50 Inspiring Michelle Obama Quotes

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Michelle Obama has been empowering people for years through her inspiring words.

When she became the First Lady, she stood front and center in the spotlight and her words of wisdom found an entirely new audience.

Below are 50 inspiring quotes by Michelle Obama that will motivate you and encourage you to live the best life possible.

50 Inspiring Michelle Obama Quotes

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#1. “We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.” – Michelle Obama

#2. “The difference between a broken community and a thriving one is the presence of woman who are valued.” – Michelle Obama

#3. “I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.” – Michelle Obama


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


#5. “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.” – Michelle Obama

#6. “Success isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” – Michelle Obama

#7. “Find people who will make you better.” – Michelle Obama

#8. “Real men treat the janitor with the same respect as the CEO.” – Michelle Obama

#9. “When I get up and work out, I’m working out just as much for my girls as I am for me, because I want them to see a mother who loves them dearly, who invests in them, but who also invests in herself. It’s just as much about letting them know as young women that it is okay to put yourself a little higher on your priority list.” – Michelle Obama

With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us

#10. “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

#11. “No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.” – Michelle Obama

#12. “When girls are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous.” – Michelle Obama

#13. “Every girl, no matter where she lives, deserves the opportunity to develop the promise inside of her.” – Michelle Obama

#14. “Am I good enough? Yes I am.” – Michelle Obama

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#15. “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

#16. “You’re important in your own right.” – Michelle Obama

#17. “Instead of letting your hardships and failures discourage or exhaust you, let them inspire you. Let them make you even hungrier to succeed.” – Michelle Obama

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

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

#19. “If my future were determined just by my performance on a standardized test, I wouldn’t be here. I guarantee you that.” – Michelle Obama

#20. “We need to start focusing on what matters, on how we feel, and how we feel about ourselves.” – Michelle Obama

#21. “Choose people who lift you up.” – Michelle Obama

#22. “There is no boy, at this age, cute enough or interesting enough to stop you from getting an education. If I had worried about who liked me and who thought I was cute when I was your age, I wouldn’t be married to the President of the United States.” – Michelle Obama

#23. “Now I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a child, ‘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

#24. “Every day, you have the power to choose.” – Michelle Obama


#25. “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


#26. “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.” – Michelle Obama

#27. “Through my education, I didn’t just develop skills, I didn’t just develop the ability to learn but I developed confidence.” – Michelle Obama

#28. “The one way to get me to work my hardest was to doubt me.” – Michelle Obama

#29. “Empower yourselves with a good education.” – Michelle Obama

#30. “Walk away from friendships that make you feel small and insecure, and seek out people who inspire you and support you.” – Michelle Obama

#31. “How hard you work matters more than how much you make.” – Michelle Obama

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#32. “Success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.” – Michelle Obama

#33. “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.” – Michelle Obama

#34. “Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate, your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.” – Michelle Obama

#35. “There is no limit to what we can accomplish.” – Michelle Obama


#36. “Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down. Trust your instincts, good relationships feel good, they feel right, they don’t hurt.” – Michelle Obama


#37. “There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.” – Michelle Obama

#38. “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.” – Michelle Obama

#39. “Failure is an important part of your growth and developing resilience. Don’t be afraid to fail.” – Michelle Obama

#40. “There is no magic to achievement. It’s really about hard work, choices and persistence.” – Michelle Obama

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

Just try new things. Don’t be afraid. Step out of your comfort zones and soar.

#42. “Just try new things. Don’t be afraid. Step out of your comfort zones and soar.” – Michelle Obama

#43. “I’ve seen firsthand that being president doesn’t change who you are. It reveals who you are.” – Michelle Obama

#44. “Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own.” – Michelle Obama

#45. “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.” – Michelle Obama


#46. “The only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them.” – Michelle Obama


#47. “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

#48. “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

#49. “Not being afraid to be wrong. I had to learn how to do that.” – Michelle Obama

Failing is a crucial part of success. Every time you fail and get back up. You practice perseverance, which is the key to life. Your strength comes in your ability to recover.

#50. “Failing is a crucial part of success. Every time you fail and get back up. You practice perseverance, which is the key to life. Your strength comes in your ability to recover.” – Michelle Obama 

Final Thoughts

I hope you found these quotes by Michelle Obama inspiring and that they have an impact on your life.

When you are inspired and motivated to be your best you, every day is an adventure and a challenge that you embrace head on.

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