15 Michelle Obama Quotes to Pick You Up When You’re Down

I recently compiled and posted a list of my favorite quotes by empowering women, and because I received such positive responses to that piece, I wanted to do a collection of First Lady Michelle Obama’s most uplifting sentiments throughout the years. I am so thrilled to have grown into an adult watching such a truly authentic, strong woman gracefully operating in a position of power. As today is Michelle Obama’s last day as America’s First Lady, this is my small way of showing my appreciation. Enjoy!

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1. “I was not raised with wealth or resources or any social standing to speak of.”

-Michelle Obama

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

-Michelle Obama

3. “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.”

-Michelle Obama

4. “Real change comes from having enough comfort to be really honest and say something very uncomfortable.”

-Michelle Obama

5. “If I had worried about who liked me and who thought I was cute when I was your age, I wouldn’t be married to the president of the United States.”

-Michelle Obama

6. “I have never felt more confident in myself, more clear on who I am as a woman. But I am constantly thinking about my own health and making sure that I’m eating right and getting exercise and watching the aches and pains. I want to be this really fly 80-90-year old.”

-Michelle Obama

7. “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.”

-Michelle Obama

8. “You see, our glorious diversity—our diversity of faiths, and colors and creeds―that is not a threat to who we are, it makes us who we are.”

-Michelle Obama

9. “Just do what works for you, because there will always be someone who thinks differently.”

-Michelle Obama

10. “People won’t remember what other people say about you, but they will remember what you do.”

-Michelle Obama

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

-Michelle Obama

12. “Choose people who lift you up.”

-Michelle Obama

13. “Do not ever let anyone make you feel like you don’t matter, or like you don’t have a place in our American story—because you do. And you have a right to be exactly who you are.”

-Michelle Obama

14. “I’m not done. I’m too young to stop.”

-Michelle Obama

15. “When they go low, we go high.”

-Michelle Obama

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