Michelle Obama: Best Quotes & Famous Sayings

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On Friday, January 20 2017, not only will we have a new President of the United States, we will also have a new First Lady. Melania Trump will replace Michelle Obama, and she will have some very big shoes to fill. The first African American First Lady is sharp as a tack, boasting degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. She was right by her husband Barack Obama‘s side for both of his terms as president, and she helped fight obesity by promoting exercise and healthy eating.

In celebration of Michelle’s fruitful tenure as First Lady, let’s take some time to look at her best quotes and most famous sayings. She will be sorely missed in the White House.


“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.”


“And let’s be clear: It’s not enough just to limit ads for foods that aren’t healthy. It’s also going to be critical to increase marketing for foods that are healthy.”


“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.”


“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.”


“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.”


“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. You need to prepare yourself to be informed and engaged as a citizen, to serve and to lead, to stand up for our proud American values and to honor them in your daily lives.”


“I want our young people to know that they matter, that they belong. So don’t be afraid. You hear me, young people? Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. Empower yourself with a good education. Then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of you boundless promise. Lead by example with hope; never fear.”


“Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own.”


“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.”


“When they go low, we go high.”


“For all the young people in this room and those who are watching, know that this country belongs to you—to all of you, from every background and walk of life. If you or your parents are immigrants, know that you are part of a proud American tradition — the infusion of new cultures, talents and ideas, generation after generation, that has made us the greatest country on earth.”

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