Barack Obama Quotes

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Muhammad Ali was The Greatest. Period.
β€” Barack Obama

Muhammad Ali

The absence of hope can rot a society from within.
β€” Barack Obama

hope

Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition.
β€” Barack Obama

ambition

Muhammad Ali shook up the world. And the world is better for it. We are all better for it.
β€” Barack Obama

Muhammad Ali

In the end, that's what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?
β€” Barack Obama

hope

Hope in the face of difficulty.  Hope in the face of uncertainty.  The audacity of hope!  In the end, that is God's greatest gift to us.
β€” Barack Obama

uncertainty hope

Self-reliance and independence can transform into selfishness and license, ambition into greed and a frantic desire to succeed at any cost.
β€” Barack Obama (The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream)

values

It is the language of values that people use to map their world. It is what can inspire them to take action, and move them beyond their isolation.
β€” Barack Obama (The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream)

values

After a century of striving, after a year of debate, after a historic vote, health care reform is no longer an unmet promise. It is the law of the land.
β€” Barack Obama

America

A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence.  Or a good piece of music.  Everybody can recognize it.  They say, "Huh. It works. It makes sense."
β€” Barack Obama (in The New Yorker)

compromise

... on of the differences between ideology and values: Values are faithfully applied to the facts before us, while ideology overrides whatever facts call theory into question.
β€” Barack Obama (The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream)

ideology values

I am angry about policies that consistently favor the wealthy and powerful over average Americans, and insist that government has an important role in opening up opportunity to all.
β€” Barack Obama (The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream)

regulations America government

In me, one of those flaws had proven to be a chronic restlessness; an inability to appreciate, no matter how well things were going, those blessings that were right there in front of me.
β€” Barack Obama (The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream)

gratitude personal

Someone once said that every man is trying to either live up to his father's expectations or make up for his father's mistakes, and I suppose that may explain my particular malady as well as anything else.
β€” Barack Obama (The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream)

personal father

We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times ... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK. That's not leadership. That's not going to happen.
β€” Barack Obama

environment

The nature of not only politics but, I think, social change of any sort is that it doesn't move in a straight line, and that those who are most successful typically are tacking like a sailor toward a particular direction.
β€” Barack Obama (in The New Yorker)

politics

I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we've struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We've made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions.
β€” Barack Obama

America equality

It was the labour movement that helped secure so much of what we take for granted today. The 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, family leave, health insurance, Social Security, Medicare, retirement plans. The cornerstones of the middle-class security all bear the union label.
β€” Barack Obama

organized labor

No, what's troubling is the gap between the magnitude of our challenges and the smallness of our politicsβ€”the ease with which we are distracted by the petty and trivial, our chronic avoidance of tough decisions, our seeming inability to build a working consensus to tackle any big problem.
β€” Barack Obama (The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream)

politics America

On every front there are clear answers out there that can make this country stronger, but we're going to break through the fear and the frustration people are feeling. Our job is to make sure that even as we make progress, that we are also giving people a sense of hope and vision for the future.
β€” Barack Obama

hope

Reagan spoke to America's longing for order, our need to believe that we are not simply subject to blind, impersonal forces but that we can shape our individual and collective destinies, so long as we rediscover the traditional virtues of hard work, patriotism, personal responsibility, optimism, and faith.
β€” Barack Obama (The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream)
... a tradition [to politics] based on the simple idea that we have a stake in one another, and that what binds us together is greater than what drives us apart, and that if enough people believe in the truth of that proposition and act on it, then we might not solve every problem, but we can get something meaningful done.
β€” Barack Obama (The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream)

politics inspirational

But our democracy might work a bit better if we recognized that all of us possess values that are worthy of respect: if liberals at least acknowledged that the recreational hunter feels the same way about his gun as they feel about their library books, and if conservatives recognized that most women feel as protective of their right to reproductive freedom as evangelicals do of their right to worship.
β€” Barack Obama (The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream)

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