We could all use a little extra inspiration to help us live our best life, especially when it comes from formidable, iconic women.
Here are Woman&home‘s favourite quotes and sayings to inspire success from favourites including Julie Walters, Jane Fonda, Helen Mirren, Nigella Lawson and Judi Dench.
Dame Julie Walters
“It seems that when you get to a certain age you almost give yourself permission to misbehave and say what you think. People allow it.”
“Debate is so much better than denial.”
“There is this idea that appealing to youth is the only way forward. But that is no longer the case. Youth is not everything. Now we have all the baby-boomers in their 60s, like me, who are actively engaged in life – we’re not retiring, we’re not just being put out to grass once we hit 60.”
“Emotion is messy, contradictory… and true.”
“I don’t believe in low-fat cooking.”
“At some stages of your life you will deal with things and at others you are overwhelmed with misery and anxiety.”
“Fear can be one of the most destructive emotions. It can stop you from doing creative or exciting or experimental things. It can cloud your judgement of others, and lead to all kinds of evil. The control and understanding of our personal fears is one of the most important undertakings of our lives.”
“It has nothing to do with clothing or makeup. Just put your shoulders back and chin up, and face the world with pride.”
“Being powerful is so much more interesting than being beautiful.”
“It’s never too late – never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.”
“You can do one of two things; just shut up, which is something I don’t find easy, or learn an awful lot very fast, which is what I tried to do.”
“When you can’t remember why you’re hurt, that’s when you’re healed.”