10 Iconic Quotes From Female Characters

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For anyone who needs a little pick me up, here’s a list of inspirational quotes from female characters.

Some require thought, some are relatable, others funny quotes that will make you laugh out loud, and a few you won’t tell anybody you agree with it. But, that’s okay. Take from it what you need.

If you’re looking for some Disney, Mary Poppins, “no place like home” (The Wizard of Oz) … keep looking. there’s none of that here. But, maybe just maybe, you will your new mantra, a new sense of empowerment, or a new favorite quote, or quirky name for your sob playlist.

“It’s all right, honey. Let her go. Let her go. You know, Miss Ruth was a lady. And a lady always knows when to leave.”

This one comes to us courtesy of Fried Green Tomatoes. And, if you’re a lady, you know this quote to be a billion percent true. Then again, if you always follow that gut instinct is a whole other story…

“Oh, I like your outfit too, except when I dress up as a frigid bitch, I try not to look so constipated.”

Wow. Elle Woods ( Reese Witherspoon) in Legally Blonde perfectly delivered this scathing burn. When I saw this quote on my social media twice in two days for essentially no reason, it seemed like the universe what trying to say something to me. The lesson here is that sometimes you just gotta call a spade a constipated spade.

“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”

Blanche DuBois of A Streetcar Named Desire. If you’re finding yourself needing extra support lately, that’s totally cool! The times are crazy. And we all do this. This woman apparently did it every day and look at how things turned out for her! Disclaimer: I’ve never actually seen this movie so let’s all just agree that the way it “turned out for her” was like way, WAY positive, okay?

“Not all who wander are aimless, especially those who seek truth beyond tradition, beyond definition, beyond the image.”

Just a little thought nugget from Mona Lisa Smile to remind you that there are two sides to [nearly] every coin. There is always more both present and more at stake than meets the eye. And while it may serve you or someone else to seek a certain truth, not everyone will understand that or be doing the same. Just be prepared to find the unexpected when you venture.

“Some people say I’m an overachiever, but I think they’re just jealous.”

From Election. You know, it may sound catty, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not true. It could also be wrong. But, statistically, probably not entirely. Either way, just shrug it off and call it a day. Or you could wink at them, and the jealousy burn a little more.

“I have a head for business and a bod for sin. Is there anything wrong with that?”

Omg. So Badass. Witty, strong women are truly the salt of the earth. I’ve never seen this, Working Girl starring Melanie Griffith but already, I’m so inspired.

“Hit this! Go ahead, M’Lynn. Slap her!”

This Steel Magnolias quote brings such great imagery to mind. I mean, truly, I imagine, as I haven’t seen this movie, either, that this comment came after some sh*t went down. Like, the character in the scene gets told something that someone off screen said about them or did that will negatively affect them. Perhaps it was a lie or kissed their man or something.. just something way out of line and messy. And in the same fantasy, in hoping that M’Lynn, whoever they are, deliver a real, healthy bitch slap to whoever had it coming.

“You’re not very bright, are you? I like that in a man.”


“You have that sharp, useless look about you.”

These two were either written by the same people or the films Body Heat and Pretty Woman came out around the same time. Either way, I love it. Something about the image of a daft, pretty boy is always funny. And when someone points it out with class and sarcasm?  *Chefs kiss, perfection!

“You know how to whistle, don’t you Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”

As someone who took an unusually long time to learn to whistle and can still only barely do it, I’ve had many a person try to teach me in this way. I’m sure the phrasing seemed simple but is honestly such a waste of time to even say. The real reason this quote made it onto this list was because it was funny as I imagined it being delivered to a daft pretty boy. The quote is from the 1944 film To Have and Have Not.

“Freedom is power. To live a life untamed and unafraid is the gift that I’ve been given.”

A line by Patience Phillips/Catwoman. She may not be Wonder Woman, but her outfit is literally level 5,000 killer. And, honestly, in the way of superheroes (and women), the way you’re dressed is like, 75% of it.

What do you think?

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