Barbara Bush

(Barbara Pierce Bush)

Barbara Bush
Barbara Bush
  • Born: June 8, 1925
  • Died: April 17, 2018
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: First Lady









Quote Topics Cited
[The first lady broke her leg while sledding. Reporters asked if it was painful. The President stated that it "smarted a little." That's easy for him to say! Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Believe in something larger than yourself. Miscellaneous
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. Scandals
Diversity . . . like anything worth having . . . requires effort. Effort to learn about and respect difference, to be compassionate with one another, to cherish our own identity . . . and to accept unconditionally the same in all others. Miscellaneous
I may be the only mother in America who knows exactly where her son is at every moment. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I'm a liberal when it comes to human rights, the poor; so's George W. Bush.... But liberal and conservative don't mean much to me anymore. Does that mean we care about people and are interested and want to help? And if that makes you a liberal, so be it. Liberals & Conservatives
I'm here to talk about Job Corps training—just Job Corps training. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
No, I'm not. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
One of the myths is that I don't dress well. I dress very well—I just don't look so good. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Someday, someone will follow in my footsteps and preside over the White House as the President's spouse. And I wish him well. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
There are a lot of ways to serve and only one is being president. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Unless you speak English and read well, you'll never be a first-class citizen ... but when you say "official," that becomes a racial slur. English, Languages & Bilingualism
You may think the president is all-powerful, but he is not. He needs a lot of guidance from the Lord. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
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. Life ;Time
Believe in something larger than yourself... get involved in the big ideas of your time. Time
Bias has to be taught. If you hear your parents downgrading women or people of different backgrounds, why, you are going to do that. Women
Cherish your human connections - your relationships with friends and family. Families, Children & Parenting
Everything I worry about would be better if more people could read, write and comprehend.
Family and friends and faith are the most important things in your life and you should be building friendships. Life ;Religion & God ;Families, Children & Parenting
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 decided I ought to pick a project that would not be controversial, that would not really cost the government a lot of money. Government ;Money, Coins & Minting
I do have the most marvelous husband, children, and grandchildren.
I don't like attacking.
I don't like the blame game, though.
I don't think that's healthy for the country when anyone thinks their morals are better than anyone else's.
I hate abortions, but just could not make that choice for someone else.
I hate the fact that people think 'compromise' is a dirty word.
I have a pig valve.
I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell this to my children, they just about throw up. Families, Children & Parenting
I may be the only mother in America who knows exactly what their child is up to all the time. Time
I mean Afghanistan is a very rugged, complicated country.
I mean you can learn how to build a bullet or build a gun or build a bomb on the Internet.
I really built myself up, darn it, to be very strong.
I really feel very strongly that the person who runs for office is the courageous one, and the one who everybody has to know.
I really loved living in the White House, but I don't miss it at all.
I think togetherness is a very important ingredient to family life. Life ;Families, Children & Parenting
I want to still be able to garden while I can bend over.
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.
If you are the wife of a governor or the wife of a vice president, I think you can be prepared for it.
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.
I'm a little old-fashioned.
I'm not a competitive person, and I think women like me because they don't think I'm competitive, just nice. Women
I'm not a one-issue person.
I'm not being outspoken or pro or con abortion.
I'm not going to jump out of airplanes or anything like someone else I know.
I'm taking a vow not to advise.
I'm tired now of the elections.
I'm worried about parents who aren't parenting. Families, Children & Parenting
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. Life
It was the dumbest thing I had ever seen, but it's a family thing, and I guess it's clean. Families, Children & Parenting
I've done it all.
Let's judge a man on what he's done.
Life has changed enormously, and I hope - I hope more people read good things. Life ;Hope
My health is very good. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
My son, George, has been a bad, bad boy! Right, George?
My worst expectations never happened.
Nancy Reagan was a perfectionist, and I am not.
Never ask anyone over 70 how they feel. They'll tell you.
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. Success ;Families, Children & Parenting
Nobody likes a child to die or losing an election.
Nobody likes, you know, the ugly parts of politics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
One thing I can say about George... he may not be able to keep a job, but he's not boring.
People who worry about their hair all the time, frankly, are boring. Time
Raising five boys is a handful, trust me. Trust
Raising George Walker was not easy.
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!
Suddenly women's lib had made me feel my life had been wasted. Life ;Women
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. Time
The personal things should be left out of, in my opinion, out of platforms and conventions.
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.
The winner of the hoop race will be the first to realize her dream, not society's dream, her own personal dream. Society
Three publishers came to me at the White House after George lost and said, 'We would like to publish your book.' I said, 'Well, I don't have a book,' and they said well it's a well known fact that you have kept diaries.
To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there. Families, Children & Parenting
Value your friendship. Value your relationships. Friendship
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.
When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.
You can't tell a 6-year-old your sister is going to die.
You don't just luck into things as much as you would like to think you do. You build step by step, whether it is friendships or opportunities.
You get nothing done if you don't listen to each other.
You have to love your children unselfishly. That's hard. But it's the only way. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
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.
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. Families, Children & Parenting
You know, for one glorious half hour, I was the mother of the president-elect.
You try to do something every single day that will help an American or maybe someone overseas.