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Updated: May 23, 2020

This article contains quotes spoken by Michelle Obama for Occupational Therapists. Love her, or hate her, Michelle Obama, former United States President Barack Obama’s wife is an inspiration to women across the world. Mrs. Obama is known for so many different causes including education and equal rights for women. Michelle launched the “Let’s Move!” campaign in 2010 with the goal of solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. Having a first lady take on a campaign that encourages movement and improving the lives of children was a HUGE win for Occupational Therapists. Well educated and well spoken, any Occupational Therapist can benefit from reviewing her inspirational and motivational words. 39 Quotes by Michelle Obama: Success 1.“Success isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” – Michelle Obama 2. “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.”– Michelle Obama 3.“The arts are not just a nice thing to have or to do if there is free time or if one can afford it. Rather, paintings and poetry, music and fashion, design and dialogue, they all define who we are as a people and provide an account of our history for the next generation.” 

– Michelle Obama Goals/Achievement 4. “Always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.” – Michelle Obama 5. “The only limit to the height of your achievement is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them.” – Michelle Obama 6. “If my future were determined just by my performance on a standardized test, I wouldn’t be here. I guarantee you that.” – Michelle Obama The Future 7. “There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.”

– Michelle Obama 8. “It’s the hopes of folks like my dad, who got up every day, do his job at the city water plant; the hope that one day his kids would go to college and have opportunities he never dreamed of. That’s the kind of hope that every single one of us—politicians, parents, preachers, all of us—need to be providing for our young people. Because that is what moves this country forward every single day: our hope for the future and the hard work that hope inspires. So that’s my final message to young people as First Lady. It is simple.”– Michelle Obama Empowerment 9. “Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered.”

– Michelle Obama 10. “Instead of letting your hardships and failures discourage or exhaust you, let them inspire you. Let them make you even hungrier to succeed.” – Michelle Obama 11. “Empower yourselves with a good education, then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise.” – Michelle Obama 12. “The one way to get me to work my hardest was to doubt me.” – Michelle Obama 13. “Find people who will make you better.” – Michelle Obama Woman Power 14. “Being a healthy woman isn’t about getting on a scale or measuring your waistline. We need to start focusing on what matters – on how we feel, and how we feel about ourselves.” – Michelle Obama 15. “As women, we must stand up for ourselves. As women, we must stand up for each other. As women, we must stand up for justice for all.” – Michelle Obama 16. “No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contribution of half of its citizens.” – Michelle Obama 17. “When girls are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous.”

– Michelle Obama 18. “The difference between a broken community and a thriving one is the presence of women who are valued.” – Michelle Obama 19. “Every girl, no matter where she lives, deserves the opportunity to develop the promise inside of her.” – Michelle Obama 20. “I am an example of what is possible when girls from the 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 Reminders: 21. “Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own.” – Michelle Obama 22. “Choose people who lift you up.” – Michelle Obama 23.“No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are BEAUTIFUL.”

– Michelle Obama 24. “Just do what works for you because there will always be someone who thinks differently.” – Michelle Obama 25. “Am I good enough? Yes I am.”– Michelle Obama 26. “Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down. Trust your instincts, good relationships feel good, they feel right, they don’t hurt.” – Michelle Obama 27. “We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own "to do list”

– Michelle Obama 28. “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 Reach for the Stars 29. “Just try new things. Don’t be afraid. Step out of your comfort zones and soar.” – Michelle Obama 30. “You don’t have to say anything to the haters. You don’t have to acknowledge them at all. You just wake up every morning and be the best you can be. And that tends to shut them up.” – Michelle Obama 31. “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.”

– Michelle Obama 32. “Changing the big picture takes time… and the best thing to do is focus on the things that we can make in our lives. If we’re doing all that – that becomes the collage of real change.” – Michelle Obama 33. “People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together.” – Michelle Obama Values 34. “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.” – Michelle Obama 35. “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 36. “I hate diversity workshops. “Real change comes from having enough comfort to be really honest and say something very uncomfortable.” – Michelle Obama 37. “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 38. “If you are a person of faith, know that religious diversity is a great American tradition, too. In fact, that’s why people first came to this country: to worship freely. And whether you are Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh―these religions are teaching our young people about justice, and compassion, and honesty. So, I want our young people to continue to learn and practice those values with pride.” – Michelle Obama 39. “To the young people here, and the young people out there: do not ever let anyone ever 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. But I also want to be very clear: this right isn’t just handed to you. No, this right has to be earned every single day. You cannot take your freedoms for granted.”– Michelle Obama Do you love Michelle Obama? What other Michelle Obama quotes would you add to the list? Comment Below!

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