I have been blessed to know many strong, accomplished women over the course of my life. I've seen that they make strong friends, consummate professionals, and great collaborators. And my wife is one of the smartest, most accomplished and beautiful human beings I've ever known. In fact I would say she is practically perfect in every way except for her taste in men, but I own that completely.

Some may say that males and females come from different planets and focus on how hard it is to communicate or get along. But I'm always willing to learn from what great women have to say. Here are 25 reflections from some of the toughest, most talented, and bravest people on this planet, past and present.

1. "My advice to women in general: Even if you're doing a nine-to-five job, treat yourself like a boss. Not arrogant, but be sure of what you want - and don't allow people to run anything for you without your knowledge." - Nicki Minaj

2. "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." - Helen Keller

3. "The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be." - Anne Frank

4. "Strive to find things to be thankful for, and just look for the good in who you are! " - Bethany Hamilton

5. "The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams." - Oprah Winfrey

6. "My mom has made it possible for me to be who I am. Our family is everything. Her greatest skill was encouraging me to find my own person and own independence." - Charlize Theron

7. "Success isn't about the end result, it's about what you learn along the way." - Vera Wang

8. "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less." - Marie Curie

9. "Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others." - Rosa Parks

10. "Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." - Harriet Tubman

11. "It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default." - J.K. Rowling

12. "Other people may not have had high expectations for me... but I had high expectations for myself." - Shannon Miller

13. "Never be ashamed of what you feel. You have the right to feel any emotion that you want, and to do what makes you happy. That's my life motto." - Demi Lovato

14. "I think empathy is a beautiful thing. I think that's the power of film though. We have one of the most powerful, one of the greatest communicative tools known to man." - Michelle Rodriguez

15. "I will not be triumphed over." - Cleopatra

16. "'If women be educated for dependence; that is, to act according to the will of another fallible being, and submit, right or wrong, to power, where are we to stop?" - Mary Wollstonecraft

17. "Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women." - Nora Ephron

18. "'Trust in God - she will provide." - Emmeline Pankurst

19. "You are on the eve of a complete victory. You can't go wrong. The world is behind you." - Josephine Baker

20. "I don't want to be remembered as the girl who was shot. I want to be remembered as the girl who stood up." - Malala Yousafzi

21. "'Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others."- Amelia Earheart

22. "If women can be railroad workers in Russia, why can't they fly in space?" - Valentina Tereshkova

23. "'Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?"- Frida Kahlo

24. "I attribute my success to this - I never gave or took any excuse." - Florence Nightingale

25. "The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud."- Coco Chanel