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50 Smart Woman Quotes for Woman Empowerment

MsDora, Certified Christian Counselor, has spent four decades empowering young and adult women to pursue positive, productive womanhood.

How the Meaning of "Smart" Evolved

The first known use of the word was in the 13th century, originating from the Old English smeortan; or the Old High German smerzan, meaning:

  • Verb – to cause or be the cause of a sharp stinging pain; to feel or have such a pain.
  • Adjective – quick, active, clever (from the notion of “cutting” with wit or words).

In the 18th century, smart appeared as a slang meaning:

  • Adjective – sharp, fashionable, stylish.

In the 20th century, smarts meaning “good sense” became regular usage. Now, smart and women are a perfect fit. The following quotes reveal smart thoughts about themselves, other women, men, beauty and fashion, mass media, children and youth.

Young Professionals

Young Professionals.  Used by Permission

Young Professionals. Used by Permission

(1) Themselves

(1) Just because I don't have a college degree doesn't mean I am not smart. - Emma Stone

(2) I definitely am drawn to strong females who are successful, smart women because I am a woman like that. - Megalyn Echikunwoke

(3) You can be this super-successful woman who's smart and effective but still feminine. - Ruzwana Bashir

(4) For me, surrounding yourself with great talent is the key to success. – Monika Chiang

(5) I do think women can . . . probably have it all. But you might have to wait a while. - Gail Sheehy

(6) Women in particular need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health . . . We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own “to do” list. - Michelle Obama

(7) Anything is possible if we're only clever enough, smart enough, work hard enough. - Elizabeth McGovern

(8) When I stopped thinking of other women as competition to me and started thinking about them as my partners in life . . . my whole experience of life changed. - America Ferrera

(9) I think it's smart to listen to other people's advice, but at the end of the day, you're the only one who can tell you what's right for you. - Jennifer Lopez

(10) You have to be smart enough not to dismiss where you came from. It may not be all we are, but it makes up for a great deal. - Julia Roberts


Young Professionals. Used by Permission

Young Professionals. Used by Permission

(2) Other Women

(11) We all want to get along well with other people, and one way to do this is to help people feel good about themselves. - Gretchen Rubin

(12) People are sexy when they have a sense of humor, when they are smart, when they have some sense of style, when they are kind, when they express their own opinions, when they are creative, when they have character. - Suzanne Vega

(13) Nobody knows what a woman feels or experiences but another woman. We are the nurturers, and there are times when we need to be nurtured. - Dana Plato

(14) We have all made mistakes. . . We all have had time to reflect and reform and as long as life continues, we are afforded that opportunity every single day. - Shira Hirschman Weiss

(15) You are not being hurt by the way people think about you. Many of those people are a reflection of how you think about yourself. - Shannon L. Alder

(16) There's something brave and touching about game girls of all ages keeping themselves smart in hard times. - Julie Burchill

(17) I don't understand how some of these young actresses are wearing such provocative, editorial items, when they haven't even established a career yet. . . I'm not so sure that's smart in the long run. - Allison Williams

(18) There is no better taste than this: someone else's laughter in your mouth. - Maggie Stiefvater

(19) Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must . . . reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression. - Margaret Sanger

(20) Tell little girls they are smart, funny, or interesting instead of pretty. Chances are, they get the pretty thing a lot . . . tell big girls the same thing. - Alida Nugent

(3) Men

(21) Men really prefer reasonably attractive women; they go after the sensational ones to impress other men. - Mignon McLaughlin

(22) People think at the end of the day that a man is the only answer [to fulfillment]. Actually a job is better for me. - Princess Diana

(23) A guy wants a classy girl who is smart and has goals - someone that he wouldn't be afraid to bring home to his parents. - Victoria Justice

(24) You'll never catch a man if you let him think you are too smart. - Anna Held

(25) No woman should ever marry a man who hated his mother. - Martha Gelhorne

(26) It's good to let God pick a man for you. - Deb Caletti

(27) No one wants perfection. I want a confident, smart guy . . . who doesn't have all the answers. - Daniela Ruah

(28) You can't own a human being. . . Suppose you did own him. Could you really love somebody who was absolutely nobody without you? - Toni Morrison

(29) If you have to convince someone to stay with you, then they have already left. - Shannon L. Alder

(30) Man . . . He on your box of grits, in your head, and all over the radio. He try to make you think he everywhere. Soon as you think he everywhere, you think he God. But he ain't. - Alice Walker

(4) Beauty and Fashion

(31) Smart beauty is about looking your best and feeling your best and never overpaying for it. - Stacy London

(32) Develop your smarts by studying something like math. Then you'll make much better decisions on the brands of clothing that you buy or whatever it is that you want. - Danica McKellar

(33) In design as in life, smart can also mean wise, kind, inspiring - and cost-effective. And that has a charm all its own. - Nancy Gibbs

(34) My definition of 'sexy' has changed as I've gotten older. And being smart and informed makes me feel sexier than any outfit. - Sarah Shahi

(35) You can be plain and smart, or pretty and smart. . . You just have to be yourself. - Ashley Tisdale

(5) Mass Media

(36) Part of having a social media strategy is being smart about whom you follow. - Michelle Phan

(37) On the Internet, everybody has an opinion about everything, but if you're smart, you know when to keep your mouth shut. – Rachel Sklar

(38) Sometimes I listen to songs by very smart writers who assume that the world is a civil place with certain formalities . . . My own experience tells me that life is not like that. - Suzanne Vega

(39) It is extremely important to be safe, smart, and responsible when it comes to sharing, discussing, and managing your finances online. - Alexa Von Tobel

(40) We need to be smarter than our smart phones and realize the people we are with are . . . way more important than the strangers we hope will tweet and like and share and Instagram.- Regina Brett

Smart Kid

Photo by Wendell Weithers

Photo by Wendell Weithers

(6) Children and Youth

(41) Kids are smart. Knowledge is power. Let them figure things out. Don't turn into that grown-up who they won't come to. – Lauren Myracle

(42) Kids are smart: don't underestimate their bull detector. Contemporary kids have access to a lot of information, so don't even try to fool them. - Isabel Allende

(43) Babies are smart. They can tell the difference between a responsive face and a blank face, wiped clean of emotion. - Madeleine M. Kunin

(44) Show your kids that needs and wants are two different things. The best way . . . is to model good behavior for them.- Jean Chatzky

(45) Pretty isn't the only thing that matters - but all daughters should hear from their moms that they look pretty once in a while. - Meg Cabot

(46) As parents we have to . . . strengthen our children to be comfortable with themselves and also to show empathy and acceptance towards others. - Heather Wilson

(47) I'm a smart girl. There are decisions that I make for reasons, and the most important thing is that my son is happy and he always will be. He's surrounded by love. - Christina Aguilera

(48) Nobody talks about how Puffy went to Howard University or about Lil Wayne attending the University of Houston. . . These guys have taken managerial and business courses. . . They're very smart. - Yolanda Adams

(49) I'm raising two girls, and I say to them, "I need you to be strong and soft. You can be smart and beautiful... You can be all of these things." - Maria Shriver

(50) Maybe we need to re-engage our smart, energetic youth around the world to be farmers and find fresh, green technologies that will feed the world more fresh greens. - Ellen Gustafson

What kind of smart are you?

© 2016 Dora Weithers


Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on December 17, 2019:

There is no jewell more precious than WOMAN.

Old Sanskrit saying.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 16, 2019:

Thanks, Ian, for your affirmation on women. Men and women are even better when they build effective teams together.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on December 14, 2019:


Anonymous on November 17, 2018:

Its not because its all women in the pictures, or of certain cultural backrounds, othewise that would be just as "biased" and "unfair". Hope that helps.

Anonymous on November 16, 2018:

This article is "biased" and "unfair" Wonder if you can work out why ???

Ann Carr from SW England on February 08, 2017:

Thank you! I'm blessed to have them; they are all delightful.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 08, 2017:

Ann, your comment is such an encouragement. Thank you. Your daughters and granddaughters are blessed to have a grandmother like you.

Ann Carr from SW England on February 08, 2017:

Love the quotes about children and youth but the quote I like the best is about girls 'Tell little girls they are smart, funny, or interesting instead of pretty. ' It's a far better idea to say that because they are worth so much more than 'pretty' and if they're not pretty then they have qualities to outshine that.

This is a fascinating, well structured hub, Dora; a list I'd like to frame and show my daughters and grandchildren.


Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 29, 2016:

Thanks Ragoon. There's much more where these came from; glad to share a few.

AJ from Australia on August 28, 2016:

So many of these quotes are instructive and inspiring. I wish I could pick a favourite, but there is a good dose of wisdom and relativity in them all.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 26, 2016:

Thanks, Kyriaki. Pleased that you believe in the power of these quotes by women about women.

Kyriaki Chatzi on June 26, 2016:

Great hub!! And totally true...

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 21, 2016:

Nell, glad you like it. So many wonderful things to think about women!

Nell Rose from England on June 21, 2016:

Totally uplifting and amazing too! wonderfully put!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 17, 2016:

I appreciate you, Audrey. Thanks for your encouragement.

Audrey Howitt from California on June 15, 2016:

So thoughtfully done!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 08, 2016:

Thanks Shauna. I think we need a morale boost every now and then.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 06, 2016:

These are wonderfully uplifting, Dora.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 31, 2016:

Manitata, so glad that you like the quotes. I think that it helps to hear from the women what they think about themselves.

manatita44 from london on May 30, 2016:

Nice one, Dee. Some really great quotes!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 28, 2016:

Thanks again, Victor. That quote has great significance for me, too.

victor from India on May 28, 2016:

If you have to convince someone to stay with you, then they have already left. - Shannon L. Alder

I think this quote has much to say regarding the crisis in relationships.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 28, 2016:

Thanks, Victor. True, men also can be inspired by the types of women who live by these quotes.

victor from India on May 28, 2016:

Great Quotes for men and women. Inspiring...

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 21, 2016:

Deb,we may just have to revisit the quotes occasionally to remind ourselves. Thanks for your input.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on May 21, 2016:

If we could pre-package everything stated here, we'd be turning out much more empathetic and decision making individuals not in fear of stepping on the toes of others.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 20, 2016:

Thanks, Swalia. Women are among my favorite topics and quotes about them being smart interest me.

Shaloo Walia from India on May 19, 2016:

Great collection of quotes...Thanks for sharing!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 05, 2016:

Bill, you are always so encouraging. I appreciate you!

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on May 05, 2016:

Hi MsDora,

All good quotes along with s generous serving of wisdom. Thanks for all you do!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 05, 2016:

Rajan, many of my readers agree with you. Thanks for weighing in on thoughts women (and obviously men) think about.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 05, 2016:

I like Michelle Obama's thoughts and it really shows in the way she carries herself. It really is necessary for women to take care of themselves first and the rest follows.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 03, 2016:

Frank, hope you enjoyed the rain; here, we're longing for it. I appreciate the encouraging comment.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on May 03, 2016:

MsDora thanks for sharing love the theme and the quotes.. I too will go with Michelle Obama.. a wonderful read this rainy afternoon

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 02, 2016:

Stella, thanks for reading and sharing your opinion. Taking care of ourselves is indeed, among the smartest things women can do.

stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on May 02, 2016:

I really enjoyed reading your hub. I would have to pick Michelle Obama. We spend more time caring for the rest of the family than our-self. I have had to learn how to put myself higher on the list. Thanks great job, Stella

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 02, 2016:

Suzette, your last sentence is a great summary of the message in these quotes. Thanks for your valuable input.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on May 02, 2016:

I enjoyed reading all these quotes about smart women. They are an eccletic mix and some I like better than others. I especially liked the ones about children and youth. We definitely need to make sure young girls embrace their smartness and not just be absorbed with their looks. It is sexy to be smart and intelligent.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 02, 2016:

Denise, I couldn't agree more. Thanks for emphasizing that both beauty and intelligence are empowered by our connectedness with God. Relevant reminder.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 02, 2016:

Steven, thank you for reading my quotes. Glad to have you among my supporters.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 02, 2016:

Faith, you chose some of my favorite quotes. Thanks for your feedback.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 02, 2016:

Flourish, you and me both. Those qualities you listed benefit us forever. The value of pretty changes.

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on May 02, 2016:

I believe that women are much more attractive when they exude a quiet confidence in themselves and their Creator. It is amazing what happens to us when we connect to the ultimate power source of the universe, and realize our own potential!

Steven Philip Lindquist and aliases in nature from Minneapolis, Minnesota United [divided] States of the Americas on May 02, 2016:

as many a thing never read and shared in the communal nature of sirens and listeners to the ears and eyes of other temples than the houses they belong in, truth would be they may go back in time to be the minds they used to be and then just gifted for a time being, you would not want to know all the lives of the whole organism at one time in unison. Or listen to it all in the hum drum melodies of the outside worlds.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on May 02, 2016:

Hi MsDora,

Excellent quotes here you have shared from smart and beautiful women.

I particularly identify with the one by Ruzwana Bashir, being I believe it is so important to be our naturally feminine selves no matter how super-successful, smart and effective we are ..not having to dress like a man to be considered smart.

Another one I love is the one by Suzanne Vega about our sense of humor, being kind and our character.

The photo of all the beautiful women is perfect in showing that intelligence and beauty go hand-in-hand.

Blessings always

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 02, 2016:

Great messages about being strong, clever, self-reliant and confident. I'll take that over pretty any day!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 02, 2016:

Word, I can tell that you have very positive thoughts about women. Thanks for being in our corner.

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on May 02, 2016:

Cherishing quotes about being a smart woman. They are all positive. Every woman can be a Queen Bee. Thanks Dora.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 02, 2016:

DDE, it says much about you that you know your kind of smart immediately. Thanks for your feedback.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 02, 2016:

Amazing and so true from a woman's point of view. I voted intelligent. The quotes make me wonder where I fit in that is why I voted intelligent.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 02, 2016:

Chitrangada, thanks for underscoring how smart really relates to women. Beautiful minds are the real assets.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 02, 2016:

Vandana, thanks for your input. I hope the men agree with you. They can learn plenty by reading what and how women think.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 02, 2016:

Alicia, I appreciate your affirmation. Glad you got some inspiration.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 02, 2016:

Wow! Lovely article with such wonderful quotes.

'Smart' is a difficult word to define, especially if it is with reference to women. I use this word very often and I believe a woman's beauty is enhanced if she is 'smart'. Beauty with brains, intellect and sharpness while still retaining a compassionate heart is how I would like to think 'smart' means.

I enjoyed going through the inspiring thoughts of these accomplished women that you have mentioned above.

Thanks for sharing this interesting hub!

Vandana Patel from India on May 02, 2016:

MsDora, thank you for sharing. Each and every woman can relate and connect with this hub.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 01, 2016:

You've included some great quotes in this article, Dora. Some of them are very inspirational! Thanks for sharing them.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 01, 2016:

Mary, I feel good about presenting some quotes that are new to you. Glad they even made you remember some your mother told you. Thanks for your input.

Mary Wickison from Brazil on May 01, 2016:

Hi Dora,

There are many quotes there I haven't read before and also from many people I don't know. Just when I thought they were all going to be empowering ones you have the one by Anna Held about not getting a man if you're too smart.

My mother always told me I would never get a man if I bit my nails. LOL

The quote from Michelle Obama really hit home with me as I am sure it did with many woman. We should be higher up our own to do list.

Wonderful list of quotes.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 01, 2016:

Stella, glad you like the quotes and the group photos. They are pictures of my daughter and her friends at her birthday brunch in 2015.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 01, 2016:

Sally, Michelle's quote is really good for all us. Keep your word, now and don't procrastinate.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 01, 2016:

Thank you, Jackie. Jennifer Lopez' quote is in agreement with the idea that we have an innate smartness. I believe it too.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 01, 2016:

Thanks, Billy. Glad to share some wisdom; I benefit in the process.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 01, 2016:

Thanks, Eric. Hope the men will follow your lead.

Stella Kaye from UK on May 01, 2016:

Great collection of quotes. I love the group photos.

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on May 01, 2016:

Ms Dora

Thought provoking article which I read right to the end. I particularly enjoyed and relate to the quote by Michelle Obama. I think I will put myself onto the to do list for this coming week:)

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on May 01, 2016:

Great reading! I think I like the Jennifer Lopez one best! Just trusting your gut feeling. It is important to listen to what others think of course and how can we make a decision without knowing all the choices but then we do have to digest it all and come to our own conclusion.

Fun stuff! Shared.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 01, 2016:

I love inspirational much wisdom in this article...thank you for sharing, Dora, and Happy Sunday to you.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 01, 2016:

Certainly good stuff for a man to read. Good wisdom has no gender.

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