Top 639 Quotes & Sayings by Famous First ladies

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With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once but don't ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.
Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers. And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open.
To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there. β€” Β© Barbara Bush
To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.
To my young friends out there: Life can be great, but not when you can't see it. So, open your eyes to life: to see it in the vivid colors that God gave us as a precious gift to His children, to enjoy life to the fullest, and to make it count. Say yes to your life.
The first time you marry for love, the second for money, and the third for companionship.
Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.
You cannot change a person. Let them be. Let them be the way they are.
A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be.
Art is the window to man's soul. Without it, he would never be able to see beyond his immediate world; nor could the world see the man within.
I have an independent streak. You know, it's kind of hard to tell a independent woman what to do.
Being first lady is the hardest unpaid job in the world.
A woman's place in public is to sit beside her husband, be silent, and be sure her hat is on straight.
Clouds and darkness surround us, yet Heaven is just, and the day of triumph will surely come, when justice and truth will be vindicated. β€” Β© Mary Todd Lincoln
Clouds and darkness surround us, yet Heaven is just, and the day of triumph will surely come, when justice and truth will be vindicated.
I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.
It is one of my sources of happiness never to desire a knowledge of other people's business.
I majored in geology in college but have majored in Herbert Hoover ever since.
If a man amounts to much in this world, he must encounter many and varied annoyances whose number mounts as his effectiveness increases.
I think imagination is one of the greatest blessings of life.
I had a career. His name was Ike.
Well, Warren Harding, I have got you the presidency. What are you going to do with it?
I have commenced my auspicious reign and am in quiet possession of the Presidential Mansion... this winter I intend to do something in the way of entertaining that shall be the admiration and talk of all Washington world.
Oh how I wish he (Franklin Pierce) was out of political life! How much better it would be for him on every account!
I do not dislike teaching when the boys behave themselves.
I had 3 brothers, 2 died early, and one of them was living a good long time.
A camel makes an elephant feel like a jet plane.
My husband and I are big givers to charity, and we are teaching our son Barron all about giving his old toys away to children who might not have any.
Leadership is not about popularity, it is about doing what is right.
I'm very political. I'm not political in public; I'm political at home.
I urge researchers to make use of the opportunities that are available to them and to do all they can to fulfill the promise that stem cell research offers.
Art is the window to man's soul. Without it, he would never be able to see beyond his immediate world; nor could the world see the man within.
The English language lacks the words 'to mourn an absence.' For the loss of a parent, grandparent, spouse, child or friend we have all manner of words and phrases, some helpful, some not. Still, we are conditioned to say something, even if it is only 'I am sorry for your loss.' But for an absence, for someone who was never there at all, we are wordless to capture that particular emptiness. For those who deeply want children and are denied them, those missing babies hover like silent, ephemeral shadows over their lives. Who can describe the feel of a tiny hand that is never held?
Women in particular need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health, because if we're scurrying to and from appointments and errands, we don't have a lot of time to take care of ourselves. We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own 'to do' list.
I was keenly aware that I had a unique opportunity, a front row seat, on an unfolding story and nobody else was going to see it from quite the vantage point that I saw it.
My style has stayed pretty consistent over the years. I always wear what I like and what is appropriate for the occasion.
I live a very dull life here... indeed I think I am more like a state prisoner than anything else.
And I have always told the patients when I talk to them. When they come around and say, 'What will you have to drink? Oh that's right you don't drink.' Just speak up and say, 'Of course I drink. But I just don't drink alcohol.'
Donald is intensely loyal. To family, friends, employees, country.
I'll never forget the day that I was told I would have to have a mastectomy. My reaction to the words was total denial. β€” Β© Betty Ford
I'll never forget the day that I was told I would have to have a mastectomy. My reaction to the words was total denial.
I am only fond of what comes from the heart.
Clouds and darkness surround us, yet Heaven is just, and the day of triumph will surely come, when justice and truth will be vindicated. Our wrongs will be made right, and we will once more taste the blessings of freedom
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.
As for accomplishments, I just did what I had to do as things came along.
Pearls are always appropriate.
The problem is when that fun stuff becomes the habit. And I think that's what's happened in our culture. Fast food has become the everyday meal.
I know what’s best for the President. I put him in the White house. He does well when he listens to me and poorly when he does not.
Early in my modeling career, when I was a teenager, I really took care of my skin. I didn't get too much sun exposure, and I moisturized.
The only routine with me is no routine at all.
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. β€” Β© Barbara Bush
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.
The coach has turned into a pumpkin and the mice have all run away.
It is done... the precious portrait placed in the hands of the gentlemen for safe keeping.
He (Abraham Lincoln) said he wanted to visit the Holy Land and see those places hallowed by the footprints of the Saviour. He was saying there was no city he so much desired to see as Jerusalem. And with the words half spoken on his tongue, the bullet of the assassin entered the brain, and the soul of the great and good President was carried by the angels to the New Jerusalem above.
One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don't invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.
If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice, or representation.
Even when people can't speak your language, they can tell if you have love in your heart.
This is a place where you can go, that you can feel safe and look inside yourself and discover yourself.
Having babies is a blessing, not a duty.
For me, books have been a life-long resource-to learning, laughter, solace, excitement, inspiration. At your library, the world awaits you, free for the asking.
I have been very happy with my homes, but homes really are no more than the people who live in them.
I have only one real hobby - my husband.
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