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70 Famous Michelle Obama Quotes on Education, Women & Success

Michelle Obama
First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017

Looking for the best Michelle Obama quotes? We’ve compiled a list of 70 famous and inspirational Michelle Obama quotes and sayings (with images).

70 of Michelle Obama’s Most Inspiring Quotes on Education, Women, Leadership, Love and Success

1

“Every day, you have the power to choose our better history — by opening your hearts and minds, by speaking up for what you know is right.” – Michelle Obama

2

“Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down. Trust your instincts, good relationships feel good, they feel right, they don’t hurt.” – Michelle Obama

3

“I’ve seen firsthand that being president doesn’t change who you are. It reveals who you are.” – Michelle Obama

4

“Here in America we don’t let our differences tear us apart. Here in America we don’t give in to our fears. We don’t build walls to keep people out.” – Michelle Obama

5

“Choose people who will lift you up. Find people who will make you better.” – Michelle Obama

6

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

7

“There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.” – Michelle Obama

8

“Strong men, men who are truly role models, don’t need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful.” – Michelle Obama

9

“I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.” – Michelle Obama

10

“It’s time to tell everyone who’s dealing with a mental health issue that they’re not alone, and that getting support and treatment isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength.” – Michelle Obama

11

“Real men treat the janitor with the same respect as the CEO.” – Michelle Obama

12

“We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters… that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules… and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.” – Michelle Obama

13

“Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered.” – Michelle Obama

14

“Reach for partners that make you better. Do not bring people into your life who weigh you down. Good relationships feel good. They feel right. They don’t hurt.” – Michelle Obama

15

“With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us. We as parents, are their most important role models.” – Michelle Obama

16

“The one way to get me to work my hardest was to doubt me.” – Michelle Obama

17

“When someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. No, our motto is, when they go low, we go high.” – Michelle Obama

18

“There is no magic to achievement. It’s really about hard work, choices and persistence.” – Michelle Obama

19

“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.” – Michelle Obama

20

“When I get up and work out, I’m working out just as much for my girls as I am for me, because I want them to see a mother who loves them dearly, who invests in them, but who also invests in herself. It’s just as much about letting them know as young women that it is okay to put yourself a little higher on your priority list.” – Michelle Obama

21

“I’ve been lucky enough now in my life to meet all sorts of extraordinary and accomplished people…Some (though not enough) of them are women. Some (though not enough) are black or of color. Some were born poor or have lived lives that to many of us would appear to have been unfairly heaped with adversity…What I’ve learned is this: All of them have had doubters. Some continue to have roaring, stadium-sized collections of critics and naysayers who will shout ‘I told you so’ at every little misstep or mistake. The noise doesn’t go away, but the most successful people I know have figured out how to live with it.” – Michelle Obama

22

“Just do what works for you because there will always be someone who thinks differently.” – Michelle Obama

23

“Empower yourselves with a good education.” – Michelle Obama

24

“When girls are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous.” – Michelle Obama

25

“When I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.” – Michelle Obama

26

“How hard you work matters more than how much you make.” – Michelle Obama

27

“If my future were determined just by my performance on a standardized test, I wouldn’t be here. I guarantee you that.” – Michelle Obama

28

“Walk away from friendships that make you feel small and insecure, and seek out people who inspire you and support you.” – Michelle Obama

29

“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.” – Michelle Obama

30

“You cannot take your freedoms for granted. Just like generations who have come before you, you have to do your part to preserve and protect those freedoms… you need to be preparing yourself to add your voice to our national conversation.” – Michelle Obama

31

“The only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them.” – Michelle Obama

32

“When it comes to mental health conditions, we often treat them differently from other diseases like cancer, diabetes or asthma. Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg or your brain, it’s still an illness, and there should be no distinction.” – Michelle Obama

33

“We need to start focusing on what matters – on how we feel, and how we feel about ourselves.” – Michelle Obama

34

“There is no limit to what we can accomplish.” – Michelle Obama

35

“Through my education, I didn’t just develop skills, I didn’t just develop the ability to learn but I developed confidence.” – Michelle Obama

36

“When you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.” – Michelle Obama

37

“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. Their anger over it can manifest itself as unruliness. It’s hardly their fault. They aren’t ‘bad kids.’ They’re just trying to survive bad circumstances.” – Michelle Obama

38

“Let’s just be clear, you don’t want to be with a boy who’s too stupid to know and appreciate a smart young lady.” – Michelle Obama

39

“At the end of the day, when it comes time to make that decision, as president, all you have to guide you are your values, and your vision, and the life experiences that make you who you are.” – Michelle Obama

40

“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.” – Michelle Obama

41

“Instead of letting your hardships and failures discourage or exhaust you, let them inspire you. Let them make you even hungrier to succeed.” – Michelle Obama

42

“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.” – Michelle Obama

43

“You don’t have to be somebody different to be important. You are important in your own right.” – Michelle Obama

44

“You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.” – Michelle Obama

45

“Barack and I were both raised by families who didn’t have much in the way of money or material possessions but who had given us something far more valuable – their unconditional love, their unflinching sacrifice, and the chance to go places they had never imagined for themselves.” – Michelle Obama

46

“You may not always have a comfortable life. And you will not always be able to solve all the world’s problems at once. But don’t ever underestimate the impact you can have, because history has shown us that courage can be contagious, and hope can take on a life of its own.” – Michelle Obama

47

“You’re important in your own right.” – Michelle Obama

48

“That whole ‘so you can have it all.’ Nope, not at the same time. That’s a lie. And it’s not always enough to lean in, because that shit doesn’t work all the time.” – Michelle Obama

49

“When they go low, we go high.” – Michelle Obama

50

“We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.” – Michelle Obama

51

“We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean… and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.” – Michelle Obama

52

“You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.” – Michelle Obama

53

“Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate, your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.” – Michelle Obama

54

“Find people who will make you better.” – Michelle Obama

55

“Every girl, no matter where she lives, deserve the opportunity to develop the promise inside of her.” – Michelle Obama

56

“Just try new things. Don’t be afraid. Step out of your comfort zones and soar.” – Michelle Obama

57

“And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values, like you work hard for what you want in life. That your word is your bond; that you do what you say you’re going to do. That you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them and even if you don’t agree with them.” – Michelle Obama

58

“Young people, don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. Empower yourselves with a good education…then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise.” – Michelle Obama

59

“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.” – Michelle Obama

60

“The difference between a broken community and a thriving one is the presence of women who are valued.” – Michelle Obama

61

“Being president doesn’t change who you are – it reveals who you are.” – Michelle Obama

62

“Success isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” – Michelle Obama

63

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s the power of using your voice. I tried my best to speak the truth and shed light on the stories of people who are often brushed aside.” – Michelle Obama

64

“Don’t ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on hope and possibility. Make decisions based on what should happen, not what shouldn’t.” – Michelle Obama

65

“Am I good enough? Yes I am.” – Michelle Obama

66

“Failing is a crucial part of success. Every time you fail and get back up. You practice perseverance, which is the key to life. Your strength comes in your ability to recover.” – Michelle Obama

67

“Failure is an important part of your growth and developing resilience. Don’t be afraid to fail.” – Michelle Obama

68

“I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values—and follow my own moral compass—then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own.” – Michelle Obama

69

“Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own.” – Michelle Obama

70

“Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.” – Michelle Obama

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