Films and shows often have great quotes, and some of these quotes are delivered by women that leave us entrapped by their words of wisdom, candor, or sassiness. Once in a while, we find these quotes catapult the women to steal the scene or show. We have chosen 10 great quotes females in film and television said.
1. “They say nothing lasts forever. Dreams fade, trends come and go, but friendships never go out of style.” – Carrie Bradshaw
Carrie Bradshaw has had some amazing quotes throughout the Sex and the City series; this is just one of many that stand out to us. Friendships are often not cherished, real friends are hard to find, and friendships do not last like they used to. So, if you are lucky enough to have a great friend, you will know that a great friendship will withstand all the changes of the times and that will never go out of style.
2. Not all women who wander are aimless. Especially not those who seek truth beyond tradition, beyond definition, beyond the image.” – Betty Warren
Mona Lisa Smile’s star-studded film is filled with great quotes, especially about looking beyond the female image and their representation in the world. Betty Warren (Kirsten Dunst) ended the film with this quote about her professor Mrs. Watson Julia Roberts). Betty Warren says this quote regarding her appreciation and understanding of being shown by her professor. At first, Betty does not understand her professor’s lifestyle and beliefs, but as the film carries on, she begins to see she is more than what the world is telling her she has to be. Her potential goes far beyond just being a housewife, and she can be anything she wants.
3. “You can call me a lot of things, but don’t call me an amateur.” – Mona Vanderwaal
Mona Vanderwaal declared this on the series Pretty Little Liars. While the show had many hilarious quotes from the cast, there were also some serious and revealing quotes regarding human nature and cruelty amongst women and girls in general. Looking at the show’s setting and the age range, it went past the typical mean girls you see in your schools; sometimes, it went so far as to murder. Mona was a character you loved to hate; she was brilliant, crafty, and was the epitome of bullied youth who turned to bully herself. However, there were redeeming moments and moments of truth. This just happened to be one of them. In this quote, Mona is literally telling the audience, and in this case, Emily Fields, that she should not be underestimated. The quote speaks volumes if you know anything about Mona’s secrets and role in the show. Mona was a force to be reckoned with, and she made sure others knew she was stronger than they believed her to be.
4. “As long as I have one ass instead of two, I’ll wear what I like.” – Erin Brockovich
In the movie Erin Brockovich, Julia Roberts’ character takes on a serious legal clerk issue. Still, because she is a female, she often deals with backlash based on her clothing and deals with the suggestion of not being smart enough to handle cases. Her character Erin is nothing short of a badass as she addresses what she is wearing and frankly states that she will wear what she pleases. This quote not only touches on the genuine issue of how we are said to “represent” ourselves, but it also shows that she will not be pushed around when it comes to what she believes in and her human rights. Roberts’ character also shows that despite having a lack of legal background, she played an intricate role in building a case against PG & E.
5. “You don’t get to run. You’re a gladiator. Gladiators don’t run. They fight. They slay dragons. They wipe off the blood. They stitch up their wounds, and they live to fight another day.” – Abigail Whelan
This quote from Abby to Olivia Pope in the show Scandal is a powerful, inspirational moment. Anyone can profit from this quote regardless of who you are. It is a quote declaring your strength, ability to overcome hardships, and battle through the most difficult times. You may get wounded, but you put yourself back together and carry on like the amazing fighter you have deep inside you. Who would not be moved and inspired to be their very best selves after these words?
6. “You must always have faith in people. And most importantly, you must always have faith in yourself.” – Elle Woods
Elle Woods said this quote in the film Legally Blonde. Elle Woods decides to take on Harvard Law to gain her boyfriend back and prove that she is just as good as his current girlfriend, attending Harvard. Along the way, she is considered to be incompetent based on her looks. She instantly judged herself not to be smart enough, yet she could get into the school and pass the test to do so. Elle must deal with an inappropriate pass from her professor, her ex thinking she is not good enough, and constantly. Judgment because of how she carries herself. Until one day, Elle is allowed to help take on a case and proves she is more than capable of winning the case and paying close attention to details. By the end of the film, Elle is making a speech to her graduating class and reminds them that passion and faith in yourself is the most important thing you can do to help you succeed in life and in law.
7. “Do you know how frustrating it is to have to translate everything in my head before I say it? To have people laugh in my face because I am struggling to find the words? …Do You even know how smart I am in Spanish? Of course, you don’t.” – Gloria Pritchett
Gloria from Modern Family made this short speech to her husband and son when she expressed her joy of speaking to someone else in her native language. She became frustrated and explained how hard it was for her to translate everything. Others find it funny when she cannot find the right word or says a different saying or expression. However, her ability to tell them that she is smart and not stupid just because of her accent or inability to translate everything into English hits home for many people in our country. This moment sets aside Gloria’s character and not only makes her husband and son consider her feelings, but it also leaves the audience with something to think about.
8. ” You have to understand I walked around all day on cloud nine because someone valued me. Oh, no, of course, you do, because I cook, and I clean, and I pick up dirty underwear. No honey, it’s different than that. I have been on the sidelines for so long. I didn’t know if anybody would ever think I have what it takes again.” – Claire Dunphy
Claire Dunphy goes on a career day with her husband and is called on to talk about being a housewife and stay-at-home mother. She states, “I thought I’d be going back to work when the kids got older, but it’s not as easy as you might think. You know, people aren’t exactly lining up to hire a woman who is almost 40 and has been out of the job market for 15 years.” Claire feels left out, alone, lacks purpose outside of her family and family duties. There is nothing wrong with staying home or taking care of children, but she clearly wanted more and wanted to know she had what it took to jump back into work. Many women feel this way and struggle with self-worth or having a life outside of the home and most of all feel valued for more than just cooking and cleaning or taking care of children.
9. ” I have perfect pitch. The church organist discovered it when I was in second grade. Until then, the only other person that made this little black boy who liked clomping around in heels feel special was my mom. But when I found out that I had something special in me that made people clap rather than call me a sissy, I knew I was special too.” – Mo
This scene is one of the most powerful scenes in Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist for the excellently emotional delivery of Mo’s past portrayed by Alex Newell. Mo explains that being accepted into the choir for a young boy who felt out of place and praised for something amazing he could do was important. However, having people run him out of the church for being himself and switching churches made him fear ever being who he wanted to be again while at church. Mo was fearful, and rightfully so, that is a traumatic experience. Mo’s words hit hard and express devastation and sadness. Check out the full scene on youtube.com. Keep in mind that this was delivered with such emotion and vulnerability as this scene was taken from Alex Newell’s life.
10. “You know what they say: behind every successful man is a badass broad.” – Harley Quinn
Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey states this sentiment. While Harley comes off as crazy, just like any villain, she has a story to be told and a reason for her “crazy.” Regardless, it’s about time we women take ownership of how badass we are. We often help the ones we love to reach their success and heights. We are the backbone more often than not, and when they see your SO being successful, it is only fitting to see a badass woman standing there cheering on their partner in all their success. While we may be standing there, it should also not be taken for granted that we put in just as much work as they do. In other words, own your badass and remember Harley’s first rule, “Number 1: No one is like me.” May you always be strong, be unique, be badass women.
What are some great female quotes from film or television that you love? Are there ones above that stood out to you? Let us know below!
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