Barack Obama quotes

President Barack Obama made history in 2009 when he was elected as the 44th president of the United States and became the first-ever black person to serve the office. Widely regarded as a progressive politician, Obama worked hard to develop policies designed to improve the quality of life for everyday Americans, and he is known for his campaigns for racial justice and equality.

His litany of political speeches contain hugely inspirational passages, and his commitment to justice and common decency provide great solace for people throughout American society. His memoirs, A Promised Land, offers an excellent insight into the man who became president and is also an excellent source for insightful and progressive quotes.

Inspiring Barack Obama quotes

Barack Obama quotes
  • Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs. - Barack Obama
Inspiring Obama quotes
  • Progress will come in fits and starts. It's not always a straight line. It's not always smooth path. - 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.

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

  • As husbands and fathers and brothers, we have to step up, because every girl’s life matters. Every daughter deserves the same chance as our sons. Every woman should be able to go about her day — to walk the streets or ride the bus — and be safe, and be treated with respect and dignity. She deserves that.

  • Each of us deserves the freedom to pursue our own version of happiness. No one deserves to be bullied.

  • Malia and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances, you have become two amazing young women, smart and beautiful, but more importantly, kind and thoughtful and full of passion. You wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I've done in my life, I'm most proud to be your dad.

  • 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.

  • If we get in the habit where a few folks, an extremist wing of one party, whether it’s Democrat or Republican, are allowed to extort concessions based on a threat of undermining the full faith and credit of the United States, then any president who comes after me, not just me, will find themselves unable to govern effectively.

  • Let’s disagree on the issues, but let’s work together to protect a system of government that has stood strong for 240 years and made us the greatest country on Earth.

  • If you were going to list the 100 most popular things that I have done as president, being married to Michelle Obama is number one.

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

  • The best judge of whether or not a country is going to develop is how it treats its women. If it's educating its girls, if women have equal rights, that country is going to move forward. But if women are oppressed and abused and illiterate, then they're going to fall behind.

  • Understand, democracy does not require uniformity. Our founders quarreled and compromised, and expected us to do the same. But they knew that democracy does require a basic sense of solidarity—the idea that for all our outward differences, we are all in this together; that we rise or fall as one.

  • 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.

  • For the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change.

  • With patient and firm determination, I am going to press on for jobs. I’m going to press on for equality. I’m going to press on for the sake of our children. I’m going to press on for the sake of all those families who are struggling right now. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I am going to press on.

  • We want everybody to act like adults, quit playing games, realize that it’s not just my way or the highway.

  • 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.

  • The value of social movements and activism is to get you at the table, get you in the room, and then to start trying to figure out how is this problem going to be solved.

  • Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it's not. It takes patience, it takes commitment and it comes with plenty of failure along the way.

  • We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible.