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Barack Obama's Legacy In 8 Quotes

By Ivy Kuo, Legends Report Writer

While no president can ever be perfect, Barack Obama has always tried to instil the principle of personal responsibility in Americans. Here are 8 timeless quotes that sum up his ethos...

Can you imagine being responsible for the well-being, safety and future of your entire country? Imagine if that was your job! Barack Obama has dedicated the past 8 years and sacrificed numerous aspects of his personal life in order to serve his country. Working in one of the world’s most difficult jobs, he strived to create ripples of change from the very tip of the political system.

President Obama is known for his deep compassion for people from all walks of life, down-to-earth sense of humour, as well as a genuine humility despite his long list of accomplishments. He often humbly attributes his success to hard work and his family, which he calls his “home base”. As his presidency comes to a close, many are taking the time to reflect on his achievements.

Here are 8 quotes that I personally resonated with, as I believe they reflect President Obama’s commitment to improving the lives of citizens within America, and across the world. He is a testament to the principles of perseverance and hard work, which we can all glean wisdom from.

On Responsibility

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."

"Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it's not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. it's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere."

"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."

On Being Driven By Our Values

"We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense."

"If we aren't willing to pay a price for our values, then we should ask ourselves whether we truly believe in them at all."

"Faith doesn't mean that you don't have doubts."

On Living a Worthwhile Life

"When people are judged by merit, not connections, then the best and brightest can lead the country, people will work hard, and the entire economy will grow - everyone will benefit and more resources will be available for all, not just select groups."

"Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. And it will leave you unfulfilled."

Here is another incredibly powerful article about the late Jo Cox, on what it means to leave an inspiring legacy.

How to Apply This!

If you could be President or Prime Minister for a day, what is one change you would implement in your country?

If you could sum up in 3 words how you would want people to remember your legacy, what would they be?


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