The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something.
We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it.
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.
We still believe that this should be a place where you can make it if you try.
You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
Money is not the only answer, but it makes a difference.
Peace is not merely the absence of visible conflict.
If you’re a strong man, you should not feel threatened by strong women.
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.
The best judge of whether or not a country is going to develop is how it treats its women.
The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I am going to press on.
We proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things and tackling our biggest challenges.
Hope is the basis of our nation, the belief that destiny is written by us.
I think when you spread the wealth around it’s good for everybody.
I am not king. I can’t do these things just by myself.
The sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer.
Where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes We Can.
Clear-eyed, we can understand that there will be war, and still strive for peace.
When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk.
We should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children’s expectations.
When times get tough, we don’t give up. We get up.
The cynics may be the loudest voices – but I promise you, they will accomplish the least.
No one built this country on their own. This nation is great because we built it together.
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.
Change is never easy, but always possible.
Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail.
The thing about hip-hop today is it’s smart, it’s insightful. The way they can communicate a complex message in a very short space is remarkable.
What we can do is to live out our lives as best we can with purpose, and love, and joy. We can use each day to show those who are closest to us how much we care about them and treat others with the kindness and respect that we wish for ourselves. We can learn from our mistakes and grow from our failures. And we can strive at all costs to make a better world.
A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.
If somebody is different from you, that’s not something you criticize, that’s something that you appreciate.
Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up.
Love and hope can conquer hate.
It’s not just enough to change the players. We’ve gotta change the game.
If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.
We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world – including in my own country.