Former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away at the age of 92 on April 17, 2018. During those 92 years, she left a massive amount of knowledge and insight for the rest of us to utilize.
Here are just nine of her most powerful and inspiring quotes on faith, family, and much more.
1. On “fearing” death
“I’m a huge believer in a loving God. And I have no fear of death, which is a huge comfort because we’re getting darned close. “And I don’t have a fear of death for my precious George or for myself because I know that there is a great God.”
In a 2013 interview, Barbara Bush made it clear she was not afraid to die due to her deep faith in God. When she passed away at the age of 92, this quote was widely shared.
2. On losing a child
In 1953, George and Barbara Bush lost a 3-year-old child, Robin, to leukemia. It was the former first lady’s faith that helped her get through the unthinkable tragedy.
She wrote in her memoir:
“Eventually the medicine that was controlling the leukemia caused other terrible problems. We called George, and by the time he got there after flying all night, our baby was in a coma. Her death was very peaceful. One minute she was there, and the next she was gone. I truly felt her soul go out of that beautiful little body. For one last time I combed her hair, and we held our precious little girl. I never felt the presence of God more strongly than at that moment.”
The grace she showed during the difficult time is nothing short of phenomenal.
3. On perspective
“When all the dust is settled and all the crowds are gone, the things that matter are faith, family and friends… We have been inordinately blessed, and we know that.”
Nothing else needs to be said.
4. On her husband being president
“You may think the president is all-powerful, but he is not. He needs a lot of guidance from the Lord.”
Barbara Bush was keenly aware that no man, not even the president of the United States, is powerful enough to make God expendable. She made it clear that her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, needed plenty of help from the Lord.
5. On being more Christ-like
“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.”
Barbara Bush knew a thing or two about giving. She spent her entire adult life promoting literacy in America, making it one of her true legacies.
6. On regret
“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.”
We believe this to be true.
7. On how to treat other people
“Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people — your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.”
It’s the golden rule after all.
“Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens at the White House but on what happens inside your house.”
–Barbara Bush pic.twitter.com/kGjTjio0cz
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) April 22, 2018
8. On education
“If more people could read, write and comprehend, we could be much close to solving so many of the other problems our country faces today.”
Barbara Bush laid to rest at her husband’s presidential library at Texas A&M University near burial site of couple’s 3-year-old daughter who died of leukemia in 1953. AP’s full coverage of the life and death of the former first lady. https://t.co/yv23MBmXAx pic.twitter.com/WSfe8rjQgn
— AP Central U.S. (@APCentralRegion) April 22, 2018
Barbara Bush dedicated much of her life to promoting literacy for all in America. It was a cause she truly believed in.
9. On family
“You must read to your children and you must hug your children and you must love your children. Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens in the White House, but on what happens inside your house.”
Judging from the way her own kids talked about her at her funeral on Saturday, she raised her kids right.
May we all learn to live our lives a little more like Barbara Bush every day.