An American attorney and politician, Barack Hussein Obama was the first African American to become the President of the United States. Obama was the 44th President of the country, and during the term of his office, the United States has very evidently progressed in numerous aspects, including social, economic, and political.
He has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 and won the Profile in Courage Award in 2017.
Besides his remarkable work as a politician, Obama has written more than 20 popularly acknowledged books including "A Promised Land", "Dreams from my Father", and many more.
Some of his greatly famous quotes are listed below:
If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress.
The path of life is undoubtedly a challenging one. But as long as you are walking on the right path, no matter how challenging it is, you are bound to make progress. But that will only happen if you are willing to stay strong and not give up. Only then, will you be able to excel and grow in life.
While we breath, we hope.
As long as our lungs have air inside them, it would be terrible of us to lose hope. Obama, through this quotation, passes a rather optimistic statement. He means that as long as we are alive, we should not stop hoping for better days, better things, and better people, for holding onto hope is what makes being alive more pure and worth it.
It's important that we're talking to each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.
One should be incredibly careful of their words, and what they're saying to people because once you say something, you cannot take it back. Apologies and a better understanding of your side might help clear the air a bit, but words stay with people forever, and words tend to cut deeper than knives.
This is why it is important that we think before we speak and let out words that will help and heal, and not destroy.
You can put lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig.
This quote highlights the fact that regardless of what you try to do, and the number of times you do it, a person who is bad and unkind, will continue to stay so. The most you could do is embellish the exterior, but if somebody is bad from the inside, then no matter what way light you put them in, they will stay the same and it is not going to change the way they are.
The sooner one realises this, the better it is for them in the long run.
You cannot let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.
Obama has very righteously given this great quote.
Our failures and mistakes don't define us; rather they help us grow and help us shape a better version of ourselves. If we let our failures scare us into giving up, then we would never be able to continue the path of growth and success, because no path in life is free of obstacles and hindrances. The real test is whether we are able to overcome them by fighting them head-on, and get up after falling, instead of losing hope.
Therefore, never let your fears and failures rule you, instead rule them, and you will even learn a thing or two from them!
Change is never easy, but always possible.
Change in life is always difficult to deal with. But it is an inevitable part of everyone's life which they need to come to terms with. And the sooner they do that, the easier and better it gets for them to adjust and adapt to it.
Change at times can be excruciatingly painful, but it is always good in the long run and for the future of a person.
No matter how hard it might be, it is never impossible, and if you are willing to change, you very well can.
We may not be able to stop evil in the world, but how we treat one another is entirely up to us.
The world is full of hatred and unpleasant people and things, and we might not be able to strip all the evil from the world, but what we could do is try changing ourselves and our surroundings first.
The world might be bad, but there is no reason why we should be too. Being kind, compassionate, and polite to other people is the key to change because it all starts from you and within you.
Where you are right now doesn't have to determine where you'll end up.
The place or situation you are in presently, is not necessarily the place you will always be in. If it's not where you want to be, then all you need to do is put your time, energy, and efforts correctly and in the correct place, so that you end up in the place you want to be.
It might be tough and challenging, but it is always possible.
There is no excuse for not trying.
One cannot possibly argue over not trying. There are no excuses or reasons that are valid enough for someone to not even try something. What's the worst-case scenario if you do? You might fail. But you also might pass and excel. Even if you don't, at least your failures and mistakes will teach you a lesson and help you grow.
This is why not even trying is actually the worst-case scenario, and not losing.
Be conscious of God and speak always the truth.
Never support dishonesty and avoid keeping an ignorant attitude towards being truthful. Don't think that no one would come to know, instead, think about yourself because you know. Have a conscience strong enough to stop you from lying, regardless of what the situation is.
Always think about the aftermath, for no matter how brilliantly one lies, the truth can only be kept hidden for so long; it is bound to get out. Besides, honestly is the best policy.
I had nothing to escape from except my own inner doubt.
Obama has tried to narrate the journey of his own life through this quote. By this, he means that self-doubts and inhibitions are your only worst enemy, and one should get rid of them because they will stunt your growth as a person in life.
Once a person rises above his/her doubts and questions, they become unstoppable.
Look at yourself before you pass judgement. Don't make someone else clean up your mess.
Before judging anybody else, always look in the mirror and remind yourself that nobody is perfect, and so neither are you. Even while giving some advice to someone else, make sure you practice what you preach.
One should always be careful before judging anybody else, for if you pass a particular judgement without thinking and contemplating, you would be giving the other person a chance to belittle you even more.
We now live in a world where the most valuable skill you could sell is knowledge.
Knowledge is not only the most valuable skill but also the best asset there is. This is because having information, facts, and skills related to anything at all is of major importance; without that, one is unable to comprehend or understand at all, thereby unable to carry out a task to its maximum potential.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we have been waiting for. We are the change we seek.
There is no right time or right opportunity for change to come; one has to utilise whatever opportunity they have got for change comes from the moment you work towards bringing it. If you wait for other people to come along or help you out, you are simply going to fall behind. You are all that you need, for change comes from within and by oneself, it has nothing to do with time or other people.
Each of us deserves the freedom to pursue our own version of happiness. No one deserves to be bullied.
Everybody's perception of life and the way of living it is different, just as everybody's idea of happiness differs from one another. Just because one's idea of being happy does not seem to match yours or fit your perspective; it does not mean that it is invalid or weird. It simply means that there is a difference of opinion, as there will be in so many other things too because everyone tends to function uniquely.
Nobody deserves to be mocked or bullied for how their version of happiness is.
Religious freedom does not mean you can force others to live by your own beliefs.
Religious freedom relates to the ability to freely practice or support the religion of your own choice, or to not follow any. It, however, does not mean to belittle any other religion or to force others to follow the religion you support, in the slightest.
The religious beliefs that you consider essential, somebody else might not and it is highly important to accept the fact that it is completely up to the person whether or not he/she is willing to follow a particular religion or does not wish to follow any. No one can and nobody should force or project their beliefs on other people.
How could we judge other men until we had stood in their shoes?
We have absolutely no right to judge anybody else until and unless we have ever been in their place or underwent, they experience they did. As long as we don't physically or mentally go through something that somebody else did, we would have no idea as to how they must have felt; we can only think about it or imagine being there and that is not enough to tell somebody about something they have endured and not us.
We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect.
Rather than striving for perfection, one should focus more on their efforts, dedication, and determination towards their task or work and give it their best while knowing that it might not turn out to be the way they wanted it to and even if it did, it is not going to be perfect. Accepting this is an essential factor in life because if one keeps on getting discouraged because of imperfection, then they won't be able to move ahead in the course of their life.
Confidence. The secret to a man's success.
Being confident matters the most in the journey of success and happens to be the key aspect behind one's growth too. If one is confident and self-aware, then he/she does not have anything to worry about for neither people's attempts to bring them down nor their own fears or doubts would be able to shake their resolve.
But one also has to be careful to not let their confidence change into arrogance or cockiness because that will cost them and only have them fall behind rather than moving forward.
You can't plan out your life. What you have to do first is discover your passion – what you really care about.
It is not humanely possible for one to have their entire life mapped out in front of them in any circumstance. Life is like a huge puzzle that one can only move forward by fitting the pieces into their places one by one.
What you can and should do is find your strengths, your passion, something that speaks for your personality and identifies you, something that is yours. Once you discover what you like the most, chase after it and chase after it hard and with all your might.
Co-author: Khushi Shah
Khushi has just passed her school and is now studying at PDPU. Apart from writing, she likes to sketch and dance. She also has other blogs where she posts proses and poetry.