81 Badass Quotes From Badass Ladies to Motivate and Inspire You

Check out this collection of the best badass quotes from badass ladies that will inspire your sassy, fearless side!

If you love quotes that ignite that inner fire and determination, these badass quotes from some very badass ladies will inspire your own inner strength.

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What does it mean to be a badass lady?

Being a badass lady is all about confidence, being straightforward, having strong boundaries, and a healthy sense of humor.

Badass ladies trust their own instincts and follow their own path. They worry less about what other people think and have confidence in their decisions.

They are kind, but they take no crap!

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How to be a badass lady.

It’s a learning process to get to that place of inner badass- ness!

We are not all born fearless, badass ladies. As a woman, you grow into that identity. It’s often through life challenges that you grow into a strong, badass woman. Through taking chances, and testing limits.

Once you are a badass lady, you just kind of realize it. You know your own strength, you understand your worth. You’re not afraid to say “no” or make mistakes. And you’re way less concerned with pleasing everybody.

I’ve always been a bit badass but not until a bit later in life did I fully grow into my own badass lady potential, LOL!

Being a badass lady has nothing to do with being a bitch. (Although don’t test me!) And being a badass isn’t about being rude, disrespectful or aggressive.

In fact, being a badass lady has everything to do with feeling confident in your decisions and in who you are. Badass ladies are strong and resilient. They have fire in their soul. And the ability to laugh about life.

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Can you be both feminine and badass?

Yes! Even though I’m a total badass full of sass and know I’m cool as sh*t, I’m still feminine and even fragile at times. I’m nurturing and soft around the edges. I have big emotions and wear my heart on my sleeve. And that’s a beautiful thing. Femininity is fabulous.

It’s Ok to embrace being delicate as well as being tough. As humans, we are so multi-faceted.

Being a badass lady doesn’t mean you must become emotionally hard as a rock, an ice queen, or masculine. (Unless you want to be.) In fact, being a badass woman is completely subjective in appearance. Badass-ness is an internal force that is entirely up to you to convey uniquely.

Keep scrolling to read through all the motivational quotes from badass ladies. I hope they inspire your own confidence, sassy side, and inner strength. So you can become the most fearless, badass version of yourself!

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81 Badass Quotes From Badass Ladies to Motivate and Inspire.

Short and sassy badass quotes:

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” -Katharine Hepburn.

“Keep your head high and your middle finger higher.” -Megan Fox.

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” -Mae West.

“My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I’m right.” -Ashleigh Brilliant.

“She was right. Karma was a bitch, but so was I.” -Julie Murphy.

“It’s not true that I had nothing on. I had the radio on.” -Marilyn Monroe.

“Out of the way world. I’ve got my sassy pants on today.” -Some sassy lady.

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“Whoa, who peed in your Cheerios?” -Becca Fitzpatrick.

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“I am badass” quotes:

“When I’m good, I’m good; but when I’m bad, I’m better.” -Mae West.

“I’m not everything I want to be, but I’m more than I was, and I’m still learning.” -Charlotte Eriksson.

“I am not what you see. I am what time and effort and interaction slowly unveil.”-Richelle E. Goodrich.

“I am to be loved, honored and respected solely because I exist. I am to be cherished, spoiled, celebrated because I Am! I was made to be admired. I am a beloved child of God after all.” -Emmanuella Raphaelle.

“I am never in control of what happens around me, but I am always in control that what happens within me.” -Pranita Deshpande.

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“I am a tale, I am a book, written in different languages and styles
I can’t be read, can’t be understood,
neither by me nor the greatest of minds
I am too big, I am too small, to be processed or seen by the naked eye
I am too dim, I am too bright, to appear in the shadows or the sunshine.” -Sanober Khan.

“I live in my own little world. But it’s ok, they know me here.” -Lauren Myracle.

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Feminine badass quotes:

“You were my cup of tea but I drink champagne now.” -Unknown.

“There’s nothing a man can do, that I can’t do better and in heels.” -Ginger Rogers.

“God gave women intuition and femininity. Used properly, the combination easily jumbles the brain of any man I’ve ever met.” – Farrah Fawcett.

“Thank you, ma’am,” said Mary Poppins with icy politeness. “But I bring the children up in my own way and take advice from nobody.” -L. Travers.

“I am a strong and powerful woman.
I am proud to be a woman and I celebrate the qualities that I have as a woman.
I am not defined by other people’s opinions of who I should be or what I should do as a woman. I determine that, not anyone else.
I am not passed up for a position, title, or promotion because I am a woman.
I fully deserve all the good things that come my way.
Irrespective of what anyone might think, being a woman places no boundaries or limits on my abilities.
I can do anything I set my mind to.
I celebrate my womanhood and I am beautiful both inside and out.” -Idowu Koyenikan.

“Wildflower; pick up your pretty little head,
It will get easier, your dreams are not dead.”
-Nikki Rowe.

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“Those of us who embrace the feminine know its strength.” -Betsy Cornwell.

“You can’t understand Feminine. If you have understood something, it’s Masculine, not Feminine. Feminine is like a chocolate without a wrapper. There is nothing to read on it… no MRP, no barcode, no expiry dates. It can only be experienced, not understood.” -Shunya.

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Inspirational badass quotes about strength:

“A woman is like a teabag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” -Eleanor Roosevelt.

“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.”- JoyBell C.

“The strength of a woman is not measured by the impact that all her hardships in life have had on her; but the strength of a woman is measured by the extent of her refusal to allow those hardships to dictate her and who she becomes.”- JoyBell C.

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There is nothing stronger than a broken woman who had rebuilt herself.” -Hannah Gadsby.

“A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.” -Gina Carey.

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“Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that’s what makes you strong.”-Sarah Dessen.

“She never cared for the crown. She preferred the sword.” – H. Sin.

“It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.” – JK. Rowling.

“Never retract, never explain, never apologize. Just get things done and let them howl.” -Nellie McClung.

“But still she stood, ready to get back at it. Badass and admirable.” -Cristin Harber.

“Every woman that finally figured out her worth has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.” -Shannon L. Alder.

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Badass empowerment quotes:

“There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications, and just go for it.”-Judith McNaught.

“The question isn’t who is going to let me: it’s who is going to stop me.” -Ayn Rand.

“I don’t care what you think about me; I don’t think about you at all!” -Coco Chanel.

“Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it.” -Dorothy M. Neddermeyer.

“Confidence. If you have it, you can make anything look good.” -Diane von Furstenberg.

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” – Nora Ephron.

“A well-read woman is a dangerous creature.” -Lisa Kleypas.

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

“When you are aligned with the truth of who you truly are, then you experience bliss.” -Vivian Amis.

“Bravely, I broke the silence. I boldly shared the truth. I empowered myself to create healthy boundaries. I became a badass. I no longer tolerated being shamed, blamed, and manipulated.” -Dana Arcuri.

“You weren’t put on this earth to please others and simply fit in.
You were born to be yourself, even if it goes against everything you have been socially programmed to believe! We get one lifetime, make sure it’s magical.”-JefaWild.

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Funny badass quotes full of sass:

The difference between pizza and your opinion is that I only asked for pizza. -Uknown.

“Whoever said money can’t buy happiness didn’t know where to shop.” -Gertrude Stein.

“Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?” -Phyllis Diller.

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“Try again, I’ve gotten much better at detecting your bullshit”-Alexandra Bracken.

“Be a lady? Forget it. Ladies don’t last a day in the real world. No one’s a lady anymore. Why do you think we get our claws polished?” -Crystal Woods.

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“Do you ever think if people heard our conversations they’d lock us up?”
All the time.” -Wendy Mass.

Encouraging badass quotes to inspire:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frighten us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?” -Marianne Williamson.

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” -Judy Garland.

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“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” -Marie Curie.

“You don’t have to be pretty. You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don’t owe it to your mother, you don’t owe it to your children, you don’t owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked ‘female’.” -Erin McKean.

“It’s not your job to like me, it’s mine.” -Byron Katie.

“There is more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much sex appeal, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.” -Audrey Hepburn.

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Badass quotes about success to motivate you:

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

“A wise girl knows her limits, a smart girl knows she has none.” -​Marilyn Monroe.

“Passion first, and everything else will fall into place.”-Holly Holm.

“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”— Dolly Parton

“A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.” -Madonna.

“A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink.” -Gina Carey.

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“Do not wait for the green light. You are the green light.” – Jacinta Mpalyenkana.

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Badass quotes about relationships:

“I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I’m out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” -Marilyn Monroe.

Never apologize for being sensitive or emotional. Let this be a sign that you’ve got a big heart and aren’t afraid to let others see it. Showing your emotions is a sign of strength. -Brigitte Nicole.

“Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” -Eleanor Roosevelt.

“If you treat me like an option, I’ll leave you like a choice.” -Priyanshu Maitra.

“He asked me ‘What’s your favorite position?’ I said ‘CEO’.”-Lauren Conrad.

“I have learned not to worry about love, but to honor it’s coming with all my heart.” -Alice Walker.

“No human being is ever going to love you more than you love yourself.” -Avis J. Williams.

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“When God takes out the trash, don’t go digging back through it. Trust Him.” -Amaka Imani Nkosazana.

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Best ever badass quotes from badass ladies:

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” -Marilyn Monroe.

“It is best to act with confidence, no matter how little right you have to it.” -Lillian Hellman.

“Don’t let them rob your feminine in the name of feminism. Amputation is not a cure of the wound.” -Shunya.

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.”-Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” -Gloria Steinem.

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“Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go everywhere.” -Mae West.

“The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them.” -Queen Victoria.

“At her lowest point, she found her greatest strength. Not because she alone was strong, but because she held onto faith with all her might”-Karen Gibbs.

“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.” -Eleanor Roosevelt.

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Final thoughts for all you badass ladies…

I just love reading perspectives from different women about what it means to be a badass lady. About finding inner strength, peace, success, self-acceptance, navigating relationships, and more. The power and wisdom of strong, wise women always astound me.

I read inspirational quotes and filter them through my own understanding to help me grow and learn. I take them with a grain of salt and sometimes with a laugh. And then I share them with you so that you can do the same. Because the world needs to hear wisdom and different perspectives from strong women more often!

I hope you loved these inspirational badass quotes from badass ladies. Please let me know what you think in the comments!

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