36 Amazing Michelle Obama Quotes On Life and Success To Inspire Women
Michelle Obama was born Michelle LaVaughn Robinson on January 17, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois. She is an American attorney and author who was the first lady of the United States from 2009-2017 and became the first African-American first lady. She is the wife of the 44th United States president, Barack Obama. As first lady, Michelle focused her attention on social issues and advocating poverty awareness, healthy living and education. She also garnered attention for her fashion sense and considered a fashion icon. Michelle became one of the most admired women in America.
Michelle Obama Quotes
“When I look at young British Muslim women, I see myself.” Michelle Obama UK visit: ‘When I look at young British Muslim women, I see myself’ by Mikey Smit, Mirror Online (16 June 2015)
“For me exercise is more than just physical, it’s therapeutic.” Michelle Obama: In Her Own Words (ed. PublicAffairs, 2009) – ISBN: 9781586487621
“We have an obligation to fight for the world as it should be.” Michelle Obama in her Own Words (ed. Hachette UK, 2009) – ISBN: 9780786746408
“Just as each seed we plant has the potential to become something extraordinary, so does every child.”
“Barack is one of the smartest men we will see in our lifetime.” Campaign rally, Las Vegas, Nevada (17 January 2008)
“My first job in all honesty is going to continue to be mom-in-chief.” Interview. Ebony [September 2008]
“Translating hope into action is something Barack has done for his entire career.” Letter to The Advocate (21 October 2008)
“Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.”
“A lot of young people think they’re invincible, but the truth is young people are knuckleheads.” During appearance on “Tonight Show” (21 February 2014)
“Now young people can get insurance for as little as $50 a month, less than the cost of gym shoes.” During appearance on “Tonight Show” (21 February 2014)
“If you want to know the reason why I’m standing here, it’s because of education. I never cut class.” As reported in: Observer 5 April 2009
“The only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them.”
“If my future were determined just by my performance on a standardized test, I wouldn’t be here. I guarantee you that.” Campaign rally, Madison, Wisconsin (18 February 2008)
“Over the past few years as First Lady, I have had the extraordinary privilege of traveling all across this country.” Democratic National Convention speech (2012)
“Do not ever let anyone make you feel like you don’t matter or like you don’t have a place in our American story because you do.” Farewell Speeches (ed. Melville House, 2017) – ISBN: 9781612196893
“Always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody says distract you from your goals.”
“I’ve seen firsthand that being president doesn’t change who you are. It reveals who you are.” Michelle Obama’s Speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, http://www.npr.org. September 4, 2012.
“You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.” “Fear game” by Lucy Carrigan, http://www.theguardian.com. May 27, 2008.
“Countries are stronger and more prosperous when the voices and opinions of all their citizens can be heard.” “Michelle Obama urges open internet access in China speech” by Stuart Leavenworth, http://www.smh.com.au. March 23, 2014.
“Every girl, no matter where she lives, deserves the opportunity to develop the promise inside of her.”
“People are always going to have opinions, and people have a right to their opinions.” “Michelle Obama: Your First Lady (Special Recognition)”. Interview With Katie Couric, http://www.glamour.com. November 2, 2009.
“If I can have any impact, I want women to feel good about themselves and have fun with fashion” “Michelle Obama Lately” By Noelle Watters, http://www.foxnews.com. March 2, 2009.
“In our house we don’t take ourselves too seriously, and laughter is the best form of unity, I think, in a marriage.” “Michelle Obama: Laughter is good for marriage” by Jim Bourg, usatoday30.usatoday.com. February 13, 2011.
“No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful.”
“Women should have the freedom to do whatever they need to do to feel good about themselves.” “Michelle Obama at 50”. PEOPLE interview, people.com. January 27, 2014.
“To me, with age, everything has gotten better. You have way more control; you know yourself better.” “Michelle Obama’s tips for being happy, healthy”. Interview with Liz Vaccariello, http://www.today.com. October 5, 2009.
“Value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.”
“How hard you work matters more than how much you make.” Michelle Obama’s Remarks at a Campaign Event in Richmond, Virginia, http://www.whitehouse.gov. September 13, 2012.
“Good relationships feel good. They feel right. They don’t hurt.” Remarks by the First Lady at an Event with Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Students, obamawhitehouse.archives.gov. May 25, 2011.
“We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own to do list.”
“ Success is only meaningful – and enjoyable – if it feels like your own.” Michelle Obama’s Commencement Address at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, obamawhitehouse.archives.gov. June 17, 2012.
“I try to have no absolute nos. I love french fries, I like a good burger, and I like pie. And that’s okay.” “Michelle Obama’s Rules for Staying Healthy and Happy”. Interview with Liz Vaccariello, http://www.prevention.com. November 3, 2011.
“Find people who will make you better.”
“I feel fortunate as a woman to have a husband who loves me and shows me in every way.” “Michelle Obama’s Rules for Staying Healthy and Happy”. Interview with Liz Vaccariello, http://www.prevention.com. November 3, 2011.
“I am desperate for change – now – not in 8 years or 12 years, but right now.” “First Lady in Waiting”. Interview with Leslie Bennetts, http://www.vanityfair.com. December 27, 2007.
“Success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.”