Barack Obama Quotes About Change and Leadership

Barack Obama is an American politician and former American president who was born on August 4, 1961. He served as the country’s 44th president from 2009 to 2017. Obama was the first African-American president of the United States and a Democrat. Prior to entering politics, he practiced civil rights law before serving as an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004 and as a U.S. senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008.

57 Barack Obama Quotes

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  1. “Yes We Can!”
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2. “It’s important to make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.”

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3. “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.”

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4. “A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.”

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5. “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”

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

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7. “Don’t let your failures define you.”

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8. “Where there is no experience the wise man is silent.”

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9. “We are the change we have been waiting for.”

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

Barack Obama Quotes About Change

11. “One voice can change a room, and if one voice can change a room, then it can change a city, and if it can change a city, it can change a state, and if it change a state, it can change a nation, and if it can change a nation, it can change the world. Your voice can change the world.”

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

13. “Nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.”

14. “Cynicism is a sorry kind of wisdom.”

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

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16. “Change is never easy, but always possible.”

17. “A nation ringed by walls will only imprison itself.”

18. “Change won’t come from the top, Change will come from mobilized grassroots.”

19. “There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter.”

20. “We have to change our mindsets and start thinking about biological threats as the security threats that they are.”

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21. “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.”

22. “Each path to knowledge involves different rules and these rules are not interchangeable.”

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

24. “While we breathe, we will hope.”

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25. “There is no excuse for not trying.”

26. “This shit would be really interesting if we weren’t in the middle of it.”

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

28. “Values are faithfully applied to the facts before us, while ideology overrides whatever facts call theory into question.”

29. “A nation that can’t control its energy sources can’t control its future.”

30. “I think perhaps education doesn’t do us much good unless it is mixed with sweat.”

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31. “This victory alone is not the change we seek; it is only the chance for us to make that change.”

32. “It’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.”

33. “When our government is spoken of as some menacing, threatening foreign entity, it ignores the fact that, in our democracy, government is us.”

34. “America is big enough to accommodate all their dreams.”

35. “You might be locked in a world not of your own making, her eyes said, but you still have a claim on how it is shaped. You still have responsibilities.”

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36. “What makes a man is not the ability to have a child but having the courage to raise one.”

37. “The worst thing that colonialism did was to cloud our view of our past.”

38. “Our stories may be singular, but our destination is shared.”

39. “You can put lipstick on a pig. It’s still a pig.”

40. “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 Quotes About Failure and Leadership

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

42. “I wish the country had fewer lawyers and more engineers.”

43. “Someone once said that every man is trying to live up to his father’s expectations or make up for their father’s mistakes.”

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

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45. “Look at yourself before you pass judgment. Don’t make someone else clean up your mess.”

46. “All of us are born equal and we’re all connected.”

47. “Our democracy is threatened whenever we take it for granted.”

48. “Don’t just download the latest app, help redesign it. Don’t just play on your phone, program it.”

49. “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.”

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

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51. “We may come from different places and have different stories, but we share common hopes, and one very American dream.”

52. “Be conscious of God and speak always the truth,”

53. “Our values call upon us to care about the lives of people we will never meet.”

54. “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.”

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55. “I had nothing to escape from except my own inner doubt.”

56. “We can end global poverty and hunger within our lifetimes.”

57. “With passion and courage, women have taught us that when we band together to advocate for our highest ideals, we can advance our common well-being and strengthen the fabric of our nation.”

Obama has remained involved in Democratic politics since leaving office and has participated in election campaigns for Democratic candidates. Obama has written three best-selling books that are unrelated to politics: Dreams from My Father (1995), The Audacity of Hope (2006), and A Promised Land (2020).


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