In honor of Women’s History Month, I have gathered some favorite quotes. This list far from represents the influences of women throughout history. What quotes have most influenced you and why?

  1. “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” -CATHERINE OF SIENA
  1. “When you look at the inner workings of electrical things, you see wires. Until the current passes through them, there will be no light. That wire is you and me. The current is God. We have the power to let the current pass through us, use us, to produce the light of the world, Jesus, in us. Or we can refuse to be used and allow darkness to spread.” -MOTHER TERESA
  1. “My heart rejoices in the Lord! The Lord has made me strong. Now I have an answer for my enemies; I rejoice because you rescued me. No one is holy like the Lord! There is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.” -HANNAH (1 Samuel 2:1-2 NLT)
  1. “In the beginning the labor and toil is difficult for those who come to work for God in stillness and silence; later it becomes indescribably joy. Just as those who wish to start a fire are at first filled with smoke and shed tears, but they cannot reach the goal any other way; so too are those who desire to start within themselves the divine fire—they ignite it with tears and toil, in stillness and silence.” -SYNCLETICA

  1. “ … Satan can do nothing to us if we always have the memory of God in our heart. ‘Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.” (James 4:8) My children, all of us—male and female—know about being saved. Through our own negligence, we stray from salvation. First of all, we must observe the precepts known through the grace of the Lord. These are: ‘You shall love the Lord God with all your soul, and your neighbor as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:37, 39) Whatever people say by the grace of the Spirit, therefore, is useful if it springs from love and ends in it. Salvation, then, is exactly this—the two-fold love of God and neighbor.” -THEODORA
  1. “ . . . deeds are done which appear so evil to us and people suffer such terrible evils that it does not seem as though any good will ever come of them; and we consider this, sorrowing and grieving over it so that we cannot find peace in the blessed contemplation of God as we should do; and this is why: our reasoning powers are so blind now, so humble and so simple, that we cannot know the high, marvelous wisdom, the might and the goodness of the Holy Trinity. And this is what he means where he says, ‘You shall see for yourself that all manner of things shall be well’, as if he said, ‘Pay attention to this now, faithfully and confidently, and at the end of time you will truly see it in the fullness of joy.” -JULIAN OF NORWICH
  1. “Mental prayer in my opinion is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us. The important thing is not to think much but to love much and so do that which best stirs you to love. Love is not great delight but desire to please God in everything.” -TERESA OF AVILA
  1. “What a comfort it is, this way of love! You may stumble on it, you may fail to correspond with grace given, but always love knows how to make the best of everything; whatever offends our Lord is burnt up in its fire, and nothing is left but a humble, absorbing peace deep down in the heart.” -THERESE OF LISIEUX
  1. “And it came to pass … that the heavens were opened and a blinding light of exceptional brilliance flowed through my entire brain. And so it kindled my whole heart and breast like a flame, not burning but warming… and suddenly I understood of the meaning of expositions of the books . . . But although I heard and saw these things, because of doubt and low opinion of myself and because of diverse sayings of men, I refused for a long time a call to write, not out of stubbornness but out of humility, until weighed down by a scourge of God, I fell onto a bed of sickness.”-HILDEGARD OF BINGENset-the-world-on-fire
  1. “The happiest people I have known have been those who gave themselves no concern about their own souls, but did their uttermost to mitigate the miseries of others.” -ELIZABETH CADY STANTON
  1. “If I do not look with eyes of hope on all in whom there is even a faint beginning, as our Lord did when, just after His disciples has wrangled about which of them should be accounted the greatest, He softened His rebuke with those heart-melting words, “Ye are they which continue with Me in my temptations,” then I know nothing of Calvary love.” –AMY CARMICHAEL
  1. “If I could give you information of my life, it would be to show how a woman of very ordinary ability has been led by God in strange and unaccustomed paths to do In His service what He has done in her. And if I could tell you all, you would see how God has done all, and I nothing.” -FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE
  1. “There is a great stir about colored men getting their rights, but not a word about the colored women; and if colored men get their rights, and not colored women theirs, you see the colored men will be masters over the women, and it will be just as bad as it was before. So I am for keeping the thing going while things are stirring; because if we wait till it is still, it will take a great while to get it going again.” -SOJOURNER TRUTH
  1. “Even as the angry vengeful thoughts boiled through me, I saw the sin of them. Jesus Christ had died for this man; was I going to ask for more? Lord Jesus, I prayed, forgive me and help me to forgive him….Jesus, I cannot forgive him. Give me your forgiveness….And so I discovered that it is not on our forgiveness any more than on our goodness that the world’s healing hinges, but on his. When he tells us to love our enemies, he gives along with the command, the love itself.” -CORRIE TEN BOOM
  1. “Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” -CORETTA SCOTT KING
  1. “Look back, to slavery, to suffrage, to integration and one thing is clear. Fashions in bigotry come and go. The right thing lasts.” -ANNA QUINDLEN
  1. “People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.” -DOROTHY DAY
  1. “Sabbath ceasing means to cease not only from work itself, but also from the need to accomplish and be productive, from the worry and tension that accompany our modern criterion of efficiency, from our efforts to be in control of our lives as if we were God, from our possessiveness and our enculturation, and, finally, from the humdrum and meaninglessness that result when life is pursued without the Lord at the center of it all.” -MARVA DAWN
  1. “I want to do something splendid… Something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead… I think I shall write books.” -LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
  1. “It may seem a little old-fashioned, always to begin one’s work with prayer, but I never undertake a hymn without first asking the good Lord to be my inspiration.” -FANNY CROSBY
  1. “The marvels of God are not brought forth from one’s self. Rather, it is more like a chord, a sound that is played. The tone does not come out of the chord itself, but rather, through the touch of the Musician. I am, of course, the lyre and harp of God’s kindness.” -HILDEGARD OF BINGENhope-is-the-thing-with-feathers-that-perches-in-the-soul-and-sings-the-tune-without-the-words-and-never-stops-at-all-emily-dickinson1
  1. “It is unearned love—the love that goes before, that greets us on the way. It’s the help you receive when you have no bright ideas left, when you are empty and desperate and have discovered that your best thinking and most charming charm have failed you. Grace is the light or electricity or juice or breeze that takes you from that isolated place and puts you with others who are as startled and embarrassed and eventually grateful as you are to be there.” -ANNE LAMOTT[1]
  1. “In the evening of life we shall be judged on love, and not one of us is going to come off very well, and were it not for my absolute faith in the loving forgiveness of my Lord I could not call on him to come.” -MADELEINE L’ENGLE
  1. “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.” -EMILY DICKINSON
  1. “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

What are your favorite quotes of women?

[1] Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith


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