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I want to still be able to garden while I can bend over.
– Barbara Bush
I really loved living in the White House, but I don’t miss it at all.
It was the dumbest thing I had ever seen, but it’s a family thing, and I guess it’s clean.
My health is very good.
Let’s judge a man on what he’s done.
I do have the most marvelous husband, children, and grandchildren.
When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.
The personal things should be left out of platforms at conventions. You can argue yourself blue in the face, and you’re not going to change each other’s minds. It’s a waste of your time and my time.
I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell this to my children, they just about throw up.
I really feel very strongly that the person who runs for office is the courageous one, and the one who everybody has to know.
If human beings are perceived as potentials rather than problems, as possessing strengths instead of weaknesses, as unlimited rather that dull and unresponsive, then they thrive and grow to their capabilities.
I’m not a competitive person, and I think women like me because they don’t think I’m competitive, just nice.
Nobody likes, you know, the ugly parts of politics.
Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people – your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.
The winner of the hoop race will be the first to realize her dream, not society’s dream, her own personal dream.
Believe in something larger than yourself… get involved in the big ideas of your time.
You just don’t luck into things as much as you’d like to think you do. You build step by step, whether it’s friendships or opportunities.
Somewhere out in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the president’s spouse. I wish him well!
My son, George, has been a bad, bad boy! Right, George?
To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.
You know sit with your arm around a little kid and read. It not only teaches them to read but it keeps the family strong.
You have to love your children unselfishly. That’s hard. But it’s the only way.
Nobody likes a child to die or losing an election.
The state dinner is almost a formula, but you try to make it interesting. You try not to overload it with too many political types. You try to get a cross section.
I’m a great believer that the most important years are the sort of early years but the preschool years and then into the first and second grades. If you get a good base in the first and second grade and you can read, you can do anything.
It seems to me I spent my life in car pools, but you know, that’s how I kept track of what was going on.
Well, look at what people are doing for returned veterans now. The wounded warriors. They’re working hard to make the wounded veterans feel that they are loved and welcomed home, unlike Vietnam. It was not a very kind, gentle world then. I think we are kinder and gentler.
I don’t like attacking.
Cherish your human connections – your relationships with friends and family.
Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others.