut is to find a good mentor.” – Kim Kiyosaki

“True entrepreneurs never stop learning from their own successes and failures – and from one another.” – Deborah Meaden

“The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.” – Barbara Corcoran

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“You are going to often find that to step into your biggest opportunity, you will be asked to move through your biggest fear or insecurity.” – Ali Brown

“In any business, it is impossible to do it half-heartedly and succeed.” – Millie Leung

“There are many things you can do overnight but there is no overnight success.” – Tory Burch

“If you are giving a lot of value, if you are making an impact in people’s lives, it will be reflected in your bank account.” – Millie Leung

“Success isn’t about the end result, it’s about what you learn along the way.” – Vera Wang

“You never lose in business, either you win or you learn.” – Melinda Emerson

“It is within everyone’s grasp to be a CEO.” – Martha Stewart

Words of encouragement for women

“Stay on your game and keep going for your dreams. The World needs that special gift that only you have.” – Marie Forleo

“I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like.” – Coco Chanel

“If you want it bad enough, you have to be willing to fight for it.” – Chalene Johnson

“Work hard and own it. You make your own success and your own luck. Ask for what you deserve.” – Katia Beauchamp

“Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.” – Anita Roddick

“Never take no personally. Sometimes people tell you no for a reason that has nothing to do with you. You must keep going.” – Sofia Vergara

“One of the best things you can do is stop and listen; that’s why it’s good to not just immediately respond when someone talks to you. Just stop and make sure you internalized what they said.” – Lori Richardson

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

Quotes about women supporting women

“I think nowadays, women are breaking the borders or the boundaries and also trying to give a new interpretation in terms of impact you can have to the society.” – Yang Lan

“Some women choose to follow men, and some choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” – Lady Gaga

“Buckle up, and know that it’s going to be a tremendous amount of work, but embrace it.” – Tory Burch

“The way in which we think of ourselves has everything to do with how our world sees us and how we see ourselves successfully acknowledged by the world.” – Arlene Rankin

“Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life.” – Dr. Mae Jemison

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Empowering words for women

“Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.” – Ellen DeGeneres

“I don’t believe in failure. It’s not failure if you enjoyed the process.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Know what you bring.  Know what you don’t bring.  And build a team that covers everything you need.” – Angie Hicks

“When something I can’t control happens, I ask myself: where is the hidden gift, where is the positive in this?” – Sara Blakely

“We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” – Arianna Huffington

“The more grateful we feel, the more things we receive to feel grateful for. The more loved we feel, the more love we receive. The more beautiful we feel, the more attractive we become.” – Denise Coates

“If you have a vision, no matter how difficult things are, everything just becomes a process.” – Cher Wang

“You can have it all. Just not all at once.” – Oprah Winfrey

“I had to make my own living and my own opportunity! But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” – Madam C.J. Walker

“There is no scientific answer for success. You can’t define it. You’ve simply got to live it and do it.” – Anita Roddick

“No matter where you are in life, you’ll save a lot of time by not worrying too much about what other people think about you. The earlier in your life that you can learn that, the easier the rest of it will be.” – Sophia Amoruso

TOP Quotes from successful women entrepreneurs

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough” – Oprah Winfrey

“Running my own business is empowering. I get to set my own hours, call the shots, and contribute to my family.” – Amanda Cookson

“Never start a business just to ‘make money’. Start a business to make a difference.” – Marie Forleo

“This was the best thing I ever did. I mean, putting myself as the face of my business.” – Sue Bryce

“People don’t buy because what you do is awesome. People buy because it makes them feel awesome.” – Tara Gentile

“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” – Sara Blakely

“Circumstances won’t define me, I will define my circumstances.” – Beate Chelette

“The most successful entrepreneurs I know are optimistic. It’s part of the job description.” – Caterina Fake

“I realized that if I was willing to step up and be in the spotlight, I’d be able to make everyone else around me much more powerful as well.” – Alaina Percival

“Building a brand means knowing your story and building and sharing that story.” – Tamara McCleary

“And if the end result is that someone, somewhere winds up believing they can do something out of the ordinary, well, then you’ve really made it.” – Angela Ahrendts


The business world can be a brutal and unforgiving place. It’s so easy to just give up, especially when you feel like you’re all alone in your struggles. That’s why these quotes from successful women entrepreneurs are so important.

They will motivate you to keep going and do the work, even when times are tough. So read through this list every once in a while, and be reminded of what you’re working for and why.

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