50 Most inspirational quotes by Barack Obama


Your voice can change the world.

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

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

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

Whatever we think of the past, we must not be prisoners to it.

Change is never easy, but always possible.

The future is ours to win. But to get there we can’t just stand still.

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.

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

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.

Our destiny is not written for us, but by us.

Greatness is never free, it must be earned.

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

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

Empowering women isn’t just the right thing to do – it’s the smart thing to do.

Love and hope can conquer hate.

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

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.

I wish the country had fewer lawyers and more engineers.

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.

We don’t ask you to believe in our ability to bring change, rather, we ask you to believe in yours.

The opportunity will not remain open indefinitely.

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

Sometimes people just feel as if we want to try something to see if we can shake things up.

Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Rise to their needs.

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

To anyone out there who’s hurting—it’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help. It’s a sign of strength.

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

The only thing that’s the end of the world is the end of the world.

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

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.

If we aren’t willing to pay a price for our values, then we should ask ourselves whether we truly believe in them at all.

Young people recognize the big challenges that are coming up.

Persevere. Nothing worthwhile is easy.

You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.

You have the ability and gifts to do whatever you want”. It is your turn now to change the world. Yes we can!

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.

It should be the power of our vote, not the size of our bank accounts, that drives our democracy.

Literacy is the most basic currency of the knowledge economy.

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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.

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

Our individualism has always been bound by a set of communal values, the glue upon which every healthy society depends.

I think, as you get older, that’s when your ambitions become peculiar.

My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too.

Canada is one of the most impressive countries in the world.

My first job is to say thank you to those who voted me. Those who didn’t, I’m going to get your vote next time.

Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up.

Excuses are tools of the incompetent used to build bridges to nowhere and monuments of nothingness

If you’re a strong man, you shouldn’t feel threatened by strong women.

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