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Rosalynn Carter

  • I had learned from more than a decade of political life that I was going to be criticized no matter what I did, so I might as well be criticized for something I wanted to do.

  • I am much more political than Jimmy and was more concerned about popularity and winning re-election, but I have to say that he had the courage to tackle the important issues, no matter how controversial — or politically damaging — they might be. And I admire him for it. (Often during his term, we used to sit around and try to think of something he was doing that was popular!)

  • My greatest disappointment in all the projects I worked on during the White House years was the failure of the Equal Rights Amendment to be ratified. ... Why all the controversy and why such difficulty in giving women the protection of the Constitution that should have been theirs long ago?

  • First ladies throughout our history have been expected to be adoring wives and perfect mothers ...

  • You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can.

    • Rosalynn Carter,
    • in Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Everything to Gain: Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life ()
  • I think the city of Washington itself is insular to a certain extent. You have to get out in the country to realize what is going on and discover that the perceptions in Washington aren't necessarily accurate.

    • Rosalynn Carter,
    • speech (1984), in William O. Foss, First Ladies Quotations Book ()
  • A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be.

    • Rosalynn Carter,
    • in Reader's Digest ()
  • You must accept that you might fail; then, if you do your best and still don't win, at least you can be satisfied that you tried. If you don't accept failure as a possibility, you don't set high goals, you don't branch out, you don't try — you don't take the risk.

    • Rosalynn Carter
  • If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can't accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.

    • Rosalynn Carter
  • Don't worry about polls, but if you do, don't admit it.

    • Rosalynn Carter
  • Without volunteers, we'd be a nation without a soul.

    • Rosalynn Carter

Rosalynn Carter, U.S. first lady, businesswoman, humanitarian


Rull name: Eleanor Rosalynn Smith Carter.