52+ Best Barbara Bush Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Barbara Pierce Bush was the first lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993 as the wife of George H. W. Bush, and founder of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Barbara Bush’s most memorable and timeless quotes will inspire you in witty way.

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Most Famous Barbara Bush Quotes

If human beings are perceived as potentials rather than problems, as possessing strengths instead of weaknesses, as unlimited rather that dull and unresponsive, then they thrive and grow to their capabilities. – Barbara Bush

When you come to a roadblock, take a detour. – Barbara Bush

Well, look at what people are doing for returned veterans now. The wounded warriors. They’re working hard to make the wounded veterans feel that they are loved and welcomed home, unlike Vietnam. It was not a very kind, gentle world then. I think we are kinder and gentler. – Barbara Bush

And who knows? Somewhere out there in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow my footsteps and preside over the White House as the president’s spouse. I wish him well! – Barbara Bush

The personal things should be left out of platforms at conventions. You can argue yourself blue in the face, and you’re not going to change each other’s minds. It’s a waste of your time and my time. – Barbara Bush

Believe in something larger than yourself… get involved in the big ideas of your time. – Barbara Bush

You don’t just luck into things as much as you’d like to think you do. You build step by step, whether it’s friendships or opportunities. – Barbara Bush

At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent. – Barbara Bush

Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others. – Barbara Bush

You just don’t luck into things as much as you’d like to think you do. You build step by step, whether it’s friendships or opportunities. – Barbara Bush

You get nothing done if you don’t listen to each other. – Barbara Bush

You know, sit with your arm around a little kid and read. It not only teaches them to read but it keeps the family strong. – Barbara Bush

You have to love your children unselfishly. That’s hard. But it’s the only way. – Barbara Bush

Bias has to be taught. If you hear your parents downgrading women or people of different backgrounds, why, you are going to do that. – Barbara Bush

Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people — your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way. – Barbara Bush

You must read to your children and you must hug your children and you must love your children. Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens in the White House, but on what happens inside your house. – Barbara Bush

When faced with backlash from her 1990 commencement speech at Wellesley College she responded with, No big deal. Even I was 20 once. – Barbara Bush

People who worry about their hair all the time, frankly, are boring. – Barbara Bush

Never ask anyone over 70 how they feel. They’ll tell you. – Barbara Bush

Clinton lied. A man might forget where he parks or where he lives, but he never forgets oral sex, no matter how bad it is. – Barbara Bush

When all the dust is settled and all the crowds are gone, the things that matter are faith, family, and friends… We have been inordinately blessed, and we know that. – Barbara Bush

George Bush has given me the world. He is the best – thoughtful and loving. I am still old and still in love with the man I married 72 years ago. – Barbara Bush

I know there is a great God, and I’m not worried. – Barbara Bush

War is not nice. – Barbara Bush

You may think the president is all powerful, but he is not. He needs a lot of guidance from the Lord. – Barbara Bush

I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell this to my children, they just about throw up. – Barbara Bush

I am still old and still in love with the man I married years ago. – Barbara Bush

Cherish your human connections – your relationships with friends and family. – Barbara Bush

The darn trouble with cleaning the house is it gets dirty the next day anyway, so skip a week if you have to. The children are the most important thing. – Barbara Bush

To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there. – Barbara Bush

I hate the fact that people think ‘compromise’ is a dirty word. – Barbara Bush

Whether you are talking about education, career, or service, you are talking about life. And life must really have joy. It’s supposed to be fun. – Barbara Bush

You have two choices in life; you can either like what you do or dislike what you doI have chosen to like what I do. – Barbara Bush

Libraries have always seemed like the richest places in the world to me, and I’ve done some of my best learning and thinking thanks to them. – Barbara Bush

Study hard, work hard, and play hard too. – Barbara Bush

Why be afraid of what people will say? Those who care about you will say, ‘Good luck!’ and those who care only about themselves will never say anything worth listening to anyway. – Barbara Bush

Don’t cry over things that were or things that aren’t. Enjoy what you have now to the fullest. – Barbara Bush

Your success as a family. Our success as a nation. Depends not on what happens inside the White House, but on what happens inside your house. – Barbara Bush

The home is the child’s first school, the parent is the child’s first teacher, and reading is the child’s first subject. – Barbara Bush

The Titanic was built by professionals. The Ark was built by volunteers. – Barbara Bush

Where will our country find leaders with integrity, courage, strength-all the family values-in ten, twenty, or thirty years? The answer is that you are teaching them, loving them, and raising them right now. – Barbara Bush

I’m a liberal when it comes to human rights, the poor; so’s George Bush but Liberal and Conservative don’t mean much to me anymore. Does that mean we care about people and are interested and want to help? And if that makes you a Liberal, so be it. – Barbara Bush

If more people could read, write, and comprehend, we could be much closer to solving so many of the other problems our country faces today. – Barbara Bush

Future of his nation does not depend on what happens at the White House, but what happens at your house – Barbara Bush

Some people give time, some money, some their skills and connections, some literally give their life’s blood, but everyone has something to give. – Barbara Bush

learning never ends, and as we enter the next century, it will be more and more important for all Americans to be lifelong learnersevery one of us can contribute in some way to a better-educated America. – Barbara Bush

Show me a wife who doesn’t offer advice and I’ll show you one who doesn’t care very much. – Barbara Bush

Family and friends and faith are the most important things in your life, and you should be building friendships. – Barbara Bush

I think togetherness is a very important ingredient to family life. – Barbara Bush

Whatever the era…one thing will never change: Fathers and mothers, if you have children, they must come first. – Barbara Bush

I think a lot of our problems are because people don’t listen to our children. It is not always easy. They’re not always so brilliant that you want to spend hours with them. But it is very important to listen to them. – Barbara Bush

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