30 Jackie Kennedy Quotes on Grace and Inner Strength

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Tragedies are a part of life and as heartbreaking as they are, they make you stronger. These Jackie Kennedy quotes will teach you a thing or two about loss, courage, and unwavering strength even during the darkest of times.

Jacqueline Lee Kennedy Onassis was born on July 28, 1929. She was the First Lady of the United States during John F. Kennedy’s presidency. She finished a degree in French Literature and went on to work for the Washington-Times Herald in the 1950s.

She married Kennedy on September 12, 1953. At age 31, she became the United States’ First Lady after her husband’s election to the presidency in 1960. She quickly became a global fashion icon. On November 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Following Kennedy’s funeral, she and her two children disappeared from the public eye. She remarried in 1968, to Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. On May 19, 1994, Jackie Kennedy Onassis died at the age of 64. Until today, the former First Lady still ranks as one of the most prominent and admired women in history.

Her elegance and grace, even after her death, are a source of inspiration for many. Here are 30 Jackie Kennedy quotes to celebrate her life, and yours, too.

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 about by words. – Jackie Kennedy

If you cut people off from what nourishes them spiritually, something in them dies. – Jackie Kennedy

I am a woman above everything else. – Jackie Kennedy

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If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much. – Jackie Kennedy

One must not let oneself be overwhelmed by sadness. – Jackie Kennedy

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Even though people may be well known, they hold in their hearts the emotions of a simple person for the moments that are the most important of those we know on earth: birth, marriage, and death. – Jackie Kennedy

There are many little ways to enlarge your world. Love of books is the best of all. – Jackie Kennedy

I want to live my life, not record it. – Jackie Kennedy

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The only routine with me is no routine at all. – Jackie Kennedy

The children have been a wonderful gift to me, and I’m thankful to have once again seen our world through their eyes. They restore my faith in the family’s future. – Jackie Kennedy

On a potential husband, “All I ask is someone with a little imagination, but they are hard to find. – Jackie Kennedy

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We should all do something to right the wrongs that we see and not just complain about them. – Jackie Kennedy

You have to be doing something you enjoy. That is a definition of happiness: Complete use of one’s faculties along lines leading to excellence in a life affording them scope. It applies to women as well as to men. We can’t all reach it, but we can try to reach it to some degree. – Jackie Kennedy

One man can make a difference and every man should try. – Jackie Kennedy

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I think the major role of the First Lady is to take care of the President so that he can best serve the people. And not to fail her family, her husband, and children. – Jackie Kennedy

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? – Jackie Kennedy

History — it’s what those bitter old men write. – Jackie Kennedy

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There are two kinds of women, those who want power in the world and those who want power in bed. – Jackie Kennedy

He didn’t even have the satisfaction of being killed for civil rights… it had to be some silly little Communist. – Jackie Kennedy

You cannot separate the good from the bad. And perhaps there is no need to do so, either. – Jackie Kennedy

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I want minimum information given with maximum politeness. – Jackie Kennedy

Now, I think that I should have known that he was magic all along. I did know it – but I should have guessed that it would be too much to ask to grow old with and see our children grow up together. So now, he is a legend when he would have preferred to be a man. – Jackie Kennedy

I think my biggest achievement is that after going through a rather difficult time I consider myself comparatively sane. – Jackie Kennedy

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If school days are the happiest days of your life, I’m hanging myself with my skip-rope tonight. – Jackie Kennedy

You have only one chance to raise your child. – Jackie Kennedy

Pearls are always appropriate. – Jackie Kennedy

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The river of sludge will go on and on. It isn’t about me. – Jackie Kennedy

The one thing I do not want to be called is first lady. It sounds like a saddle horse. – Jackie Kennedy

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I think the best thing I can do is to be a distraction. A husband lives and breathes his work all day long. If he comes home to more table thumping, how can the poor man ever relax? – Jackie Kennedy

I don’t think there are any men who are faithful to their wives. – Jackie Kennedy

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