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A collection of quotes by Michelle Obama on decisions, fear, fashion, humor, success, inspiration, art, equality, family, women, focus, hope, politics and empowerment.

195 Michelle Obama Quotes That Hold A World Of Wisdom

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Michelle LeVaughn Robinson Obama, is a popular American writer and lawyer. She was the First Lady of United States from 2009 to 2017. Obama studied at ‘Princeton University’ and then attended ‘Harvard Law School’. She started her early legal career with ‘Sidley Austin’, a law firm. However, she came into prominence on the global stage during Barack Obama’s bid for the US presidency. She campaigned for her husband and delivered a number of speeches and keynote addresses that made her popular across the globe. Michelle Obama is an extremely eloquent speaker and throughout the duration of her time as the First Lady of the United States, she continued to deliver excellent speeches like those at the ‘Democratic National Convention’ events in 2012 and later on in 2016 where she spoke in support of the presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. She has been vocal about her thoughts and has expressed her views on varied subjects starting from nutrition, healthy eating, equality, poverty and fashion among other things. Let us browse through deceptively simple, sensible and inspirational quotes and thoughts by Michelle Obama that teach us to love ourselves, work for our community and speak our minds without the awe of judgement.

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

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

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

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

- Michelle Obama

Meryl Streep is exactly as awesome as you would imagine Meryl Streep to be.

- Michelle Obama

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

- Michelle Obama

I think our democracy has it exactly right: two terms, eight years. It's enough. Because it's important to have one foot in reality when you have access to this kind of power.

- Michelle Obama

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

I will not run for president. No, nope, not going to do it.

- Michelle Obama

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

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

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

Ultimately this issue is on us. We're the ones who make the decisions about what our kids eat.

- Michelle Obama

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

- Michelle Obama

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

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

- Michelle Obama

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

I specifically did not read other First Ladies' books, because I didn't want to be influenced by how they defined the role. I knew that I would have to find this role - very uniquely and specifically to me and who I was.

- Michelle Obama

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

I was a sociology major. And it had nothing to do necessarily with law, which is ultimately - I went to law school. But what I tried to do was choose something that I was passionate about or something that I cared about.

- Michelle Obama

Remember, it is not about voting for the perfect candidate - there is no such thing. Presidents are human.

- Michelle Obama

This healthy eating stuff, it's here to stay, and we now have everything we need to seize the opportunity and give all our kids the healthy futures they so richly deserve.

- Michelle Obama

Whether we're Democrats, Republicans, or independents - it does not matter. We all understand that an attack on any one of us is an attack on all of us.

- Michelle Obama

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

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

All of these young people have some kind of potential in them. And if we don't invest in them as a nation, regardless of where they come from or what color they are, if we don't invest in them, we lose.

- Michelle Obama

Kids are watching us. I experience it every single day. They hang on my every word, what I wear, what I say.

- Michelle Obama

I want kids to know: Don't wait for somebody to come along and tell you you're special. Because that may never happen.

- Michelle Obama

Barack knows the American Dream because he's lived it, and he wants everyone in this country to have that same opportunity, no matter who we are or where we're from or what we look like or who we love.

- Michelle Obama

For so many people, television and movies may be the only way they understand people who aren't like them.

- Michelle Obama

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

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

When they set off for their first day at their new school, I will never forget that winter morning as I watched our girls, just 7 and 10 years old, pile into those black SUVs with all those big men with guns.

- Michelle Obama

I can't play soccer, and I'm not a great swimmer. I won't drown, but you won't see me doing laps in a pool.

- Michelle Obama

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

People want to feel hopeful.

- 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

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

We're all bombarded with so many dietary messages that it's hard to find time to sort through all this information, but we do have time to take a look at our kids' plates.

- Michelle Obama

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

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

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

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

When it comes to social media, there are just times I turn off the world, you know. There are just some times you have to give yourself space to be quiet, which means you've got to set those phones down.

- Michelle Obama

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

- Michelle Obama

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

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

The notion that we have even one single veteran living on the streets should be just considered a travesty to all of us.

- Michelle Obama

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

- Michelle Obama

I hope that people around the world will be as inspired as I am to step up and to speak out on behalf of girls around the world who struggle to go to school.

- Michelle Obama

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

Whether you want to go into music, whether you want to be a lawyer, whether you want to be President of the United States, the bottom line for all of you is that you have got to get your education.

- Michelle Obama

Our love, our gratitude, our admiration for our men and women in uniform, our veterans and their families - all of that is bigger than any one party or any one election.

- Michelle Obama

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

Oh, I can't play soccer, and I'm not a great swimmer. I won't drown, but you won't see me doing laps in a pool.

- Michelle Obama

I am desperate for change - now - not in 8 years or 12 years, but right now.

- Michelle Obama

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

So we know that it's not enough for us to simply encourage more people to study abroad. We also need to make sure that they can actually afford it.

- Michelle Obama

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

For me, education was power.

- Michelle Obama

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

Elections aren't just about who votes but who doesn't vote.

- Michelle Obama

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

- Michelle Obama

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

I was not raised with wealth or resources or any social standing to speak of.

- Michelle Obama

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

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

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

- Michelle Obama

What I have never been afraid of is to be a little silly, and you can engage people that way. My view is, first you get them to laugh, then you get them to listen.

- Michelle Obama

I'm a fry lover.

- Michelle Obama

I always tell young girls, surround yourself with goodness. I learned early on how to get the haters out of my life.

- Michelle Obama

If I made a commitment, I stood by that commitment - and try to make it real. Because when you become leaders, the most important thing you have is your word, your trust. That's where respect comes from.

- Michelle Obama

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

- Michelle Obama

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

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

- 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

Public education is our greatest pathway to opportunity in America. So we need to invest in and strengthen our public universities today, and for generations to come.

- Michelle Obama

If proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream.

- Michelle Obama

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

- Michelle Obama

My kids are normal. If they could eat burgers and fries and ice cream every day, they would. And so would I. But that doesn't sustain us.

- Michelle Obama

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

America is just downright mean.

- Michelle Obama

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

- Michelle Obama

We as women, we have to understand that we know more, just even instinctively, than we think we do.

- Michelle Obama

Being president isn't anything like reality TV. It's not about sending insulting tweets or making fiery speeches; it's about whether or not the candidate can handle the awesome responsibility of leading this country.

- Michelle Obama

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

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

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

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

- Michelle Obama

Find people who will make you better.

- 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

The one way to get me to work my hardest was to doubt me.

- 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

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

- Michelle Obama

Our greatness has always come from people who expect nothing and take nothing for granted - folks who work hard for what they have, then reach back and help others after them.

- Michelle Obama

Choose people who lift you up.

- Michelle Obama

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

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

- Michelle Obama

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

- Michelle Obama