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Top 10 Inspiring Quotes from Michelle Obama

If you knew me in real life, you’d know that I’m a huge fan of former First Lady Michelle Obama. She’s one of my biggest inspirations, and exudes a level of confidence I strive to attain.

I’m here for female empowerment, and I’m particularly keen to support Black Women.

Michelle’s book Becoming is the best book I’ve read in a long time. Well, I opted for the Audible version because it’s read aloud by her!

You can find my top Audible recommendations here, and join me on Goodreads here if you’d like.

Today I’m feeling inspired. Empowered. Strong. Confident.

I want to share that energy with you, through the insightful words of Michelle Obama.

So keep reading to find out my top 10 inspiring quotes from Michelle Obama. These quotes range from Michelle’s book Becoming, her speeches, and interviews over the years.

Top 10 Inspiring Quotes from Michelle Obama

I’ve also created some graphics to go along with several of Michelle’s quotes. Feel free to use them on your social media if you like! At the end of this post, you will find three phone wallpapers / Instagram Story Graphics.

The Difference Between A Broken Community and a Thriving One is the Presence of Women who are valued. Michelle Obama

“The difference between a broken community and a thriving one is the presence of women who are valued”

Michelle Obama

“I am coming down from the mountaintop to tell every young person that is poor and working class, and has been told regardless of the color of your skin that you don’t belong, don’t listen to them. They don’t even know how they got at those seats”

Michelle Obama. [Becoming Documentary]

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

Michelle Obama. [2009 G20 Summit]

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

Michelle Obama. [2012 Oregon State University commencement speech]

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

Michelle Obama. [Vogue Interview, 2016]

“Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own”

Michelle Obama. [Becoming Book Quote]

“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”

Michelle Obama. [Final Speech as First Lady, 2017]

“Strong men, strong men, men who are truly role models, don’t need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful”

Michelle Obama. [2016 Speech in New Hampshire]

“Failure is an important part of your growth and developing resilience. Don’t be afraid to fail”

Michelle Obama. [The Power of an Educated Girl panel, 2015.]

“Don’t ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on hope and possibility. Make decisions based on what should happen, not what shouldn’t”

Michelle Obama. [Becoming Book Quote]

I hope you enjoyed reading my Top 10 inspiring quotes from Michelle Obama. Here’s to the empowerment of women!

Always Be Curious,
Classical Archaeologist.

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Hello! I write about Creative Self-Care, Witchcraft, Books and Ethical Lifestyle. I also share advice for students in London. MA Classical Art & Archaeology Graduate. Find some Magickal Mindfulness!

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