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Jenna Bush Hager

Jenna Bush Hager quotes: 43rd’s daughter educates us.

“Life is wild and precious.  I think everyone’s life is probably wild, because you just don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow.”

“I’m glad I made mistakes, even at the expense of late-night comedy making fun of me.  I think it is important for young people to fall down and be able to get back up again.”

“Feeling like you need to be perfect is unrealistic and boring.”

“One of the things that my parents did well was allow us to be flawed, to grow as people, to be able to make mistakes safely, to find out who we are and to have our own opinions.  People are always surprised to learn that my sister and I were able to form our own opinions, especially as adults, but my parents didn’t talk us into anything.”

“I don’t think I’m portrayed in the media the way I really am – but then, who is?”

“I can’t wish I weren’t something that I am.”

“I want to do the best I can for my family, my work and myself.”

“Our parents have always encouraged us to be independent and dream big.”

“People laugh at this, but I think my dad was a feminist.  He showed us that we could be whatever we wanted to be.  I want my girls to feel that way.  I want them to feel strong and capable and feel like they can conquer the world.”

“We always felt sorry for the boys in class because our dad led us to believe that we were the smartest, most capable kids out there.”

“I think the thing that my parents did so well and might surprise people, although I don’t know why, is that they really wanted us to be curious, independent thinkers.  They wanted to raise us to have our own views and to be able to articulate them.  They didn’t steer us down any certain path; they encouraged healthy discourse around the table and wanted us to be curious and have discussions where we disagreed on things.  They let us figure things out for ourselves.  I want to be like that.”

“I’m more like my father, personality-wise.  But my mom and I get alone really well – obviously, because my mom and my dad get along so well.”

“As I’ve gotten older, my mannerisms are more and more like my mom’s.  Also, she was an educator – she’s extremely passionate about education and children.  I guess I inherited that in some way.”

“I’m sure there were times when I wish I had thought, ‘Gosh, that might really embarrass mom and dad,’ but our parents didn’t raise us to think about them.  They’re very selfless and they wanted us to have as normal of a college life as possible.  So really, we didn’t think of any repercussions.”

“College is a time, in a safe way, to make mistakes and explore who you are.”

“When we were rude and disrespectful teenagers, my dad’s favorite line was, ‘I love you.  There’s nothing you can do to make me stop loving you.  So stop trying.'”

“I think I’ve become more like my mom just because of what we’re both interested in: children and teaching and writing.”

“I hope that I serve by being a teacher.  As a teacher you can see the difference in kids who have parents who were involved.  That difference, by the time these kids get to the third grade, is drastic.”

“There’s no job that’s more rewarding than being with kids.  I adore it.”

“Kids see you for your heart; they don’t care who your dad is.”

“I hope to focus on what I’m passionate about because I think I’d do the best job on them: education, urban education, women and children’s issues, and literacy.”

“My sister started a global health nonprofit, and so I work with her a lot as well.  I stay involved because it’s part of who I am – service is sort of integrated with everything I do.  It’s important to me.”

“Whether an action large or small, everyone has the ability to make a profound impact on the lives of others.”

“Writers know – especially new writers – that a lot of it (the creative process) is the prewriting stage, the talking, brainstorming, the narrative arc, and the character sketches.”

“I’m a perfectionist – I could rewrite forever.”

“I hope to continue writing.  I hope to continue teaching.”

“I read a lot, probably a book a week.”

“I get to do a thousand different things and that makes life chaotic and really interesting.”

“I didn’t surprise myself from staying in media so long.  I surprised myself by going into it, because it happened organically and spontaneously.  I was on the Today Show for books that I wrote and the executive producer kept reaching out and told me, ‘You’re really good on TV, is it something you’d ever do?’  I laughed for a year, because I loved teaching and also I spent a lot of my formative years running away from the media – from some of the exact people I work with, like Savannah.  Going into it was a surprise, although my parents didn’t find it surprising.  They said I was always the entertainer and liked to tell stories.  I’m not surprised I’ve stayed in it because it’s actually really fun, and it’s such a privilege to tell people’s stories.  I adore the people I work with, too.”

“It’s important to have different opinions.  It makes telling the truth – writing authentic, genuine pieces – more important than ever.”

“I like to interview people who are change-makers or legends.”

“Because I have been interviewed all my life, I could tell when somebody was authentically trying to listen to my story, and I could tell when they had a bias.  So I knew how important it was to sit down with people and really listen to their stories, to what moved them.”

“Our life has been wild in so many ways.  And in grand ways, obviously.”

“I’m living my dream job!”

“My parents taught us it’s important to give back.”

“I think there are many ways to serve your country.”

“When you grow up as the daughters of George and Laura Bush, you develop a special appreciation for how blessed we are to live in this great country.”

“Take all that you have seen, the people you have met, the lessons you have learned, and let that help guide you in making positive change.  We have no doubt you will.”

“Let’s make our lives matter.  Let’s make our lives count.”

Now here’s grandma Barbara with some wise words of her own.

About the author: Cory Johnson likes hip-hop, comedy, cold beer, curvy women and writing. His net worth is $11 million. Here’s how he did it.