The 13 Most Inspirational Quotes from Creative Women

Recent studies show that 62% of women entrepreneurs are turning their side hustle into their primary source of income. With so many women entrepreneurs growing legitimate businesses, we’ve collected the top 10 most inspirational quotes from women who’ve found success.

The list ranges from both creative women who made their craft full time income as well as women who’ve taken the modern approach to grow their business.

“Painting completed my life. I lost three children and a series of other things that would have fulfilled my horrible life. My painting took the place of all of this. I think work is the best.”

Frida Kahlo

“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

“Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow." Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human.” – Malala Yousafzai

“The single story creates stereotypes, and the probllem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but they are incomplete.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

“I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realizes the emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only the past.”

Virginia Woolf

“Career choice and progression doesn’t have to fit into the standard societal mold. Do what you love and want to do. Find what you’re good at, what you can sell or provide that is unique to you and go for it.” – Dana Donofree

“Probably nothing serious or worthwhile can be accomplished without one’s willingness to be alone for sustained periods of time, which is not to say that one must live alone, obsessively.”

Joyce Carol Oates

“It’s through mistakes that you actually grow. You have to get bad in order to get good.”

– Paula Scher

“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you're inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won't. Habit is persistence in practice.” ― Octavia E. Butler

“And what if people absolutely hate what you’ve created? What if people attack you with savage vitriol, and insult your intelligence, and malign your motives, and drag your good name through the mud? Just smile sweetly and suggest — as politely as you possibly can — that they go and make their own fucking art. Then stubbornly continue making yours.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert

“I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

“If there's one thing I've discovered, it's that stifling yourself will only lead to more misery. I polluted all other happiness because I was afraid to let myself create and change. You have to have courage. Real courage to explore, to fail, and to pick yourself back up again.”Siobhan Vivian

“Does not the very word ‘creative’ mean to build, to initiate, to give out, to act – rather than to be acted upon, to be subjective?” – Berenice Abbott


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