Quote Guide

20 Quotes From the World's Most powerful Women of 2018

For the International Women’s Day Celebration, we are presenting a selection of quotes coming from women such as Oprah, Merkel or Lagarde.

These women were voted as the Top women of 2018 by Forbes.

From leadership to politics to self improvement, these quotes from Forbes World’s Most Powerful Women of 2018 can serve as inspiration as well as motivation.

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As the head of the government, it is my responsibility to make the overriding political goals and relationships more clear. Part of the reason the public didn’t understand some of the reforms enacted during the past legislative period was that there was far too much talk about the details, while the general picture often remained invisible.
Angela Merkel
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I want us to be the party that represents the whole of Britain and not merely some mythical place called “Middle England”, but the truth is that as our country has become more diverse, our party has remained the same. We should not underestimate the extent of this problem. Ask yourselves: how can we truly claim to be the party of Britain, when we don’t truly represent Britain in our party?

Theresa May

3
Every day, you have to prove yourself and convince – move forward and challenge yourself. And doubt all the time
Christine Lagarde
4
If the world is improving at 10 percent and you’re improving at 2 percent, you might be improving, but you’re losing.
Mary Barra
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The internet wasn’t just a more efficient way to send letters – it spawned new industries. Blockchain technology isn’t just a more efficient way to settle securities – it will fundamentally change market structures – and maybe even the architecture of the internet itself.
Abigail Johnson

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To be successful, every single one of us has to learn new skills—not just once, but throughout our careers.
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People don’t understand the logistics of advertising. To have the ads purchased and run, you need to have a series of products that work together
Susan Wojcicki
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More than 30% of our sales are now through digital channels, double the number only three years ago. Customers no longer need to go to the bank. When we think of branches of the future, we have to change, so customers want to go to the bank.
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Good leaders organize and align people around what the team needs to do. Great leaders motivate and inspire people with why they’re doing it. That’s purpose. And that’s the key to achieving something truly transformational.

Marillyn Hewson

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What keeps me up at night is speed. Speed of transformation, continuing to move to that future. It’s always around doing this faster. You get it, test it, try it, move it, and make bold moves, whether that is around Watson, cloud, the partnership with Apple, or the announcement of a new platform for hardware that’s built for data and cloud.

Ginni Rometty

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Women have made tons of progress. But we still have a small percentage of the top jobs in any industry, in any nation in the world. I think that’s partly because from a very young age, we encourage our boys to lead and we call our girls bossy.
Sheryl Sandberg
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As leaders our job is to connect, to communicate, to celebrate everything our team is achieving.
Angela Ahrendts
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We need to come up with a value prop that is so compelling that customers have to go for it.
Safra Catz
14
We will progressively make our gas greener so that by 2050 it can be 100 percent green.
Isabelle Kocher
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I don’t feel any extra pressure, honestly, as a female CEO – I think that you should just look at it as just making sure that I’m performing properly for the shareholders and for the clients
Adena Friedman
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You cannot be a modern employer in an industry that should be future facing and modernizing arguably much more aggressively than it is without being very demanding on this topic

Emma Walmsley

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You are responsible for your life. You can’t keep blaming somebody else for your dysfunction. Life is really about moving on.
Oprah Winfrey
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Innovation happens everywhere…you better have a culture asking for a voice.
Ruth Porat
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How about we agree upon what our common American values are, which is let’s make this a true land of opportunity. We’re also a land of rules and laws that should be enforced. Let’s fix this problem, and then let’s let people flourish.
Laurene Powell Jobs
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People respond well to those that are sure of what they want. What people hate most is indecision. Even if I’m completely unsure, I’ll pretend I know exactly what I’m talking about and make a decision.
Anna Wintour
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