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Wikipedia Summary for Lady Bird Johnson

Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Johnson (née Taylor; December 22, 1912 – July 11, 2007) was an American socialite and first lady of the United States as the wife of President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1963 to 1969. She had previously served as the second lady from 1961 to 1963 when her husband was vice president.

Notably well-educated for a woman of her era, Lady Bird proved a capable manager and a successful investor. After marrying Lyndon B. Johnson in 1934 when he was a political hopeful in Austin, Texas, she used a modest inheritance to bankroll his congressional campaign and then ran his office while he served in the Navy.

As First Lady, Mrs. Johnson broke new ground by interacting directly with Congress, employing her own press secretary, and making a solo electioneering tour. She was an advocate for beautifying the nation's cities and highways ("Where flowers bloom, so does hope"). The Highway Beautification Act was informally known as "Lady Bird's Bill". She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1984, the highest honors bestowed upon a US civilian.

Quote: Wildflowers are the stuff of my heart! by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of pink flowers in tilt shift lens
Photo Credit: J Lee

Wildflowers are the stuff of my heart!


Quote: Where flowers bloom, so does hope. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of photo of about to bloom lotus flower
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Where flowers bloom, so does hope.




Quote: Flowers in the city are like lipstick on a woman-it just makes you look better to have a little color. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of two white flowers
Photo Credit: Louise Pilgaard

Flowers in the city are like lipstick on a woman-it just makes you look better to have a little color.


Quote: Native plants give us a sense of where we are in this great land of ours. I want Texas to look like Texas and Vermont to look like Vermont. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of red and brown maple leaves
Photo Credit: Chad Madden

Native plants give us a sense of where we are in this great land of ours. I want Texas to look like Texas and Vermont to look like Vermont.


Quote: Become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of short-coated brown and white puppy sitting on floor
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Become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.


Quote: I believe that one of the great problems for us as individuals is the depression and the tension resulting from existence in a world which is increasingly less pleasing to the eye. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of photo of author Lady Bird Johnson with quote

I believe that one of the great problems for us as individuals is the depression and the tension resulting from existence in a world which is increasingly less pleasing to the eye.


Quote: Every living person and thing responds to beauty. We all thirst for it. We receive strength and renewal by seeing stirring and satisfying sites. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of photo of author Lady Bird Johnson with quote

Every living person and thing responds to beauty. We all thirst for it. We receive strength and renewal by seeing stirring and satisfying sites.


Quote: Even though Christmas can be a lot of work, we all know the bustle is worth the bother. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of photo of author Lady Bird Johnson with quote

Even though Christmas can be a lot of work, we all know the bustle is worth the bother.


Quote: Walk away from it until you're stronger, All your problems will be there when you get back, but you'll be better able to cope. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of photo of author Lady Bird Johnson with quote

Walk away from it until you're stronger, All your problems will be there when you get back, but you'll be better able to cope.


Quote: While the spirit of neighborliness was important on the frontier because neighbors were so few, it is even more important now because our neighbors are so many. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of photo of author Lady Bird Johnson with quote

While the spirit of neighborliness was important on the frontier because neighbors were so few, it is even more important now because our neighbors are so many.


Quote: Then there's the joy of getting your desk clean, and knowing that all your letters are answered, and you can see the wood on it again. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of photo of author Lady Bird Johnson with quote

Then there's the joy of getting your desk clean, and knowing that all your letters are answered, and you can see the wood on it again.


Quote: The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of photo of author Lady Bird Johnson with quote

The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.


Quote: My heart found its home long ago in the beauty, mystery, order and disorder of the flowering earth. I wanted future generations to be able to savor what I had all my life. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of photo of author Lady Bird Johnson with quote

My heart found its home long ago in the beauty, mystery, order and disorder of the flowering earth. I wanted future generations to be able to savor what I had all my life.


Quote: The challenge we now face is to build on the record of the past, to continue accepting new responsibilities and seeking new opportunities to serve. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of photo of author Lady Bird Johnson with quote

The challenge we now face is to build on the record of the past, to continue accepting new responsibilities and seeking new opportunities to serve.




Quote: I was keenly aware that I had a unique opportunity, a front row seat, on an unfolding story and nobody else was going to see it from quite the vantage point that I saw it. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of photo of author Lady Bird Johnson with quote

I was keenly aware that I had a unique opportunity, a front row seat, on an unfolding story and nobody else was going to see it from quite the vantage point that I saw it.


Quote: The coach has turned into a pumpkin and the mice have all run away. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of photo of author Lady Bird Johnson with quote

The coach has turned into a pumpkin and the mice have all run away.


Quote: When I no longer thrill to the first snow of the season, I'll know I'm growing old. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of photo of author Lady Bird Johnson with quote

When I no longer thrill to the first snow of the season, I'll know I'm growing old.


Quote: The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of photo of author Lady Bird Johnson with quote

The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.


Quote: There is much the government can do and should do to improve the environment. But even more important is the individual who plants a tree or cleans a corner of neglect. For it is the individual who himself benefits, and also protects a heritage of beauty for his children and future generations. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of Lady Bird Johnson quote: There is much the government can do and should do to improve the environment. But even more important is the individual who plants a tree or cleans a corner of neglect. For it is the individual who himself benefits, and also protects a heritage of beauty for his children and future generations.- black text on quotes background

There is much the government can do and should do to improve the environment. But even more important is the individual who plants a tree or cleans a corner of neglect. For it is the individual who himself benefits, and also protects a heritage of beauty for his children and future generations.


Quote: How lucky we are to have such a treasure of memories. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of photo of author Lady Bird Johnson with quote

How lucky we are to have such a treasure of memories.


Quote: Any committee is only as good as the most knowledgeable, determined and vigorous person on it. There must be somebody who provides the flame. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of photo of author Lady Bird Johnson with quote

Any committee is only as good as the most knowledgeable, determined and vigorous person on it. There must be somebody who provides the flame.


Quote: A politician ought to be born a foundling and remain a bachelor. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of photo of author Lady Bird Johnson with quote

A politician ought to be born a foundling and remain a bachelor.


Quote: The first lady is, and always has been, an unpaid public servant elected by one person, her husband. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of photo of author Lady Bird Johnson with quote

The first lady is, and always has been, an unpaid public servant elected by one person, her husband.


Quote: Every politician should have been born an orphan and remain a bachelor. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of photo of author Lady Bird Johnson with quote

Every politician should have been born an orphan and remain a bachelor.


Quote: It's odd that you can get so anesthetized by your own pain or your own problem that you don't quite fully share the hell of someone close to you. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of photo of author Lady Bird Johnson with quote

It's odd that you can get so anesthetized by your own pain or your own problem that you don't quite fully share the hell of someone close to you.


Quote: Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of photo of author Lady Bird Johnson with quote

Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.


Quote: No news at 4:30 a.m. is good. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of photo of author Lady Bird Johnson with quote

No news at 4:30 a.m. is good.


Quote: Art is the window to man's soul. Without it, he would never be able to see beyond his immediate world; nor could the world see the man within. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of photo of author Lady Bird Johnson with quote

Art is the window to man's soul. Without it, he would never be able to see beyond his immediate world; nor could the world see the man within.


Quote: The First Lady is an unpaid public servant elected by one person -- her husband. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of photo of author Lady Bird Johnson with quote

The First Lady is an unpaid public servant elected by one person -- her husband.


Quote: Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of photo of author Lady Bird Johnson with quote

Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest.


Quote: The clash of ideas is the sound of freedom. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of photo of author Lady Bird Johnson with quote

The clash of ideas is the sound of freedom.


Quote: Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them. by author Lady Bird Johnson overlaid on photo of photo of author Lady Bird Johnson with quote

Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.


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