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Inspiring quotes by Barack Obama on change, progress, freedom, patriotism and other things.

99 Inspiring Quotes By Barack Obama That Will Uplift Your Spirits

Quick Facts

Famous As: 44th U.S. President

Born On: August 4, 1961

Born In: Honolulu, Hawai, USA

Founder / Co Founder: Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate Change, National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, Developing Communities Project, President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault

Barack Hussein Obama II is a politician from the United States, who went on to become the 44th President of the country in 2008 and is considered to be an iconic figure in world politics for becoming the first African-American person to become the US President. Obama studied at the prestigious Columbia University and then went to Harvard University to study law. After working as a lawyer and then as a law teacher at University of Chicago, Obame went into politics. He is a multi-talented man and is considered among one of the greatest orators of his generation. Obama’s rousing speeches during his presidential campaign are regarded as one of the primary reasons why he won the Democratic candidature and then the Presidential election of 2008. He served two terms as the President of the United States from 2008 and 2016, during which he accomplished a lot and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. Obama is a man of rare talent and was often seen in public places with common Americans. He also wrote the book ‘The Audacity of Hope’ that went on to become hugely popular. Here are some of the best quotes from one of the greatest orators and world leaders of the 21st century.

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Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

Barack Obama

A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.

Barack Obama

We are the change we have been waiting for.

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In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

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In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it.

Barack Obama

If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress.

Barack Obama

There's not a liberal America and a conservative America - there's the United States of America.

Barack Obama

We don't ask you to believe in our ability to bring change, rather, we ask you to believe in yours.

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Nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.

Barack Obama

Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. And it will leave you unfulfilled.

Barack Obama

Why can't I just eat my waffle?

Barack Obama

It’s important to make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.

Barack Obama

Our stories may be singular, but our destination is shared.

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You can put lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig.

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While we breathe, we will hope.

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Change we need

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The worst thing that colonialism did was to cloud our view of our past.

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A lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me.

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You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.

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Where you are right now doesn't have to determine where you'll end up

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A nation that can't control its energy sources can't control its future.

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Change is never easy, but always possible.

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We may not be able to stop evil in the world, but how we treat one another is entirely up to us.

Barack Obama

Cynicism is a sorry kind of wisdom.

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My identity might begin with the fact of my race, but it didn't, couldn't end there. At least that's what I would choose to believe.

Barack Obama

All too rarely do I hear people asking just what it is that we've done to make so many children's hearts so hard, or what collectively we might do to right their moral compass - what values we must live by.

Barack Obama

We will outstretch the hand if you unclench your fist.

Barack Obama

It's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.

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What Washington Needs is Adult Supervision.

Barack Obama

There is no excuse for not trying.

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To those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices. I need your help. And I will be your president, too.

Barack Obama

My little girls can break my heart. They can make me cry just looking at them eating their string beans.

Barack Obama

Someone once said that every man is trying to live up to his father's expectations or make up for their father's mistakes....

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You might be locked in a world not of your own making, her eyes said, but you still have a claim on how it is shaped. You still have responsibilities.

Barack Obama

Each of us deserves the freedom to pursue our own version of happiness. No one deserves to be bullied.

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At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever, for the better

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Each path to knowledge involves different rules and these rules are not interchangeable.

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I wish the country had fewer lawyers and more engineers.

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We may come from different places and have different stories, but we share common hopes, and one very American dream.

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But you see, a rich country like America can perhaps afford to be stupid.

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I've got daughters. Nine years old and six years old. First of all, I'm gonna teach them about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don't want them PUNISHED with a baby.

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I think perhaps education doesn’t do us much good unless it is mixed with sweat.

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Let me tell your something. I'm from Chicago. I don't break.

Barack Obama

It's not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

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For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness.

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Words do inspire.

Barack Obama

The best anti-poverty program is a world-class education.

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If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists – to protect them and to promote their common welfare – all else is lost.

Barack Obama

This shit would be really interesting if we weren't in the middle of it.

Barack Obama

It [is] that courage that Africa most desperately needs.

Barack Obama

To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West - know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy.

Barack Obama

Make away out of no way

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I'm so overexposed, I'm making Paris Hilton look like a recluse.

Barack Obama

There's nobody to guide through the process of becoming a man... to explain to them the meaning of manhood. And that's a recipe for disaster.

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It was as if he had come to mistrust words somehow. Words, and the sentiments words carried.

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Over the last fifteen months we've traveled to every corner of the United States. I've now been to fifty-seven states. I think, one left to go.

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We've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope. But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

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We cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself...

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I will cut taxes - cut taxes - for 95 percent of all working families, because, in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class.

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The title of Reverend Wright’s sermon that morning was “The Audacity of Hope.

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All the education and good intentions in the world couldn’t help plug up the holes in the universe or give you the power to change its blind, mindless course.

Barack Obama

And it's safe to assume that those in power would think longer and harder about launching a war if they envisioned their own sons and daughters in harm's way.

Barack Obama

Although the principle of equality has always been self-evident, it has never been self-executing.

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What makes a man is not the ability to have a child but having the courage to raise one.

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You have the ability and gifts to do whatever you want". It is your turn now to change the world. Yes we can!

Barack Obama

Reading is important. If you know how to read then the whole world opens up to you

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Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost; a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.

Barack Obama

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors.

Barack Obama

Scientists and engineers ought to stand side by side with athletes and entertainers as role models.

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I'm the President, but he's The Boss.

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Five days a week, she came into my room at four in the morning, force-fed me breakfast, and proceeded to teach me my English lessons for three hours before I left for school and she went to work.

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This victory alone is not the change we seek; it is only the chance for us to make that change.

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Better to be strong,' he [Lolo] said...'if you can't be strong, be clever and make peace with someone who's strong. But always better to be strong yourself.

Barack Obama

What I could not support was "a dumb war, a rash war, a war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics".

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We are a people of improbable hope.

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All this marked them as vaguely liberal, although their ideas would never congeal into anything like a firm ideology; in this, too, they were American.

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When our government is spoken of as some menacing, threatening foreign entity, it ignores the fact that, in our democracy, government is us.

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Change won't come from the top, Change will come from mobilized grassroots.

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Religious freedom doesn't mean you can force others to live by your own beliefs.

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In the face of our common dangers, in this wintr of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come.

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If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.

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Be conscious of God and speak always the truth,

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This is the moment we must come together to save this planet. Let us resolve that we will not leave our children a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands.

Barack Obama

Let it be told to the future world that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet it.

Barack Obama

We will restore science to its rightful place and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost.

Barack Obama

It was like - It was like Special Olympics or something.

Barack Obama

Don't let your failures define you.

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But by the end of two years, most have either changed careers or moved to suburban schools - a consequence of low pay, a lack of support from the educational bureaucracy, and a pervasive feeling of isolation.

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It's in the misery of some unnamed slum that the next killer virus will emerge.

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So, let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look over not only ourselves, but each other.

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The big house and the nice suits and the other things that our money culture says you should buy ... betrays a poverty of ambition.

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What matters is how well we have loved.

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Doubtful of what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.

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I realized that in some unspoken, still tentative way, she and I were already becoming a family.

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When I was a kid I inhaled frequently. That was the point.

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In the end, that's what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?

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Change has come!

Barack Obama