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Barbara Bush Quotes


The wife of the 41st President of the United States George H. W. Bush, and served as First Lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993.
(1925 – )

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And who knows? Somewhere out there 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!
 

At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.
 

Believe in something larger than yourself... get involved in the big ideas of your time.
[Spirituality]
 

Bias has to be taught. If you hear your parents downgrading women or people of different backgrounds, why, you are going to do that.
 

Cherish your human connections - your relationships with friends and family.
 

Clinton lied. A man might forget where he parks or where he lives, but he never forgets oral sex, no matter how bad it is.
 

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.
 

I listen and give input only if somebody asks.
[Self Control]
 

I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell this to my children, they just about throw up.
[Companionship]
 

I may be the only mother in America who knows exactly what their child is up to all the time.
[America]
 

I think togetherness is a very important ingredient to family life. It's a cliche and we use it too much but I think for a husband and wife, the way to stay close is to do things together and share.
[Friendship]
 

I'm not a competitive person, and I think women like me because they don't think I'm competitive, just nice.
[Helping Other People]
 

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.
 

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.
 

It was the dumbest thing I had ever seen, but it's a family thing, and I guess it's clean.
 

My son, George, has been a bad, bad boy! Right, George?
 

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.
 

One thing I can say about George... he may not be able to keep a job, but he's not boring.
[Able]
 

Some people give time, some money, some their skills and connections, some literally give their life's blood . . . but everyone has something to give.
[Self Knowledge]
 

Someday, someone will follow in my footsteps and preside over the White House as the President's spouse. And I wish him well.
[Goals]
 


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