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.
At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.
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.
Future of his nation does not depend on what happens at the White House, but what happens at your house
Bias has to be taught. If you hear your parents downgrading women or people of different backgrounds, why, you are going to do that.
I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell this to my children, they just about throw up.
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.
Some people give time, some money, some their skills and connections, some literally give their life's blood . . . but everyone has something to give.
The home is the child's first school, the parent is the child's first teacher, and reading is the child's first subject.
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.
But why should we hear about body bags, and deaths, and how many, what day it's gonna happen, and how many this or what do you suppose? Or, I mean, it's, it's not relevant. So, why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?
The Titanic was built by professionals. The Ark was built by volunteers.
. . . learning never ends, and as we enter the next century, it will be more and more important for all Americans to be lifelong learners. . . . every one of us can contribute in some way to a better-educated America.
I think togetherness is a very important ingredient to family life.
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. Libraries and librarians have definitely changed my life ? and the lives of countless other Americans.
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.
Nancy Reagan was a perfectionist, and I am not.
I love talking to people, but what I really love is to feel you're doing something instead of sitting home and twiddling your thumbs.
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!
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.
I think the country has had enough Bushes.
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.
Cherish your human connections: your relationships with friends and family.
You may think the president is all-powerful, but he is not. He needs a lot of guidance from the Lord.
I don't think that's healthy for the country when anyone thinks their morals are better than anyone else's.
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