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Women’s Wisdom: 10 Empowering Quotes About the Sun

Updated: Mar 27

The sun, that golden celestial orb, has long been a source of inspiration, warmth, and life. Its brilliance has captivated the hearts and minds of countless poets, writers, and thinkers throughout the ages. Among them are remarkable women whose words have shed light on the sun's enduring allure and profound symbolism. Prepare to be inspired by these 10 empowering quotes that celebrate the sun's majesty.

"The sun is alone, too, but it keeps on shining."

- Mary Oliver

Woman standing on the beach watching the sunset, text reads " The sun is alone, too, but keeps on shining." Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver, the beloved American poet, draws a parallel between the sun's solitary existence and its unwavering commitment to shining. This quote serves as a poignant reminder that even in the face of isolation or adversity, we can choose to radiate warmth, light, and hope, just as the sun does each day.

Strong woman in a powerful pose standing in sand dunes with beach grass and blue sky

"Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows."

- Helen Keller

Like a beacon of hope, Helen Keller's words remind us to focus on the light that illuminates our path, rather than the darkness that threatens to obscure it. Her quote is a powerful metaphor for maintaining a positive outlook in the face of adversity, drawing strength from the sun's unwavering presence.

Clouds parting to reveal the sun and blue sky

“It's always sunny above the clouds. Always. Every day on earth - every day I have ever had - was secretly sunny, after all.”

-Caitlin Moran

I love this quote from English author and journalist, Caitlin Moran. It is always a good idea to remind yourself that the sun is always there, even on a cloudy day. It invites us to embrace the sun's energy regardless of the weather we are currently experiencing.

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“She was like the sun,

She knew her place in the world -

She would shine again regardless

of all the storms and changeable weather

She wouldn't adjust her purpose

for things that pass.”

- Nikki Rowe

In the eloquent words of Nikki Rowe, the quote paints a vivid metaphor, likening a woman's resilience to the unwavering brilliance of the sun. Despite life's tempests and ever-shifting tides, her essence remains steadfast, an illuminating force that refuses to be diminished or deterred from its purpose. Just as the sun shines resolutely, undaunted by passing storms or fickle weather patterns, a woman's resolute spirit persists, her radiance undimmed, her path unaltered by transient obstacles. Her inner light, her raison d'être, burns bright, a constant beacon in a world of flux, defying the impermanence that surrounds her.

Woman holding scarf behind her with the sun shining through

"The sun has burst the sky because

I walk on the pedestrian path of freedom."

- Izumi Shikibu

Izumi Shikibu, a renowned Japanese poet and courtier from the 11th century, poetically expresses the exhilaration of freedom through the metaphor of the sun bursting through the sky. Her words evoke a sense of liberation and the boundless possibilities that come with embracing one's independence.

Sun rise illuminating a field of grasses

"The sun is the giver of all life."

- Lailah Gifty Akita

In this simple yet profound statement, Lailah Gifty Akita, a contemporary Ghanaian author and founder of the Smart Youth Volunteers Foundation, acknowledges the sun's pivotal role as the source of all life on Earth. Without its radiant energy, our planet would be a barren and lifeless rock, devoid of the vibrant ecosystems that sustain us.

Woman holding yoga pose watching the sun rise over the ocean

"Don't let the shadows of yesterday spoil the sunshine

of tomorrow. Live for today.”

 -Nandina Morris

This quote by Nandina Morris urges us to embrace the present moment instead of dwelling on past regrets or worries about the future. The "shadows of yesterday" symbolize the burdens and baggage we carry from our past experiences, which can cast a gloom over our current lives. However, Morris encourages us to let go of those shadows and bask in the "sunshine of tomorrow" – the boundless possibilities and opportunities that each new day brings. By living fully in the present, we can find joy, growth, and fulfillment, unencumbered by the weight of what has been or what might be. Her words remind us that today is a precious gift, and we must seize it wholeheartedly.

Woman standing in a light with her shadow in the foreground

“Everybody has a little bit of the sun and moon in them. Everybody has a little bit of man, woman, and animal in them. Darks and lights in them. Everyone is part of a connected cosmic system. Part earth and sea, wind and fire, with some salt and dust swimming in them. We have a universe within ourselves that mimics the universe outside. None of us are just black or white, or never wrong and always right. No one. No one exists without polarities. Everybody has good and bad forces working with them, against them, and within them.”

- Suzy Kassem from Part Sun and Moon

This profound quote delves into the intricate duality that exists within every human being. Suzy Kassem poetically asserts that we all possess elements of the sun and moon, the masculine and feminine, the animal and the divine. Our beings are a tapestry woven from the cosmic threads of earth, sea, wind, and fire, intertwined with the salt and dust that compose our physical forms. Just as the universe encompasses a vast array of polarities, so too do we harbor a microcosmic universe within ourselves, a realm where light and dark, good and bad, coexist in a delicate dance. Kassem reminds us that no one is purely black or white, right or wrong – we are all complex beings, forever navigating the ebb and flow of opposing forces that shape our existence.

Photo of the earth, sun with planets and stars against the dark background of space

“Every moon, sun, comet, planet, and star is itself a center,

and exerts its own force upon all the rest.

Nothing in the universe stands alone.” 

- Olivia Waite, The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics

In this profound quote, Olivia Waite encapsulates the interconnectedness of the cosmos. Each celestial body, from the smallest comet to the mightiest star, exerts its gravitational influence upon the others. It's a poetic reminder that nothing in the universe exists in isolation – every entity, no matter how insignificant it may seem, plays a role in shaping the grand cosmic dance. The quote invites us to ponder the intricate web of forces that bind the heavenly bodies together, each one a vital thread in the tapestry of existence.

I'll show you how the sun rose a ribbon at a time - Emily Dickenson, photo shows ribbons of light and color as the sun rises on a new day

I’ll tell you how the Sun rose

I’ll tell you how the Sun rose – 

A Ribbon at a time – 

The Steeples swam in Amethyst – 

The news, like Squirrels, ran – 

The Hills untied their Bonnets – 

The Bobolinks – begun –

Then I said softly to myself –

“That must have been the Sun”!

But how he set – I know not –

There seemed a purple stile

That little Yellow boys and girls

Were climbing all the while – 

Till when they reached the other side – 

A Dominie in Gray – 

Put gently up the evening Bars – 

And led the flock away –

-Emily Dickenson

Although this delightful poem is not a quote, it is one of my favorites! In this whimsical verse, Emily Dickinson personifies the sunrise and sunset as a series of captivating vignettes. Dickinson's imaginative language imbues the celestial events with childlike wonder, inviting readers to view the world anew through her poetic lens.

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As the sun sets on this collection of inspiring quotes, we're left with a tapestry of profound insights and poetic musings, woven together by the voices of remarkable women. These quotes serve as a testament to the sun's enduring hold on the human imagination and its ability to inspire, enlighten, and uplift us, even in the darkest of times. Bask in the warmth of these words and let them guide you towards a brighter tomorrow. Join our email newsletter to receive thought-provoking musings, ensuring that the sun never truly sets on your journey of self-discovery and personal growth.

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