Important Women, Important Thoughts

There's nothing quite like starting off your morning with the wise words of Maya Angelou, Margaret Cho and Mindy Kaling. The Cut's latest series amasses quotes from famous women on topics ranging from aging to motherhood. We thought you'd enjoy, so we selected a few of our favorites to share. Happy reading!

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25 Famous Women on Getting Older

“I am convinced that most people do not grow up ... We marry and dare to have children and call that growing up. I think what we do is mostly grow old. We carry accumulation of years in our bodies, and on our faces, but generally our real selves, the children inside, are innocent and shy as magnolias.” —Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter, October 2009

"Best thing about being in your 90s is you're spoiled rotten. Everybody spoils you like mad and they treat you with such respect because you're old. Little do they know, you haven't changed. You haven't changed in [the brain]. You're just 90 every place else ... Now that I'm 91, as opposed to being 90, I'm much wiser. I'm much more aware and I'm much sexier." —Betty White, People, February 2013

"I actually have better sex — which is the bottom line, is it not? At 60. Because you learn how to, you know, work the vehicle better.” Lauren Hutton, on her website

25 Famous Women on Childlessness

"There have been times when I wanted children and other times I've been grateful not to have them. I am a mess if I have to say goodbye to my dog for longer than five days. I don't know how I would deal with kissing my children as I left for work. I know there are women who are able to do that. I don't know if I could." —Anjelica HustonCinema.com, November 2011

“I’ve thought about this a lot lately. I never thought I’d be this age and not have kids. But my life has also gone in a million ways I never anticipated ... I kept feeling like I’d wake up with absolute clarity, and I haven’t. And we have a pretty great life together. The chance that we’ll regret it doesn’t seem like a compelling enough reason to do it. I may wake up tomorrow with that lighting bolt, and I’ll have to scramble to make it happen.”
Jennifer WestfeldtNew York Times Magazine, March 2012

30 Famous Women on Overcoming Their Insecurities

“I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful. I put on the TV and only saw pale skin. I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin. And my one prayer to God, the miracle worker, was that I would wake up lighter-skinned ... What does sustain us ... what is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul … There is no shade in that beauty.” —Lupita Nyong’oBlack Women in Hollywood Luncheon Speech, 2014

"I say to myself, 'I don't know how to act — and why does anybody want to look at me on-screen anymore?' ... Lots of actors feel that way. What gives you strength is also your weakness — your raging insecurity." —Meryl StreepO, the Oprah Magazine, 2003

 "Maybe [it’s] because I have professional confidence that comes from my business, but calling me chubby cannot hurt me in the way it does so many, many girls, millions of women ... When I was younger, I already went through that. I know it's much harder to do the things I've done than it is to lose weight and be thin. Also, when you've seen Instagram comments like, 'You're so ugly, you should kill yourself,' it's like, I went to college. How could I be offended by someone who talks about what you look like? I wouldn't even deem you a person I'd speak to. I don't know if I'd have felt this way when I was 22. But I feel this way at 34." —Mindy Kaling, The Guardian, 2014