You can't tell a 6-year-old your sister is going to die.
— Barbara Bush
I don't like the blame game, though.
I'm not a one-issue person.
I decided I ought to pick a project that would not be controversial, that would not really cost the government a lot of money.
Family and friends and faith are the most important things in your life and you should be building friendships.
My worst expectations never happened.
I hate the fact that people think 'compromise' is a dirty word.
You get nothing done if you don't listen to each other.
I do have the most marvelous husband, children, and grandchildren.
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 really built myself up, darn it, to be very strong.
People who worry about their hair all the time, frankly, are boring.
Nobody likes a child to die or losing an election.
Life has changed enormously, and I hope - I hope more people read good things.
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.
I don't think that's healthy for the country when anyone thinks their morals are better than anyone else's.
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'm a little old-fashioned.
If you are the wife of a governor or the wife of a vice president, I think you can be prepared for it.
I have a pig valve.
You try to do something every single day that will help an American or maybe someone overseas.
I'm not going to jump out of airplanes or anything like someone else I know.
Raising George Walker was not easy.
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 mean Afghanistan is a very rugged, complicated country.
Let's judge a man on what he's done.
Nancy Reagan was a perfectionist, and I am not.
I want to still be able to garden while I can bend over.
I really loved living in the White House, but I don't miss it at all.
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.
You know, for one glorious half hour, I was the mother of the president-elect.
My health is very good.
I don't like attacking.
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 mean you can learn how to build a bullet or build a gun or build a bomb on the Internet.
I'm tired now of the elections.
Never ask anyone over 70 how they feel. They'll tell you.
Value your friendship. Value your relationships.
I've done it all.
Raising five boys is a handful, trust me.
I'm taking a vow not to advise.
Suddenly women's lib had made me feel my life had been wasted.
I'm not being outspoken or pro or con abortion.
I really feel very strongly that the person who runs for office is the courageous one, and the one who everybody has to know.
Everything I worry about would be better if more people could read, write and comprehend.
Nobody likes, you know, the ugly parts of politics.
I'm worried about parents who aren't parenting.
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 hate abortions, but just could not make that choice for someone else.
The personal things should be left out of, in my opinion, out of platforms and conventions.