jacqueline kennedy onassis Quotes

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Quotes

Birth Date: 1929-07-28 (Sunday, July 28th, 1929)
Date of Death: 1994-05-19 (Thursday, May 19th, 1994)

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Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.Sunday, October 20th, 1968

Quotes

    • One man can make a difference and every man should try.
    • A newspaper reported I spend $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.
    • He didn't even have the satisfaction of being killed for civil rights... it had to be some silly little Communist.
    • Dear God, please take care of your servant John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
    • A camel makes an elephant feel like a jet plane.
    • We know you understand that even though people may be well known they still 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, death. We wish our wedding to be a private moment in the little chapel among the cypresses of Skorpios.
    • 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.
    • Minimum information given with maximum politeness.
    • It looks like it's been furnished by discount stores.
    • The one thing I do not want to be called is First Lady. It sounds like a saddle horse.
    • You are about to have your first experience with a Greek lunch. I will kill you if you pretend to like it.
    • It was a very spasmodic courtship, conducted mainly at long distance with a great clanking of coins in dozens of phone booths.
    • What is sad for women of my generation is that they weren't supposed to work if they had families. What were they to do when the children were grown - watch raindrops coming down the windowpane?
    • One of the things I like about publishing is that you don't promote the editor - you promote the book and the author.
    • To think that I very nearly didn't go... What if I'd been here-out riding in Virginia or somewhere-Thank God I went with him.
    • The children have been a wonderful gift to me, and I'm thankful to have once again seen our world through their eyes. They restore my faith in the family's future.
    • One must not let oneself be overwhelmed by sadness.
    • The trouble with me is that I'm an outsider. And that's a very hard thing to be in American life.
    • The river of sludge will go on and on. It isn't about me.
    • I think my biggest achievement is that, after going through a rather difficult time, I consider myself comparatively sane.
    • We should all do something to right the wrongs that we see and not just complain about them.
    • There'd been the biggest motorcade from the airport. Hot. Wild. Like Mexico and Vienna. The sun was so strong in our faces. I couldn't put on sunglasses... Then we saw this tunnel ahead, I thought it would be cool in the tunnel, I thought if you were on the left the sun wouldn't get into your eyes...
    • They were gunning the motorcycles. There were these little backfires. There was one noise like that. I thought it was a backfire. Then next I saw Connally grabbing his arms and saying 'no, no, no, no, no,' with his fist beating. Then Jack turned and I turned. All I remember was a blue-gray building up ahead. Then Jack turned back so neatly, his last expression was so neat... you know that wonderful expression he had when they'd ask him a question about one of the ten million pieces they have in a rocket, just before he'd answer. He looked puzzled, then he slumped forward. He was holding out his hand ... I could see a piece of his skull coming off. It was flesh-colored, not white-he was holding out his hand ... I can see this perfectly clean piece detaching itself from his head. Then he slumped in my lap, his blood and his brains were in my lap ... Then Clint Hill [the Secret Service man], he loved us, he made my life so easy, he was the first man in the car ... We all lay down in the car ... And I kept saying, Jack, Jack, Jack, and someone was yelling 'he's dead, he's dead.' All the ride to the hospital I kept bending over him, saying 'Jack, Jack, can you hear me, I love you, Jack.'
    • His head was so beautiful. I tried to hold the top of his head down, maybe I could keep it in... but I knew he was dead.
    • When they carried Jack in, Hill threw his coat over Jack's head, and I held his head to throw the coat over it. It wasn't repulsive to me for one moment - nothing was repulsive to me -
    • These big Texas interns kept saying, 'Mrs. Kennedy, you come with us', they wanted to take me away from him... But I said 'I'm not leaving'... Dave Powers came running to me at the hospital, crying when he saw me, my legs, my hands were covered with his brains... When Dave saw this he burst out weeping... I said 'I'm not going to leave him, I'm not going to leave him'... I was standing outside in this narrow corridor... ten minutes later this big policeman brought me a chair.
    • I said, 'I want to be in there when he dies'... so Burkeley forced his way into the operating room and said, 'It's her prerogative, it's her prerogative...' and I got in, there were about forty people there. Dr. Perry wanted to get me out. But I said 'It's my husband, his blood, his brains are all over me.'
    • I held his hand all the time the priest was saying extreme unction.
    • The ring was all blood-stained... so I put the ring on Jack's finger... and then I kissed his hand...
    • Everytime we got off the plane that day, three times they gave me the yellow roses of Texas. But in Dallas they gave me red roses. I thought how funny, red roses- so all the seat was full of blood and red roses.
    • But there's this one thing I wanted to say... I'm so ashamed of myself... When Jack quoted something, it was usually classical... no, don't protect me now... I kept saying to Bobby, I've got to talk to somebody, I've got to see somebody, I want to say this one thing, it's been almost an obsession with me, all I keep thinking of is this line from a musical comedy, it's been an obsession with me... At night before we'd go to sleep... we had an old Victrola. Jack liked to play some records. His back hurt, the floor was so cold. I'd get out of bed at night and play it for him, when it was so cold getting out of bed... on a Victrola ten years old-and the song he loved most came at the very end of this record, the last side of Camelot, sad Camelot... 'Don't let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment that was known as Camelot.'...There'll never be another Camelot again...
    • Do you know what I think of history? ... For a while I thought history was something that bitter old men wrote. But Jack loved history so... No one'll ever know everything about Jack. But ... history made Jack what he was ... this lonely, little sick boy ... scarlet fever ... this little boy sick so much of the time, reading in bed, reading history ... reading the Knights of the Round Table ... and he just liked that last song. Then I thought, for Jack history was full of heroes. And if it made him this way, if it made him see the heroes, maybe other little boys will see. Men are such a combination of good and bad ... He was such a simple man. But he was so complex, too. Jack had this hero idea of history, the idealistic view, but then he had that other side, the pragmatic side... his friends were all his old friends; he loved his Irish Mafia.
    • History!... Everybody kept saying to me to put a cold towel around my head and wipe the blood off... later, I saw myself in the mirror; my whole face spattered with blood and hair... I wiped it off with Kleenex... History! ... I thought, no one really wants me there. Then one second later I thought, why did I wash the blood off? I should have left it there, let them see what they've done... If I'd just had the blood and caked hair when they took the picture ... Then later I said to Bobby- what's the line between history and drama? I should have kept the blood on.
    • 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.
    • I am a woman above everything else.
    • I always wanted to be some kind of writer or newspaper reporter. But after college... I did other things.
    • I don't think there are any men who are faithful to their wives.
    • 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 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 well matters very much.
    • The first time you marry for love, the second for money, and the third for companionship.
    • 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 types of women: those who want power in the world, and those who want power in the bedroom.
    • When Harvard men say they have graduated from Radcliffe, then we've made it.
    • 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.
    • I do not think it altogether inappropriate to introduce myself to this audience. I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris, and I have enjoyed it.
    • She changed the White House from a plastic to a crystal bowl.
    • The moment when she crawled out onto the back of the open limousine in which her husband had been murdered was the first and last time the American people would see Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis crawl... She was the last great private public figure in this country. In a time of gilt and glitz and perpetual revelation, she was perpetually associated with that thing so difficult to describe yet so simple to recognize, the apotheosis of dignity.
    • She made a rare and noble contribution to the American spirit. But for us, most of all she was a magnificent wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She graced our history. And for those of us who knew and loved her, she graced our lives.
    • Let the skeptics snort about Camelot, but there was something during the Kennedy years that was magic. Jackie was more of that than anyone admitted for a long while. She smoothed the rough Kennedy edges. As much as anyone in those heady days, she grasped the epic dimensions of the adventure. No small portion of the glamour of the Kennedy stewardship that lives on today came from her standards of public propriety and majesty.
    • I wanna be Jackie Onassis. I wanna wear a pair of dark sunglasses. I wanna be Jackie. Oooh, please don't die!
    • First the world will call me Bouvier, then I'll change to Jackie K. After my date with tragedy, I will let Aristotle take care of me, I want to be Jackie Onassis oh yeah....
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