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10 Best Inspirational Quotes (Zany&Shy Favorites!)

When you’re feeling a little blue, it’s always uplifting to hear words of encouragement, particularly those that inspire you to create change in your life. Hanan (Founder of Zany&Shy) knew this all too well when she moved to Spain a few years ago, feeling confused and overwhelmed about her next steps. However, the words of some of her favorite women—from the likes of Michelle Obama to Giselle Bundchen—gave her the confidence she needed to launch Zany&Shy. We’ve put together some of the best inspirational quotes from these women, which we hope will give you the self-courage and empowerment to step forward on your own journey today.

Best Inspirational Quotes

It’s easy to fall into a ‘victim mentality’ when you’re feeling low, blaming those around you for your current situation. However, Hanan made it her mission to do the opposite, listening to motivational podcasts, music, and videos that would help her turn her low energy into positive action. The words of some of the world’s most influential women played a vital role in her journey, so to honor them, Hanan decided to name each piece of Zany&Shy jewelry after a woman that had inspired her…

1. Michelle Obama

“We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own 'to-do' list”

This inspirational quote from Michelle Obama reminds us of the importance of self-care. As women, we often let ourselves slide down the priority list, resulting in low energy and poor mental clarity. Taking some time for yourself every day, even if only 5 minutes, is essential to hit the reset button. Consider spending some time arranging flowers, going for a run, or doing meditation; these simple pleasures and moments can be incredibly inspiring.

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2. Malala Yousafzai

“I raise up my voice—not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist who fights for the education of women. Her words of encouragement remind us to always use our voice and platform for good, advocating for the rights of those that may not be heard. As a female-founded business, we push for women's rights, believing that all girls should have the right to education, regardless of ethnicity, culture, or background.

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3. Gisele Bündchen

“If you love someone, you say it, right then, out loud. Otherwise, the moment just passes you by.”

Life can pass by in the blink of an eye, and we can quickly lose track of the minutes, days, and months. Because of this, we can easily forget to express gratitude for the important people in our lives, especially those that are always there for us. Telling our loved ones that they are appreciated is so important; life is short, and you never know who might need to hear those words at that moment. This is one of the best inspirational quotes to teach us the power of love.

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4. Julia Roberts

“If you love someone, you say it, right then, out loud. Otherwise, the moment just passes you by.”

Life can pass by in the blink of an eye, and we can quickly lose track of the minutes, days, and months. Because of this, we can easily forget to express gratitude for the important people in our lives, especially those that are always there for us. Telling our loved ones that they are appreciated is so important; life is short, and you never know who might need to hear those words at that moment. This is one of the best inspirational quotes to teach us the power of love.

Shop the Julia Ring

5. Diana, Princess of Wales (Best Inspirational Quote)

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”

Diana, Princess of Wales, has spoken some of the best inspirational quotes of all time. She lived her short life with vibrancy, love, and dedication—always committed to enriching the lives of others.

Helping others is one of the most extraordinary acts of selflessness, so start today by carrying out a random act of kindness, be that helping an older man across the street or telling a stranger how much you love their hair. You never know the internal struggles someone may be having, and that act could really change their day or mood for the better. Remember, karma always comes full circle!

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6. Chiara Ferrangi

“Be patient - if something is supposed to happen, it's going to happen. Whenever I've tried to force things, they didn't go right.”

Ever felt like you were pushing a rock uphill? Sometimes we put far too much pressure on ourselves to achieve our goals, exhausting ourselves in the process. Although success requires action, you shouldn’t be ruining yourself to get there.

If it feels like an uphill struggle, try to sit back and reflect on the situation. Is there a reason this isn’t happening? Is there something you can change? Maybe you simply need to take a break and return to it when you have the energy. This inspirational quote shows us that ‘patience is a virtue’, a phrase that can guide you to live a life of contentment and joy.

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7. Frida Kahlo

“Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.”

One of the greatest artists of all time, Frida Kahlo used her work to tell stories and spread a message of independence and freedom. This is one of the most beautiful creative quotes for those who feel ‘stuck’, reminding us that change is always just around the corner. Think of the things you’ve managed to achieve in your life so far? Would you ever have believed it? This is a positive way to change your mindset and remind you of your internal power.

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8. Maria Montessori

“We must look to the children as a vehicle for bringing change to humanity.

Maria Montessori is a renowned educator and founder of the Montessori education system. She believed in children's freedom of expression and independence, advocating for them to learn for themselves by challenging the traditional education system.

At Zany&Shy, we couldn’t agree more with her words of encouragement; part of our pledge to commit to a more sustainable future is to teach our children about the importance of the planet. They are the future, and it’s essential we give them the tools to create change.

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9. Yusra Mardini

“I worked hard and fought and I’m still fighting to prove that girls have as much power as men. They just have to believe in themselves.”

Yusra Mardini is a Syrian refugee and an Olympic swimmer. She is the reminder you need that you can fulfill your dreams, no matter the situation—just believe in yourself and have the confidence to keep driving forwards. Coming from Syria, where female rights are often sidelined, Yusra voices one of the best inspirational quotes to push other women to achieve their dreams.

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10. Amal Clooney

“Be courageous. Challenge orthodoxy. Stand up for what you believe in. When you are in your rocking chair talking to your grandchildren many years from now, be sure you have a good story to tell."

Life is for living, and your experiences are the maker of you. Amal Clooney’s words of encouragement show the importance of challenging the status quo and following your intuition. We shouldn’t compare ourselves or live by others' rules; always challenge the ‘normal’ way of doing things, and you’ll be rewarded with one of the most fulfilling and colorful lives.

We love this inspirational quote as it aligns with our hope that Zany&Shy jewelry will be passed down for generations, telling its own story as it moves from person to person.

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Humans are inspiring in everything they do, from big actions to small ones. At Zany&Shy, we always try to use those that inspire us as a means of encouragement, rather than envy— using their words as a driving force to take the next step on our journey. What’s more, we’re inspired by the little things, be that the determination of a child, the mesmerizing colors of the ocean, or the creativity of jewelry design. We hope that these best inspirational quotes uplift you and always remind you of your power and capability on this earth.

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