知性時代女性典範！25 句 Michelle Obama 具啟發性的格言
談到第一夫人 Michelle Obama ，不少人都會留意到她的時尚品味，或是她的幽默風趣，甚至在背後默默支持 Obama 當上了8 年的美國總統，而這 8 年間，Michelle Obama 亦多次於公開演講中，發表了充滿智慧，具啟發性的格言，能夠說出如此有力量的說話，不只是學歷，更是充滿閱歷，大概這就是知性時代女性應要俱備的。
"When someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don't stoop to their level. No, our is, when they go low, we go high."
"Every day, you have the power to choose our better history — by opening your hearts and minds, by speaking up for what you know is right."
"Don't ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on hope and possibility. Make decisions based on what should happen, not what shouldn't."
"No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half its citizens.
當一個女孩從小被愛培育成長，她會有無限可能性，我就是最好的例子。 "I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them."
"When girls are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous."
請大家不要忘記：我並不是生來就是第一夫人。我學習法律，我為這個城市工作過，我經營過非牟利機構，我亦管理過一家醫院。我在不同介別工作過，經歷過挫折，面對過一些不實的指控。生活從來不容易，但從中你會學習如何保護自己，學會如何擺脫那些流言。 "Let us not forget: I didn't just wake up First Lady... I mean, I went to law school, I practised law, I worked for the city, I ran a (and) I was an executive at a hospital. I've been in the world. I've worked in every sector, and you don't do that without coming up against some stuff. You know, having your feelings hurt, having people say things about you that aren't true… Life hits you, so over the course of living, you learn how to protect yourself in it. You learn to take in what you need and get rid of the stuff that's clearly not true."
"Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own."
膚色，財富，這些無關痛癢的東西仍然影響著我們對另一人的印象。這是很悲哀的一件事，因為最不能夠反映我們內涵的就是膚色。 "We're so afraid of each other... Colour, wealth, these things that don't really matter still play too much of a role in how we see one another. And it's sad, because the thing that least defines us is the colour of our skin."
如果我的未來僅憑考試成績來決定的話，我不可能站在這裡。我可以保證。 "If my future were determined just by my performance on a standardised test, I wouldn't be here. I guarantee you that."
成為總統不會改變你的為人 ﹣ 而是會揭示你的為人。 "Being president doesn't change who you are – it reveals who you are."
奧巴馬和我都不是成長於富裕的家庭，但家人給我們的卻更珍貴：無私的愛及奉獻，並給予我們機會到不同地方探索。 "Barack and I were both raised by families who didn't have much in the way of money or material possessions but who had given us something far more valuable – their unconditional love, their unflinching sacrifice, and the chance to go places they had never imagined for themselves."
我最重要的頭銜是"mom-in-chief"。女兒一直都會是我的最愛，我世界的中心。 "My most important title is "mom-in-chief". My daughters are still the heart of my heart and the centre of my world."
一個有能力，值得被當成榜樣的男人，不需要透過貶低女性令自已高人一等。 "Strong men, men who are truly role models, don't need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful."
我們知道每一句說話，每一個動作都會影響小孩。作為父母，最重要的是為他們立下一個好榜樣。 "With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us. We as parents, are their most important role models."
自由不是理所當然的。想想你們的上一代所做的，你們有責任保護自由，裝備自己，隨時為自己發聲。 "You cannot take your freedoms for granted. Just like generations who have come before you, you have to do your part to preserve and protect those freedoms... you need to be preparing yourself to add your voice to our national conversation."
如果想要變得成熟，首先我們要思想成熟。如果我們想要感到有希望，我們先要說有希望的話語。 "If we want maturity, we have to be mature. If we want a nation that feels hopeful, then we have to speak in hopeful terms… We have to model what we want."
仍然有很多原因值得我們犧牲，很多歷史等待我們改寫。 "There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made."
我每天都在一間由奴隸建造的房子中醒來，看著我兩個女兒 - 聰慧美麗的黑人少女在白宮的草地玩狗。 "I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women playing with their dogs on the White House lawn."
你努力過，你做得很出色，然後你走向機會的大門，請不要就此把這扇門關上。轉身，並向那些曾經幫助你的人給予同樣的機會。 "When you've worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed."