A Set of Top 100 Michelle Obama Quotes

Michelle Obama, a former first lady (2009-2017) of the USA, is a renowned American lawyer and writer. Few popular books written by Michelle Obama include Becoming, American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America, Farewell Speeches, and Believe In The Possibility: The Words of Michelle Obama. Here you’re going to read some inspiring Michelle Obama quotes on education, women, love, leadership, marriage, hope, success, friendship and about Barack Obama.

Michelle Obama quotes on marriage and relationship

Michelle Obama Quotes on Marriage

“Even a happy marriage can be a vexation, that it’s a contract best renewed and renewed again, even quietly and privately- even alone.” – Michelle Obama

“For me, marriage was more like a full-on merger, a reconfiguring of two lives into one, with the well-being of a family taking precedence over any one agenda or goal.” – Michelle Obama

“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”. – Michelle Obama

“Marriage, he told me early on, struck him as an unnecessary and overhyped convention.” – 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 that you choose. It’s with the people you surround yourselves with.” – Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama Quotes about Women

Michelle Obama Quotes on Women

“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.” – Michele 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

“And yet, if there was any question about how women in general fared on Planet Politics, one needed only to look at how Nancy Pelosi, the smart and hard-driving Speaker of the House of Representatives, was often depicted as a shrew or what Hillary Clinton was enduring as cable pundits and opinion writers hashed and rehashed each development in the campaign. Hillary’s gender was used against her relentlessly, drawing from all the worst stereotypes. She was called domineering, a nag, a bitch.” – Michelle Obama

“I knew from my own life experience that when someone shows genuine interest in your learning and development, even if only for ten minutes in a busy day, it matters. It matters especially for women, for minorities, for anyone society is quick to overlook.” – Michelle Obama

“It’s remarkable how a stereotype functions as an actual trap. How many “angry black women” have been caught in the circular logic of that phrase? When you aren’t being listened to, why wouldn’t you get louder? If you’re written off as angry or emotional, doesn’t that just cause more of the same?” – Michelle Obama

“Women endure entire lifetimes of these indignities—in the form of catcalls, groping, assault, oppression. These things injure us. They sap our strength. Some of the cuts are so small they’re barely visible. Others are huge and gaping, leaving scars that never heal. Either way, they accumulate. We carry them everywhere, to and from school and work, at home while raising our children, at our places of worship, anytime we try to advance.” – Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama Quotes on Love

“It sounds a little like a bad joke, doesn’t it? What happens when a solitude-loving individualist marries an outgoing family woman who does not love solitude one bit?” – Michelle Obama

“We choose love. Our love for our children. Our commitment to leaving them a better world. Our love for our country which has given us so many blessings and advantages.” – Michelle Obama

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

“When we fight now, it’s far less dramatic, often more efficient, and always with our love for each other, no matter how strained, still in sight.” – Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama quotes on leadership and management

“The more popular you became, the more haters you acquired.” – Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama quotes on leadership

“Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.” – Michelle Obama

“People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together.” – Michelle Obama

“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

Michelle Obama Quotes on Hope

“Do we settle for the world as it is, or do we work for the world as it should be?” – 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

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

“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

“Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered.” – Michelle Obama

“I have had to learn that my voice has value. And if I don’t use it, what’s the point of being in the room?” – Michelle Obama

“If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.” – Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama Quotes on Success

“For every door that’s been opened to me, I’ve tried to open my door to others. And here is what I have to say, finally: Let’s invite one another in. Maybe then we can begin to fear less, to make fewer wrong assumptions, to let go of the biases and stereotypes that unnecessarily divide us. Maybe we can better embrace the ways we are the same.” – Michelle Obama

“My early successes in life were, I knew, a product of the consistent love and high expectations with which I was surrounded as a child, both at home and at school.” – Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama Quotes on Friendship

“I like the idea of being rigorous about friendship – 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

“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

Michelle Obama quotes about education and learning

“If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.” – Michelle Obama

“For every door that’s been opened to me, I’ve tried to open my door to others. And here is what I have to say, finally: Let’s invite one another in.” – 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

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

“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

“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. And so 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

Michelle Obama quotes on education and learning

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

“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

“We all play a role in this democracy. We need to remember the power of every vote. I continue, too, to keep myself connected to a force that’s larger and more potent than any one election, or leader, or news story—and that’s optimism. For me, this is a form of faith, an antidote to fear.” – Michelle Obama

“It’s easier to hold onto your own stereotypes and misconceptions, it makes you feel justified in your own ignorance.” – Michelle Obama

“Minority and underprivileged students rise to the challenge all the time—but it takes energy. It takes energy to be the only black person in a lecture hall or one of a few nonwhite people trying out for a play or joining an intramural team. It requires effort, an extra level of confidence, to speak in those settings and own your presence in the room.” – Michelle Obama

“Focus on what you can control. Be a good person every day.” – Michelle Obama

“Life was teaching me that progress and change happen slowly. Not in two years, four years, or even a lifetime.” – Michelle Obama

“Kids wake up each day believing in the goodness of things, in the magic of what might be. They’re uncynical, believers at their core. We owe it to them to stay strong and keep working to create a more fair and humane world. For them, we need to remain both tough and hopeful, to acknowledge that there’s more growing to be done.” – Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama Quotes about Barack 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

“America would bring to Barack Obama the same questions my cousin was unconsciously putting to me that day on the stoop: Are you what you appear to be?” – Michelle Obama

“So many of my friends judged potential mates from the outside in, focusing first on their looks and financial prospects. If it turned out the person they’d chosen wasn’t a good communicator or was uncomfortable with being vulnerable, they seemed to think time or marriage vows would fix the problem. But Barack arrived in my life a wholly formed person. From our very first conversation, he’d shown me that he wasn’t self-conscious about expressing fear or weakness and that he valued being truthful.” – Michelle Obama

“I began to understand that his version of hope reached far beyond mine: It was one thing to get yourself out of a stick place, I realized. It was another thing entirely to try and get the place itself unstuck.” – Michelle Obama

“Barack intrigued me. He was not like anyone I’d dated before, mainly because he seemed so secure. He was openly affectionate. He told me I was beautiful. He made me feel good. To me, he was sort of like a unicorn—unusual to the point of seeming almost unreal. He never talked about material things, like buying a house or a car or even new shoes.” – 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

“I’ve smiled for photos with people who call my husband horrible names on national television, but still want a framed keepsake for their mantel.” – Michelle Obama

“Despite my resistance to the hype that had preceded him, I found myself admiring Barack for both his self-assuredness and his earnest demeanor. He was refreshing, unconventional, and weirdly elegant.” – Michelle Obama

“Barack insisted that we pay for everything ourselves, using what we’d saved from his book royalties. As long as I’ve known him, he’s been this way: extra-vigilant when it comes to matters of money and ethics, holding himself to a higher standard than even what’s dictated by law. There’s an age-old maxim in the black community: You’ve got to be twice as good to get half as far. As the first African American family in the White House, we were being viewed as representatives of our race. Any error or lapse in judgment, we knew, would be magnified, read as something more than it was.” – Michelle Obama

“It was a phrase borrowed from a book he’d read when he first started out as an organizer, and it would stay with me for years. It was as close as I’d come to understanding what motivated Barack. The world as it should be.” – Michelle Obama

“Though we’d argued over the drain of his political career on our family for years now, I did love and trust Barack.” – Michelle Obama

“Barack’s safety was something I didn’t want to think about, let alone discuss.” – Michelle Obama

“Barack was a black man in America, after all. I didn’t really think he could win.” – Michelle Obama

“For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. And I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction.” – Michelle Obama

“Each time Barack and I left his office, we felt a bit more connected. I began to see that there were ways I could be happier and that they didn’t necessarily need to come from Barack’s quitting politics in order to take some nine-to-six foundation job.” – Michelle Obama

“His money went largely toward books, which to him were like sacred objects, providing ballast for his mind.” – Michelle Obama

“This would be the only time in eight years that he’d request my presence in the middle of a workday, the two of us rearranging our schedules to be alone together for a moment of dim comfort. Usually, work was work and home was home, but for us, as for many people, the tragedy in Newtown shattered every window and blew down every fence. When I walked into the Oval Office, Barack and I embraced silently. There was nothing to say. No words.” – Michelle Obama

“As Barack often said, what we were doing wasn’t just about a single election. It was about making politics better for the future—less money-driven,” – Michelle Obama

“Barack’s head was an overpacked suitcase of information, a mainframe from which he could seemingly pull disparate bits of data at will.” – Michelle Obama

“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

Read some more inspiring quotes by Michelle Obama

“Just do what works for you, because there will always be someone who thinks differently…” – Michelle Obama

“Even if we didn’t know the context, we were instructed to remember that context existed.” – Michelle Obama

“Bullies were scared people hiding inside scary people.” – Michelle Obama

“Dominance, even the threat of it, is a form of dehumanization. It’s the ugliest kind of power.” – Michelle Obama

“Real change comes from having enough comfort to be really honest and say something very uncomfortable.”  – Michelle Obama

“The easiest way to disregard a woman’s voice is to package her as a scold.” – Michelle Obama

“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.” – Michelle Obama

“We simply do not allow space in our hearts, minds, or souls for darkness.” – 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

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

“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.” – Michelle Obama

“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

“Grief and resilience live together.” – Michelle Obama

“Being smart is cooler than anything in the world.” – 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

“Optics would always rule our lives.” – Michelle Obama

“We live by the paradigms we know.” – Michelle Obama

“Kids know at a very young age when they’re being devalued, when adults aren’t invested enough to help them learn. Their anger over it can manifest itself as unruliness. It’s hardly their fault. They aren’t “bad kids.” They’re just trying to survive bad circumstances.” – Michelle Obama

“There’s a power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice.” – Michelle Obama

“You find ways to adapt. If you’re in it forever, there’s really no choice.” – Michelle Obama

“The same sun comes up, but looking slightly different from what you know.” – Michelle Obama

“Maybe you spend the whole day considering new ways to live before finally you fit every window back into its frame and empty your bucket of Pine-Sol into the sink. And maybe now all your certainty returns, because yes, truly, it’s spring and once again you’ve made the choice to stay.” – Michelle Obama

“Even standing on the far edge of the vortex, you still felt its spin.” – Michelle Obama

“Inspiration on its own was shallow; you had to back it up with hard work.” – Michelle Obama

“You don’t know that when a memo arrives to confirm the assignment, some deep and unseen fault line in your life has begun to tremble, that some hold is already starting to slip.” – Michelle Obama

“The burden of assimilation is put largely on the shoulders of minority students. In my experience, it’s a lot to ask.” – Michelle Obama

“If you were a girl with a brain and a dawning sense that you wanted to grow into something more than a wife, Mary Tyler Moore was your goddess.” – Michelle Obama

“You got somewhere by building that better reality, if at first only in your own mind.” – Michelle Obama

“When I thought I had a good idea about something, I didn’t like being told no.” – Michelle Obama

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