Selected Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Quotations
• 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.
• 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?
• I want to live my life, not record it.
• An Editor becomes kind of your mother. You expect love and encouragement from an Editor. (while Editor at Doubleday)
• Being a reporter seems a ticket out to the world.
• When Harvard men say they have graduated from Radcliffe, then we've made it.
• If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much.
• There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all.
• I'll be a wife and mother first, then First Lady.
• The one thing I do not want to be called is First Lady. It sounds like a saddle horse.
• 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? (1974, in McCall's)
• 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.
• I always wanted to be some kind of writer or newspaper reporter. But after college... I did other things.
• I don't think there are any men who are faithful to their wives.
• The first time you marry for love, the second for money, and the third for companionship.
• There are two kinds of women: those who want power in the world, and those who want power in bed.
• I think the best thing I can do is to be a distraction. A husband lives and breathes his work all day long. If he comes home to more table thumping, how can the poor man ever relax?
• Being away from home gave me the chance to look at myself with a jaundiced eye. I learned not to be ashamed of a real hunger for knowledge, something I had always tried to hide, and I came home glad to start in here again with a love for Europe that I am afraid will never leave me.
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Quote collection assembled by Jone Johnson Lewis. Each quotation page in this collection and the entire collection © Jone Johnson Lewis 1997-2005. This is an informal collection assembled over many years. I regret that I am not be able to provide the original source if it is not listed with the quote.
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