Emma Watson launching her He For She campaign

Emma, Angelina and SO many more

Sick of seeing motivational quotes plastered all over Instagram? Listen, we get you, but they’re not all cheesy phrases photoshopped over sunsets and fields. We’ve looked to our favourite inspirational females for tips on life, love and generally being a badass woman, and they didn’t disappoint… Prepare to be inspired.    

1. ‘Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths’ – Drew Barrymore

2. ‘Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m possible!’ – Audrey Hepburn

3. ‘No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind’ – Taylor Swift

4. ‘March to your own beat. Yes, it's a cliché, but this industry can be judgmental, and it's easy to feel like you want to change according to what's cool at that moment’ – Zoe Kravitz

5. ‘It's so cheesy to say this, but it's the journey, not the end goal, that's important’ – Emma Watson

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6. ‘If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow’ – Beyonce

7. ‘You just want something else that someone else has, but that doesn’t mean what you have isn’t beautiful’ – Rihanna

8. ‘To me, fearless is not the absence of fear. It's not being completely unafraid. To me, fearless is having fears. Fearless is having doubts. Lots of them. To me, fearless is living in spite of those things that scare you to death’ – Taylor Swift

9. ‘I think it’s great to be flawed. I’m hugely flawed, and I like it this way. That’s the fun of life. You fall, get up, make mistakes, learn from them, be human and be you’ – Priyanka Chopra

10. ‘I think that it is very important if you know what you want, understand where you are heading towards, and try your best to get it. It is only when we use our hearts to do it, and fall in love with what we are doing, then can we really get real determination’ – Emma Watson

11. ‘Without pain, there would be no suffering. Without suffering, we would never learn from our mistakes. To make it right, pain and suffering is the key to all windows, without it, there is no way of life’ – Angelina Jolie

12. ‘Everyone’s dream can come true if you just stick to it and work hard’ – Serena Williams

13. ‘Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you’ – Hillary Clinton 

14. ‘It’s interesting how we often can’t see the ways in which we are being strong – you can’t be aware of what you’re doing that’s tough and brave at the time that you’re doing it, because if you knew that it was brave, then you’d be scared’ – Lena Dunham

15. ‘No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow’ – Maya Angelou 

16. ‘Each and every one of us has the capacity to be an oppressor. I want to encourage each and every one of us to interoogate how we might be an oppressor, and how we might be able to become liberators for ourselves and for each other’ – Laverne Cox

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17. ‘Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure’ – Oprah

18. ‘It’s amazing what you can get if you quietly, clearly and authoritatively demand it’ – Meryl Streep

19. ‘One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am’ – Michelle Obama

20. ‘If you want succeed you must never stop learning, never stop trying and just keep being yourself. You are your own person. You make the choices in life that affect you’ – Ruby Rose

21. ‘When we're growing up there are all sorts of people telling us what to do when really what we need is space to work out who to be’ – Ellen Page

22. ‘Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning’ – Gloria Steinem

23. ‘Things can happen to you, but they don’t have to happen to your soul’ – Jennifer Lawrence

24. ‘What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain’ – Maya Angelou

25. ‘You’re only human. You live once and life is wonderful, so eat the damned red velvet cupcake’ – Emma Stone

26. ‘There are no regrets in life. Just lessons’ – Jennifer Aniston

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