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Ann Richards

  • [On George H.W. Bush:] Poor George, he can't help it — he was born with a silver foot in his mouth.

    • Ann Richards,
    • in The London Independent ()
  • [On a Republican policy:] That dog won't hunt.

    • Ann Richards,
    • speech, Democratic National Convention ()
  • This election is a contest between those who are satisfied with what they have, and those who know we can do better. That's what this election is really all about. It's about the American dream — those who want to keep it for the few and those who know it must be nurtured and passed along.

    • Ann Richards,
    • speech, Democratic National Convention ()
  • You don't have to be from Waco to know that when the Pentagon makes crooks rich and doesn't make America strong, that it's a bum deal.

    • Ann Richards,
    • speech, Democratic National Convention ()
  • I did not want my tombstone to read, 'She kept a really clean house.' I think I'd like them to remember me by saying, 'She opened government to everyone.'

    • Ann Richards,
    • in The New York Times ()
  • ... in politics, your enemies can't hurt you, but your friends will kill you.

    • Ann Richards,
    • in The New York Times ()
  • [On ineffective government programs:] You can put lipstick and earrings on a hog and call it Monique, but it's still a pig.

    • Ann Richards,
    • in The New York Times ()
  • You bet being funny helps accomplish things. I've always maintained that people don't realize how many brain cells it takes to be funny. And politics ought to be fun — after baseball it's our next favorite national pastime.

    • Ann Richards
  • Teaching was the hardest work I had ever done, and it remains the hardest work I have done to date.

    • Ann Richards
  • The roosters may crow, but the hens deliver the goods.

    • Ann Richards
  • The here and now is all we have, and if we play it right it's all we'll need.

    • Ann Richards
  • Nothing gets conservatives more excited or frothing at the mouth quicker than what's going on in other folks' bedrooms.

    • Ann Richards

Ann Richards, U.S. politician, governor

(1933 - 2006)

Full name: Dorothy Ann Willis Richards.