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8 Michelle Obama Quotes That Will Inspire You to Live Life to the Fullest

The first African American First Lady of the United States can teach you a thing or two about being a leader and helping others along the way.
8 Michelle Obama Quotes That Will Inspire You to Live Life to the Fullest
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Lawyer, author and former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama is a role model to many. A graduate of Princeton and Harvard, there’s much to learn from the intellectual -- and her expertise goes far beyond the classroom.  

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As the first African American First Lady, Obama took it upon herself to become a voice for women and an advocate for poverty, nutrition and health. While her husband was the 44th president of the U.S., the courageous woman made a name for herself and used her power to spread awareness and help others.

There’s much to learn from the selfless woman.

Check out these eight Michelle Obama quotes that will make you a better person.

8 Michelle Obama Quotes That Will Inspire You to Live Life to the Fullest

On the future

On the future

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

8 Michelle Obama Quotes That Will Inspire You to Live Life to the Fullest

On mindset

On mindset

“Courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” -- Michelle Obama

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8 Michelle Obama Quotes That Will Inspire You to Live Life to the Fullest

On passion

On passion

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

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8 Michelle Obama Quotes That Will Inspire You to Live Life to the Fullest

On leadership

On leadership

“Fear is a useless emotion. Don’t ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on hope and possibility.” -- Michelle Obama

8 Michelle Obama Quotes That Will Inspire You to Live Life to the Fullest

On resilience

On resilience

“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

8 Michelle Obama Quotes That Will Inspire You to Live Life to the Fullest

On empowerment

On empowerment

“We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own 'to do' list.” -- Michelle Obama

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8 Michelle Obama Quotes That Will Inspire You to Live Life to the Fullest

On success

On success

“Success isn’t about how your life looks to others. It’s about how it feels to you. We realized that being successful isn’t about being impressive, it’s about being inspired. That’s what it means to be true to yourself.” -- Michelle Obama

8 Michelle Obama Quotes That Will Inspire You to Live Life to the Fullest

On helping others

On helping others

“When you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.” -- Michelle Obama

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  • 8 Michelle Obama Quotes That Will Inspire You to Live Life to the Fullest
  • 1. On the future
  • 2. On mindset
  • 3. On passion
  • 4. On leadership
  • 5. On resilience
  • 6. On empowerment
  • 7. On success
  • 8. On helping others
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