101 Inspiring Barack Obama Quotes on Leadership and Change

Barack Obama is the first African American president who was inaugurated as the 44th US President on January 20, 2009.

Born to a white American mother and a Kenyan father, Obama spent his early years in Hawaii before obtaining degrees from Columbia University and Harvard Law School.

He made significant strides as a community organizer in Chicago, where he met his wife, Michelle.

His political journey took him from the Illinois state senate to the US Senate, culminating in his historic presidency.

Upon assuming office, Obama tackled significant challenges, including a recession, controversial financial bailouts and ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.


With the Democratic-controlled Congress, he improved the economy, passed health-care reform and withdrew most US troops from Iraq.

Despite setbacks, including unsuccessful negotiations on taxes, budgets and deficits and unachieved legislation on immigration reform and gun control, Obama invoked his executive authority to take decisive actions.

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After his two-term limit, Obama remained active in public affairs, focusing on the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, Illinois.

His inspirational leadership continues to spark conversations about change and resilience.

I have made a great list of quotes from Barack Obama for you.

Best Barack Obama Quotes

1. “There is no excuse for not trying.” ~ (Barack Obama).

2. “If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.” ~ (Barack Obama).

3. “Never give up on your dreams.” ~ (Barack Obama).

4. “Yes We Can!” ~ (Barack Obama).

5. “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.” ~ (Barack Obama).

6. “Our stories may be singular, but our destination is shared.” ~ (Barack Obama).

7. “We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it.” ~ (Barack Obama).

8. “Change is never easy, but always possible.” ~ (Barack Obama).

9 “Excuses are tools of the incompetent used to build bridges to nowhere and monuments of nothingness.” ~ (Barack Obama).

10. “Empathy is a quality of character that can change the world.” ~ (Barack Obama).

Great Barack Obama Quotes

11. “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.” ~ (Barack Obama).

12. “Keep exploring. Keep dreaming. Keep asking why. Don’t settle for what you already know. Never stop believing in the power of your ideas, your imagination, your hard work to change the world.” ~ (Barack Obama).

13. “Literacy is the most basic currency of the knowledge economy.” ~ (Barack Obama).

14. “We are running out of time.” ~ (Barack Obama).

15. “Nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.” ~ (Barack Obama).

16. “Hope – Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope!” ~ (Barack Obama).

17. “Your voice can change the world.” ~ (Barack Obama).

18. “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.” ~ (Barack Obama).

19. “For the world has changed, and we must change with it.” ~ (Barack Obama).

20. “I wish the country had fewer lawyers and more engineers.” ~ (Barack Obama).

21. “We don’t ask you to believe in our ability to bring change, rather, we ask you to believe in yours.” ~ (Barack Obama).

22. “Our destiny is not written for us, but by us.” ~ (Barack Obama).

23. “We remember, we rebuild, we come back stronger.” ~ (Barack Obama).

24. “The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create.” ~ (Barack Obama).

25. “We don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society.” ~ (Barack Obama).

26. “Nothing in life that’s worth anything is easy.” ~ (Barack Obama).

Powerful Barack Obama Quotes

27. “Reading is important. If you know how to read then the whole world opens up to you.” ~ (Barack Obama).

28. “The future is ours to win. But to get there we can’t just stand still…” ~ (Barack Obama).

29. “Reading is the gateway skill that makes all other learning possible.” ~ (Barack Obama).

30. “My identity might begin with the fact of my race, but it didn’t, couldn’t end there. At least that’s what I would choose to believe.” ~ (Barack Obama).

31. “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.” ~ (Barack Obama).

32. “Yes, we can. Yes, we can change. Yes, we can.” ~ (Barack Obama).

33. “Learning to stand in somebody else’s shoes, to see through their eyes, that’s how peace begins. And it’s up to you to make that happen. Empathy is a quality of character that can change the world.” ~ (Barack Obama).

34. “In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.” ~ (Barack Obama).

35. “Don’t just consume things, create things.” ~ (Barack Obama).

36. “If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists – to protect them and to promote their common welfare – all else is lost.” ~ (Barack Obama).

37. “We don’t turn back. We leave no one behind. We pull each other up.” ~ (Barack Obama).

38. “There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America – there’s the United States of America.” ~ (Barack Obama).

39. “A budget is more than just a series of numbers on a page; it is an embodiment of our values.” ~ (Barack Obama).

40. “What Washington needs is adult supervision.” ~ (Barack Obama).

41. “Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up.” ~ (Barack Obama).

42. “Don’t just get involved. Fight for your seat at the table. Better yet, fight for a seat at the head of the table.” ~ (Barack Obama).

43. “When times get tough, we don’t give up. We get up.” ~ (Barack Obama).

44. “Persevere. Nothing worthwhile is easy.” ~ (Barack Obama).

45. “A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.” ~ (Barack Obama).

46. “The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something.” ~ (Barack Obama).

47. “We have a choice. We can shape our future, or let events shape it for us. And if we want to succeed, we can’t fall back on the stale debates and old divides that won’t move us forward.” ~ (Barack Obama).

Famous Barack Obama Quotes

48. “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.” ~ (Barack Obama).

49. “You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.” ~ (Barack Obama).

50. “No one in America should ever be afraid to walk down the street holding the hand of the person they love.” ~ (Barack Obama).

51. “Every life must be given the chance to realize its full potential – that every life matters.” ~ (Barack Obama).

52. “The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but it doesn’t bend on its own.” ~ (Barack Obama).

53. “Be conscious of God and speak always the truth.” ~ (Barack Obama).

54. “Together, we’re going to finish the job we started.” ~ (Barack Obama).

55. “If you run you stand a chance of losing, but if you don’t run you’ve already lost.” ~ (Barack Obama).

56. “It’s not just enough to change the players. We’ve gotta change the game.” ~ (Barack Obama).

57. “When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk.” ~ (Barack Obama).

58. “All people should be treated equally, regardless of who they are or who they love.” ~ (Barack Obama).

59. “We rise and fall as one people, one nation.” ~ (Barack Obama).

60. “The easiest way to save money is to waste less energy.” ~ (Barack Obama).

61. “I will listen to you, especially when we disagree.” ~ (Barack Obama).

62. “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.” ~ (Barack Obama).

63. “Religious freedom doesn’t mean you can force others to live by your own beliefs.” ~ (Barack Obama).

Wise Barack Obama Quotes

64. “If you’re a strong man, you should not feel threatened by strong women.” ~ (Barack Obama).

65. “You have to exercise, or at some point you’ll just break down.” ~ (Barack Obama).

66. “We are not entitled to success – we have to earn it.” ~ (Barack Obama).

67. “The flame of the diya, or lamp, reminds us that light will ultimately triumph over darkness.” ~ (Barack Obama).

68. “Any fool can have a child. That doesn’t make you a father. It’s the courage to raise a child that makes you a father.” ~ (Barack Obama).

69. “We may have different backgrounds, but we believe in the same dream that says this is a country where anything’s possible. No matter who you are. No matter where you come from.” ~ (Barack Obama).

70. “Love and hope can conquer hate.” ~ (Barack Obama).

71. “The arts are what makes life worth living. You’ve got food, you’ve got shelter, yeah. But the things that make you laugh, make you cry, make you connect – make you love are communicated through the arts. They aren’t extras.” ~ (Barack Obama).

72. “In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it.” ~ (Barack Obama).

73. “No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.” ~ (Barack Obama).

74. “The Holy Koran tells us, ‘O mankind! We have created you male and a female; and we have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another.’” ~ (Barack Obama).

75. “We are reminded that in the fleeting time we have on this Earth, what matters is not wealth or status or power or fame, but rather how well we have Loved and what small part we have played in making the lives of other people better.” ~ (Barack Obama).

76. “Nobody cares how tough your upbringing was. Nobody cares if you suffered some discrimination.” ~ (Barack Obama).

77. “We have to uphold a free press and freedom of speech – because, in the end, lies and misinformation are no match for the truth.” ~ (Barack Obama).

78. “So don’t get cynical. Cynicism didn’t put a man on the moon. Cynicism has never won a war, or cured a disease, or built a business, or fed a young mind. Cynicism is a choice. And hope will always be a better choice.” ~ (Barack Obama).

79. “We have proved that the true strength of our nation comes not from the scale of our wealth but from the power of our ideals – opportunity, democracy, liberty and hope.” ~ (Barack Obama).

80. “Libraries remind us that the truth isn’t about who yells the loudest but who has the right information.” ~ (Barack Obama).

81. “So on this Human Rights Day, let us rededicate ourselves to the advancement of human rights and freedoms for all, and pledge always to live by the ideals we promote to the world.” ~ (Barack Obama).

Profound Barack Obama Quotes

82. “We are an American family and we rise and fall together as one nation.” ~ (Barack Obama).

83. “My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too.” ~ (Barack Obama).

84. “You can put lipstick on a pig. It’s still a pig.” ~ (Barack Obama).

85. “Young men need to show women the respect they deserve and recognize sexual assault and to do their part to stop it.” ~ (Barack Obama).

86. “No religion is responsible for terrorism. People are responsible for violence and terrorism.” ~ (Barack Obama).

87. “Sticking your head in the sand might make you feel safer, but it’s not going to protect you from the coming storm.” ~ (Barack Obama).

88. “I accept that people are going to call me awful things every day, and I will always defend their right to do so.” ~ (Barack Obama).

89. “Peace depends upon compromise among peoples who must live together long after our speeches are over, and our votes have been counted.” ~ (Barack Obama).

90. “Slowly, but surely, we are moving in the right direction. We’re on the right track. The economy is getting stronger.” ~ (Barack Obama).

91. “Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay, but we can honor their sacrifice.” ~ (Barack Obama).

92. “Every single American – gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, transgender – every single American deserves to be treated equally in the eyes of the law and in the eyes of our society. It’s a pretty simple proposition.” ~ (Barack Obama).

93. “The role of a citizen in our democracy does not end with your vote.” ~ (Barack Obama).

94. “Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation.” ~ (Barack Obama).

95. “No party has a monopoly on wisdom. No democracy works without compromise.” ~ (Barack Obama).

96. “The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are the people with something to hide.” ~ (Barack Obama).

97. “Life takes its own turns, makes its own demands, writes its own story, and along the way, we start to realize we are not the author.” ~ (Barack Obama).

98. “I face the world as it is and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people. Make no mistake, evil does exist in the world.” ~ (Barack Obama).

99. “Weapons of war have no place on our streets.” ~ (Barack Obama).

100. “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our Democracy; Tonight is your answer.” ~ (Barack Obama).

101. “I’m convinced that a world in which girls are educated is a safer, more stable, more prosperous place.” ~ (Barack Obama).

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Short Biography of Barack Obama

Barack Obama, born on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii, served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017, making history as the first African-American to hold the office.


Before his presidency, Obama was a U.S. Senator from Illinois and an Illinois state senator.

He graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he became the first black president of the Harvard Law Review.

Full Name Barack Hussein Obama II
Born August 4, 1961 (age 62) Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
44th POTUS January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017
Political party Democratic
Spouse Michelle Robinson (m. 1992)
Children Malia, Sasha
Parents Barack Obama Sr., Ann Dunham
Relatives Obama family
Residence Kalorama, Washington, D.C.
Education Columbia University (BA); Harvard University (JD)
Occupation Politician, Lawyer, Author
Websites Official website
Obama Foundation
White House Archives

His presidency included major reforms in health care and financial regulation, as well as ending a significant U.S. military presence in Iraq.

He also won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.

Quick Facts about Barack Obama

  • Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • His name means “one who is blessed” in Swahili.
  • Obama was the first U.S. president born in Hawaii and outside the continental U.S.
  • He served as the 44th president of the United States.
  • As a teenager, Obama worked at Baskin-Robbins, which led him to dislike ice cream later.
  • He prefers chocolate-peanut protein bars and Fran’s Smoked Salt Caramels.
  • Obama doesn’t drink coffee and rarely drinks alcohol, favoring black forest berry iced tea instead.
  • He enjoys cooking chili on the rare occasions he cooks.
  • Obama gets a weekly haircut from Zarif at Hyde Park Hair Salon for $21.
  • In high school, Obama admitted to using cocaine and marijuana.
  • He quit smoking in 2010, fearing his wife Michelle’s reaction.
  • While at Harvard, Obama tried out for a black pin-up calendar but was rejected.
  • He has read all the Harry Potter books with his daughter Malia.
  • Obama’s favorite book is Moby-Dick.
  • His favorite TV shows are Homeland and The Wire, and his favorite movies are Casablanca and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
  • His desk features a Kenyan egg carving symbolizing life’s fragility.
  • Obama carries a tiny Madonna and child statue and an Iraqi soldier’s bracelet for good luck.
  • He owns four pairs of the same black shoes and suits by Hart Schaffner Marx.
  • Obama’s father was Kenyan and his mother was American.
  • His father died in a car accident in 1982, and Obama last saw him in 1971.
  • He moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, in the 1960s with his mother and stepfather.
  • He has a multicultural extended family and lived with his grandmother in Hawaii during his youth.
  • Obama attended the elite Punahou School in Hawaii.
  • He has no full siblings but many half-siblings and one stepsister, Maya.
  • Neither of his parents lived to see him inaugurated as president.
  • Obama met his wife Michelle in 1989 at a Chicago law firm.
  • Their first date was to see Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing.
  • The Obamas have two daughters, Malia and Sasha.
  • He promised his daughters a puppy for his election win; they named him Bo.
  • Obama’s Secret Service codename was “Renegade.”
  • He earned a political science degree from Columbia University in 1983.
  • He graduated Magna cum Laude from Harvard Law School in 1991.
  • Obama has published three books and won two Grammy Awards.
  • He was listed among Time’s 100 most influential people multiple times.
  • He held one of the highest incoming president approval ratings at 69%.
  • His 2017 tweet about Charlottesville is the most-liked tweet record holder.
  • He was Illinois State Senator before becoming U.S. President.
  • Obama’s grandmother died just before his 2008 election victory.
  • He was the second president to take the oath of office four times.
  • He supports same-sex marriage.
  • Obama was the first sitting president to visit several countries including Cuba and Laos.
  • He was the first sitting president to visit a federal prison.
  • His presidency is noted for the Affordable Care Act, which extended health coverage to millions.
  • Obama ordered the operation that killed Osama Bin Laden.
  • He transformed the White House tennis court into a basketball court.
  • A microbrewery named a beer “Hop Obama” after him.
  • After leaving office, he vacationed with Richard Branson at Moskito Island.
  • He and Michelle have a production deal with Netflix.
  • They signed a £48 million book deal post-presidency.
  • The Obamas purchased a home in Washington’s Kalorama neighborhood and another in Martha’s Vineyard.

Top Questions about Barack Obama

Q: What is Barack Obama’s full name?

A: Barack Hussein Obama II.

Q: Why was Barack Obama so famous?

A: Barack Obama was notable as the first African American president of the United States, serving from 2009 to 2017. His presidency was marked by significant achievements such as navigating the country through the Great Recession and introducing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Q: When was Barack Obama born?

A: August 4, 1961.

Q: What happened to Barack Obama after he left office?

A: After his presidency, Barack Obama continued to reside in Washington, D.C. and began the construction of his presidential library in Chicago in 2021.

Q: Where was Barack Obama born?

A: Honolulu, Hawaii.

Q: What key reforms did Obama advocate for during his presidency?

A: Obama’s key legislative achievements include the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

Q: What is Barack Obama’s political party affiliation?

A: Democratic Party.

Q: What were some of Barack Obama’s major accomplishments as President?

A: Major accomplishments during his presidency included the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the Paris Agreement on climate change, economic revitalization following the 2008 financial crisis, and the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

Q: How old was Barack Obama when he was first inaugurated?

A: He was 47 years old.

Q: What is Barack Obama’s educational background?

A: Barack Obama studied at Columbia University and Harvard Law School.

Q: What is Barack Obama doing now?

A: Since leaving office, he has engaged in philanthropic activities, written a memoir titled “A Promised Land,” and remains active in political discourse and campaigning.

Q: Has Barack Obama received any awards or honors?

A: Yes, among various accolades, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.

Q: Does Barack Obama have any siblings?

A: Yes, he has a half-sister named Maya Soetoro-Ng.

Q: What is Barack Obama’s stance on gun control?

A: Barack Obama advocates for stricter gun control measures to reduce gun violence in the United States.

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