Though formerly best known as Hermione in the “Harry Potter” movies, Emma Watson has become a feminist force to be reckoned with. At the age of 25, she’s given the UN address and was its Goodwill Ambassador. She’s a fierce advocate of feminism and equality and was honored for being a trailblazer. She gives little girls a woman in the spotlight to look up too, and inspires confidence in people of all ages.
Here are quotes to help you feel confident about yourself.
“It’s a journey and the sad thing is you only learn from experience, so as much as someone can tell you things, you have to go out there and make your own mistakes in order to learn.” (Telegraph)
“Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and can’t do or achieve. Do what you want to do and be who you want to be.” (Facebook)
“In my nervousness for this speech and in my moment of doubt, I told myself firmly: If not me, who? If not now, when? … I invite you to step forward, to be seen and ask yourself: If not me, who? If not now, when?” (People)
“I don’t want other people to decide who I am. I want to decide that for myself.” (Elle)
“I’ve probably earned the right to screw up a few times. I don’t want the fear of failure to stop me from doing what I really care about.” (Vogue)
“There’s nothing wrong with being afraid. It’s not the absence of fear; it’s overcoming it. Sometimes you’ve got to blast through and have faith.” (Examiner)
“Becoming yourself is really hard and confusing, and it’s a process. I was completely the eager beaver in school. I was the girl in front of the class who was the first person to put her hand up, and it’s not often cool to be the person that puts themselves out there, and I’ve often gotten teased mercilessly, but I found that ultimately if you truly pour your heart into what you believe in – even if it makes you vulnerable – amazing things can and will happen.” (MTV)
“I feel like young girls are told they have to be a princess, and be delicate and fragile, and that’s bulls**t. I identify much more with the idea of being a warrior, being a fighter. If I was going to be a princess, I’d be a warrior princess, definitely. I think women are scared of feeling powerful and strong and brave sometimes. I think you’ve got to embrace it.” (HitFix)
“All I can do is follow my instincts, because I’ll never please everyone.” (Independent)
“I’m going to do what I want to do. I’m going to be who I really am. I’m going to figure out what that is.” (Vogue)
“I think that it is very important if you know what you want, understand where you are heading towards, and try your best to get it. It is only when we use our hearts to do it, and fall in love with what we are doing, then we can really get real determination.” (Facebook)
“Beauty is not long hair, skinny legs, tanned skin or perfect teeth. Believe me. Beauty is the face of who cried and now smiles, beauty is the scar on your knee since you fell when you were a kid, beauty is the circles when love doesn’t let you sleep, beauty is the expression on the face when the alarm rings in the morning, it’s the melted makeup when you have a shower, it’s the laughter when you make a joke you’re the only one who can understand, beauty is meeting his gaze and stopping understanding, beauty is your gaze when you see him, it’s when you cry for all your paranoias, beauty is the lines marked by time. Beauty is what we feel in the inside which also shows outside us. Beauty is the marks that life leaves on us, all the kicks and the caresses the memories leave us. Beauty is letting yourself live.” (ElephantJournal)
“The majority of the boys around me were like, ‘Why did you do that? That’s such an error.’ And I was like, ‘Well, honestly, I don’t really care what you think!’ I’ve never felt so confident as I did with short hair – I felt really good in my own skin.” (Glamour)
“Courage is the choice and willingness to confront agony, pain, danger, uncertainty or intimidation.” (Twitter)
“I really know how to take care of myself, how to be alone, how to deal with stress. If I hadn’t been through that time, I wouldn’t have got there. I never knew I had limits.” (Wonderland)
A true inspiration, Emma Watson is the voice of a generation. Take her words to heart and know that you can be everything that you want to be.
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