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Michelle Obama quotes: get schooled with these quotes from the former First Lady, Michelle Obama.

“The one way to get me to work my hardest was to doubt me.”

“You have to stay in school.  You have to.  You have to go to college.  You have to get your degree.  Because that’s the one thing people can’t take away from you is your education.  And it is worth the investment.”

“Just try new things.  Don’t be afraid.  Step out of your comfort zones and soar, all right?”

“The difference between us and them, between you and success, is not that you never fail, but it’s how you recover from those failures.  You have to keep getting up time and time again.  You figure out what you did wrong, and then you make it right.  I say that to my kids every day.”

“Don’t judge.  I used to buy underwear because I didn’t do my laundry.”

“All of us are mentors.  You’re mentors right here and now.  And one of the things I’ve always done throughout my life, I have always found that person, that group of people that I was going to reach my hand out to and help bring them along with me.”

“I am so tired of fear.  And I don’t want my girls to live in a country, in a world, based on fear.”

“And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values, like you work hard for what you want in life.  That your word is your bond; that you do what you say you’re going to do.  That you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them and even if you don’t agree with them.”

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

“Let’s be very clear: strong men, men who are truly role models, don’t need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful.  People who are truly strong lift others up.  People who are truly powerful bring others together.”

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

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

“I always tell young girls, surround yourself with goodness.  I learned early on how to get the haters out of my life.”

“It’s like, remember who you always were, where you came from, who your parents were, how they raised you.  Because that authentic self is going to follow you all through life, so make sure that it’s solid so it’s something that you can hold on to and be proud of for the rest of your life.”

“When they go low, we go high.”

“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.”

“Our greatness has always come from people who expect nothing and take nothing for granted.  Folks who work hard for what they have, then reach back and help others after them.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

“Right now, when we’re hearing so much disturbing and hateful rhetoric, it is so important to remember that our diversity has been – and will always be – our greatest source of strength and pride here in the United States.”

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

“You have to practice success.  Success doesn’t just show up.  If you aren’t practicing success today, you won’t wake up in 20 years and be successful, because you won’t have developed the habits of success, which are small things like finishing what you start, putting a lot of effort into everything you do, being on time, and treating people well.”

“Don’t let anyone speak for you, and don’t rely on others to fight for you.”

“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.”

“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.”

“What I have never been afraid of is to be a little silly, and you can engage people that way.  My view is, first you get them to laugh, then you get them to listen.”

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

“My happiness isn’t connected to my husband’s or my boss’s or my children’s behavior.  You have control over your own actions, your own well-being.”

“I’ve seen firsthand that being president doesn’t change who you are.  It reveals who you are.”

“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.”

“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.”

“We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean, and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.”

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