114+ EXCLUSIVE Michelle Obama Quotes To See Life Differently

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is an American lawyer, university administrator and writer. She is married to the 44th U.S. President, Barack Obama, and was the first African-American First Lady. She is advocating for poverty awareness, education, health, and women empowerment. Wise Michelle Obama quotes will help you to bring the best out of you and broaden your perspective.

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Best Michelle Obama Quotes

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

I never cut class. I loved getting A’s, I liked being smart. I liked being on time. I thought being smart is cooler than anything in the world. – Michelle Obama

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

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

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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. – Michelle Obama

Together, we can help make sure that every family that walks into a restaurant can make an easy, healthy choice. – Michelle Obama

The realities are that, you know, as a black man, you know, Barack can get shot going to the gas station, you know. – Michelle Obama

And let’s be clear: It’s not enough just to limit ads for foods that aren’t healthy. It’s also going to be critical to increase marketing for foods that are healthy. – Michelle Obama

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Being president doesn’t change who you are. It reveals who you are. – Michelle Obama

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

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

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

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Success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square. – Michelle Obama

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

We need to fix our souls. Our souls are broken in this nation. We have lost our way. And it begins with inspiration. It begins with leadership. – Michelle Obama

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

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Success isn’t about how your life looks to others. It’s about how it feels to you. We realized that being successful isn’t about being impressive, it’s about being inspired. – Michelle Obama

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

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

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

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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

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

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

I hate diversity workshops. Real change comes from having enough comfort to be really honest and say something very uncomfortable. – Michelle Obama

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

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

I think that people are tired. They’re tired of the same old kind of politics. People want a new tone to politics. – Michelle Obama

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

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I am so tired of fear. And I don’t want my girls to live in a country, in a world, based on fear. – Michelle Obama

We learned about dignity and decency – that how hard you work matters more than how much you make… that helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself. – Michelle Obama

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

You see, our glorious diversity—our diversity of faiths, and colors and creeds―that is not a threat to who we are, it makes us who we are. – Michelle Obama

Inspirational Michelle Obama Quotes On Love, Humanity and Volunteering

  • You have to fill your bucket with positive energy and if you have people hanging around you that are bringing you down and not lifting you up, whether that’s your ‘boo’ or your best friend, you have to learn how to push these people to the side. – Michelle Obama
  • You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance 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
  • Find people who will make you better. – Michelle Obama
  • Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives. – Michelle Obama
  • If you are a person of faith, know that religious diversity is a great American tradition, too. In fact, that’s why people first came to this country: to worship freely. And whether you are Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh―these religions are teaching our young people about justice, and compassion, and honesty. So, I want our young people to continue to learn and practice those values with pride. – Michelle Obama
  • 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
  • When girls are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous. – Michelle Obama
  • 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
  • Choose people who lift you up. – Michelle Obama
  • Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. – Michelle Obama
  • 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. – Michelle Obama
  • 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
  • My father’s life is a testament to that basic American promise that no matter who you are or how you started out, if you work hard you can build a decent life for yourself and an even better life for your kids. – Michelle Obama
  • 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
  • Failure is an important part of your growth and developing resilience. Don’t be afraid to fail. – Michelle Obama
  • To the young people here, and the young people out there: do not ever let anyone ever make you feel like you don’t matter, or like you don’t have a place in our American story—because you do. And you have a right to be exactly who you are. But I also want to be very clear: this right isn’t just handed to you. No, this right has to be earned every single day. You cannot take your freedoms for granted. – Michelle Obama

Famous Michelle Obama Quotes For Motivation You Need

  • 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
  • Just do what works for you because there will always be someone who thinks differently. – Michelle Obama
  • When you are struggling, and you start thinking about giving up, I want you to remember something that my husband and I have talked about since we first started this journey nearly a decade ago—something that has carried us through every moment in this White House and every moment of our lives—and that is the power of hope. The belief that something better is always possible if you’re willing to work for it and fight for it. – Michelle Obama
  • Studying in countries like China isn’t only about your prospects in the global marketplace. It’s not just about whether you can compete with your peers in other countries to make America stronger. It’s also about whether you can come together and work together with them to make our world stronger. It’s about the friendships you make, the bonds of trust you establish and the image of America that you project to the rest of the world. – Michelle Obama
  • I’ve seen firsthand that being president doesn’t change who you are. It reveals who you are. – Michelle Obama
  • It is our fundamental belief in the power of hope that has allowed us to rise above the voices of doubt and division, of anger and fear that we have faced in our own lives and in the life of this country. Our hope that if we work hard enough and believe in ourselves, then we can be whatever we dream, regardless of the limitations that others may place on us. – Michelle Obama
  • It’s the hopes of folks like my dad, who got up every day, do his job at the city water plant; the hope that one day his kids would go to college and have opportunities he never dreamed of. That’s the kind of hope that every single one of us—politicians, parents, preachers, all of us—need to be providing for our young people. Because that is what moves this country forward every single day: our hope for the future and the hard work that hope inspires. So that’s my final message to young people as First Lady. It is simple. – Michelle Obama
  • We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list. – Michelle Obama
  • There is no boy, at this age, cute enough or interesting enough to stop you from getting an education, If I had worried about who liked me and who thought I was cute when I was your age, I wouldn’t be married to the President of the United States. – Michelle Obama
  • We need to start focusing on what matters – on how we feel, and how we feel about ourselves. – Michelle Obama
  • I want our young people to know that they matter. That they belong. So, don’t be afraid. Do you hear me? 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. Lead by example with hope, never fear, and know that I will be with you, rooting for you and working to support you for the rest of my life. – Michelle Obama
  • 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
  • Every girl, no matter where she lives, deserves the opportunity to develop the promise inside of her. – Michelle Obama
  • We have to find a way to continue to lift other women up in our worlds and in our lives as much as possible. – Michelle Obama
  • For all the young people in this room and those who are watching, know that this country belongs to you—to all of you, from every background and walk of life. If you or your parents are immigrants, know that you are part of a proud American tradition—the infusion of new cultures, talents and ideas, generation after generation, that has made us the greatest country on earth. – Michelle Obama
  • Just try new things. Don’t be afraid. Step out of your comfort zones and soar. – Michelle Obama
  • Strong men, men who are truly role models, don’t need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful. – Michelle Obama

Empowering Michelle Obama Quotes About Life, Equality, Health and Success

  • I love that for Barack, there is no such thing as ‘us’ and ‘them’, he doesn’t care whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or none of the above…he knows that we all love our country…and he’s always ready to listen to good ideas…he’s always looking for the very best in everyone he meets. – Michelle Obama
  • 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
  • Make no mistake about it, whether it’s health care, the economy, education or foreign policy, the choice we make in this election will determine nothing less than who we are as a country — but more importantly, who we want to be. Will we be a country that tells folks who have done everything right but are still struggling to get by, tough luck, you’re on your own? Is that who we are? … Or will we honor that fundamental American belief that I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper and if one of us is hurting then we’re all hurting? Who are we? That’s what this election is about. – Michelle Obama
  • Empower yourselves with a good education. – Michelle Obama
  • 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
  • We’re here because we believe that everyone in this country should do their fair share, plain and simple. Which means that teachers and firefighters shouldn’t pay higher taxes than millionaires and billionaires. Not in America. We believe that if you work hard, you shouldn’t go bankrupt because someone gets sick. You shouldn’t lose your home because someone loses a job. Not in America. And after a lifetime of hard work, you should be able to retire with some dignity and some security. That’s what we believe. – Michelle Obama
  • The one way to get me to work my hardest was to doubt me. – Michelle Obama
  • We have this window of opportunity; we have a chance to make something real happen. Something possible happen, to live beyond our fear — think about that, and help us. Help lift us up, help us fight this fight to change — transform — this country in a fundamental way…. This chance won’t come around again. – Michelle Obama
  • There is no magic to achievement. It’s really about hard work, choices and persistence. – Michelle Obama
  • 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
  • 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
  • Friendships between women, as any woman will tell you, are built of a thousand small kindnesses… swapped back and forth and over again. – Michelle Obama
  • 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. – Michelle Obama
  • 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
  • The lesson being that in life you control what you can. – Michelle Obama
  • If your family doesn’t have much money, I want you to remember that in this country, plenty of folks, including me and my husband. We started out with very little. But with a lot of hard work and a good education, anything is possible—even becoming President. That’s what the American Dream is all about. – Michelle Obama

Short Michelle Obama Quotes To Remember

  • 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 – Michelle Obama
  • Through my education, I didn’t just develop skills, I didn’t just develop the ability to learn but I developed confidence. – Michelle Obama
  • 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? – Michelle Obama
  • There is no limit to what we can accomplish. – Michelle Obama
  • 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
  • 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
  • The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more. – Michelle Obama
  • 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
  • Women in particular need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health, because if we’re scurrying to and from appointments and errands, we don’t have a lot of time to take care of ourselves. We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list. – Michelle Obama
  • One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody says distract you from your goals. – Michelle Obama
  • 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
  • I come here tonight as a sister, blessed with a brother who is my mentor, my protector and my lifelong friend. And I come here as a wife who loves my husband and believes he will be an extraordinary president. – Michelle Obama
  • Although the circumstances of our lives may seem very disengaged, with me standing here as the First Lady of the United States of America and you just getting through school, I want you to know we have very much in common. For nothing in my life ever would have predicted that I would be standing here as the first African-American First Lady. – Michelle Obama
  • Being your First Lady has been the greatest honor of my life, and I hope I’ve made you proud. – Michelle Obama
  • My job, I realized, was to be myself, to speak as myself. And so, I did. – Michelle Obama
  • Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own. – Michelle Obama
  • If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others. – Michelle Obama
  • 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
  • This may be the fundamental problem with caring a lot about what others think: It can put you on the established path. – Michelle Obama
  • Am I good enough? Yes, I am. – Michelle Obama
  • We needed now to be resolute, to keep our feet pointed in the direction of progress. – Michelle Obama
  • Everyone on Earth, they’d tell us, was carrying around an unseen history, and that alone deserved some tolerance. – Michelle Obama
  • 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
  • Time, as far as my father was concerned, was a gift you gave to other people. – Michelle Obama
  • The easiest way to disregard a woman’s voice is to package her as a scold. – Michelle Obama
  • Failure is a feeling long before it becomes an actual result – Michelle Obama
  • No one, I realized, was going to look out for me unless I pushed for it. – Michelle Obama