Iconic Words From #GIRLBOSS

#GIRLBOSS is a memoir written by Sophia Amoruso. Recently, Girlboss (2017) became a show on Netflix; in the series, Annie (Ellie Reed) and Shane (Johnny Simons) are the best friend and boyfriend of Sophia Marlowe (Britt Robertson), respectively. I watched the series on Netflix prior to reading the book. Instantly I was intrigued by Sophia’s character, as well as the entirety of the story. Google Books describes #GIRLBOSS as follows:

Sophia Amoruso spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and scrounging in dumpsters for leftover bagels. By age twenty-two she had dropped out of school, and was broke, directionless, and checking IDs in the lobby of an art school – a job she’d taken for the health insurance. It was in that lobby that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. Flash forward ten years to today, and she’s the founder and executive chairman of Nasty Gal, a $250-million-plus fashion retailer with more than four hundred employees. Sophia was never a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she’s written “#GIRLBOSS” for other girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is windy as all hell and lined with naysayers. “#GIRLBOSS” proves that being successful isn’t about where you went to college or how popular you were in high school. It’s about trusting your instincts and following your gut; knowing which rules to follow and which to break; when to button up and when to let your freak flag fly.

Set in San Fransisco, the Netflix series is bubbling with personality, spirit, and individuality. Not everything is exactly the way it occurred in real life; read more about that here, as well as here and here. Nevertheless, each episode is chalk-full of memorable & inspiring quotes. Here are some of my favorites from both the book and the show.


Sophia: “You don’t get taken seriously by asking someone to take you seriously. You’ve got to show up and own it. If this is a man’s world, who cares? I’m still really glad to be a girl in it.”


Sophia: “I’m sorry if I am a little overzealous. I just figured out life.”

Lionel: “Yeah, keep that to your damn self. People are trying to sleep.”


Sophia: “I know I may look like a little girl to you, but I am here to tell you not I am not. I mean, yes, I did just throw a tantrum and break down your door. And yes, I may have shit credit because of a bra. And yeah, I may be a little—”

Annie: “Hey, hey. You don’t need to prove yourself to some guy named Burt Coyote.”

Sophia: “You’re right. I am a girl. And that shouldn’t be a bad thing. Girls are collaborative, empathetic, hard workers. Girls are great.”

Annie: “Hell, yeah.”


Sophia: “Harvard Business School professor Howard Stevenson famously defined ‘entrepreneurship’ as ‘the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled.’ I give a ‘hell yes’ to that definition—you should take that spirit with you to whatever job you’re doing or whatever project you’re undertaking.”


Sophia: “Love you, in case I die.”

Annie: “Love you, in case I die.”


Carol: “You’re 27 minutes late. Naturally, I assumed you were hit by a bus and bleeding out onto Market Street.”

Sophia: “Come on, Carol. You know I never take Market Street.”


Kathleen (to Sophia): “The only one who can make you happy is you. The great big lie is that we need other people.”


Sophia: “A #GIRLBOSS is someone who’s in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it. As a #GIRLBOSS, you take control and accept responsibility. You’re a fighter—you know when to throw punches and when to roll with them. Sometimes you break the rules, sometimes you follow them, but always on your own terms. You know where you’re going, but can’t do it without having some fun along the way. You value honesty over perfection. You ask questions. You take life seriously, but you don’t take yourself too seriously. You’re going to take over the world, and change it in the process. You’re a badass.”


Annie: “A person’s look isn’t all they are. It’s just what they want people to see of them.”


Sophia: “You seem so nice. There’s a real ‘I’d go to Africa to dig wells’ kind of vibe about you.”

Shane: “Hmm?”


Sophia: “That’s the number one thing, perhaps even the only thing, you can absolutely count on. Regardless of what your dreams are, if you listen only to those around you, the chances of your dreams coming true are very small. The world loves to tell you how difficult things are, and the world’s not exaggerating. That’s a real bummer. But, here’s the real shit: You can’t have it all, and nothing comes easy. You will make sacrifices and compromises, get let down and let other people down, fail and start over, break some hearts, take some names, and learn to pick up and continue when your own heart gets broken.”


Sophia: “I’m not whining. These are my very carefully cultivated thoughts.”


Sophia: “No matter where you are in life, you’ll save a lot of time by not worrying too much about what other people think about you. The earlier in your life that you can learn that, the easier the rest of it will be.”


Nathan: “Oh my god. This whole time I’ve been hiding. Denying my true self.”

Rick: “Look, kid, if you’re coming out, I think I can save you some time.”

Nathan: “Uh, no, I’ve been out since I was three. I’m talking about myself as an artist. When Basquiat was my age, he was homeless and living in a box and spray painting walls. He wasn’t going to office hours, so a teacher could tell him to ‘make better use of negative space.’ I’ve gotta get outta here.”


Sophia: “Clothing is ultimately the suit of armor in which we battle the world.”

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