Quotes to Inspire Women in Business - Work-Life Balance

Inspiration for Achieving Work-Life Balance and Harmony

Michelle Obama at the White House Council on Women
The White House Council On Women And Girls Hosts The 'United State Of Women' Summit In D.C. Alex Wong / Staff / Getty Images

The new year is off to a running start. But before you grab your briefcase and bolt for the door, take a moment to pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of Joe, and let the voices of other women offer a little food for thought in your daily quest for work-life balance.

Please feel welcome to write in with your own perspective or favorite quote. Share your own favorite quote by someone else - or one you have written.

"Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away." --Barbara de Angelis

"I always try to balance the light with the heavy: a few tears of human spirit in with the sequins and the fringes." --Bette Midler, actress

"Women in particular need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health, because if we're scurrying to and from appointments and errands, we don't have a lot of time to take care of ourselves. We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own 'to-do' list." --Michelle Obama

"I learned again that the mind-body-spirit connection has to be in balance." --Wynonna Judd

"In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth." --Patti Smith

"For fast-acting relief, try slowing down." --Lily Tomlin

"Worrying is all about the illusion of control. When you worry, you are expending energy, and it feels like you are doing something...

When you stop worrying, you free up energy that can be used more productively." --Tammy Cravit

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." --Eleanor Roosevelt

"If you neglect to recharge a battery, it dies. And if you run full-speed ahead without stopping for water, you lose momentum to finish the race." --Oprah Winfrey

"Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing." --Harriet Braiker

"I make money using my brains and lose money listening to my heart. But in the long run, my books balance pretty well." --Kate Seredy

"I work with wonderful people who support me. And my beliefs are that the business needs to serve the family rather than the family serve the business." --Kathy Ireland

"Looking back at the times where I allowed my work to create stress and frustration in my life, I now realize what I thought was important really was not. I am not saying you should not take your work seriously; what I am saying is that we need to realize that life is all about balance." --Catherine Pulsifer

"So often we are depressed by what remains to be done and forget to be thankful for all that has been done." --Marian Wright Edelman

"Never work just for money or for power. They won't save your soul or help you sleep at night." --Marian Wright Edelman

"But if you can create an honorable livelihood, where you take your skills and use them and you earn a living from it, it gives you a sense of freedom and allows you to balance your life the way you want." --Anita Roddick

"You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizon.

The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about, the more you have left when anything happens." --Ethel Barrymore

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." --Maria Robinson