"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".
"If you produce one book you will have done something wonderful in your life."
(Jackie to Naveen Patnaik, one of her authors)
"I have been through a lot and I have suffered a great deal. But I have had lots of happy moments, as well. Every moment one lives is different from the other.
The good, the bad, hardship, the joy, the tragedy, love, and happiness are all interwoven into one single, indescribable whole that is called life. You cannot separate the good from the bad.
And perhaps there is no need to do so, either."
A Book of Quotations by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Jackie Kennedy Quotes – the quotes by people who knew her, about her
"She was someone special who inspired those near her to feel special."
French President Charles de Gaulle commented on the conversation between
himself and J. F. Kennedy where Jackie acted as interpreter between them:
"She played the game very intelligently… Without mixing in politics, she gave her
husband the prestige of a Maecenas (the ancient Roman statesman and art patron)."
"I liked her very much. She was, as our people say, quick with her tongue. In other words, she had no trouble finding the right word to cut you short if you weren’t careful with her…
Even in small talk she demonstrated her intelligence."
(The Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev about Jacqueline Kennedy)
"When I asked her if I should just turn myself over to a team of famous consultants as some in the media had recommended, she looked horrified.
"You have to be you," she said. "You’ll end up wearing someone else’s idea of who you are and how you should look. Concentrate instead on what’s
important to you."
(Hilary Rodham Clinton about Jackie Kennedy. Excerpt from "Living History. Memoirs.")
"No one else looked like her, spoke like her, or was so original in the way she did things. No one we knew ever had a better sense of self". (Senator Ted Kennedy, May 23, 1994)
"She had no ego. She was very natural. She had a great sense of humor! She was a lot of fun, the way she joked and kidded around."
(Dr. Deepak Chopra, author, yoga guru)
"Few women in history have captured the imagination the way she did, and it was Jackie’s courage and grace that have made her image an enduring one. She was an original, an icon."
"I think her style was very optimistic, when you really felt that America could accomplish anything. Optimistic in a luxury sense – in the sense that she was living the life everyone wanted to live!
So I think that definitely influenced me… "
"What she taught me about design is that it doesn’t have to be complicated. I remember seeing a picture of her walking in the park by her apartment in a sweater, really simple trousers,
flats, and that sort of changed everything for me in a design sense. It made me realize that you can be really fashionable and really simple at the same time."
(Cynthia Rowley, Designer)