Michelle Obama is a woman who inspires us not just with her striking personality but also her strong beliefs in women. The former First Lady has always pushed us to voice ourselves and to bring a change. To prioritize self and to unapologetically be who we really are. The author of Becoming, Michelle Obama never misses a chance to give us all words of wisdom to kickstart ourselves. Michelle Obama’s quotes, some really powerful stuff from her.

Who are strong men?

“Strong men, strong men, men who are truly role models, don’t need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful,” she said during a 2016 speech in New Hampshire.

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On Being Who You Are

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

Michelle obama powerful quotes

Confidence matters the most!

“Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate, your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude,” Mrs. Obama told a group of girls in London during the 2009 G20 Summit.

Own your story!

“Your own story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own,” she writes in Becoming.

Don’t take your freedom for granted

“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,” Mrs. Obama said during her final speech as First Lady of the United States in 2017.

Michelle Obama Quotes
Michelle Obama Quotes

Power of voice

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s the power of using your voice,” Mrs. Obama wrote in Becoming.

Challenges are a chance to improve

“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,” she said during her 2016 City College of New York commencement speech.

On putting yourself first

“We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list,” Mrs. Obama told Vogue in 2016.

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On staying positive

“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,” Mrs. Obama said at The Power of an Education Girl panel in 2015.

What is the basis of a good decision?

“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,” Mrs. Obama writes in Becoming.

On Courage

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.

Integrity

We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters… that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules… and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.

Goals
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.

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Saumya Tiwari is an intern with SheThePeople.TV

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