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The one way to get me to work my hardest was to doubt me. - Michelle Obama

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

Michelle Obama

If my future were determined just by my performance on a standardized test, I wouldn't be here. I guarantee you that.

Michelle Obama

Barack and I were both raised by families who didn't have much in the way of money or material possessions but who had given us something far more valuable - their unconditional love, their unflinching sacrifice, and the chance to go places they had never imagined for themselves.

Michelle Obama

I want the young people to pay attention because, see, back when I first met Barack, we started dating, he had everything going for him. All right, ladies, listen to this. This is what I want you to be looking for. Yes, he was handsome-still is. I think so. He was charming, talented, and oh-so smart, truly. But that is not why I married him. Now, see, I want the fellas to pay attention to this. You all listening? What truly made me fall in love with Barack Obama was his character. You hear me? It was his character. It was his decency, his honesty, his compassion and conviction.

Michelle Obama
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I try to have no absolute nos. I love french fries, I like a good burger, and I like pie. And that's okay. - Michelle Obama

I try to have no absolute nos. I love french fries, I like a good burger, and I like pie. And that's okay.

Michelle Obama
Always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody says distract you from your goals. - Michelle Obama

Always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody says distract you from your goals.

Michelle Obama
Choose people who lift you up. - Michelle Obama

Choose people who lift you up.

Michelle Obama

Barack, like any leader, is human. And, you know, our challenges in this country isn't finding the next person who's gonna deliver us from our own evil. Because our challenges are us. The challenges that this country faces is how are we as individuals in this society gonna change? What are we gonna do differently?

Michelle Obama

I like to talk about my obsession with french fries because I don't want people to think that 'Let's Move' is about complete, utter deprivation. It's about moderation and real-life changes and ideas that really work for families.

Michelle Obama

Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down. And trust your instincts ... good relationships feel good. They feel right. They don't hurt. They're not painful. That's not just with somebody you want to marry, but it's with the friends that you choose. It's with the people you surround yourselves with.

Michelle Obama

So we know that it's not enough for us to simply encourage more people to study abroad. We also need to make sure that they can actually afford it.

Michelle Obama
Success isn't about how much money you make. It's about the difference you make in people's lives. - Michelle Obama

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

Michelle Obama
Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own. - Michelle Obama

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

Michelle Obama
There is no magic to achievement. It's really about hard work, choices, and persistence. - Michelle Obama

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

Michelle Obama
There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made. - Michelle Obama

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

Michelle Obama

We need to fix our souls. Our souls are broken in this nation. We have lost our way. And it begins with inspiration. It begins with leadership.

Michelle Obama

We don't need new discoveries or new inventions to reverse this trend. We have the tools at our disposal to reverse it. All we need is the motivation, the opportunity and the willpower to do what needs to be done. ...With this report, we have a very solid road map that we need to make these goals real, to solve this problem within a generation.

Michelle Obama

When you're really trying to make serious change, you don't want people to get caught up in emotion because change isn't emotion. Because change isn't emotion. Its real work and organization and strategy.. that's just the truth of it. I mean, you pull people in with inspiration, but then you have to roll up your sleeves and you've got to make sacrifices and you have got to have structure.

Michelle Obama

What I love about design is the artistic and scientific complexity that also becomes useful . . . Great designers also pursue a mission. Great designers design with mankind in mind . . . The crossroads of science and art, innovation and inspiration are what I love about design.

Michelle Obama

You know, you have to start with hope...you don't get anywhere in this country without hope. So it's a necessity. What Barack says is that people have to understand hope isn't just blind optimism. It isn't passive. It isn't just sitting there waiting for things to get better. Hope is the vision that you have to have. It's the inspiration that moves people into action...There are more people engaged in this political process in this year than we've seen in my lifetime. And it is all because of hope because people believe in the possibility of something unseen.

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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, treating people well.

Michelle Obama

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.

Michelle Obama