11 Valuable Quotes By Famous Women About Standing Up For Yourself

Standing up for what’s right can be a huge risk, regardless of context. You may lose a job or a friend even, but you will have gained your individuality. It’s particularly difficult because we are hardwired to feel the need for belonging. And certain choices we make can alienate us from our community.

But so be it for you may have earned a spot on the right side of history in the front seat. The Universe approves so do take that chance. Here are 10 inspiring quotes about aligning yourself with your values.

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1. “I not only have the right to stand up for myself, but I have the responsibility. I can’t ask somebody else to stand up for me if I won’t stand up for myself. And once you stand up for yourself, you’d be surprised that people say ‘Can I be of help?’

— Maya Angelou

2. “My story is a freedom song of struggle. It is about finding one’s purpose, how to overcome fear and to stand up for causes bigger than one’s self.”

— Coretta Scott King

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3. “No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.”

— Virginia Woolf

4. “You sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”

— J. K. Rowling

5. “My story is the story of thousands of children from around the world. I hope it inspires others to stand up for their rights.”

— Malala Yousafzai

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6. “I believe that if you’ll just stand up and go, life will open up for you.”

— Tina Turner

7. “Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”

— Maya Angelou

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8. “Thinking for yourself and making your own decisions can be frightening. Letting go of other people’s expectations can leave you feeling empty for a time. And yet seeing yourself as an independent adult who can stand up for your own choices frees you to accept yourself as you are.”

— Ellen Bass

9. “Stand up for yourself by not standing yourself up.”

— Gina Greenlee

10. “It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

— J. K. Rowling

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11. “I really want women to throw their shoulders back and stand up straight and use their big girl voices and not feel like they’re compromising their femininity to be strong and smart.”

— Katie Aselton

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