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18 Powerful Quotes From Successful Women To Inspire Your Financial Life

By | Wednesday, November 11, 2015


Organizing your finances and dealing with money can be stressful, especially when you feel like you don’t have enough of it. It’s easy to fall into a slump or feel hopeless if you have debt you can’t seem to pay off, or bills you have trouble paying (which keep stacking up month after month). But you’re not doomed to feel down and out about money trouble — there are many solutions to help in whatever situation you may find yourself.

The internet is a treasure trove of forums, advice columns, websites, and podcasts (to name a few) willing to give insightful and helpful advice. Whenever I’m feeling crappy about a current financial situation I’m in, I remember that it is (most often) completely within my power to change. Yesterday, Chelsea wrote about having a “say yes first” attitude in order to motivate yourself to get shit done. It’s important to live by mantras, and I believe in the power of positive thinking and hard work, which when combined, can help turn your finances around.

When I need a pick-me-up, I find myself looking to successful women, whom I admire, for words of wisdom. Below, I’ve rounded up 18 powerful quotes from women that pertain to wealth, money, and happiness. Reading through some of these quotes can help motivate you to take control over your finances and inspire you to think — I know it certainly worked for me! Check it out.

If you’re trying to diet, what do you do? You grab your two friends and say, ‘We’re going to the gym; let’s do this together.’ Money shouldn’t be any different. If you’re trying to make progress, if you’re trying to save more, we really need to be able to get support.

—Alexa Von Tobel, Founder and CEO of


Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night.

—Marian Wright Edelman, Children’s rights activist.


Your success will have everything to do with how you perceive yourself, because how you perceive yourself is how others will perceive you, too.

—Lorie Greiner, American inventor, investor, entrepreneur, author, and television personality.


Business is fun. Controlling your own destiny is fun. Creating an idea and turning it into a movie; finding an artist and guiding their career and bringing them to some type of status – there’s joy in that.

—Queen Latifah, Rapper and songwriter, actress, model, television producer, comedienne, talk show host and record producer (guuh, sucks air in).




To attract money, you must focus on wealth. It is impossible to bring more money into your life when you are noticing you do not have enough, because that means you are thinking thoughts that you do not have enough.

—Rhonda Byrne, Author of The Secret on how the power of positive thinking can create wealth and happiness.


We need to align the incentives so that colleges have an incentive to keep down their costs… to graduate students on time with degrees in areas where they’re going to be able to get jobs and going to be able to pay back those loans.

—Elizabeth Warren, American academic and politician.


They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody?

—Princess Diana, Princess and children’s activist.


A woman’s best protection is a little money of her own.

—Clare Boothe Luce, American author and later a US Ambassador.


Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.

—Ayn Rand, American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter.


You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.

—Maya Angelou, American author, poet, and civil rights activist.


If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents. Value what you know & start charging for it.

—Kim Garst, Founder and CEO of Boom! Social.



I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I’ve become. If I had, I’d have done it a lot earlier.

—Oprah Winfrey, Media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.




I do not think I am successful just because I have money. I’m successful because I love who I am and I have no regrets, and I’m successful because I have a great heart and I have compassion and I care and I would be happy with or without money.

—Suze Orman, American author, financial advisor, motivational speaker, and television host.


Automating some of your finances can be incredibly convenient and is a great way to save time, but automating everything makes it too easy to go on autopilot and forget to pay attention to your personal finances.

—Alexa Von Tobel, Founder and CEO of


Don’t you dare underestimate the power of your own instinct.” Instinct is a lifesaver for sharks and entrepreneurs alike. Most people can recall times they ignored their gut only to regret it later. Learning to actually listen to your instinct is a great form of self-preservation. It’s both incredibly easy and tough at the same time, but worth the effort to master.

—Barbara Corcoran, American businesswoman, investor, speaker, consultant, syndicated columnist, author, and television personality.


Knowing your personality enables you to choose whether you prefer to be on a merry-go-round or a roller coaster, and helps you stay the course when markets dislocate.

Ann Kaplan, Partner of Circle Wealth Management, an investment advisory firm.


Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody.

—Agatha Christie


“Budgeting has only one rule: Do not go over budget.”

― Leslie Tayne



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