12 Inspirational Business Quotes from Successful Women

In a world where inspirational quotes follow you everywhere from Instagram to Pinterest to t-shirts and tote bags, it can be easy to dismiss them as trivial typography. But stumbling upon the right quote from the right lady boss one day might be just the motivation you need to start making things happen for yourself and your career. Here, we gathered some of our favorite words of wisdom from successful women to help as you navigate your business goals, doubts, and motivations.


Amy Poehler, actress and comedian, as told to Glamour.


Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, on adjusting to loss and the changes that come with it.


Martha Stewart, CEO Martha Stewart Omnimedia, on organization.


Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO, on pushing your limits.


Michelle Obama, FLOTUS, in an April 2007 campaign speech.


Miuccia Prada, designer, on success.


J.K Rowling, author, on failure and imagination in her 2008 Harvard commencement speech.


Cate Blanchett, actress, on maintaining her career and keeping a level head in a 2009 Vanity Fair interview.


Sarah Jessica Parker, actress and entrepreneur, on summoning the lady boss within and bracing yourself for failure.


Kelly Wearstler, interior designer, on self-discipline at work.


Beyoncé, musician, on running from the dance studio to photoshoots to meetings with executives and everything in between in her documentary Beyoncé: Year of 4.


Sophia Amoruso, CEO of NastyGal, on treating every business decision with the utmost care.

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Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, on not getting it right the first time.


Diane Von Furstenberg, designer, on growing up.


Oprah, founder and CEO OWN, on being passionate about your work.