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5 Must-Read Quotes From the Speeches of First Ladies and First Lady Hopefuls

5 Must-Read Quotes From the Speeches of First Ladies and First Lady Hopefuls

With convention season upon us, we anxiously await the speeches of today, tomorrow, and the future. But, while we look ahead to what the future may hold, MAKERS is looking back as well.

Scroll through memory lane to read five memorable quotes from speeches given by First Ladies and First Lady hopefuls.

Michelle ObamaDemocratic National Convention 2008
"You work hard for what you want in life... your word is your bond and you do what you say you're going to do... you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don't know them, and even if you don't agree with them."

Teresa Heinz Kerry | Democratic National Convention 2004
"There is a value in taking a stand whether or not anybody may be noticing it and whether or not it is a risky thing to do. And if even those who are in danger can raise their lonely voices, isn’t it more that is required of all of us, in this land where liberty had her birth?... My right to speak my mind, to have a voice, to be what some have called "opinionated," is a right I deeply and profoundly cherish. And my only hope is that, one day soon, women — who have all earned their right to their opinions — instead of being called opinionated, will be called smart and well-informed, just like men."

Laura Bush | Republican National Convention 2004
"Our nation has not always lived up to its ideals, yet those ideals have never ceased to guide us. They expose our flaws, and they lead us to mend them. We are the beneficiaries of the work of the generations before us, and it is each generation's responsibility to continue that work."

Hillary ClintonU.N. World Conference in Beijing 1995
"If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights once and for all."

Eleanor Roosevelt | Democratic National Convention 1940
"We cannot tell from day to day what may come. This is no ordinary time. No time for weighing anything except what we can do best for the country as a whole, and that responsibility rests on each and every one of us as individuals."

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