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10 Quotes from Barbara Bush That Will Inspire You

Wisdom and witticism from the beloved former First lady, who passed away this morning.
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Former First Lady Barbara Bush has passed away at the age of 92 in Houston. Earlier this week, it was reported that she was in "failing health" and would not be seeking additional medical treatment.

Bush had been suffering from both Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and congestive heart failure, and she had been recently hospitalized several times.

"My dear mother has passed on at age 92," reads a statement from her son, former president George W. Bush. "Laura, Barbara, Jenna, and I are sad, but our souls are settled because we know hers was. Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions."

Barbara Bush was only the second woman in U.S. history to serve as both the wife of one president and the mother of another. As first lady, she campaigned for several causes, but made improving literacy her focus. She and her husband had been married for over 70 years. They met as teenagers at a dance over Christmas break in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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Despite her condition, Bush appears to have enjoyed her life to the end. A source close to the family shared that she even was "having a bourbon" on Monday night.

According to an official statement made by George H. W. Bush's office, "the official funeral schedule will be announced as soon as is practical."

A staunch advocate for literacy education, Bush's candor and quick wit made her an admired figure on both sides of the aisle. Here, a selection of Bush's most quotable wisdom and witticisms.

ON SUCCESS:
"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."

ON GIVING:
"Some people give time, some money, some their skills and connections, some literally give their life's blood. But everyone has something to give."

ON PRIORITIZING:
"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."

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ON FAMILY:
"To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there."

ON STYLE:
"People who worry about their hair all the time, frankly, are boring."


ON LEARNING:
"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."

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ON LUCK:
"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."

ON AGING:
"Never ask anyone over 70 how they feel. They'll tell you."

ON CHARITY
"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."

ON PARENTING:
"You have to love your children unselfishly. That's hard. But it's the only way."

*These stories originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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