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Lady Bird Johnson

  • Science and time and necessity have propelled us, the United States, to be the general store of the world, dealers in everything. Most of all, merchants for a better way of life.

    • Lady Bird Johnson,
    • in Newsweek ()
  • Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.

  • Then there's the joy of getting your desk clean, and knowing that all your letters are answered, and you can see the wood on it again.

  • While the spirit of neighborliness was important on the frontier because neighbors were so few, it is even more important now because our neighbors are so many.

  • I love Washington, but it is a self-important town.

  • ... any committee is only as good as the most knowledgeable, determined and vigorous person on it. There must be somebody who provides the flame ...

  • It's odd that you can get so anesthetized by your own pain or your own problem that you don't quite fully share the hell of someone close to you.

  • A politician ought to be born a foundling and remain a bachelor ...

    • Lady Bird Johnson,
    • in Myra MacPherson, The Power Lovers: An Intimate Look at Politicians and Their Marriages ()
  • The first lady is, and always has been, an unpaid public servant elected by one person, her husband.

    • Lady Bird Johnson,
    • in U.S. News and World Report ()
  • ... become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.

    • Lady Bird Johnson,
    • in Jean Flynn, Lady: A Biography of Claudia Alta (Lady Bird) Johnson ()
  • Perhaps no place in any community is so democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest.

    • Lady Bird Johnson,
    • in William R. Evans III and Andrew Frothingham, eds., Crisp Toasts ()
  • Where flowers bloom, so does hope.

    • Lady Bird Johnson,
    • in Public Roads, vol. 61 ()
  • I have learned something about the job of being the President's wife. She is not chosen by anyone except her husband and she really has no obligations except to him.

    • Lady Bird Johnson,
    • speech (1968), in William O. Foss, First Ladies Quotations Book ()
  • [On trouble:] Walk away from it until you get stronger. All your troubles will be there when you get back, but you'll be better able to cope.

    • Lady Bird Johnson

Lady Bird Johnson, U.S. first lady, wildflower conservationist, businesswoman

(1912 - 2007)

Full name: Claudia Alta Taylor Johnson.