15 Michelle Obama Quotes About The Importance Of Your Life Story

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If you’ve never heard our former First Lady speak, you’re missing out. 

Michelle Obama was raised on the South Side of Chicago and is a graduate of both Princeton University and Harvard Law School. She has worked as a lawyer and writer but also carries the jobs of wife, mother, and the first African American First Lady in the United States.

Throughout her life, Michelle Obama has sought to be a light to those around her and to help people. Her many missions include helping women, promoting healthy families, helping service members and their families, fighting for higher education, and improving international adolescent girls’ education. Michelle Obama has made it her life goal to promote a better world and to seek improvement in anything and everything she can. 

With all that wisdom and work, her words hold power, truth, and action. So today, we’re going to highlight our favorite Michelle Obama quotes.

On Knowing Your Own Importance

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“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.”

“You don’t have to be somebody different to be important. You’re important in your own right.”

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

On Challenges


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“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.”

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

“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 of yourself.”

On Making History


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“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.”

“There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.”

“Every day, you have the power to choose our better history — by opening your hearts and minds, by speaking up for what you know is right.”

On Taking Care of Children


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“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.”

“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.”

“What I know for sure is that all the sacrifices and challenges we face are worth it if we’re creating a better future for our kids. I just think if the adults are always thinking about the world we want to leave for our kids, we’re going to make the right choices every single time.”

On Opportunity

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“When you’ve worked hard, 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.”

“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.”

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


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