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40 Michelle Obama Quotes About Love, Leadership, And Success

40 Michelle Obama Quotes About Love, Leadership, And Success

List of 40 Michelle Obama Quotes About Love, Leadership, And Success:

#1 “Now I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a child—What do you want to be when you grow up? As if growing up is finite. As if at some point you become something and that’s the end.”

#2 “One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.”

#3 “Changing the big picture takes time.. and the best things to do is focus on the things that we can make in our lives if we’re doing all that. That becomes the collage of real change”

#4 “People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together.”

#5 “Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down, and trust your instincts. Good relationships feel good. They feel right. They don’t hurt. They’re not painful. That’s not just with somebody you want to marry, but it’s with the friends you choose. It’s with the people you surround yourself with.”

Michelle Obama
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#6 “If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”

#7 “Now that I’m an adult, I realize that kids know at a very young age when they’re being devalued, when adults aren’t invested enough to help them learn.”

#8 “This may be the fundamental problem with caring a lot about what others think: It can put you on the established path—the my-isn’t-that-impressive path—and keep you there for a long time.”

#9 “Time, as far as my father was concerned, was a gift you gave to other people.”

#10 ”Just try new things. Don’t be afraid. Step out of your comfort zones and soar, all right?”Michelle Obama

#11 “Focus on what you can control. Be a good person every day. Vote. Read. Treat one another kindly. Follow the law. Don’t tweet nasty stuff.”

#12 “Because people often ask, I’ll say it here directly: I have no intention of running for office, ever. I’ve never been a fan of politics, and my experience over the last ten years has done little to change that.”

#13 ”Let’s be very clear: strong men – men who are truly role models – don’t need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful. People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together.”

#14 ”Find people who will make you better.”

#15 “At this point, I’d been First Lady for just over two months. In different moments, I’d felt overwhelmed by the pace, unworthy of the glamour, anxious about our children, and uncertain of my purpose.”Michelle Obama

#16 ”We need an adult in the White House. When making life-or-death, war-or-peace decisions, a president can’t just pop off or lash out irrationally.”

#17 “We explain when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you do not stoop to their level. Our motto is when they go low, you go high.”

#18 ”I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves, and I watch my daughters – two beautiful, intelligent black young women – playing with their dogs on the White House lawn. And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters, and all our sons and daughters, now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.”

#19 “It’s easier to hold onto your own stereotypes and misconceptions, it makes you feel justified in your own ignorance. That’s America. So the challenge for us is, are we ready for change?”

#20 ”Our greatness has always come from people who expect nothing and take nothing for granted – folks who work hard for what they have, then reach back and help others after them.”

Michelle Obama
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#21 “Friendships between women, as any woman will tell you, are built of a thousand small kindnesses… swapped back and forth and over again.”

#22 ”Right now, when we’re hearing so much disturbing and hateful rhetoric, it is so important to remember that our diversity has been – and will always be – our greatest source of strength and pride here in the United States.”

#23 “Failure is a feeling long before it becomes an actual result. It’s vulnerability that breeds with self-doubt and then is escalated, often deliberately, by fear.”

#24 “My father, Fraser, taught me to work hard, laugh often, and keep my word. My mother, Marian, showed me how to think for myself and to use my voice.”

#25 “My most important title is still “mom-in-chief.” My daughters are still the heart of my heart and the center of my world.”Michelle Obama

#26 ”Exercise is really important to me – it’s therapeutic. So if I’m ever feeling tense or stressed or like I’m about to have a meltdown, I’ll put on my iPod and head to the gym or out on a bike ride along Lake Michigan with the girls.”

#27 “Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered.”

#28 “We were planting seeds of change, the fruit of which we might never see. We had to be patient.”

#29 “Everyone on Earth, they’d tell us, was carrying around an unseen history, and that alone deserved some tolerance.”

#30 ”My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my ‘blackness’ than ever before. I have found that at Princeton, no matter how liberal and open-minded some of my white professors and classmates try to be toward me, I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as if I really don’t belong.”

#31 “For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.”

Michelle Obama
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#32 ”The problem is when that fun stuff becomes the habit. And I think that’s what’s happened in our culture. Fast food has become the everyday meal.”

#33 “Just do what works for you, because there will always be someone who thinks differently.”

#34 ”If proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream.”

#35 “The arts are not just a nice thing to have or to do if there is free time or if one can afford it. Rather, paintings and poetry, music and fashion, design and dialogue, they all define who we are as a people and provide an account of our history for the next generation.”

#36 ”Our love, our gratitude, our admiration for our men and women in uniform, our veterans and their families – all of that is bigger than any one party or any one election.”

#37 “We should always have three friends in our lives-one who walks ahead who we look up to and follow; one who walks beside us, who is with us every step of our journey; and then, one who we reach back for and bring along after we’ve cleared the way.”

#38 ”Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own.”

#39 “You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.”

#40 “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change.”

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