Born Michelle LaVaughn Robinson on 17 January 17 1964, in Chicago, Illinois, Michelle Obama was the 44th first lady of the United States and is the wife of Barack Obama.
Before she became the first lady, she was a lawyer, Chicago city administrator and community-outreach worker.
As the first lady she was an advocate for healthy living, eradicating poverty, higher education, and international adolescent girls’ education. She is also a prominent role model for women all over the world.
Below are some of her best quotes.
1. When you are struggling, and you start thinking about giving up, I want you to remember ……..something better is always possible if you’re willing to work for it and fight for it.
2. I want our young people to know that they matter. That they belong. So don’t be afraid. Do you hear me? Young people, don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. Empower yourselves with a good education. Then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise.
3. Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate, your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.
4. You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.
5. 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 you choose. It’s with the people you surround yourself with.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. If my future were determined just by my performance on a standardized test, I wouldn’t be here. I guarantee you that.
9. 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.
10. There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.
11. Choose people who lift you up.
12. Success isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.
13. When I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am
14. We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.
15. When they go low, we go high.