Be Inspired by Daily Quotes!

How do you keep yourself motivated? One way to maintain motivation is to read a daily inspirational quote for a daily dose of inspiration. For a change from the usual, quotes by women can be especially stimulating and thought-provoking!

First, why read a daily quote? Daily inspirational quotes can inspire, inform, motivate, encourage, nourish, entertain, validate, and at times, challenge us. While some quotes are religious in nature, many are not. The best quotes will have us considering their underlying meaning and how this meaning relates to our own lives and values.  In many cases, quotes will inspire us to action.

Another reason to read a daily quote is because it can introduce some positivity and inspiration into your life. It’s been shown that positive thoughts lead to positive actions. When you think and feel more positively, you approach life with a happier outlook and with renewed enthusiasm and energy. Freshly inspired, you are more open to new options and possibilities. Daily quotes by inspiring people can also make you feel more connected to the shared human condition.

Second, why quotes by women? Quotes are not inherently sexist –  a good quote, by either a man or a woman, can inspire men and women alike. There are certainly very compelling and powerful quotes by men. Quotes by men are well-documented and recycled, with many of them a little too familiar. There is something wonderful about encountering a less familiar quote that surprises us with a new observation.

Throughout the centuries, women have always had something to say but they haven’t always had the chance to be heard. One only needs to skim any general quote collection to see that most (usually 90% or more) of the quotes are by men. This is true even when the topic is women!

Women speak not only to the human condition but also to the uniquely feminine experience. By their words of wisdom and witticism, they encourage other women to celebrate themselves and to transcend discrimination and stereotypes. Review a collection of quotes by women and you will see that they are subtly yet distinctively different from their male counterparts.

Here are just a few of my favorite quotes from Women with Spirit: Daily Quotations by Inspiring Women (Compiled by Georgiana Carollus, 2012, distributed by Amazon):

“I realized that if what we call human nature can be changed, then absolutely anything is possible. And, from that moment, my life changed.” Shirley MacLaine, American actor, activist, and writer, 1934-

“Hope is a renewable option: if you run out of it at the end of the day, you get to start over in the morning.” Barbara Kingsolver, American novelist and poet, 1955-

“Let me listen to me and not to them.” Gertrude Stein, American writer and playwright, 1874-1946

Add  positivity and motivation to your life by beginning a practice of reading daily inspirational quotes!

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