30 Barack Obama Quotes on Being the Change the World Needs

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Enacting change is not an easy feat but possible nonetheless. These Barack Obama quotes will show you how.

Born on August 4, 1961, Barack Obama became the first African American to be elected to the presidency. He served from 2009 to 2017 as the 44th president of the country. While attending Harvard Law School, he also became Harvard Law Review’s first black president. He was a civil rights lawyer and law professor at the start of his career, eventually leading to his role in politics.

He gained national attention in 2004 for getting elected as senator and for his landslide win. Nine months after his presidential inauguration in 2009, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Through his, he was recognized for his work in international diplomacy. He went on to sign several landmark bills into law.

As the former leader of his country, his achievements equate to crucial changes that have since improved the lives of the American citizens. Barack Obama is not only remarkable as a politician, but also as a man. He broke through racial barriers and went on to accomplish the first of a lot of things. Of course, all good deeds don’t go unnoticed. A December 2018 Gallup poll named Obama as the most admired man in America for 11 consecutive years.

Hence, these 30 Barack Obama quotes are just what you need to give tomorrow another try.

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. – Barack Obama

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. – Barack Obama

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

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

You know, my faith is one that admits some doubt. – Barack Obama

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There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America – there’s the United States of America. – Barack Obama

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

Why can’t I just eat my waffle? – Barack Obama

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

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. – Barack Obama

My little girls can break my heart. They can make me cry just looking at them eating their string beans. – Barack Obama

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

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. – Barack Obama

Our stories may be singular, but our destination is shared. – Barack Obama

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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. – Barack Obama

It’s important to make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in way that wounds. – Barack Obama

Nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change. – Barack Obama

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There is no excuse for not trying. – Barack Obama

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. – Barack Obama

You can put lipstick on a pig. It’s still a pig. – Barack Obama

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But you see, a rich country like America can perhaps afford to be stupid. – Barack Obama

Nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change. – Barack Obama

While we breathe, we will hope. – Barack Obama

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I think perhaps education doesn’t do us much good unless it is mixed with sweat. – Barack Obama

To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West – know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. – Barack Obama

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

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

We will outstretch the hand if you unclench your fist. – Barack Obama

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What makes a man is not the ability to have a child but having the courage to raise one.– Barack Obama

Our values call upon us to care about the lives of people we will never meet. – Barack Obama

If you happen to know someone who’s looking for a solid source of uplifting, these 30 Barack Obama quotes can help him see his struggles in a different light.

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