11 Quotes From Female Supreme Court Justices That Will Give You a Major Confidence Boost

On September 25, 1981, Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female Supreme Court Justice. Since then, three more spectacular women have gone on to serve on the high court. Here, a look at their thoughts on success and breaking boundaries.

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“Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.”
–Sandra Day O’Connor
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“So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great good fortune.”
–Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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“We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone … and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something.”

–Sandra Day O’Connor
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“I do know one thing about me: I don’t measure myself by others’ expectations or let others define my worth.”
–Sonia Sotomayor
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“I don’t know that there are any short cuts to doing a good job.”

–Sandra Day O’Connor

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“You can’t have it all at once. Who—man or woman—has it all, all at once? In my lifespan, I think I have had it all. But in different periods of time, things were rough.”
–Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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“My mother told me two things constantly. One was to be a lady, and the other was to be independent.”
–Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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“You know, failure hurts. Any kind of failure stings. If you live in the sting, you will—undoubtedly—fail. My way of getting past the sting is to say no, I’m just not going to let this get me down.”
–Sonia Sotomayor
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“It was a very cool thing to be a smart girl, as opposed to some other, different kind. And I think that made a great deal of difference to me growing up and in my life afterward.”
–Elena Kagan
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“I think it’s important to move people beyond just dreaming into doing. They have to be able to see that you are just like them, and you made it.”
–Sonia Sotomayor
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“I have no regrets. I don’t believe in looking back. What I am proudest of? Working really hard … and achieving as much as I could.”
–Elena Kagan
Originally Published in Reader's Digest

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