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Quotes that inspire, make us smile, think or feel empowered is a great way   to continue our celebration of National Women’s History Month.  Here are   quotes from some amazing women past and present and from all different   walks of life.

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1. Ruby Dee

Ruby Dee

Ruby Dee: The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within – strength, courage, dignity.

2. Aaliyah


Aaliyah: Keep working hard and you can get anything that you want. If God gave you the talent, you should go for it. But don’t think it’s going to be easy. It’s hard! (Photo: AP)

3. Lena Horne

Lena Horne

Lena Horne: It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it. (Photo: AP)

4. Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland: Never give up on your dream…because you never know what the Lord can bless you with. (Photo: AP)

5. Tina Turner

Tina Turner

Tina Turner: Whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free . . . your true self comes out. (Photo: AP)

6. Sanaa Lathan

Sanaa Lathan

Sanaa Lathan: Being strong can be also feminine. I don’t think feminine equals being weak. Being strong is very sexy. (Photo: AP)

7. Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union: We all have to let go of the Prince Charming complex and realize he doesn’t necessarily exist in the package we assume he’ll come in. (Photo: AP)

8. Pearl Bailey

Pearl Bailey

Pearl Bailey: A crown, if it hurts us, is not worth wearing. (Photo: BlackAmericaWeb)

9. Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg: When you are kind to someone in trouble, you hope they’ll remember and be kind to someone else and it’ll become like a wildfire. (Photo: AP)

10. Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker: The things we truly love stay with us always, locked in our hearts as long as life remains. (Photo: AP)

11. Halle Berry

Halle Berry

Halle Berry: The times may have changed, but the people are still the same. We’re still looking for love, and that will always be our struggle as human beings. (Photo: AP)

12. Katherine Dunham

Katherine Dunham

Katherine Dunham: I used to want the words ‘She tried’ on my tombstone. Now I want ‘She did it.’ (Photo: AP)

13. Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks: Take responsibility for yourself because no one’s going to take responsibility for you. I’m not a victim. I grow from this and I learn. (Photo: AP)

14. Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald: It isn’t where you come from; it’s where you’re going that counts. (Photo: AP)

15. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey: Whatever someone did to you in the past has no power over the present. Only you give it power. (Photo: AP)

16. Viola Davis

Viola Davis

Viola Davis: Sometimes you see how humanity can rise above any kind of cultural ills and hate that a person’s capacity to love and communicate and forgive can be bigger than anything else. (Photo: AP)

17. Iyanla Vanzant

Iyanla Vanzant

Iyanla Vanzant: It’s time for you to move, realizing that the thing you are seeking is also seeking you. (Photo: AP)

18. Alice Walker

Alice Walker

Alice Walker: The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. (Photo: AP)

19. Patti LaBelle

Patti LaBelle

Patti LaBelle: All I can tell you really, is if you get to the point where someone is telling you that you are not great or not good enough, just follow your heart and don’t let anybody crush your dream. (Photo: AP)

20. Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni: Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the error that counts. (Photo: AP)

21. Phylicia Rashad

Phylicia Rashad

Phylicia Rashad: There’s always something to suggest that you’ll never be who you wanted to be. Your choice is to take it or keep on moving. (Photo: AP)

22. Ella Baker

Ella Baker

Civil rights & human rights leader Ella Baker: Give light and people will find the way. (Photo: Tumblr)

23. Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. (Photo: AP)