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GREAT QUOTES from G R E AT

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From Marie Curie to Michelle Obama—inspiring words from women who have shaped our world

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Dedicated to my mother, Mary Crisorio, whose unconditional love and support have been my greatest inspiration.

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Introduction

reat women are not considered so because of their personal achievements but for their abilities to speak out on behalf

of the lives of countless others. To boldly face diversity and discrimination, yet continue to show daring feats of bravery in spite of the obstacles before them. They speak with both a compassionate heart and great strength of character. They are true leaders who have advanced not just womanhood but the world around them. We hope reading the words of these great women will inspire all of us—our mothers, daughters, our sisters, even our future granddaughters—to embrace our own greatness. For once we can revel in the power of our own voice, we too can speak out for what is right and impact the world for the better.

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Contents Christiane Amanpour . . . . . . . . . . 7 Arianna Huffington . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Maya Angelou . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Helen Keller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Susan B. Anthony . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Loretta Lynch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Mother Teresa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Margaret Mead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Marie Curie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Golda Meir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Melinda Gates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Angela Merkel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Ruth Bader Ginsburg . . . . . . . . . 49 Florence Nightingale . . . . . . . . . 113 Jane Goodall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Michelle Obama . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Audrey Hepburn . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis . . 129

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Rosa Parks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Meryl Streep . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205 Amy Poehler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Margaret Thatcher . . . . . . . . . . . 213 Condoleezza Rice . . . . . . . . . . . 151 Harriet Tubman . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221 Sally Ride . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Meg Whitman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229 Eleanor Roosevelt . . . . . . . . . . . 167 Oprah Gail Winfrey . . . . . . . . . . 235 J. K. Rowling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Susan Wojcicki . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243 Wilma Rudolph . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 Malala Yousafzai . . . . . . . . . . . . 249 Sheryl Sandberg . . . . . . . . . . . . 189 Margaret Chase Smith . . . . . . . 197

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I HAVE ALWAYS THOUGHT IT MORALLY UNACCEPTABLE TO KILL STORIES, NOT TO RUN STORIES, THAT PEOPLE HAVE RISKED THEIR LIVES TO GET.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

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ne of today’s leading news correspondents, Christiane Amanpour is a British-Iranian journal-

ist and television host. She is the Chief International Correspondent for CNN and hosts CNN International’s nightly interview program Amanpour. Additionally, Amanpour is the Global Affairs Anchor of ABC News and has worked for 60 Minutes. Amanpour was born in London but spent time in Iran before going to boarding school in England at the age of eleven. Things changed for Amanpour in 1979 when the Shah of Iran was overthrown by a revolution, as this event sent her family into exile but also ignited her interest in journalism.

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GREAT QUOTES from chRiSTiAnE AMAnpOUR

Throughout her career, Amanpour earned multiple journalistic awards, such as multiple Emmys and Peabodys and an Edward R. Murrow Award, along with recognition from the Library of American Broadcasting.

We in the press, by

our

power, can actually

undermine leadership.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

If we have no respect for our viewers, then how can we have

any respect for ourselves and what we do?

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GREAT QUOTES from chRiSTiAnE AMAnpOUR

What we do and say and show really

matters.

I£i No matter what the hocus-pocus focus groups tell you, time has proven that all the gimmicks and all the cheap journalism can only carry us so far.

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Maya Angelou I’VE LEARNED THAT MAKING A “LIVING” IS NOT THE SAME THING AS MAKING A “LIFE.”

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aya Angelou overcame a troubled childhood to become a noted poet, writer, and activist. Her first job was that of the first black

female streetcar con­ductor. This was the first in a series of extraordinary achievements. Early on, Angelou fine-­tuned her natural dancing and acting tal-

ent to eventually earn a dance scholarship. Her performance career included a European dance tour and a plethora of television shows and records. After holding a position in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, she moved to Egypt to edit a weekly newspaper. Two years later, Angelou became an administrator and instructor at a Ghana music school. Twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, Angelou also wrote an autobiographical novel series to cope with the grief she felt after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination on her birthday. Through her varied experiences on life’s journey, Maya Angelou is the embodiment of the American Renaissance woman.

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Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without

courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget

how you made them feel.

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GREAT QUOTES from Maya Angelou

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you

can decide

not to be reduced by them.

I£i

I have found that among its other benefits,

giving liberates the soul of the giver.

I£i

I don’t personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed. 17

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See, you don’t have to think about doing the right thing. If you’re for the right thing, then you do it without thinking.

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GREAT QUOTES from Maya Angelou

The most called-­upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.

I£i I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.

I£i How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-­roes! 19

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Susan B. Anthony CAUTIOUS, CAREFUL PEOPLE, ALWAYS CASTING ABOUT TO PRESERVE THEIR REPUTATION… NEVER CAN BRING ABOUT A REFORM.

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usan B. Anthony is best remembered as a pioneer and crusader of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States. President of

the National American Woman Suffrage Association, her work helped pave the way for the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote. Discouraged by the limited role women were allowed in the established temperance movement, Anthony helped form the Woman’s State Temperance Society in New York, one of the first organizations of its kind. She devoted herself with vigorous determination to the abolition movement, serving from

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1856 to the outbreak of the war in 1861 as an agent for the American Anti-­Slavery Society. Attending the International Council of Women in 1888 and the International Woman Suffrage Alliance in 1904, Susan B. Anthony was a major catalyst for social change in America and abroad.

Failure is impossible.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

Men, their rights, and

nothing more; women, their rights, and

nothing less.

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GREAT QUOTES from Susan B. Anthony

The day will come when men will recognize woman as

his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race.

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Mother Teresa I SEE GOD IN EVERY HUMAN BEING. WHEN I WASH THE LEPER’S WOUNDS I FEEL I AM NURSING THE LORD HIMSELF.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

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other Teresa, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, is revered for her lifelong dedication to the poor,

most notably the destitute masses of India. In 1928, at the age of eighteen, she went to Ireland to join the Loreto Convent in Rathfarnam, Dublin, and shortly thereafter traveled to India to work with the poor of Calcutta. In 1950, after studying nursing, she moved into the slums of the city and founded the Order of the Missionaries of Charity. Mother Teresa was summoned to Rome in 1968 to found a home for the needy, and three years later, she was awarded the first Pope John XXIII Peace Prize. By the late 1970s, the Missionaries of Charity numbered more than a thousand nuns who operated sixty centers in Calcutta and over two hundred centers worldwide. 28

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GREAT QUOTES from MOThER TERESA

Mother Teresa’s selfless commitment to helping the poor saved the lives of nearly 8,000 people in Calcutta alone. Her compassion and devotion to the destitute earned her the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. Following her death, Mother Teresa was beatified by Pope John Paul II.

We shall never know how much

good a simple smile can do.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

The hunger

for love is much

more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.

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GREAT QUOTES from Mother Teresa

Don’t look for big things, just

do small things with great love.

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Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

Humility is the mother of all virtues; purity, charity, and obedience.

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Let no one ever come to you without leaving better

and happier.

IÂŁi

Now let us do something

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GREAT QUOTES from MOThER TERESA

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop

in the ocean. But

if that drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.

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Do not allow yourself to be disheartened by any failure as long as you have done

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