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Laura Bush Quotes

Laura Welch Bush

Laura Bush quotes: regarding reading, education, patriotism and more.

“I am mindful that diversity is one of the strengths of the country.”

“You need to make sure that you help investigate what’s possible and not miss a really good opportunity.”

“Start with what you know.”

“Leadership is not about popularity, it is about doing what is right.”

“Listen to anyone who has a good idea to offer.”

“The power of a book lies in its power to turn a solitary act into a shared vision.  As long as we have books, we are not alone.”

“As parents, the most important thing we can do is read to our children early and often.  Reading is the path to success in school and life.  When children learn to love books, they learn to love learning.”

“The ages between birth and age five are the foundation upon which successful lives are built.”

“Research shows us that children who are read to from a very early age are more likely to begin reading themselves at an early age.  They’re more likely to excel in school.  They’re more likely to graduate secondary school and go to college.”

“A love of books, of holding a book, turning its pages, looking at its pictures, and living its fascinating stories goes hand-in-hand with a love of learning.”

“Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers.  And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open.”

“Every child in American should have access to a well-stocked school library.”

“When I was in my 20s, I was a bookworm—spent 12 hours of the day in the library.  How I met George, I’ll never know.”

“It’s been the pleasure of my life, reading.  And I made what I like to do best into my job, which was become a librarian.  A teacher and a librarian.”

“I miss teaching.  I love teaching.  And I have the opportunity, because I visit schools all the time, to still read with children and work with children.”

“So I think there will be a very good opportunity for me to continue all the things I’ve already done around libraries and literacy, working out of that library, and continuing to work in the U.S., and then on the international issues that I think are also very important—the ideas of international global literacy and especially the gender differences that have kept many women from being educated.”

“Education is the key.  With a really good education, you have a much broader view of the world.  Well-educated people can seek help for themselves.  They can help others.”

“An educated child is better equipped to handle all the challenges of life.”

“When young people have the opportunity to explore the arts and humanities and discover their creative side, a new world is opened to these students.”

“Women have a better chance to secure freedom and protect themselves from violence, from abuse, from injustice, if they are well-educated and know their rights.”

“There’s a very close tie between good health and good education.”

“I believe that women everywhere share the same dreams: to be educated, to live in peace, to enjoy good health, to be prosperous and to be heard.  And, of course, these dreams start with the education of girls.”

“Education is the living room of my life.”

“Time spent in nature decreases stress and anxiety and improves focus for adults as well as children.”

“I think there’s something about being with somebody you love that sort of dissipates some of the anxiety and uncertainty that you felt during the day.”

“No one likes to be criticized.”

“We can overcome evil with greater good.”

“When you reach out to others in need, when you reach out to the world, you really do have a satisfying life by helping others.”

“Americans have taken a look inward, reassessed our values, have realized that some of the basics in life are that which is most important—love of faith, love of family—and as a result our communities will be stronger.”

“We share values: rule of law, justice, human rights, human dignity, the right for women to participate equally in society.  These are very powerful messages.”

“Americans are good-hearted.  They want people to succeed.”

“I was so fortunate.  My parents lived lives of service.  They helped other people.  That was their second nature.  It came to them so naturally.  It wasn’t forced.  This is their character, and it’s a big advantage I have, being raised by people like this, having a secure and stable life, and a lot of love and encouragement.”

“I’m inspired by my faith of course, and all the different people around me.”

“Relationships are what make a life well lived.”

“I don’t know any First Ladies in my lifetime who didn’t succeed, and we benefit every time from the expertise of our First Ladies.  The things they’re interested in, their special talents and interests that they bring to the White House have benefited us every single time.”

“I like politics.  I like traveling in the United States.”

“Politics is a people business.  I like people.”

“I’ll continue to work on all the things that interested me.”

“The greatest honor of being First Lady was having the chance to witness every now and then, not just my husband, but all of America facing up to fear and shattering change and standing proud.”

“My life is much richer than I could have imagined as a girl gazing out at the pecan farms outside El Paso.  I never thought that after the dusty landscape of Midland I would see the dusty landscape of Afghanistan, or the lush jungles of the Thailand-Burma border, or so much of our own country.  I’ve been more fortunate than I ever dreamed.”

“In fact, I have the privilege of traveling around our country and meeting people all over the country who are making a huge difference in the lives of their neighbors and themselves.  That’s what I’m really fortunate to be able to do.”

“A quote from Barbara Bush: ‘Enjoy what you have now to the fullest.'”

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