Barack Obama Quotes

Money is not the only answer, but it makes a difference.

Barack Obama


The change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.


We are reminded that in the fleeting time we have on this Earth, what matters is not wealth or status or power or fame, but rather how well we have Loved and what small part we have played in making the lives of other people better.
Barack Obama


Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something and then allows you to learn something new.


Keep exploring. Keep dreaming. Keep asking why. Don’t settle for what you already know. Never stop believing in the power of your ideas, your imagination, your hard work to change the world.


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.


When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk.

Barack Obama


Hope is not blind optimism. It’s not ignoring the enormity of the task ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. It’s not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight. Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it, and to work for it, and to fight for it. Hope is the belief that destiny will not be written for us, but by us, by the men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is, who have the courage to remake the world as it should be.


What we can do is to live out our lives as best we can with purpose, and love, and joy. We can use each day to show those who are closest to us how much we care about them, and treat others with the kindness and respect that we wish for ourselves. We can learn from our mistakes and grow from our failures. And we can strive at all costs to make a better world.

Barack Obama


When times get tough, we don’t give up. We get up.


Change is never easy, but always possible.

Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail.


If somebody is different from you, that’s not something you criticize, that’s something that you appreciate.


If you only think about yourself – how much money can I make, what can I buy, how nice is my house, what kind of fancy car do I have? – over the long term, I think, you get bored. I think your life becomes diminished. The way to live a full life is to think: What can I do for others!


Don’t ever let anybody tell you that your efforts don’t matter or that your voice doesn’t count. Don’t ever believe that you can’t make a difference. You have.


Every single one of you has something you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity an education can provide.


Learning to stand in somebody else’s shoes, to see through their eyes, that’s how peace begins. And it’s up to you to make that happen. Empathy is a quality of character that can change the world.


All of us share this world for but a brief moment in time. The question is whether we spend that time focused on what pushes us apart, or whether we commit ourselves to an effort — a sustained effort — to find common ground, to focus on the future we seek for our children, and to respect the dignity of all human beings.


Mothers are the rocks of our families and a foundation in our communities. In gratitude for their generous love, patient counsel, and lifelong support, let us pay respect to the women who carry out the hard work of motherhood with skill and grace, and let us remember those mothers who, though no longer with us, inspire us still.


Where you right now don’t have to determine where you’ll end up


Don’t just buy a new video game, make one.
Don’t just download the latest app, help design it.
Don’t just play on your phone, program it.


Reading makes all other learning possible. We have to get books into our children’s hands early and often.


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


The sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer.


I always believe that ultimately, if people are paying attention, then we get good government and good leadership. And when we get lazy, as a democracy and civically start taking shortcuts, then it results in bad government and politics.


The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something.


When our interests and values are at stake, we have a responsibility to act.


I’m convinced that a world in which girls are educated is a safer, more stable, more prosperous place.


I’ve come to embrace the notion that I haven’t done enough in my life. I’ve come to confirm that one’s title, even a title like president of the United States, says very little about how well one’s life has been led. No matter how much you’ve done or how successful you’ve been, there’s always more to do, always more to learn, and always more to achieve.


It’s not just enough to change the players. We’ve gotta change the game.


The public school system is not about educating black children. Never has been. Inner-city schools are about social control. Period. They’re operated as holding pens—miniature jails, really. It’s only when black children start breaking out of their pens and bothering white people that society even pays any attention to the issue of whether these children are being educated.


There’s only one thing we can be sure of, and that is the love that we have for our children, for our families, for each other. The warmth of a small child’s embrace, that is true. The memories we have of them, the joy that they bring, the wonder we see through their eyes, that fierce and boundless love we feel for them, a love that takes us out of ourselves and binds us to something larger, we know that’s what matters. We know we’re always doing right when we’re taking care of them when we’re teaching them well, when we’re showing acts of kindness. We don’t go wrong when we do that.


We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it.

Barack Obama


In a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity – it is a prerequisite.


The real test is not whether you avoid failure because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it. . .

Barack Obama


Obama’s response when asked to define sin: “Being out of alignment with my values.”


The best judge of whether or not a country is going to develop is how it treats its women


If you’re a strong man, you should not feel threatened by strong women


If you give up on the idea that your voice can make a difference, then other voices will fill the void


Don’t shortchange the future, because of fear in the present.


The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on.


Don’t just get involved. Fight for your seat at the table. Better yet, fight for a seat at the head of the table.

Barack Obama


The best anti-poverty program is a world-class education.


Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs.


We as a country have to do some soul-searching.


Reading is important. If you know how to read then the whole world opens up to you

Barack Obama


need to steer clear of this poverty of ambition, where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice clothes and live in nice apartments but don’t want to work hard to accomplish these things. Everyone should try to realize their full potential.


No one built this country on their own. This nation is great because we built it together.


Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.


Your voice can change the world.
Barack Obama

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