With International Women’s Day tomorrow, it’s a perfect opportunity to celebrate some of the great female authors of our time.

Many of the most treasured pieces of English literature have come from female writers and we’ve put together a list of some of their most memorable quotes to celebrate this year’s International Woman’s Day.

1.“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” – Jane Austen


2.“I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.” – Virginia Woolf


3.“Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.” – Alice Walker


4.“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” – Joan Didion


5. “If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I’m neurotic as hell. I’ll be flying back and forth between one mutually exclusive thing and another for the rest of my days.” – Sylvia Plath


6.“I go to a beauty salon and have my hair blown dry. It’s cheaper by far than psychoanalysis, and much more uplifting.” – Nora Ephron


7.“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.” – J.K. Rowling


8.“A word after a word after a word is power.” – Margaret Atwood


9.“Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” – J.K. Rowling


10.“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot


11.“Like any artist without an art form, she became dangerous.” – Toni Morrison


12.“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker


13.“We have become the men we wanted to marry.” – Gloria Steinem


14.“I am a Woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that’s me.” – Maya Angelou


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