(July 28, 1929 - May 19, 1994)
Full name - Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis - Wife of President
and First Lady of the United States from 1961 to 1963.
- "A camel makes an elephant feel like a jet plane."
- "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."
- "An Editor becomes kind of your mother. You expect love and encouragement from an Editor."
- "Being a reporter seems a ticket out to the world."
- "Being away from home gave me the 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, and I came home glad to start in here again with a love for Europe that I am afraid will never leave me."
- "Can anyone understand how it is to have lived in the White House and then, suddenly, to be living alone as the President's widow?"
- "Dear God, please take care of your servant John Fitzgerald Kennedy."
- "Even though people may be well known, they hold in their hearts the emotions of a simple person for the moments that are the most important of those we know on earth: birth, marriage and death."
- "He didn't even have the satisfaction of being killed for civil rights. it had to be some silly little Communist."
- "History - its what those bitter old men write."
- "I always wanted to be some kind of writer or newspaper reporter. But after college... I did other things."
- "I am a woman above everything else."
- "I don't think there are any men who are faithful to their wives."
- "I don't understand it. Jack will spend any amount of money to buy votes but he balks at investing a thousand dollars in a beautiful painting."
- "I have been through a lot and have suffered a great deal. But I have had lots of happy moments, as well. Every moment one lives is different from the other. The good, the bad, hardship, the joy, the tragedy, love, and happiness are all interwoven into one single, indescribable whole that is called life. You cannot separate the good from the bad. And perhaps there is no need to do so, either."
- "I think the best thing I can do is to be a distraction. A husband lives and breathes his work all day long. If he comes home to more table thumping, how can the poor man ever relax?"
- "I totally believe in the war. You've got to fight for what you believe in. You have to finish what you start."
- "I want minimum information given with maximum politeness."
- "I want to live my life, not record it."
- "I'll be a wife and mother first, then First Lady."
- "If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do matters very much."
- "It helped her [Caroline] learn that something you create yourself is the best kind of present."
- "It looks like it's been furnished by discount stores."
- "It was a very spasmodic courtship, conducted mainly at long distance with a great clanking of coins in dozens of phone booths."
- "Now, I think that I should have known that he was magic all along. I did know it - but I should have guessed that it would be too much to ask to grow old with and see our children grow up together. So now, he is a legend when he would have preferred to be a man."
- "Sex is a bad thing because it rumples the clothes."
- "She saved all of those poems in a scrapbook, ... And when I look at the scrapbook, it brings back so many memories of fights we used to have or the people we used to be, what we liked to do."
- "The first time you marry for love, the second for money, and the third for companionship."
- "The one thing I do not want to be called is First Lady. It sounds like a saddle horse."
- "The only routine with me is no routine at all."
- "There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all."
- "There are two kinds of women, those who want power in the world and those who want power in bed."
- "What is sad for women of my generation is that they weren't supposed to work if they had families. What were they going to do when the children are grown - watch the raindrops coming down the window pane?"
- "When Harvard men say they have graduated from Radcliffe, then we've made it."
- "Whenever I was upset by something in the papers, Jack always told me to be more tolerant, like a horse flicking away flies in the summer."
- "You are about to have your first experience with a Greek lunch. I will kill you if you pretend to like it."
- "You have to have been a Republican to know how good it is to be a Democrat."
The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
by Caroline Kennedy