Every girl, no matter where she lives, deserves the opportunity to develop the promise inside of her.— Michelle Obama
The most thrilling Michelle Obama quotes that are free to learn and impress others
Always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody says distract you from your goals.
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.
When you've worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity...you do not slam it shut behind you...you reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.
Just do what works for you, because there will always be someone who thinks differently.
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.
I admit it: I am louder than the average human being and have no fear of speaking my mind. These traits don't come from the color of my skin but from an unwavering belief in my own intelligence.
We've got a responsibility to live up to the legacy of those who came before us by doing all that we can to help those who come after us.
Choose people who lift you up.
No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful.
Success isn't about how much money you make, it's about the difference you make in people's lives.
My message to women: Do what makes you feel good, because there'll always be someone who thinks you should do it differently. Whether your choices are hits or misses, at least they're your own.
Success isn't about how much money you make. It's about the difference you make in people's lives.
The only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them.
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.
As women, we must stand up for ourselves.
We must stand up for each other. We must stand up for justice for all.
Walk away from 'friendships' that make you feel small and insecure, and seek out people who inspire you and support you
Do not die in the history of your past hurts and past experiences, but live in the now and future of your destiny.
You can't make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.
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.
I was too worried about the grades and I should have been more worried about learning.
My goal has always been to add value, not to be redundant, not to get in the way, but to do things that lift and move things forward in a very strategic and objective way so that there are real outcomes.
Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate, your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.
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.
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.
We can make a commitment to promote vegetables and fruits and whole grains on every part of every menu. We can make portion sizes smaller and emphasize quality over quantity. And we can help create a culture - imagine this - where our kids ask for healthy options instead of resisting them.
We all need to start making some changes to how our families eat.
Now, everyone loves a good Sunday dinner. Me included. And there's nothing wrong with that. The problem is when we eat Sunday dinner Monday through Saturday.
We have an obligation to fight for the world as it should be.
I hate diversity workshops. “Real change comes from having enough comfort to be really honest and say something very uncomfortable.
The arts and humanities define who we are as a people.
That is their power -- to remind us of what we each have to offer, and what we all have in common. To help us understand our history and imagine our future. To give us hope in the moments of struggle and to bring us together when nothing else will.
My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my 'blackness' than ever before. I have found that at Princeton, no matter how liberal and open-minded some of my white professors and classmates try to be toward me, I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as if I really don't belong.
Childhood obesity isn't some simple, discrete issue.
There's no one cause we can pinpoint. There's no one program we can fund to make it go away. Rather, it's an issue that touches on every aspect of how we live and how we work.
I am so tired of fear. And I don't want my girls to live in a country, in a world, based on fear.
Choose people who lift you up.
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.
Exercise is really important to me - it's therapeutic.
So if I'm ever feeling tense or stressed or like I'm about to have a meltdown, I'll put on my iPod and head to the gym or out on a bike ride along Lake Michigan with the girls.
I grew up on the south side of Chicago in a working class community.
There were no miracles in my life, there's nothing miraculous about how I grew up, and I want people to know when they look at me, to be clear that they see what an investment in public education can look like.
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.
I think my mother taught me what not to do.
She put us first, always, sometimes to the detriment of herself. She encouraged me not to do that. She'd say being a good mother isn't all about sacrificing; it's really investing and putting yourself higher on your priority list.
Success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.
I never cut class. I loved getting A's, I liked being smart. I liked being on time. I thought being smart is cooler than anything in the world.
There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.
If I can have any impact, I want women to feel good about themselves and have fun with fashion
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. We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own 'to do' list.
Being a healthy woman isn't about getting on a scale or measuring your waistline. We need to start focusing on what matters-on how we feel, and how we feel about ourselves.
All of us are driven by a simple belief that the world as it is just won't do - that we have an obligation to fight for the world as it should be.
Barack and I were both raised by families who didn't have much in the way of money or material possessions but who had given us something far more valuable - their unconditional love, their unflinching sacrifice, and the chance to go places they had never imagined for themselves.
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.
Service is a limitless opportunity, it is the reason why we breathe.
The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake. This isn’t the kind of problem that can be solved overnight, but with everyone working together, it can be solved. So, let’s move.
We can aim to create a culture, where kids ask for healthy options instead of resisting them.
Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg or your brain, it's still an illness, and there should be no distinction.
He’s always asking: ‘Is that new? I haven’t seen that before.
’ It’s like, Why don’t you mind your own business? Solve world hunger. Get out of my closet.