When Barack Obama was elected as the 44th President of the United States, he made history. Not only was he the first African American to be elected to the nation’s highest office, but he also proved that America is a place where anyone can achieve their dreams with hard work and determination.

During his time in office, President Obama faced many challenges, but he never gave up. He always believed in the American people and he motivated them to keep fighting for what’s right. Now, even though he’s no longer in office, President Obama’s words of wisdom and encouragement still inspire us. Here are some of his most motivational quotes:

“One of the things that you find is when you’re in this job, you think about it differently than when you’re just running for the job.”– Barack Obama

“That’s one of the hardest things in politics to convince people of: to make investments today that don’t pay off until many years from now.”– Barack Obama

“What I found during the course of the presidency, and I suppose this is true in life, is that investments and work that you make back here sometimes take a little longer than the 24-hour news cycle to bear fruit.” – Barack Obama

 “As long as I stay focused on those north stars, then I tend not to get too rattled.”– Barack Obama

“The bear is loose.”– Barack Obama

 “I try to focus not on the fumbles, but on the next plan.” – Barack Obama

“At the end of the day we’re part of a long-running story. We just try to get our paragraph right.”– Barack Obama

“The only time I get frustrated is when folks act like it’s not complicated and there aren’t some real tough decisions, and are sanctimonious, as if somehow these aren’t complicated questions.”– Barack Obama

 “Disagreement cannot mean dysfunction. It can’t degenerate into hatred.”– Barack Obama

“How business is done in this town has to change.”– Barack Obama

“I am more mindful probably than most of not only our incredible strengths and capabilities, but also our limitations.”– Barack Obama

 “And a big chunk of my day is occupied by news of war, terrorism, ethnic clashes, violence done to innocents.” – Barack Obama

“So we’ve made real progress these past four years. But … we know our work’s not done yet. … And that’s why I’m running for a second term as president. Because we’ve got more work to do.” – Barack Obama

“You need to focus your decision-making energy. You need to routinize yourself. You can’t be going through the day distracted by trivia.”– Barack Obama

“You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits. I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” – Barack Obama

 “I’ve got five more years of stuff to do.” – Barack Obama

“As long as I’m president, I’m going to be held responsible, in some fashion, to fix the problem.”– Barack Obama

 “No wonder I have got more gray hair now.” – Barack Obama

“I think that when your president of the United States, it comes with the territory that folks are going to criticize you. That’s what I signed up for.” – Barack Obama

“My attitude is, if we’re making’ progress, step by step, inch by inch, day by day, that we are being true to the spirit of that campaign.” – Barack Obama

“I am president, I am not king. I can’t do these things just by myself.” – Barack Obama

“You know, look, our political life is like our individual lives. There are ups and downs. There are peaks and valleys.” – Barack Obama

 “You know, the Lincoln Bedroom, I don’t go into much, except when there are visitors. Every once in a while, I’ll sneak in, just to reread the Gettysburg Address.”– Barack Obama

“As I’ve found out after a year in the White House, changing this type of slash-and-burn politics isn’t easy.”– Barack Obama

“People don’t progress in a straight line. Countries don’t progress in a straight line.”– Barack Obama

 “Let’s acknowledge that democracy has always been messy. Let’s not be overly nostalgic.” – Barack Obama

“The one thing I’m clear about is that I’d rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president. And I—and I believe that.”– Barack Obama

“You know, we live in history. And it’s complicated. And things aren’t always, you know, completely clean.”– Barack Obama

“Let’s be clear here. Seven presidents have tried to reform a health care system that everyone acknowledges is broken. Seven presidents have failed up until this point.” – Barack Obama

“I don’t think anything prepares you for the presidency.”– Barack Obama

“Well, I had a habit of praying every night, before I go to bed. I pray all the time now. Because I’ve got a lot of stuff on my plate and I need guidance all the time.”– Barack Obama

 “I do think in Washington it’s a little bit like American Idol, except everybody is Simon Cowell. Everybody’s got an opinion.”– Barack Obama

“I actually believe my own rhetoric.”– Barack Obama

“I was never the likeliest candidate for this office.”– Barack Obama

“I’m running for president because the time for the can’t-do, won’t-do, won’t-even-try style of politics is over. It’s time to turn the page.”– Barack Obama

“We need to internalise this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent.”– Barack Obama

“If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists – to protect them and to promote their common welfare – all else is lost.” – Barack Obama

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

“We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it.” – Barack Obama

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”– Barack Obama

“If you’re looking for the safe choice, you shouldn’t be supporting a black guy named Barack Obama to be the next leader of the free world.”– Barack Obama

“A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence; or a good piece of music. Everybody can recognize it. They say, ‘Huh. It works. It makes sense.” – Barack Obama

“What is certainly true is that the United States has to have a presence to promote the values that we care about.”– Barack Obama

“But what we can do, as flawed as we are, is still see God in other people, and do our best to help them find their own grace. That’s what I strive to do, that’s what I pray to do every day.”– Barack Obama

“Civility also requires relearning how to disagree without being disagreeable. Surely you can question my policies without questioning my faith or, for that matter, my citizenship.”– Barack Obama

“For the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change.”– Barack Obama

“Black children, white children, Latino children. America is becoming more diverse, it’s becoming more tolerant as a consequence there’s more interactions between groups. There are going be tensions that arise.”– Barack Obama

“The best judge of whether or not a country is going to develop is how it treats its women”– Barack Obama

“Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy.”– Barack Obama

“I wouldn’t be the man I am today without the woman who agreed to marry me 20 years ago.”– Barack Obama

“Love and hope can conquer hate”– Barack Obama

“The notion that we can control the flow of information is obsolete.”– Barack Obama

“Our founders made it extraordinarily difficult to amend the Constitution.”– Barack Obama

“To look at the issue of life and abortion, actually we’re moving in that direction where most Americans oppose most abortions.”– Barack Obama

“In Texas, we hold very dear to intrusions against our personal liberty. We fight very hard against that.”– Barack Obama

“If you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like or who you love.”– Barack Obama

“We need to internalize this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent.”– Barack Obama

“We see the future not as something out of our control, but as something we can shape for the better through concerted and collective effort.”– Barack Obama

“The cynics may be the loudest voices — but I promise you, they will accomplish the least.”– Barack Obama

“Progress will come in fits and starts. It’s not always a straight line. It’s not always smooth path.” – Barack Obama

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” – Barack Obama

 “I never cut class. I loved getting As, I liked being smart. I liked being on time. I thought being smart is cooler than anything in the world.”– Barack Obama

 “I’ve learned that it’s harder to hate up close.”– Barack Obama

“I was determined to be someone who told the truth, using my voice to lift up the voiceless when I could, and to not disappear on people in need.”– Barack Obama

“Becoming requires equal parts patience and rigor. Becoming is never giving up on the idea that there’s more growing to be done.”– Barack Obama

“The punches hurt, even if I understood that they had little to do with who I really was as a person.”– Barack Obama

 “Grief and resilience live together.”– Barack Obama

“I knew from my own life experience that when someone shows genuine interest in your learning and development, even if only for ten minutes in a busy day, it matters. It matters especially for women, for minorities, for anyone society is quick to overlook.”– Barack Obama

 “You don’t really know how attached you are until you move away, until you’ve experienced what it means to be dislodged, a cork floating on the ocean of another place.”– Barack Obama

“No one, I realized, was going to look out for me unless I pushed for it.”– Barack Obama

“Focus on what you can control. Be a good person every day. Vote. Read. Treat one another kindly. Follow the law. Don’t tweet nasty stuff.”– Barack Obama

“The easiest way to disregard a woman’s voice is to package her as a scold.”– Barack Obama

“Let’s invite one another in. Maybe then we can begin to fear less, to make fewer wrong assumptions, to let go of the biases and stereotypes that unnecessarily divide us.”– Barack Obama

“I have had to learn that my voice has value. And if I don’t use it, what’s the point of being in the room?”– Barack Obama

“Dominance, even the threat of it, is a form of dehumanization. It’s the ugliest kind of power.”– Barack Obama

 “Bullies were scared people hiding inside scary people.”– Barack Obama

 “In life you control what you can.”– Barack Obama

“I am still in progress, and I hope that I always will be.”– Barack Obama

 “Friendships between women, as any woman will tell you, are built of a thousand small kindnesses… swapped back and forth and over again.”– Barack Obama

“For every door that’s been opened to me, I’ve tried to open my door to others.”– Barack Obama

 “Do we settle for the world as it is, or do we work for the world as it should be?”– Barack Obama

 “Now I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a child—What do you want to be when you grow up? As if growing up is finite. As if at some point you become something and that’s the end.”– Barack Obama

 “That whole ‘so you can have it all.’ Nope, not at the same time. That’s a lie. And it’s not always enough to lean in, because that s–t doesn’t work all the time.”– Barack Obama

“Being President doesn’t change who you are—it reveals who you are.”– Barack Obama

“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half its citizens.”– Barack Obama

“You don’t have to be somebody different to be important. You are important in your own right.”– Barack Obama

 “There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.”– Barack Obama

“Let’s just be clear, you don’t want to be with a boy who’s too stupid to know and appreciate a smart young lady.”– Barack Obama

“Just do what works for you because there will always be someone who thinks differently.”– Barack Obama

 “The one way to get me to work my hardest was to doubt me.”– Barack Obama

“I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values—and follow my own moral compass—then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own.”– Barack Obama

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s the power of using your voice.”– Barack Obama

 “Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”– Barack Obama

“When someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. No, our motto is, when they go low, we go high.”– Barack Obama

“Do not ever let anyone make you feel like you don’t matter, or like you don’t have a place in our American story—because you do. And you have a right to be exactly who you are.”– Barack Obama

“We proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things and tackling our biggest challenges.”– Barack Obama

“This next chapter of development must also unleash economic growth — not just for a few at the top, but inclusive, sustainable growth that lifts up the fortunes of the many.”– Barack Obama

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

“We take the world that’s been given to us and we try to make it just a little bit better, and then somebody else picks it up and they do their part.”– Barack Obama

“In the end, that’s what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?” – Barack Obama


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