20 Quotes That Prove Emma Watson Is One Of The Most Inspirational Women Ever

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Emma Watson is a beautiful, feminist powerhouse. Her days of playing Hermione Granger are long over. Okay, not really that long, since no one is letting go of Harry Potter any time soon. But Emma is an adult now and she’s a very mature, sophisticated one. She’s been classy since she was a child, but as she has grown, she’s gotten more poised and her voice has gotten stronger. She is reaching more people these days with her intelligent, well-thought out beliefs. She is an absolute inspiration, and not just for the women she is advocating, but for men as well, because she is helping bring to light the gap in gender equality, and she’s doing it so beautifully.

To prove she is such a smart, powerful young woman, here are 20 quotes that you should model your life after, because Emma has got it right.

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1. “I was appointed six months ago and the more I have spoken about feminism the more I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.”

2. “I want to be the person who feels great in her body and can say that she loves it and doesn’t want to change anything.”

3. “I’ve probably earned the right to screw up a few times. I don’t want the fear of failure to stop me from doing what I really care about.”

4. “I’m a feminist, but I think that romance has been taken away a bit for my generation. I think what people connect with in novels is this idea of an overpowering, encompassing love — and it being more important and special than anything and everything else.”

5. “I don’t want other people to decide who I am. I want to decide that for myself.”

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6. “The saddest thing for a girl to do is to dumb herself down for a guy.”

7. “I truly truly believe that beauty comes from within.”

8. “Don’t feel stupid if you don’t like what everyone else pretends to love.”

9. “I think women are scared of feeling powerful and strong and brave sometimes.”

10. “I think the actresses who are really successful are comfortable in their own skins and still look human.”

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11. “I feel like young girls are told that they have to be a princess and fragile. It’s bullshit. I identify much more with being a warrior – a fighter.”

12. “It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals.”

13. “How can we effect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcome to participate in the conversation?”

14. “As much as someone can tell you things, you have to go out there and make your own mistakes in order to learn.”

15. “Becoming yourself is really hard and confusing, and it’s a process. It’s often not cool to be the person who puts themselves out there.”

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16. “There’s nothing wrong with being afraid. It’s not the absence of fear, it’s overcoming it. Sometimes you’ve got to blast through and have faith.”

17. “Men, I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue, too.”

18. “The less you reveal, the more people can wonder.”

19. “When at 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of their beloved sports teams, because they didn’t want to appear muscle-y, when at 18, my males friends were unable to express their feelings, I decided that I was a feminist.”

20. “We really damage our own confidence when we put ourselves down, so I try not to.”

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Also, don’t forget, she’s cool…and dangerous:

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