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Wise Women: 9 Beautiful Quotes from Your Favorite Female Authors

“Lock up your libraries if you like,” said Virginia Woolf, “but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” Our readers love sharing their favorite quotes from brilliantly free female minds on social media. We’ve rounded up those quotes that are the most shared, Tweeted, pinned, posted, or otherwise trumpeted across the internet – those quotes that move you most. Take a trip through the ABC’s of womanly wisdom with 9 of your favorite Random House authors – and share them with a friend!

1. “Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.” — Rita Mae Brown

Rita Mae Brown

2. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” — Maya Angelou

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3. “Maybe who we are isn’t so much about what we do, but rather what we’re capable of when we least expect it.” — Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult

4. “There is love in holding … and there is love in letting go.” — Elizabeth Berg

Elizabeth Berg

5. “The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” — Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen

6. “For where all love is, the speaking is unnecessary. It is all. It is undying, and it is enough.” — Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon

7. “It’s OK to sit on your pity pot every now and then. Just be sure to flush when you’re finished.” — Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber

8. ”It is never too late – in fiction or in life – to revise.” — Nancy Thayer

Nancy Thayer

9. “Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there anymore.” — Robin Hobb

Robin Hobb