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292 Inspiring Quotes by Michelle Obama

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Wikipedia Summary for Michelle Obama

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (née Robinson; born January 17, 1964) is an American attorney and author who served as the First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She was the first African-American woman to serve in this position. She is married to the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.

Raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, Obama is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School. In her early legal career, she worked at the law firm Sidley Austin where she met Barack Obama. She subsequently worked in nonprofits and as the associate dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago as well as the vice president for Community and External Affairs of the University of Chicago Medical Center. Michelle married Barack in 1992, and together they have two daughters.

Obama campaigned for her husband's presidential bid throughout 2007 and 2008, delivering a keynote address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. She has subsequently delivered acclaimed speeches at the 2012, 2016, and 2020 conventions.

As first lady, Obama served as a role model for women and worked as an advocate for poverty awareness, education, nutrition, physical activity, and healthy eating. She supported American designers and was considered a fashion icon.\n\nAfter her husband's presidency, her influence remained high; in 2020, Obama topped Gallup's poll of the most admired woman in America for the third year running.

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Fashion is about so much more than just a pretty pair of pumps or the perfect hemline. For so many people across the country, it is a calling, it is a career, and it's a way they feed their families.

--Michelle Obama


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You do not keep American democracy in suspense. Because, look, too many people have marched and protested and fought and died for this democracy.

--Michelle Obama


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I wasn't going to let one person's opinion dislodge everything I thought I knew about myself.

--Michelle Obama


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You may live in the world as it is, but you can still work to create the world as it should be.

--Michelle Obama

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You see, at the end of the day, 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

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When a father puts in long hours at work, he's praised for being dedicated and ambitious. But when a mother stays late at the office, she's sometimes accused of being selfish, neglecting her kids.

--Michelle Obama

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I've always been a closet jock. With exercising, the more you do it, the more you get into it. And the more you see results, the more you're pushing for the next level.

--Michelle Obama

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Value everyone's contribution and treat everyone with respect.

--Michelle Obama

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Look how I'm managing, I wanted to say in those moments, to my audience of no one. Does everyone see that I'm pulling this off?

--Michelle Obama

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Here in America, we don't give in to our fears. We don't build up walls to keep people out.

--Michelle Obama






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I have to be in tune. All the time. I have to be in tune with my husband, where he is, how he's feeling. I have to be in tune with where my family is.

--Michelle Obama

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

--Michelle Obama

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If we truly believe that every girl in every corner of the globe is worthy of an education as our own daughters and granddaughters are, then we need to deepen our commitment to these efforts.

--Michelle Obama



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My husband will tell you one of the most frequent questions he gets from world leaders is, 'How's your wife's garden?'

--Michelle Obama



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Childhood obesity issue is critically important to me because it's critically important to the health and success of our kids, and of this nation, ultimately.

--Michelle Obama

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My mother's love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion, her intelligence reflected in my daughters.

--Michelle Obama



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Slowly but surely, we're beginning to turn the tide on childhood obesity in America. Together, we are inspiring leaders from every sector to take ownership of this issue.

--Michelle Obama

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Everyone on Earth, they'd tell us, was carrying around an unseen history, and that alone deserved some tolerance.

--Michelle Obama

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A lot of young people think they're invincible, but the truth is young people are knuckleheads... Now young people can get insurance for as little as $50 a month, less than the cost of gym shoes.

--Michelle Obama

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When it comes to the qualifications that we should demand of our president, to start with, we need someone who will take the job seriously.

--Michelle Obama

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Meeting Nelson Mandela gave me the perspective I needed…that real change happens slowly, not just over months and years but over decades and lifetimes.

--Michelle Obama

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It's been so important that the Chamber of Commerce, for example, has hosted hiring fairs that are specifically targeted to military communities.

--Michelle Obama

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We were decades, still, from a time when a simple Google search would bring up a head-spinning array of charts, statistics, and medical explainers that either gave or took away hope.

--Michelle Obama

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That is my wish, hope, instruction for all of you: Take your education seriously, okay? Always do that. Because I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for my education.

--Michelle Obama

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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

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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.

--Michelle Obama

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Barack Obama was late on day one.

--Michelle Obama




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It's all about, you know, continuing to get to know ourselves in a very diverse and complicated country that is America. It is a wonderful place to live. But because it is so diverse, our challenges are complex.

--Michelle Obama


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The lesson being that in life, you control what you can.

--Michelle Obama

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You don't have to be somebody different to be important. You're important in your own right.

--Michelle Obama

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Remember a few years ago when Congress declared that the sauce on a slice of pizza should count as a vegetable in school lunches? You don't have to be a nutritionist to know that this doesn't make much sense.

--Michelle Obama


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My happiness is tied to how I feel about myself.

--Michelle Obama

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At the end of the day my most important job is still mom-in-chief.

--Michelle Obama



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If I can have any impact, I want women to feel good about themselves and have fun with fashion.

--Michelle Obama


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There is no magic to achievement. It's really about hard work, choices, and persistence.

--Michelle Obama

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I was a box-checker -- marching to the resolute beat of effort results, effort results -- a devoted follow of the established path.

--Michelle Obama



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At the root of this dilemma is the way we view mental health in this country. Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg or your brain, it's still an illness, and there should be no distraction.
-- Michelle Obama.

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Another suggestion is to cook a meal, maybe not every night, but a couple more times a week than you usually do. That way you have leftovers, and you take your lunch to work.

--Michelle Obama

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Failure is an important part of your growth. Don't be afraid to fail.

--Michelle Obama


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I didn't want them ever to believe that life began when the man of the house arrived home. We didn't wait for Dad. It was his job now to catch up with us.

--Michelle Obama

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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



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Service is a limitless opportunity, it is the reason why we breathe.

--Michelle Obama

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I considered all these people, current and former staff, to be family. And I was so proud of what we'd done.

--Michelle Obama

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But we need a medical community that's trained and knowledgeable and working on advancement.

--Michelle Obama

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I want a president with a record of public service: someone whose life's work shows our children that we don't chase form and fortune for ourselves; we fight to give everyone a chance to succeed.

--Michelle Obama

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I've seen firsthand that being president doesn't change who you are. It reveals who you are.

--Michelle Obama

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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.

--Michelle Obama

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I tell this to my girls all the time: This journey we're on is a once -- in -- a -- lifetime opportunity.

--Michelle Obama

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You've got to vote, vote, vote, vote. That's it; that's the way we move forward. That's how we make progress for ourselves and for our country.

--Michelle Obama

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What I tell my kids is, 'I'm preparing you for college and for life. So, having independence, knowing how to set your own boundaries, figuring out how to make that balance. We still have screen-time rules.'

--Michelle Obama

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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

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I admit it: I am louder than the average human being and have no fear of speaking my mind. These traits don't come from the color of my skin but from an unwavering belief in my own intelligence.

--Michelle Obama

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I love that we can trust Barack to do what he says he's going to do, even when it's hard -- especially when it's hard.

--Michelle Obama

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My happiness is measured against my kids' happiness -- when they're in a good place, I feel really good.

--Michelle Obama


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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


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Sometimes, it's just easier to say yes to that extra snack or dessert, because frankly, it is exhausting to keep saying no. It's exhausting to plead with our kids to eat just one more bite of vegetables.

--Michelle Obama


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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 view myself as being the average woman. While I am first lady, I wasn't first lady my whole life. I'm a product of pop culture. I'm a consumer of pop culture, and I know what resonates with people.

--Michelle Obama

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Don't worry about what candidates have done or said, just vote for the Democrats. Then, afterwards, you can go eat fried chicken.

--Michelle Obama


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No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful.

--Michelle Obama

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Barack is one of the smartest people you will ever encounter who will deign to enter this messy thing called politics.

--Michelle Obama

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They were me, as I'd once been. And I was them, as they could be.

--Michelle Obama



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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


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When they go low, we go high.

--Michelle Obama


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My message to women: Do what makes you feel good, because there'll always be someone who thinks you should do it differently. Whether your choices are hits or misses, at least they're your own.

--Michelle Obama

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Every day, the people I meet inspire me... every day, they make me proud... every day they remind me how blessed we are to live in the greatest nation on earth.

--Michelle Obama




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One of the things I've done personally is bring my girlfriends into my health and fitness journeys.

--Michelle Obama

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As women, we must stand up for ourselves. We must stand up for each other. We must stand up for justice for all.

--Michelle Obama

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To be a good parent, you need to take care of yourself so that you can have the physical and emotional energy to take care of your family.

--Michelle Obama

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Choose people who lift you up.

--Michelle Obama

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Style helps distinguish you ... It's a great potential opportunity that people tend to leave by the wayside.

--Michelle Obama


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We can't afford not to educate girls and give women the power and the access that they need.

--Michelle Obama

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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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Through my education, I didn't just develop skills, I didn't just develop the ability to learn, but I developed confidence.

--Michelle Obama

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What I admire most about Hillary is that she never buckles under pressure. She never takes the easy way out. And Hillary Clinton has never quit on anything in her life.

--Michelle Obama

Longer Version:

What I admire most about Hillary is that she never buckles under pressure. She never takes the easy way out. And Hillary Clinton has never quit on anything in her life. And when I think about the kind of president that I want for my girls and all our children, that's what I want.


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There's power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice.

--Michelle Obama

Longer Version:

There's power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there's grace in being willing to know and hear others. This, for me, is how we become.





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I think Hillary Clinton is a phenomenal woman, and I've gotten to know her, and I think she's made some pretty major contributions over the course of her life.

--Michelle Obama

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I know what it feels like to struggle to get the education that you need.

--Michelle Obama



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You don't have to be a renowned artist like Q-Tip to try your hand at poetry. You don't need any special equipment -- that's the beauty of it.

--Michelle Obama




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

--Michelle Obama

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For me exercise is more than just physical, it's therapeutic.

--Michelle Obama

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Even my husband is happier when I'm happy. He has always said, "You figure out what you want to do," because he's discovered that personal happiness is connected to everything.

--Michelle Obama



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My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my 'blackness' than ever before.

--Michelle Obama

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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.



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It's always positive to hear how many people are willing to step up -- whether it is the employment community, mental health community, or medical community.

--Michelle Obama


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Becoming requires equal parts patience and rigor. Becoming is never giving up on the idea that there's more growing to be done.

--Michelle Obama

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We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do' list.

--Michelle Obama

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I've wanted to ask my detractors which part of that phrase matters to them the most -- is it "angry" or "black" or "woman"?

--Michelle Obama

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Do not die in the history of your past hurts and past experiences, but live in the now and future of your destiny.

--Michelle Obama

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The issues that cross a president's desk are never easy. The easy questions don't even get to the president.

--Michelle Obama

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I hate fund-raising. Haaaaate it. Hate, hate it.

--Michelle Obama

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There's a power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there's a grace in being willing to know and hear others.

--Michelle Obama

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I think I'm pretty smart. I think I'm pretty clever. But there's a lot that you hone in on when you finish your education.

--Michelle Obama

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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.

--Michelle Obama

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I say this everywhere I go: I admire and respect Hillary. She has been a lawyer, a law professor, First Lady of Arkansas, First Lady of the United States, a U.S. Senator, Secretary of State.

--Michelle Obama





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It's all about patience and persistence -- you often have to expose a child to a new food numerous times before he or she will begin to like it. So keep trying!

--Michelle Obama

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Wounded Warriors tell me they're not just going to walk again, they're going to run, and they're going to run marathons!

--Michelle Obama

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Talking is good. Conversations have to be forever.

--Michelle Obama

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It's all a process,steps along a path. Becoming requires equal parts patience and rigor. Becoming is never giving up on the idea that there's more growing to be done.

--Michelle Obama

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I would be depressed if I felt I could never eat the things that I love. I also don't want my girls to be obsessed about food.

--Michelle Obama

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And then there's this guy, Barack Obama, who lost -- I could take up a whole afternoon talking about his failures, but -- he lost his first race for Congress, and now he gets to call himself my husband.

--Michelle Obama

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What struck me was how assured he seemed of his own direction in life. He was oddly free from doubt, though at first glance it was hard to understand why.

--Michelle Obama

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He was like a wind that threatened to unsettle everything.

--Michelle Obama



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Success isn't about how your life looks to others. It's about how it feels to you.

--Michelle Obama


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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


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People want to feel hopeful.

--Michelle Obama

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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


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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

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I didn't want the details: I just wanted to know how to feel.

--Michelle Obama

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The need to situate someone inside his or her ethnicity and the frustration that comes when it can't be easily done.

--Michelle Obama

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I was astonished to see how our leaders treated him only as a threat to their power, inciting mistrust by playing on backward, anti-intellectual ideas about race and class.

--Michelle Obama


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That's where you just have to get creative. There are all these trampoline parks and there's bowling and there's roller skating.

--Michelle Obama

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I am a sleeper. When you wake up at 4:30 in the morning to do a workout, you're sleepy at 8 in the evening. By 10 o'clock at the latest, I'm in bed.

--Michelle Obama


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It's hard to put into words what sometimes you pick up in the ether, the quiet, cruel nuances of not belonging- the subtle cues that tell you to not risk anything, to find your people and just stay put.

--Michelle Obama

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America is just downright mean.

--Michelle Obama





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We've gotten commitments from medical schools, from nursing schools, to step up and increase that pool of knowledgeable individuals.

--Michelle Obama


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We have an obligation to fight for the world as it should be.

--Michelle Obama

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We were so young, so in love, and so in debt.

--Michelle Obama

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When you're not engaged in the day-to-day struggles that everybody feels, you slowly start losing touch. And I think it's important for the people in the White House to have a finger on the pulse.

--Michelle Obama

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I think in the end, I want to make sure that my kids come out of this thing on the other end in one piece. But I also know that that's how the rest of the country feels as well, so for that I am grateful.

--Michelle Obama

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Promotion Does not Change you, it Reveals who you are.

--Michelle Obama

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It was clear to me that if I could get through Princeton at the top of my class, I could do anything in the world.

--Michelle Obama

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Good relationships feel good. They feel right. They don't hurt.

--Michelle Obama




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Barack didn't pledge riches, only a life that would be interesting. On that promise he delivered.

--Michelle Obama

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As a kid, you learn to measure long before you understand the size or value of anything. Eventually, if you're lucky, you learn that you've been measuring all wrong.

--Michelle Obama


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Be passionate about something and lean to that strength.

--Michelle Obama

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

--Michelle Obama

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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

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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

Longer Version:

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. I became a mother, but I still have a lot to learn from and give to my children. I became a wife, but I continue to adapt to and be humbled by what it means to truly love and make a life with another person. I have become, by certain measures, a person of power, and yet there are moments still when I feel insecure or unheard.



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To me, Southside was as big as heaven. And heaven, as I envisioned it, had to be a place full of jazz.

--Michelle Obama

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Women and girls can do whatever they want. There is no limit to what we as women can accomplish.

--Michelle Obama

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Every scar that you have is a reminder not just that you got hurt, but that you survived.

--Michelle Obama

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Policies that support families aren't political issues. They're personal. They're the causes I carry with me every single day.

--Michelle Obama




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I always say that women should wear whatever makes them feel good about themselves. That's what I always try to do.

--Michelle Obama

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Don't judge. I used to buy underwear because I didn't do my laundry.

--Michelle Obama



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I was ambitious, though I didn't know exactly what I was shooting for.

--Michelle Obama

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I've seen how the issues that come across a president's desk are always the hard ones -- the problems where no amount of data or numbers will get you to the right answer.

--Michelle Obama

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Talent and effort, combined with our various backgrounds and life experiences, has always been the lifeblood of our singular American genius.

--Michelle Obama


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History has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.

--Michelle Obama

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Some of my best memories are sitting on my dad's lap, cheering on Olga and Nadia, Carl Lewis and others for their brilliance and perfection.

--Michelle Obama

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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

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I have the privilege of working on the issues that I choose and the issues that I feel most passionate about. It's been a privilege.

--Michelle Obama

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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

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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.

--Michelle Obama






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People change because of kids. They change how they eat. They change the way they think. They change the way they see one another.

--Michelle Obama



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We need a president who will choose to do what's best for the country, even when it doesn't personally benefit them.

--Michelle Obama



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And I come here as a daughter, raised on the South Side of Chicago -- by a father who was a blue-collar city worker and a mother who stayed at home with my brother and me.

--Michelle Obama

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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

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I was fuming, my ego bruised more than anything. My only thought, in the moment, was I'll show you.

--Michelle Obama

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If I point to anything that makes me who I am, it's that I have a whole lot of common sense. I've got a good mind and a good ability to read people and situations.

--Michelle Obama

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Do not be afraid to ask for help. Nobody gets through college on their own.

--Michelle Obama

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We need all hands on deck, and that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

--Michelle Obama


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I try to tell young people to get in shape now, because it's easier. If you're 30 and want to drop 10 pounds, all you have to do is just walk.

--Michelle Obama

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At fifty-four, I am still in progress, and I hope that I always will be.

--Michelle Obama

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Working with our military community has been the biggest honor of my life.

--Michelle Obama






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I believe that each of us-no matter what our age or background or walk of life-each of us has something to contribute to the life of this nation.

--Michelle Obama

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I don't, as my mom would say, sweat the small stuff in our relationship. Because when I think of day-to-day irritations that you might have with the one you love, they're nothing compared to the bigger task at hand.

--Michelle Obama

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Believe it or not, when we were first married, our combined monthly student loan bills were actually higher than our mortgage.

--Michelle Obama





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Our veterans who fall on hard times and find themselves without a home deserve more than just handwringing or kind words. They deserve real help that gets them back on their feet.

--Michelle Obama




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My sense is that being a First Lady is a full-time job, but I'll know more when the time comes.

--Michelle Obama



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Good health is multifaceted -- it's physical, it's internal, it's my diet, and my emotional state. It's all tied in together.

--Michelle Obama





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Communities and countries and ultimately the world are only as strong as the health of their women.

--Michelle Obama



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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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I tried to be a serious student and not procrastinate, but I was still somebody that would be described as somebody who liked to have fun, too, and go to the occasional party -- or two or three.

--Michelle Obama

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Do we settle for the world as it is or do we work for the world as it should be?

--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



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I think employers need help in understanding how to translate a military career.

--Michelle Obama


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Not being afraid to be wrong -- I had to learn how to do that.

--Michelle Obama





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Like so many American families, our families weren't asking for much. They didn't begrudge anyone else's success or care that others had much more than they did, in fact, they admired it.

--Michelle Obama

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My happiness isn't connected to my husband's or my boss's or my children's behavior. You have control over your own actions, your own well-being.

--Michelle Obama


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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

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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

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

--Michelle Obama



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