“We run the world…GIRLS!”

Happy International Women’s Day 2018!

Narrowing down women writers to do a post is such a hard task (and so it should be!) so instead, below are a selection of quotes from some wonderful female writers inspiring the next generation. 18 quotes for 2018!

“A word after a word after a word is power.”

Margaret Atwood

“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change”

– Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

“A truth was being revealed to me: that I had always tried to attach myself to the light of other people, that I had never had any light of my own. I experienced myself as a kind of shadow.”

 ― Zadie Smith, Swing Time

“A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.”

– Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new”

Ursula Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven

“It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them”.

Agatha Christie

“You can’t do anything about the past, it’s done and can’t be mended. But the future is different, if you just think what you really want and reach out and take it.”  

Lesley Pearse, Trust Me

“Just because it’s taken you three years to notice, Ron, doesn’t mean no one else has spotted I’m a girl!” 

J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“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

“Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.”

Katherine Mansfield

“But he that dares not grasp the thorn Should never crave the rose.”

Anne Bronte

“Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.”

Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”

– Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

“Language is power, life and the instrument of culture, the instrument of domination and liberation.”

– Angela Carter

“He thought her beautiful, believed her impeccably wise; dreamed of her, wrote poems to her, which, ignoring the subject, she corrected in red ink.” 

Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

“Better by far you should forget and smile Than that you should remember and be sad.”

Christina Rossetti

“I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead; I lift my eyes and all is born again.” 

― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”

― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women


Happy reading everyone! Lx


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