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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

  • If you bungle raising your children I don't think whatever else you do will matter very much.

    • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,
    • in Charlotte Curtis, First Lady ()
  • For a while I thought history was something that bitter old men wrote. But then I realized history made Jack what he was. ... For Jack, history was full of heroes.

    • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,
    • in Theodore H. White, Life ()
  • You have to have been a Republican to know how good it is to be a Democrat.

    • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,
    • in Deane Fons Heller, Jacqueline Kennedy ()
  • [On John F. Kennedy:] ... now he is a legend when he would have preferred to be a man.

    • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,
    • "A Memoir," in Look Magazine ()
  • The greatest responsibility is your children. If my children turned out badly, I'd feel that nothing I had done was worthwhile.

    • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,
    • in Ruth Montgomery, Hail to the Chiefs ()
  • Being a journalist seemed the ideal way of both having a job and experiencing the world, especially for anyone with a sense of adventure.

    • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,
    • in Ms. ()
  • [Her guidelines for dealing with the press:] ... minimum information given with maximum politeness.

    • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,
    • in Ralph G. Martin, A Hero for Our Time ()
  • The one thing I do not want to be called is First Lady. It sounds like a saddle horse. Would you notify the telephone operators and everyone else that I'm to be known simply as Mrs. Kennedy and not as First Lady.

    • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,
    • in Peter Collier and David Horowitz, The Kennedys: An America Drama ()
  • [On Hillary Rodham Clinton:] She always looks so adorable, and she's intrepid; she's the biggest bargain America ever got, bigger than that Louisiana Purchase from my French friends.

    • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,
    • quoted by Raymond Marriner Schwartz in The New York Times Magazine ()
  • So many people, you know, hit the White House with their dictaphone running. I never even kept a journal. I thought, 'I want to live my life, not record it.'

    • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,
    • 1981, in Laurence Leamer, The Kennedy Women ()
  • I will tell you one thing. They will never drag me out like a little old widow like they did Mrs. Wilson when President Wilson died. I will never be used that way.

    • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,
    • 1963, in Laurence Leamer, The Kennedy Women ()
  • We are the only country in the world that trashes its old buildings. Too late we realize how very much we need them.

    • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,
    • in David Lester, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis ()
  • You must continue. Poets are the ones who change the world.

    • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,
    • letter to a young poet, in Bill Adler, ed., The Quotable Kennedys ()
  • [To Oleg Cassini:] Just make sure no one has exactly the same dress I do ... I want all of mine to be original & no fat little woman hopping around in the same dress.

    • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,
    • 1960, in William O. Foss, First Ladies Quotations Book ()
  • I think my biggest achievement is that after going through a rather difficult time, I consider myself comparatively sane. I'm proud of that.

    • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,
    • in Paul F. Boller, Jr., Presidential Wives ()
  • Being away from home gave me a 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 ...

    • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,
    • in Edward Klein, All Too Human: The Love Story of Jack and Jackie Kennedy ()
  • An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.

    • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
  • A newspaper reported that I spent $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.

    • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,
    • in Kitty Kelley, Jackie Oh! ()

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. first lady, editor

(1929 - 1994)

Full name: Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.