Nov. 7 marks the fourth death anniversary of Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as the attorney general of the United States.

Reno held the post of an attorney in Florida for several years before being appointed U.S. Attorney General by President Bill Clinton in 1993. She went on to hold the job for eight years till 2001.

"When I was nominated, I was told that the White House had some people they wanted in position. I said, ‘Well, I’m not going to be able to live with that if I don’t particularly care for somebody or if I want somebody.’ They said, ‘We’ll work it out.’ And I’ve been entirely satisfied ever since. I’m not trying to do anything except give the President the best advice I can give him. So far, he’s been very receptive to it," she had said in an interview with Time.

Reno died from complications related to Parkinson’s disease at the age of 78 in 2016.

To mark her death anniversary, here are some powerful quotes by the inspirational woman, courtesy INC and Success Stories –

  • "It might be that some day I shall be drowned by the sea, or die of pneumonia from sleeping out at night, or be robbed and strangled by strangers. These things happen. Even so, I shall be ahead because of trusting the beach, the night and strangers."
  • "Until the day I die, or until the day I can't think anymore, I want to be involved in the issues that I care about.”
  • “I was personally opposed to the death penalty, and yet I think I have probably asked for the death penalty more than most people in the United States."
  • "We want to try to apprehend those people and take action against them for the most serious crime for which they are eligible for prosecution."
  • "We know that guns do not cause violent behavior, ... but ... since we have made it harder for criminals and other prohibited persons to get guns violent crime has gone down."
  • "It does not disagree with my determination, it does not say that the boy cannot be reunited with his father in this country, and in fact the court said we need not decide where or in whose custody the plaintiff should remain while this appeal is pending."
Janet Reno
Janet Reno speaks to reporters during her weekly press briefing at the US Justice Department in Washington, DC. MANNY CENETA/AFP via Getty Images