Do not ever let anyone make you feel like you don’t matter or like you don’t have a place in our American story because you do.
Don’t let anyone speak for you, and don’t rely on others to fight for you.
I was too worried about the grades and I should have been more worried about learning.
The arts and humanities define who we are as a people. That is their power — to remind us of what we each have to offer, and what we all have in common. To help us understand our history and imagine our future. To give us hope in the moments of struggle and to bring us together when nothing else will.
My happiness is tied to how I feel about myself.
Every day, through engagement in the arts, our children learn to open their imagination, to dream just a little bigger and to strive every day to reach those dreams.
Believe it or not, when we were first married, our combined monthly student loan bills were actually higher than our mortgage.
You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.
Every day, the people I meet inspire me… every day, they make me proud… every day they remind me how blessed we are to live in the greatest nation on earth.
But cute only lasts for so long, and then it’s, ‘Who are you as a person?’ Look at the heart. Look at the soul. Look at how the guy treats his mother and what he says about women. How he acts with children he doesn’t know. And, more important, how does he treat you?
Let me tell you something. For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country, because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.
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.
You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.
First and foremost, I wear what I love. That’s what women have to focus on: what makes them happy and what makes them feel comfortable and beautiful. If I can have any impact, I want women to feel good about themselves and have fun with fashion.
I hate diversity workshops. “Real change comes from having enough comfort to be really honest and say something very uncomfortable.
We have an obligation to fight for the world as it should be.
Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg or your brain, it’s still an illness, and there should be no distinction.
We should always have three friends in our lives-one who walks ahead who we look up to and follow; one who walks beside us, who is with us every step of our journey; and then, one who we reach back for and bring along after we’ve cleared the way.
I admit it: I am louder than the average human being and have no fear of speaking my mind. These traits don’t come from the color of my skin but from an unwavering belief in my own intelligence.