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Barack Obama Quotes: 50 All-Time Inspiring Quotes

Barack Obama Quotes

Best Barack Obama Quotes: Barack Hussein Obama II  is an American politician and attorney who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Obama was the first African-American president of the United States. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008 and as an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004. Below we’ve compiled some of our favorite Barack Obama quotes for your enjoyment.

Common Questions about Barack Obama

What was Obama's slogan?

“Change We Need.” and “Change.” – 2008 U.S. presidential campaign slogan of Barack Obama during the general election. “Hope” – 2008 U.S. presidential campaign slogan of Barack Obama during the general election.

How did Obama meet Michelle?

Robinson met Barack Obama when they were among the few African Americans at their law firm, Sidley Austin LLP. She was assigned to mentor him while he was a summer associate.

Our Favorite Barack Obama Quotes

“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”

“A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.”

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

“Yes We Can!”

“We are the change we have been waiting for.”

“In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it.”

“Each of us deserves the freedom to pursue our own version of happiness. No one deserves to be bullied.”

“I'm inspired by the people I meet in my travels--hearing their stories, seeing the hardships they overcome, their fundamental optimism and decency. I'm inspired by the love people have for their children. And I'm inspired by my own children, how full they make my heart. They make me want to work to make the world a little bit better. And they make me want to be a better man.”

“If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress.”

“There's not a liberal America and a conservative America - there's the United States of America.”

“What I’ve realized is that life doesn’t count for much unless you’re willing to do your small part to leave our children — all of our children — a better world. Any fool can have a child. That doesn’t make you a father. It’s the courage to raise a child that makes you a father.”

“I believe in evolution, scientific inquiry, and global warming; I believe in free speech, whether politically correct or politically incorrect, and I am suspicious of using government to impose anybody's religious beliefs -including my own- on nonbelievers.”

“Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. And it will leave you unfulfilled.”

“No, you can't deny women their basic rights and pretend it's about your 'religious freedom'. If you don't like birth control, don't use it. Religious freedom doesn't mean you can force others to live by your own beliefs.”

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“it’s important to make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.”

“Why can't I just eat my waffle?”

“Nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.”

“Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it's not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. it's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.”

“I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.”

“The worst thing that colonialism did was to cloud our view of our past.”

“You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.”

“You can put lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig.”

“While we breathe, we will hope.”

“No one is pro-abortion. ”

“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our Democracy; Tonight is your answer.”

“Change we need”

“My identity might begin with the fact of my race, but it didn't, couldn't end there. At least that's what I would choose to believe.”

“We think of faith as a source of comfort and understanding but find our expressions of faith sowing division; we believe ourselves to be a tolerant people even as racial, religious, and cultural tensions roil the landscape. And instead of resolving these tensions or mediating these conflicts, our politics fans them, exploits them,and drives us further apart.”

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“A lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me.”

“Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.”

“Where you are right now doesn't have to determine where you'll end up”

“A nation that can't control its energy sources can't control its future.”

“Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends - honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility - a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.”

“You might be locked in a world not of your own making, her eyes said, but you still have a claim on how it is shaped. You still have responsibilities.”

“We may not be able to stop evil in the world, but how we treat one another is entirely up to us.”

“All too rarely do I hear people asking just what it is that we've done to make so many children's hearts so hard, or what collectively we might do to right their moral compass - what values we must live by.”

“We will outstretch the hand if you unclench your fist. ”

“Someone once said that every man is trying to live up to his father's expectations or make up for their father's mistakes....”

“Change is never easy, but always possible.”

“Hope -- Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope! In the end, that is God’s greatest gift to us...A belief in things not seen. A belief that there are better days ahead.”

“I wonder, sometimes, whether men and women in fact are capable of learning from history--whether we progress from one stage to the next in an upward course or whether we just ride the cycles of boom and bust, war and peace, ascent and decline.”

“I think perhaps education doesn’t do us much good unless it is mixed with sweat.”

“Cynicism is a sorry kind of wisdom.”

“It's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.”

“But you see, a rich country like America can perhaps afford to be stupid.”

“To those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices. I need your help. And I will be your president, too.”

“To all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces, to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the world, our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand.”

“I wish the country had fewer lawyers and more engineers.

“At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever, for the better”

“There is no excuse for not trying.”

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