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We here at BUST are suffering from a case of Michelle Obama withdrawal. You probably are too. Here, then, are a gathering of inspiring quotes and photos to help soothe the pain.


'Let's be very clear: Strong men — men who are truly role models — don't need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful. People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together.'

michele barrack copyimage via Instagram/MichelleObama44

'Every girl, no matter where she lives, deserves the opportunity to develop the promise inside of her.'

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'We've got a responsibility to live up to the legacy of those who came before us by doing all that we can to help those who come after us.'

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'My message to women: Do what makes you feel good, because there'll always be someone who thinks you should do it differently. Whether your choices are hits or misses, at least they're your own.'

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'I never cut class. I loved getting A's, I liked being smart. I liked being on time. I thought being smart is cooler than anything in the world.'

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'In our house, we don't take ourselves too seriously, and laughter is the best form of unity, I think, in a marriage.'

obama familyimage via Instagram/MichelleObama44

'My happiness isn't connected to my husband's or my boss's or my children's behavior. You have control over your own actions, your own well-being.'

Michelle Dogimage via instagram/michelleObama44

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

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'To me, with age, everything has gotten better. You have way more control; you know yourself better.'

Michelle Dancing image via instagram/michelleObama44 photo cred. Pete Souza

We learned about gratitude and humility - that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean... and we were taught to value everyone's contribution and treat everyone with respect.

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'The arts can enrich all of us in this nation as individuals. The arts can enrich all of our communities and the country. And the arts can connect us to each other like nothing else can.'

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'My ability to get through my day greatly depends on the relationship that I have with other women...We have to be able to champion other women. We have to root for each other's successes and not delight in one another's failures.'

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'For me, being a mother made me a better professional, because coming home every night to my girls reminded me what I was working for. And being a professional made me a better mother, because by pursuing my dreams, I was modeling for my girls how to pursue their dreams.'

Obama Famimage via instagram/michelleObama44

'I try to have no absolute nos. I love french fries, I like a good burger, and I like pie. And that's okay.'        

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Miriam Mosher graduated from Smith College before moving to New York where she is a writer by day and beer maven by night. She is a proud feminist, a champion of the semicolon and an avid thrifter. See more from Miriam at Bushwick Daily and Two Cities Literary Review.  

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