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15 Quotes From 15 Inspiring Female Artists

15 Quotes From 15 Inspiring Female Artists

A true list of all the great female artists who inspire us is endless. Throughout the centuries, the range of dancers, painters, writers, activists, and performers that have forged a path for others is inspiring in itself, especially given that many were also mothers, wives, and workers fighting for equal rights. Without them, we would not have the freedom we have today. Without their expression, and their fight to use this expression freely, we would not exist as we do today.

Here is a list of 15 exceptional females who have done exceptional work in their fields. The timespan of these quotes ranges over the last century. Some of these women were the wives and partners of famous men, but all are powerful, fabulous, and utterly individual. These women made no excuses for themselves or their work. They proceeded with courage, determination, and pride, often in the face of obstruction. Let their wise words inspire your day.

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15 Quotes From 15 Inspiring Female Artists

  1. “Where does it all lead? What will become of us? These were our young questions, and young answers were revealed. It leads to each other. We become ourselves.” — Writer and performer Patti Smith, from her novel Just Kids.
  2. “It is the mainspring of life, courage. And courage has many faces.” – Italian writer and reporter, Oriana Fallaci.
  3. “I’ve had 72 absolutely flaming years. It (the illness) doesn’t bother me at all because, you know, love, when you’ve lived like I have, you’ve done it all. I put all my effort into living.” — Artist Vali Myers, The Witch of Positano.
  4. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” — Author Anais Nin.
  5. “Happiness comes from the full understanding of your own being.” — Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic.
  6. “I felt very vulnerable singing, ‘I’m through hanging around all of the boys in town.’ It was difficult for me. I couldn’t stand there and sing the words. I felt I wasn’t being interesting. I wanted to also perform and entertain or transport people. I wanted other levels. So I went out and got a school uniform and probably Vince got suspenders and stockings. That freed me, and then everything changed.” – Singer Chrissy Amphlett, on finding strength in her first performance as lead singer of the Australian rock band The Divinyls.
  7. “Think of the magic of that foot, comparatively small, upon which your whole weight rests. It’s a miracle, and the dance is a celebration of that miracle.” — American modern dancer and choreographer Martha Graham.
  8. “Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.” — Writer, dancer, and queen of the jazz era, Zelda Fitzgerald.
  9. “You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you.” — Pioneer of modern dance, Isadora Duncan.
  10. “Find something you really love doing and mix it with something you really care about. That’s why I’ve had such longevity as an artist. I really, really care about ending violence against women, and I really, really love playing music. It’s super enjoyable!” — Punk singer and activist Kathleen Hanna.
  11. “I want to be a living work of art.” — Italian heiress, artist, and muse, the Marchesa Luisa Casati.
  12. “Early in life I came to understand that I was the only person who could protect my own interests, and that, being alone, I must cultivate survivor skills and turn weaknesses into strengths.” — Australian author, foreign correspondent, and refugee activist Jill Jolliffe.
  13. “Use your faults, use your defects; then you’re going to be a star.” — The great singer Edith Piaf.
  14. “Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.”  — Writer Dorothy Parker.
  15. “Time heals, after all — although the clock that marks that kind of time has no hands.” — American author and artist Suze Rotolo.

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Why It’s Never Too Late To Redefine Yourself

Why It’s Never Too Late To Redefine Yourself

The ability to reinvent and redefine yourself is a bold, daring and purposeful choice. It doesn’t just happen. You have to make a conscious, intentional choice and then follow through.

If the thought of forging a new path, changing habits, thought patterns and your inner circle of friends scares you – you’re not alone. Change can be a very scary thing. It takes courage, fortitude and a bit of faith to decide to shed your old self and don a new persona. However, it is one of the most critical processes one must repeatedly endure in the pursuit of destiny. Change unlocks new levels of potential.

The Need for Change

Everyday when we wake up, we make a decision. We decide to follow our routine or we decide to go off script and shake things up a bit. For those who are creatures of habit, routine is comfortable, easy and produces very little stress. The problem with this is, after a while you stop growing.

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We all reinvent ourselves at some point in our lives. It is absolutely necessary to achieve certain levels of success.

Reflect back on who you were as a teenager and then who you were at 25. Those are two very different people. Most of us are completely different. Your thought patterns changed, your appearance, job, level of education and even your friends– changed. We like to refer to this as “growing up” or maturing and consider it to be one of life’s natural progressions. However the changes you made were purposeful and deliberate.

This process must be a lifelong and continuous cycle. You are never too old to refresh yourself.

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    Signs It’s Time to Redefine

    “Just as established products and brands need updating to stay alive and vibrant, you periodically need to refresh or reinvent yourself.”– Mireille Guiliano

    So how do you know when it’s time for a system upgrade? There are signs along the way that alert you that it is time for an overhaul. The first sign is the feeling of being stuck. If you feel like you are in a rut, you’re bored with life or you need some newness and excitement, a self reinvention may be in order. Re-evaluate your life vision and your goals. Is that vision still valid and are your goals consistent with your vision and–are they achievable? If you are off course, it’s time for a change. If you are not moving forward and making progress, it’s time for a change.

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    In life, there’s no such thing as neutrality–you’re either moving forward or you are moving backward. Time constantly moves forward and if you are standing still, you are actually losing ground. No matter your age or stage in life– there is always room for improvement.

    “You’re never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” ~C. S. Lewis

    The second sign that you are due for a change is the occurrence of major life events in which change is forced upon you. Getting married, starting a new job, being promoted, ending a relationship, becoming a parenting or relocating are all prime opportunities to completely overhaul your life.

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    When these major shifts occur in your life–you have to shift with them. You can’t have a single mentality and have a successful marriage. You can’t remain selfish and irresponsible, and raise a healthy, well-adjusted child. You can’t be promoted to a supervisory position and keep the same subordinate attitude. Each level of success requires something different from you.

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      Consider, for a moment, Arnold Schwarzenegger. People may have different opinions about his character and some of his life choices, but he is a master at reinventing himself. He achieved the ultimate success as a professional body builder by earning the title “Mr. Universe” three times. He then earned a tremendous amount of fame and fortune in the entertainment industry making action/adventure films. And in his latest role, he served two terms as the Governor of California. He succeeded as a professional body builder, a film star and a politician. Each role required massive amounts of change, commitment, strength and hard work.

      And if Arnold can do it…so can you!

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