9 Empowering Miley Cyrus Quotes, Because It's Time She Gets Some Credit For Being So Wise

I think it's time we acknowledge that sometimes, we really do judge books by their covers. Case in point, Miley Cyrus has been making a consistent, respectable effort to be heard for all of the right reasons. Sure, she’s been known to exhibit some bizarre behaviors, but her silly tongue-out antics and neon-colored, eccentric Instagram posts don’t negate her proactive, social consciousness. Cyrus’s most recent media sound bites prove that she deserves a lot more credit than she's been given. And actually, it appears through her plethora of enlightening quotes that everyone probably should have listened to her sooner.

Cyrus is a self-proclaimed feminist, and it is in that feminist mindset that she has really come of age. She’s been all over the news recently because of her Happy Hippie Foundation, the mantra of which reads, “Our mission is to rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable populations.” Cyrus has undoubtedly lived a blessed life, but she has seemed to find her niche in helping those less fortunate than her — those who haven’t have the same opportunity to be heard as she has had.

With this new sense of purpose and maturity, Cyrus has been waxing poetic all over the place and it’s enough to make me want to create a Pinterest quote board just in her honor. Actually, I may do just that. And you can, too, after checking out some of her more empowering quotes below.

On The Positives & Negatives Of Social Media

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight she said, "I think Instagram is fun, but there's also a lot of down sides to it I think for young girls. But, I think it's also a place where you can kind of celebrate being who you are. You can make yourself, you can be whoever you want to be on Instagram which is fun... that's also dangerous, but it's really fun for people like me."

On Acceptance

On Learned Independence

In a 2014 Interview with Elle , Cyrus said, "When I went through a really intense breakup — you know, I was engaged — and when I was with him or when I was on Disney, the thing that gave me the most anxiety was not knowing what to do with myself when Disney wasn't there to carry me anymore or if I didn't have him. And now I'm free of both of those things, and I'm fine. Like, I lay in bed at night by myself and I'm totally okay, and that's so much stronger than the person three years ago, who would have thought they would have died if they didn't have a boyfriend."

On Following The Beat Of Her Own Drum

In that same Elle interview, she went on to explain that she doesn't readily listen to the opinions of her advisers, "And I'm like, 'I hear what you say and I'm gonna do the opposite of it. Because you're old and you're a man, and I'm young and I'm a girl and I know that's right.' I've just got to make sure that I'm the voice of my generation. I think that I'm allowing girls to be really free with their sexuality."

On Social Consciousness

On Living Authentically

In her Happy Hippie op-ed, Cyrus wrote, "No one should have to hide who they really are, no matter what his or her name, gender, status or orientation. "

On Being Single

She told TIME, "It has a lot to do with being a feminist, but I’m finally O.K. with being alone. I think that’s something we have to talk about more: that you can be alone. There are times in my life where I’ve had boyfriends or girlfriends. And there are times where I just love being with myself and don’t want to give part of myself away to someone else … I think that’s a new freedom for women, especially. I don’t know that my mother would have been able to be 22 and secure in being alone. But my future doesn't rely on having a partner."

On Being Her Own Hero

She captioned this Instagram with a quote from her interview with Out magazine, "'I don’t want, in my life ever, some prince dude to come save me. I don’t need to be saved. I’m my own person. I’m strong."

On Loving Being A Woman

She told Out, that she was "frustrated" by being a girl when she was younger because of the, "stereotype of weakness, and the vulnerability," that came with it. But said, "As you get older I think I just started to celebrate it, because I learned more about what women really are. Being a woman, that’s everything to me. Without women there is no life. I’m empowered as well, because I really feel like I hold something that’s the secret in all of life and the power of it. But, it took me a while to get like that."

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