Being a Gen-Y girl is one of the more fun lives we could have chosen for ourselves. There's a lot happening in our world every day and a lot that goes into being us, from focusing on relationships to finding our voice, to figuring out what to wear in the morning.
In the midst of all we've got going on, it's comforting to know that we're part of a greater generation of females who, on some level, all have a mutual understanding of one another. That's what a really good quote can do for you.
Sometimes, you just need someone else to say what you're thinking. Luckily, we have a lot to choose from.
Here are 20 epic quotes that have always been inspiring, reassuring and empowering. Whatever it is you're after, go get 'em, tiger.
1. On a positive outlook:
You might not be able to change a situation, but you can definitely change your attitude about it. Flipping your mindset by trading the negatives for the positives instantly improves your disposition.
2. On dressing:
We’re admittedly a little hesitant to follow anything Coco Chanel suggests (she is, after all, a questionable Nazi?), but when it comes to fashion, the woman knows her stuff. Wear what you feel best in because when you look good, you feel good. And that’s always in style.
3. On drinking:
We would argue this also applies to white wine and gummy bears. Well done, Francis, summing up our lives in one sentence.
4. On embracing your wackiness:
Every girl needs a little insanity in her; it makes you interesting. You shine from whatever guides you inside so don’t fight it.
5. On cutting loose:
When it comes to the things you are passionate about, it doesn’t matter if you execute them well or not as long as you feel personally fulfilled in the end. Don’t do anything for the praise; do it for you. Especially when it comes to dancing, free yourself and let your body move.
6. On having a good time:
To every girl who has kissed someone against her better judgment, worn a shirt as a dress or drank before noon: Keep doing you. Living life proudly doesn’t mean you have to play by the books. In fact, it’s way more exciting when you don’t.
7. On the pressure to look good:
Who better to deliver such an insightful quote than Meryl Streep? As an actress who is both stunning and successful, but is not looked at for her beauty, Streep is proof that your craft and your impact are what matters most.
8. On beauty:
Don’t sell yourself short, Joan! You’re still beautiful at age 80! It’s the inner beauty that matters, anyway.
9. On going for it:
This is our motto for everything. From dipping grilled cheese in ketchup, to mixing plaid and patterns, keep rocking on with yo’ bad self.
10. On the merits of ‘Movies On Demand’:
If there is one person who is the authority on not going out, it’s history’s loneliest soul and biggest hermit: Jane Austen. Here’s your new go-to motivation for doing absolutely nothing next Saturday night.
11. On recovering from drunk anxiety:
Buddha always knows best. Whatever happened in your past -- good or bad -- has passed. Be mindful of living in the present and you’ll always have a chance at a future.
12. On the power of good hair:
Sorry, not sorry for being all girly for a second. Having a nice coif can make all the difference in our self-confidence. Raise your hand if you’re way more likely to go out after a blowout, if only because you’re on an insane hair-high. It’s not just the aerosol talking.
13. On besties:
When it comes to friends, it’s always about quality over quantity. At the end of the day, the ones who count are the people who appreciate you for who you are.
14. On always being mindful:
The ever-insightful Maya Angelou really nails it with this one. There is such a thing as lasting impressions and they’re rooted in deeper feelings, not words.
15. On the importance of believing in something:
Well said, Steve. Literally took the words right out of our mouths and made them better. That’s so you.
16. On growing up:
Uh, more like well into your 20s, Joan, but other than that, we totally agree with you. So next time you think you’re the only girl who has ever failed at something when you expected to succeed, just know you’re not alone.
17. On the importance of safe sex:
Safe sex is sexy. And unfortunately, there's some truth to what Coach Carr is saying.
18. On being open to new things:
You’re never too experienced or too knowledgeable to turn down a lesson; it’s the one gift that’s completely free.
19. On pursuing greatness:
It seems to be working for J. Law, after all.
20. On chucking conformity:
You can call us daddies’ girls, but it’s some of the best advice we’ve ever received. For when you feel like flicking off the world, or for when the worst politician is voted in to office, it's the kind of tough love quote that is comforting at the same time. As long as you stay true to who you are, it doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing.
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