"Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it with use."
"Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live."
Mae C. Jemison, first African-American woman astronaut
"To me success means effectiveness in the world, that I am able to carry my ideas and values into the world--that I am able to change it in positive ways."
Maxine Hong Kingston, author of "Woman Warrior"
"Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
"If we don't change, we don't grow.
If we don't grow, we are not really living.
Growth demands a temporary surrender of security."
I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.
There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no insurmountable barrier except our own inherent weakness of purpose.
"Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit."
Helena Rubenstein, Polish cosmetics industrialist
"It's not what you do once in a while, it's what you do day in and day out that makes the difference."
"We never know how high we are
Till we are called to rise;
And then, if we are true to plan,
Our statures touch the skies."
Betty Friedan, author of "The Feminine Mystique"
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