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    • Mrs. Bush: You hear people say things that are untrue and unfair. It really hurts. George W. doesn't watch the press. He'll call us and say "I hear the TV, turn it off".

    • Mrs. Bush: I'm not a competitive person, and I think women like me because they don't think I'm competitive, just nice.

    • Mrs. Bush: In these difficult days, we have again seen the great strength and character and resolve of America... And we will continue to work to help the people who are struggling.

    • Mrs. Bush: I may be the only mother in America who knows exactly what their child is up to all the time.

    • Mrs. Bush: Your success as family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens in the White House, but on what happens inside your house.

    • Mrs. Bush: At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a child, a friend, or a parent.

    • Mrs. Bush: You have to love your children unselfishly. That's hard. But it's the only way.

    • Mrs. Bush: I think a lot of our problems are because people don't listen to our children. It's not always easy. They're not always so brilliant that you want to spend hours with them.

    • Mrs. Bush: 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.

    • Mrs. Bush: Some people give time, some money, some their skills and connections, some literally give their life's blood. But everyone has something to give.

    • Mrs. Bush: Bias has to be taught. If you hear your parents downgrading women or people of different backgrounds, why, you are going to do that.

    • Mrs. Bush: George Bush and I know the frustration of living with an undiagnosed or untreated learning problem, and we know the great joy and relief that comes when help is finally found. I foresee the day when no American -- neither child nor adult -- will ever need to be limited in learning.

    • Mrs. Bush: 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.

    • Mrs. Bush: As the wife of an elected official, I feel exactly as the Vice President does to the President. You owe that person, that elected official, your support on the outside. What you say behind closed doors, that's fine. You can voice your own opinion there, but I'm not an elected official. When I am, I expect George Bush to support me!

    • Mrs. Bush: Somewhere out 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!

    • Mrs. Bush: I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell my children that they just about throw up.

    • Mrs. Bush: You don't just luck into things as much as you'd like to think you do. You build step by step, whether it's friendships or opportunities.

    • Mrs. Bush: War is not nice.

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