65 Inspirational Michelle Obama Quotes [2021] First African-American First Lady

65 Inspirational Michelle Obama Quotes [2021] First African-American First Lady

Michelle Obama is an American Attorney and Author, and an influential personality.

Michelle is the wife of former President Barack Obama. She was the first African-American woman who served as the first lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017.

"American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America" is a book by First Lady of the US Michelle Obama published in 2012. As a US first lady, Michelle Obama served as a role model for women and worked as an advocate for poverty awareness, education, fitness, and pure healthy eating.

We've put together an incredible collection of Michelle Obama quotes to read.

Here they are:


List of Inspiring Michelle Obama Quotes

The burden of assimilation is put largely on the shoulders of minority students.

Even white people were recognizing him now.

It was painful, but time pushed us all forward.

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.

As Americans obsessed over the threat of terrorism, many were overlooking the racism and tribalism that were tearing our nation apart.

When you’re First Lady, America shows itself to you in its extremes.

No matter what, you give everybody a fair shake, and when somebody needs a hand, you offer yours

I was deeply, delightfully in love with a guy whose forceful intellect and ambition could possibly end up swallowing mine.

You don’t really know how attached you are until you move away, until you’ve experienced what it means to be dislodged, a cork floating on the ocean of another place.

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

I like the idea of being rigorous about friendship

It was as if he’d surrendered a part of himself as a way of coping.

Fulfillment, I’m sure, struck her as a rich person’s conceit.

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

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.

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

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

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

Am I good enough? Yes I am

I now tried out a new hypothesis: It was possible that I was more in charge of my happiness than I was allowing myself to be

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

I am not loud, I just have a lot to say

They’re not special at all. The South Side is filled with kids like that.

And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others. This, for me, is how we become.

Marriage, he told me early on, struck him as an unnecessary and overhyped convention.

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

When they go low, we go high

I've learned that it's harder to hate up close.

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

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

You find ways to adapt. If you’re in it forever, there’s really no choice.

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

When somebody walks up to me, don't look around, don't look beyond them. Look them in the eye, take in the story

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

If there's one thing I've learned in life, it's the power of using your voice

But as I’ve said, failure is a feeling long before it’s an actual result.

Empower yourselves with a good education, then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise.

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?

I just wanted to achieve. Or maybe I didn't want to be dismissed as incapable of achievement.

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

No one, I realized, was going to look out for me unless I pushed for it.

Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own

It felt perverse, how the world just carried on. How everyone was still here, except for my Suzanne.

Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives

I am coming down from the mountaintop to tell every young person that is poor and working-class, and has been told regardless of the color of your skin that you don't belong, don't listen to them. They don't even know how they got at those seats

Most people were good people if you just treated them well.

It was one thing to get yourself out of a stuck place, I realized. It was another thing entirely to try and get the place itself unstuck

You’ve got to be twice as good to get half as far.

Here’s a memory, which like most memories is imperfect and subjective—collected long ago like a beach pebble and slipped into the pocket of my mind.

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

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.

We have to find a way to continue to lift other women up in our worlds and in our lives as much as possible

When you've worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you

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

Changing the big picture takes time.. and the best thing 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

I wasn’t going to let one person’s opinion dislodge everything I thought I knew about myself. Instead, I switched my method without changing my goal.

Strong men, strong men, men who are truly role models, don’t need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful

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

My most important title is still mom-in-chief. My daughters are still the heart of my heart and the center of my world.

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

Failure is an important part of your growth and developing resilience. Don’t be afraid to fail

What I notice about men, all men, is that their order is me, my family, God is in there somewhere, but me is first.

We need to do a better job putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list

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 s*it doesn't work all the time

You reach back and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.

Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story

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