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Inspirational quotes from Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama gives a speech

To celebrate International Women's Day, we're looking back on Michelle Obama's words of wisdom on motherhood, education and empowerment.

On being a mother

Michelle Obama with her children

“Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected.”

“With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us. We as parents are their most important role models.”

Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected.

“At the end of the day, my most important title is still 'mom-in-chief.' My daughters are still the heart of my heart and the center of my world.”

“My mother's love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion and her intelligence reflected in my own daughters.”

On education

Michelle Obama clapping at graduation

“Through my education, I didn't just develop skills, I didn't just develop the ability to learn, but I developed confidence.”

'"Empower yourselves with a good education, then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise."

“Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered.”

“I want our young people to know that they matter, that they belong. So don't be afraid. You hear me, young people? Don't be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. Empower yourself with a good education. Then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of you boundless promise. Lead by example with hope; never fear.”

“Live out loud, and understand that what’s in your brain is really useful. Do not hide it. Don’t dumb it down. Don’t apologize for it. Just put it on the table and let people deal with it.”

On success and growth

The Obama family

“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent black young women playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.”

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

“I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very 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.”

What Mumsnetters say about Michelle

“What she has to say – about hard work perseverance, not being afraid to take risks, not being afraid to fail, learning to pick yourself up and continue, to read lots, embrace learning for its own sake, and find what you're passionate about and work to become good at it – are all incredibly positive messages.”

“She is an inspiration and she also gets inspiration from others, especially those deemed by some to be sub human. She is brilliant.”

“Just elect Michelle already. Preferably for life. She's amazing.” Michelle Obama thank you