Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, warmly known as Jackie O., would have been 86 years old on Tuesday. She was born on July 28, 1929 in Southampton, New York. She became the first lady in 1961 when her husband John F. Kennedy took office and during her time in The White House she positively influenced a nation of young women with her style and grace. She was also well-known for her efforts to restore The White House to its original elegance.
Kennedy Onassis died of cancer in 1994 when she was 64 years old. She was buried next to President John F. Kennedy’s gravesite at the Arlington National Cemetery. She left behind a number of inspiring and enlightening quotes, and in honor of her birthday, some of her most notable ones are posted below, courtesy of Goodreads, Brainyquote, and Ranker.
1. “One must not let oneself be overwhelmed by sadness. ”
2. “If you cut people off from what nourishes them spiritually, something in them dies.”
3. “History – it’s what those bitter old men write.”
4. “Being away from home gave me a chance to look at myself with a jaundiced eye.”
5. “Once you can express yourself, you can tell the world what you want from it. . . All the changes in the world, for good or evil, were first brought by words.”
6. “The first time you marry for love, the second for money, and the third for companionship.”
7. “The trouble with me is that I'm an outsider. And that's a very hard thing to be in American life.”
8. “Whenever I was upset by something in the papers, Jack always told me to be more tolerant, like a horse flicking away flies in the summer.”
9. “Being a reporter seems a ticket out to the world.”
10. “What is sad for women of my generation is that they weren't supposed to work if they had families. What were they going to do when the children are grown - watch the raindrops coming down the window pane?”