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Rose Kennedy

  • Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?

  • ... it is not tears but determination that makes pain bearable.

  • ... the secret of the Kennedy successes in politics was not money but meticulous planning and organization, tremendous effort, and the enthusiasm and devotion of family and friends.

  • I'm like old wine. They don't bring me out very often, but I'm well preserved.

    • Rose Kennedy,
    • in Newsweek ()
  • ... I don't think you're much good, unless you're doing good to someone.

    • Rose Kennedy,
    • 1911, in Laurence Leamer, The Kennedy Women ()
  • ... we decided that our kids were going to be our best friends and that we never could see too much of them.

    • Rose Kennedy,
    • 1939, in Laurence Leamer, The Kennedy Women ()
  • ... when all of us had time to be together we didn't want to share it with outsiders. As a result the Kennedy children became natives of the Kennedy family, first and foremost, before any city or any country.

    • Rose Kennedy,
    • 1939, in Laurence Leamer, The Kennedy Women ()
  • Life isn't a matter of milestones, but of moments.

    • Rose Kennedy
  • Sedentary people are apt to have sluggish minds. A sluggish mind is apt to be reflected in flabbiness of body and in a dullness of expression that invites no interest and gets none.

    • Rose Kennedy
  • I tell myself that God gave my children many gifts — spirit, beauty, intelligence, the capacity to make friends and to inspire respect. There was only one gift he held back — length of life.

    • Rose Kennedy
  • I've had an exciting life. I married for love and got a little money along with it.

    • Rose Kennedy
  • Prosperity tries the fortunate, adversity the great.

    • Rose Kennedy
  • It has been said that time heals all wounds. I don't agree. The wounds remain. Time — the mind, protecting its sanity — covers them with some scar tissue and the pain lessens, but it is never gone.

Rose Kennedy, U.S. public figure, philanthropist, mental health advocate

(1890 - 1995)

Full name: Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald Kennedy.