Research by Steven L. Brawley

Quotes Attributed to Jackie

  • When Harvard men say they have graduated from Radcliffe, then we've made it.
  • The only routine with me is no routine at all.
  • I'll be a wife and mother first, then First Lady.
  • A newspaper reported I spend $30,000 a year buying Paris clothes and that women hate me for it. I couldn’t spend that much unless I wore sable underwear.
  • It (the White House) looks like it’s been furnished by discount stores.
  • A camel makes an elephant feel like a jet plane. (India 1962)
  • I always wanted to be some kind of writer or newspaper reporter. But after college... I did other things.
  • There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all.
  • If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much.
  • Whenever I was upset by something in the papers, Jack always told me to be more tolerant, like a horse flicking away flies in the summer.
  • I want minimum information given with maximum politeness.
  • The one thing I do not want to be called is First Lady. It sounds like a saddle horse.
  • I want to live my life, not record it.
  • Even though people may be well known, they hold in their hearts the emotions of a simple person for the moments that are the most important of those we know on earth: birth, marriage and death.
  • One must not let oneself be overwhelmed by sadness.
  • Now, I think that I should have known that he was magic all along. I did know it - but I should have guessed that it would be too much to ask to grow old with and see our children grow up together. So now, he is a legend when he would have preferred to be a man.
  • Can anyone understand how it is to have lived in the White House and then, suddenly, to be living alone as the President's widow?
  • There are two kinds of women, those who want power in the world and those who want power in bed.
  • An editor becomes kind of your mother. You expect love and encouragement from an editor.
  • What is sad for women of my generation is that they weren't supposed to work if they had families. What were they going to do when the children are grown - watch the raindrops coming down the window pane.
  • We know you understand that even though people may be well known they still hold in their hearts the emotions of a simple person for the moments that are the most important of those we know on earth — birth, marriage, death. We wish our wedding to be a private moment in the little chapel among the cypresses of Skorpios.
  • Aristotle Onassis rescued me at a moment when my life was engulfed with shadows. He brought me into a world where one could find both happiness and love. We lived through many beautiful experiences together which cannot be forgotten, and for which I will be eternally grateful.
  • Every time we got off the plane that day, three times they gave me the yellow roses of Texas. But in Dallas they gave me red roses. I thought how funny, red roses — so all the seat was full of blood and red roses.
  • Dear God, please take care of your servant John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
  • The children have been a wonderful gift to me, and I’m thankful to have once again seen our world through their eyes. They restore my faith in the family’s future.
  • I think my biggest achievement is that, after going through a rather difficult time, I consider myself comparatively sane.
  • One man can make a difference and every man should try.
  • The river of sludge will go on and on. It isn’t about me.
  • It has helped me to be taken seriously as an editor, for my own abilities.
  • If you produce one book, you will have done something wonderful in your life.
  • I remember a taxi driver who said, “Lady, you work and you don’t have to?” I said, “Yes.” He turned around and said, “I think that’s great!"

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