Michelle Obama
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama waves as she stands between Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy (L) and Vice President Biden's wife Dr. Jill Biden (R) as they attend U.S. President Barack Obama's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington, January 12, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The First Lady has always referenced her own story growing up and the struggles she had to go through during her high school days in order to get where she did. Now, despite each person’s political views, there’s no denying Michelle Obama is awesome. As a FLOTUS, Michelle has fought for children’s health and education, women empowerment amongst many other cause dear to her heart. On top of that, every speech and interview she provides us with inspirational sayings and hopeful anecdotes; all of that while looking stunning every single time. So in order to celebrate her 52nd birthday, we put together some of her best phrases:

“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once but don't ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”

“Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own.”

“Instead of letting your hardships and failures discourage or exhaust you, let them inspire you. Let them make you even hungrier to succeed.”

"Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected."

"There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish."

"No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens."

"It's OK to feel the sadness and the grief that comes with those losses, but instead of letting those feelings defeat you, let them motivate you."

“One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.”

"I want you to understand that every scar that you have is a reminder not just that you got hurt, but that you survived."

"There will be all kinds of folks who are eager to help you, but they are not going to come knocking on your door to find you."

“Choose people who lift you up.”

"When girls are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous."

“Ultimately this issue is on us. We're the ones who make the decisions about what our kids eat.”

"Understand that getting help isn't a sign of weakness but a sign of strength."

“Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate, your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.”

“I hate fund-raising. Haaaaate it. Hate, hate it.”

“I am so tired of fear. And I don't want my girls to live in a country, in a world, based on fear.”

“I'm a fry lover.”

“We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own 'to do' list.”

“That’s what’s always made this country great—embracing the diversity of experience and opinion that surrounds us everywhere we go.”

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