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Quotes of the Day for 28 July 2004 – Jackie Kennedy

Jacqueline Lee Bouvier was born at Southampton, New York on this day in 1929. Her father was a playboy stock broker ("Black Jack" Bouvier), her mother was the daughter of a bank president, so she was able to attend the finest private schools. Working for the Washington Times-Herald she crossed paths with a young and ambitious Democrat named John Kennedy, they wed in 1953. After Kennedy's election she was a very public first lady, the world was impressed at her grace and dignity after his assassination. After Bobby Kennedy was assassinated she feared for her family's life and married Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, possibly because he could afford to protect them outside the US. After his death she returned to New York and lived quietly, working as an editor at Doubleday.

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The quotes:

I never even kept a journal. I thought, "I want to live my life, not record it."

If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much.

It was a very spasmodic courtship, conducted mainly at long distance with a great clanking of coins in dozens of phone booths.
     - on her courtship with Jack Kennedy

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.

What is sad for women of my generation is that they weren't supposed to work if they had families. What were they to do when the children were grown, watch raindrops coming down the windowpane?

A newspaper reported that I spent $30,000 a year buying Paris clothes and that women hate me for it. I couldn't spend that much unless I wore sable underwear.
     - All from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, 1929 - 1994

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