50 Quotes to Inspire an Empowered Life

Last updated on 9/17/2020

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Your relationship with yourself is the most important relationship you will ever have. Whether you perceive yourself positively or negatively, empowered or helpless, your mindset affects the way you proceed through life. The key to cultivating an optimistic, empowered mindset is to acknowledge that you have a say in the direction your life takes, and that you are in control of the decisions you make.

To help cultivate a new mindset, I have compiled 50 powerful quotes that can help plant the seeds for empowered living. Once you reach the end of this list, consider the degree to which you believe your health, happiness, and inner peace begins and ends with you.


“I am. Two of the most powerful words; for what you put after them shapes your reality.”


  1. Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” —Les Brown
  2. The person that you will spend the most time with in your life is yourself, so you better try to make yourself as interesting as possible. —Unknown
  3. “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
  4. “Self-acceptance is my refusal to be in an adversarial relationship to myself.” —Nathaniel Branden
  5. If you change your thoughts, you change your behavior; if you change your behavior, you change your life. —Unknown


“You are built not to shrink down to less but to blossom into more. To be more splendid. To be more extraordinary. To use every moment to fill yourself up.”

Oprah Winfrey

  1. “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” —Nora Roberts
  2. “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” —Maria Robinson
  3. Be stubborn about your goals, and flexible about your methods. —Unknown
  4. “A true friend is someone who can offer peace and happiness. If you’re a true friend to yourself, you need to be able to offer yourself true peace and true happiness.” —Thich Nhat Hanh
  5. You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” ―Oprah Winfrey
  6. You create your own calm. —Unknown


“Health is a relationship between you and your body.”

—Terri Guillemets

  1. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” — Anne Frank
  2. “Whatever is on your plate got there because you said yes to it.” —Danielle LaPorte
  3. “Your future depends on many things. But mostly on you.” —Frank Tyger
  4. “It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
  5. “One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure its worth watching.” —Anonymous
  6. “The most important thing is to be whatever you are without shame.” —Rod Steiger


If you’re not in the arena also getting your ass kicked, I’m not interested in your feedback.”

—Brené Brown

  1. “The less you respond to rude, critical, argumentative people, the more peaceful your life will become.” —Mandy Hale
  2. “Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving; we get stronger and more resilient.” —Steve Maraboli
  3. “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” —Henry David Thoreau
  4. You don’t have to attend every argument you’re invited to. —Unknown
  5. Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth. —Unknown
  6. “I am the me that I choose to be.” —Sidney Poitier


“No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”

—Lupita Nyong’o

  1. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.  —Harvey Fierstein
  2. “Life is a creation, not a discovery. You do not live each day to discover what it holds for you, but to create it. You are creating your reality every minute, probably without knowing it.” —Neale Donald Walsch
  3. The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. —Steve Jobs
  4. “Look closely at the present you are constructing: it should look like the future you are dreaming.” ―Alice Walker
  5. “On any given day, you can massively change the direction of your life.” ~John Maxwell~
  6. “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” ~Maya Angelou~


“There is no passion to be found playing small—in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

—Nelson Mandela

  1. “Every day brings a choice: to practice stress or to practice peace.” —Joan Borysenko
  2. “The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is the way you use them.” —Tom Sims
  3. “Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.” —Brian Tracy
  4. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” —Mary Anne Radmacher
  5. “What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.” —Buddha
  6. “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” —H. Jackson Brown Jr.


“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

—Alice Walker

  1. “You draw your own box. You introduce yourself as who you are . . . You create the identity you want for yourself.” —Meghan Markle
  2. “Learn to love yourself first, instead of loving the idea of other people loving you.” —Marc Chernoff
  3. “You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.” ––Angela Davis
  4. Your possible future—and there are literally thousands of possible futures—is being formed by what you think and believe today. —John Kehoe
  5. Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we’ll ever do. —Brené Brown
  6. “You just can’t let life happen to you, you have to make life happen.” ―Idowu Koyenikan
  7. “Every next level of your life will demand a different you.” —Leonardo DiCaprio


“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.”

―Steve Maraboli

Embrace your power.

 *Image: Cade Prior

Published by A. Irvin

Dr. Angela Irvin is a clinical psychologist and mental health educator. Her clinical specialties include forensics, trauma, and personality-related issues. She is also an expert on cultural facets of mental health relating to race, gender, and class. As a mental health educator and writer, she emphasizes research-based information that promotes holistic wellness.