As someone who has been known to step up and speak to the United Nations and quell supervillainy with words alone, Diana Prince has had her fair share of inspirational speeches. But which of her quotes are the most inspirational? Which ones are the ones that left ripples in the DC and real universes, leaving people feeling a little stronger as a result?
Few speakers — even outside the world of superheroes — are as eloquent as Wonder Woman. But among her most empowering words and speeches, a few stand out.
10 "Who Cannot Fight for Themselves." (Wonder Woman)
“I will fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.” — Wonder Woman
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This is the only quote on this list from the Wonder Woman film, but it is a quote that inspires hope in those who hear it. Of all of Wonder Woman's defining characteristics — of which there are many — this one ideal has directed and informed every decision she has made as a character. It is the same ideal that brings readers back to read her adventures or see her on the big screen, time and time again.
9 "Death Is A Blessing." (Wonder Woman, Vol 2. #197)
"Death is necessary, Flash. It is part of life, and if we say life is a blessing, we must say that death is a blessing, as well." — Wonder Woman, Vol 2. #197)
As people who are alive, death can sometimes seem scary. Despite our love of comics in the world of the material, every fan knows that, at some point, you will die. Fiction and media can sometimes help soften our cultural fear of death. Neil Gaiman's Sandman, for example, presents death as a joyous figure. While Wonder Woman has explored Hades and the realm of the dead quite well, this quote best expresses the necessity of death and why we should not fear it.
8 "I Came To Parley." (Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman, #11)
"I came here to parley. But do not mistake a desire to avoid violence for the inability to deal it." — Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman, #11
Often, people confuse a desire for peace with passivity. Many people believe, should you come across a person who expects peace, that you can just push them around to the breaking point and get what you want regardless. Wonder Woman is not a person you can push around, as exemplified with this quote.
7 "What Sort Of World Do You Want To Live In?" (Wonder Woman, Vol 2. #170)
"If the prospect of living in a world where trying to respect the basic rights of those around you and valuing each other simply because we exist are such daunting, impossible tasks that only a superhero born of royalty can address them, then what sort of world are we left with? And what sort of world do you want to live in?" — Wonder Woman, Vol 2. #170
The question many have when confronted with bigoted individuals is disbelief. Confusion, even. What sort of world do the worst in society want to live in? Wonder Woman, naturally, asked this question in perhaps the most articulate way possible.
6 "We Are Our Own Masters." (Comic Cavalcade, #8)
"Aphrodite forbids us Amazons to let any man dominate us. We are our own masters." — Comic Cavalcade, #8
William Moulton Marston, the creator of Wonder Woman, believed strongly in the strength of women. He believed in many other things, many of which may not be as empowering to modern readers as this core idea. However, the philosophy of a woman's strength and power remains one of the key components of Wonder Woman. This quote best reveals the power of Wonder Woman in the imagination of youths then and now.
5 "Too Strong." (Sensation Comics, #19)
"I'm not weak - I'm too strong. The bracelets bound my strength to good purposes. Now I'm completely uncontrolled! I'm free to destroy like a man!" — Sensation Comics, #19
The early years of Wonder Woman are saddled with unusual moments. There are characters and ideas William Moulton Marston employed that later writers elected to ignore But there are some great, empowering lines from Wonder Woman, including this great one from Sensation Comics #19.
4 "I am Shield and Blade to You." (Wonder Woman: Warbringer)
“Sisters in battle, I am shield and blade to you. As I breathe, your enemies will know no sanctuary. While I live, your cause is mine.” — Wonder Woman: Warbringer
While most everyone knows Wonder Woman from the comics, she has appeared in several other mediums. People remember the cartoons, television series, films...but many forget she also appeared in written fiction. Wonder Woman: Warbringer is one of the better novels to feature a DC character, and, in it, we have this inspiring quote from Wonder Woman.
3 "Welcome You Into My Dream." (Wonder Woman, #167)
“Please take my hand. I give it to you as a gesture of friendship and love, and of faith freely given. I give you my hand and welcome you into my dream.” — Wonder Woman, #167
Very often, Wonder Woman has been mistaken as a character for someone who attacks and strikes down evil. While she certainly is a combatant, Diana's true strive is to spread understanding and peace among all people. If possible, she avoids fighting, seeking a diplomatic solution.
This is best encapsulated in this quote.
2 "You Never Truly Believed in Justice." (Wonder Woman vol 3, The Circle)
“If loss makes you doubt your belief in justice, then you never truly believed in justice at all.” — Wonder Woman, The Circle
Gail Simone is one of the best writers to have worked on Wonder Woman over the years. While she produced several great stories over the years, one of her most memorable is The Circle, where a faction of Amazonian warriors seek retribution for being "betrayed" by Hippolyta.
This great line delivered by Wonder Woman to these warriors, however, cuts deep at a real powerful point.
1 "We Have A Saying, My People." (Wonder Woman, Vol. 3 #25)
“We have a saying, my people. Don’t kill if you can wound, don’t wound if you can subdue, don’t subdue if you can pacify, and don’t raise your hand at all until you’ve first extended it.” — Wonder Woman, Vol. 3 #25
Many people often question where Wonder Woman stands in regards to the morality of her actions. Batman never kills because he's afraid of becoming just as bad as the criminals he fights. Superman feels it's an abuse of his power to kill. But Wonder Woman has been known to take lives.
But in regards to her moral compass and why Diana doesn't just kill every bad guy, she has that to say.