One example of an empowering quote is "Forgiveness is about empowering yourself, rather than empowering your past," by T.D. Jakes. Another example is "Our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world…as in being able to remake ourselves," by Mahatma Gandhi.
The quote about forgiveness points to forgiveness as an act that frees people from the misery caused by past mistakes and events. It implies that when people don't forgive their past, they are actually giving it power over them in the present moment. However, when someone lets go of grudges, they no longer affect the present moment. T.D. Jakes is an American author, pastor and filmmaker who is also the bishop of The Potter's House, a non-denominational megachurch with more than 30,000 members, as of 2015.
The quote by Gandhi describes how the ability to change, grow and transform as a human being is the quality that makes humans capable of greatness. It implies that changing the self is the key to changing the world. Gandhi was the leader of the Indian independence movement when Britain occupied India during the late 19th and early to mid-20th centuries. He helped India gain independence through acts of non-violent civil disobedience.