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The 5 Most Inspiring Quotes From Hillary Clinton’s History-Making Speech

June 8, 2016, 2:45 PM UTC

After winning four state primaries on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton addressed her supporters in Brooklyn, New York and claimed a historic first: the Democratic presidential nomination.

Looking comfortable and assured on stage, Clinton put her accomplishment—the first woman to become the presidential nominee of a major party—in a historical perspective, thanking the women who came before her, including her mother. She also congratulated Sen. Bernie Sanders on this campaign and attacked Donald Trump for trying to “take America backwards.” Finally, she looked forward, calling the end of the primaries “only the beginning of the work we’re called to do.”

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Here’s a look at five of the most powerful moments from her speech.

On becoming the first female nominee of a major party:

“Tonight’s victory is not about one person. It belongs to generations of women and men who struggled and sacrificed and made this moment possible. In our country, it started right here in New York, a place called Seneca Falls in 1848 where a small but determined group of women and men came together with the idea that women deserved equal rights and they set it forth in something called the declaration of sent and it was first time in human history that that kind of declaration occurred.”

On the future:

Yes, there are still ceilings to break for women and men for all of us. But don’t let anyone tell you that great things can’t happen in America. Barriers can come down. Justice and equality can win.


On her mother:

My mother believed that life is about serving others. And she taught me never to back down from a bully which it turns out was pretty good advice.

This past Saturday would have been her 97th birthday. She was born on June 4th, 1919 and some of you may know the significance of that date. On the the very day my mother was born in Chicago, Congress was passing the 19th amendment to the constitution. That amendment finally gave women the right to vote. And I really wish my mother could be here tonight… I wish she could see her daughter become the Democratic party’s nominee.


On Bernie Sanders’ supporters—and her own history of running for president:

Now I know it never feels good to put your heart into a cause or a candidate you believe in and to come up short. I know that feeling well.

On her differences with Donald Trump:

We believe that cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better division, empowerment is better than resentment and bridges are better than walls.