A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.
A nation ringed by walls would only imprison itself.
A world in which one percent of humanity controls as much wealth as the other 99 percent will never be stable.
Change is never easy, but always possible.
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.
Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. And it will leave you unfulfilled.
I know the history, but I refuse to be trapped by it.
I think one of the things that’s important for bringing about further progress is that we listen to each other and we understand our differences.
I think perhaps education doesn’t do us much good unless it is mixed with sweat.
I wish the country had fewer lawyers and more engineers.
If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.
In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it.
Money is not the only answer, but it makes a difference.
No war should ever be forgotten and no veteran should ever be overlooked.
Nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.
Our stories may be singular, but our destination is shared.
Real power means you can get what you want without having to exert violence.
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.
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’m going to press on.
There is no excuse for not trying.
There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America – there’s the United States of America.
War, no matter what our intentions may be, brings suffering and tragedy.
We are the change we have been waiting for.
We don’t ask you to believe in our ability to bring change, rather, we ask you to believe in yours.
We may come from different places and have different stories, but we share common hopes, and one very American dream.
We may not be able to stop evil in the world, but how we treat one another is entirely up to us.
Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up.
Why can’t I just eat my waffle?
Yes, we can!
You can put lipstick on a pig. It’s still a pig.
You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.
/ Barack Obama