Growing up in Chicago, Michelle Obama (formerly Michelle Robinson) hadn’t the slightest inkling that she would one day become the first African-American First Lady. She led a happy life with her family in a small bungalow and was always very focused on her school grades, as was her older brother, Craig. Michelle and her brother were both academics and she spent much time in his shadow; people tended to see Craig as a more viable student than Michelle based on the fact that he was male. With this single disadvantage darkening the door to her future, Michelle pushed the discrimination aside and began her studies at Princeton University. Her years in university exposed her to another kind of discrimination, which involved her roommate’s mother attempting to switch her daughter to another room because of Michelle’s race. After graduation she attended Harvard Law, which led into a prosperous career in a Chicago law office and the meeting of her future husband.
All through her schooling, Michelle stood up for black rights; she even minored in African-American studies. Through her experience of prejudice for both her sex and her race, she has become one of the most influential women in politics and remains activist for women’s rights and minority privileges. As the First Lady to Barack Obama, she was never eclipsed by his role. She delivered powerful speeches at many different events, visited talk shows and became an icon for women everywhere. She is known as Michelle Obama, and not just the First Lady. Here are 10 quotes by Michelle Obama to combat discrimination and promote achieving goals no matter what the obstacle.
10 Michelle Obama Quotes
“You may not always 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.” – Michelle Obama
“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.” – Michelle Obama
“One of the lessons 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
“Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own.” – Michelle Obama
“I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.” – Michelle Obama
“The only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them.” – Michelle Obama
“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.” – Michelle Obama
“You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.” – Michelle Obama
“I admit it: I am louder than the average human being and have no fear of speaking my mind. These traits don’t come from the colour of my skin but from an unwavering belief in my own intelligence.” – Michelle Obama
“Always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody says distract you from your goals.” – Michelle Obama
Bonus Michelle Obama Quote:
“Find people who will make you better.” – Michelle Obama
Author: Selena Doner
Selena Doner is a freelance journalist who is passionate about environmental issues, social justice, arts and culture, and travel.
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