9 Pieces of Advice Every Woman Needs

South African model Thanda Hopa

1. “There’s a place in you that you must keep inviolate. You must keep it pristine. Clean. So that nobody has a right to curse you or treat you badly. Nobody. No mother, father, no wife, no husband, no­­­ — nobody. You have to have a place where you say: ‘Stop it. Back up. Don’t you know I’m a child of God?’” 

— Dr. Maya Angelou

2.“Share with people who’ve earned the right to hear your story.”
— Dr. Brené Brown

3.“Look at the sky: that is for you. Look at each person’s face as you pass on the street: those faces are for you. … Remember this when you wake up in the morning and think you have nothing.”
— Miranda July

4.“The more room you give yourself to express your true thoughts and feelings, the more room there is for your wisdom to emerge.”
— Marianne Williamson

5.“Whatever you do in life, remember: Think higher and feel deeper. It cannot be bad if you do that.”
— Elie Wiesel

6.“Perhaps the noblest private act is the unheralded effort to … open our hearts once they’ve closed, to open our souls once they’ve shied away.”
— Mark Nepo

7. “Most unhappy people need to learn just one lesson: how to see themselves through the lens of genuine compassion and treat themselves accordingly.”
— Martha Beck

8.“No one feels strong when she examines her own weakness. But in facing weakness, you learn how much there is in you, and you find real strength.”
— Pat Summitt

9.“Love liberates. Love — not sentimentality, not mush — but true love gives you enough courage that you can say to somebody, ‘Don’t do that, baby.’ And the person will know you’re not preaching but teaching.” — Dr. Maya Angelou