11 Inspiration Quotes from Dolly, Maya and Julia

Inspirational quotes and motivational quotes have the power to get us through a bad week, and can even  give us the courage to pursue our life’s dreams.  This collection of quotes covers success, life and leadership by three of the world's most wonderfully wise women: Maya Angelou, Dolly Parton and Julia Child.

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By Office of the White House. (Via NPR [1], courtesy of the White House)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
“If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.”
― Maya Angelou

“I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou

“The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas. The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed.”
― Maya Angelou

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take buy by the moments that take your breath away.”

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By Photo by Tech. Sgt. Cherie A. Thurlby, USAF [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
― Maya Angelou

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain!”

― Dolly Parton

“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.”
― Dolly Parton

“I'm not going to limit myself just because people won't accept the fact that I can do something else.”
― Dolly Parton

Credit: Jim Wallace (Smithsonian Institution)
Credit: Jim Wallace (Smithsonian Institution)

“If you're afraid of butter, use cream.”
― Julia Child

“I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate”
― Julia Child

“Just speak very loudly and quickly, and state your position with utter conviction, as the French do, and you'll have a marvelous time!”
― Julia ChildMy Life in France

“I was thirty-seven years old and still discovering who I was.”
― Julia Child

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meridith Dennes is a co-founder and the CEO of Project Eve LLC, a leading women's lifestyle media company online including some of the web's best loved communities including the eponymous Project Eve, Getting Balance, Project Eve Moms, Project Eve Money and Scary Puppy Silly Kitty. With a digital readership in excess of 20+ million monthly uniques, and over 1 million social media followers, Project Eve provides the news and resources to inspire and empower women. Meridith also works as a digital consultant and social media strategist and has worked with several Fortune 500 companies to help increase brand awareness and improve social media engagement.Meridith holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business. Prior to founding Project Eve, she spent 15 years working in investment banking. Meridith currently lives in Vermont with her husband and 2 daughters and spends her free time teaching skiing, practicing yoga, hiking and snowshoeing.