Despite a tumultuous 2020, 2021 is going to be yours for the taking—we just feel it. Whether you're chasing big dreams, want to become the best version of yourself, or just keep up the status quo, a dose of inspiration can go a long way.
We collected some of our favorite motivational quotes from inspiring people across the decades and leaders in change who proved that anything is possible. As you're thinking about the year ahead, what you aspire to be or do, here are messages of encouragement we all could use.
Michelle Obama shares her aha moments in best-selling memoir, Becoming. Obama has defied the expectations of women and invites us to do the same.
The sweetheart actress and writer Mindy Kaling knows just how to articulate human emotions with thoughtful humor in her book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns).
The spirited Katharine Hepburn so beautifully wrote this in her 1991 autobiography, Me: Stories of My Life. Her intoxicating words ring true.
The unapologetic actress and activist Emma Watson said this quote in an interview with Glamour. As someone who has achieved large fame, she reminds us of the importance of life's basics.
The longest-serving first lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt is one of the most sophisticated and self-assured women in political history. She encourages other women in her book You Learn by Living.
Sheryl Sandberg so poignantly said this analogy during her address to a graduating class of Harvard Business School—her alma mater.
Always taking the high road, Taylor Swift shared this nugget of advice in an interview with Time. Coming from someone who is surrounded by female powerhouses, we're all ears.
Hillary Clinton has experience with criticism. She writes about this along with her greatest political career lessons in her memoir Living History.
We can't get enough of Olivia Wilde's candor. In an interview with Glamour she talks about turning 30, though her advice is certainly applicable to many ages.
The bold and funny Amy Poehler wrote this quote in her book, Yes Please. When it comes to going against the grain, Poehler is our favorite muse.
Zoë Kravitz put this so simply in an interview with O—a great mantra for self-acceptance.
American motivational speaker, author, and former member of the House of Representatives Les Brown writes this in his book Living Your Dreams.