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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Lady Bird Johnson on freedom, ideas, community, society, art, politician, pain, environment, surroundings and beauty.

43 Motivational Lady Bird Johnson Quotes That Will Make Your Day

Quick Facts

Famous As
First Lady of the United States

Born On
22 December 1912 AD

Died On
11 July 2007 AD

Born In
Karnack, Texas, U.S.

Founder / Co Founder
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, National Park Foundation

Died At Age
94

Claudia Alta Taylor, renowned as Lady Bird Johnson, was the First lady of United States during the period from 1963 to 1969. She was an environmentalist and investor, and also proved her mettle as a competent manger. She worked rigorously to embellish nation’s highways and cities. She reckoned a capital embellishment project titled ‘Society For A More Beautiful Capital’ that worked towards boosting the physical conditions of Washington D.C for the residents as well as for people visiting the place. She also worked towards beautification of highways, inter-states, open spaces and green belts. She also penned down a diary titled ‘White House Diary’ which expressed the momentous events of her times.  She reveived ‘The Presidential Medal Of Freedom’ in 1977. She was also awarded the ‘Congressional Gold Medal’ in 1988 which made her the first wife of a President to receive such honor. Following is a collection of thoughts and views by Lady Bird Johnson, known for her beautification campaigns and love for environment. Browse through the quotes and sayings by Lady Bird Johnson that will inspire you to do your bit towards the environment.

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

- Lady Bird Johnson

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

- Lady Bird Johnson

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

- Lady Bird Johnson

I have learned something about the job of being the President's wife. She is not chosen by anyone except her husband and she really has no obligations except to him.

- Lady Bird Johnson

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.

- Lady Bird Johnson

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

- Lady Bird Johnson

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

- Lady Bird Johnson

I love Washington, but it is a self-important town.

- Lady Bird Johnson

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

- Lady Bird Johnson

I want us to know our world. If I lived in North Georgia on up through the Appalachians, I would be just as crazy about the mountain laurel as I am about [Texas] bluebonnets.

- Lady Bird Johnson

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

- Lady Bird Johnson

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

- Lady Bird Johnson

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.

- Lady Bird Johnson

It is wonderful to be in on the creation of something, see it used, and then walk away and smile at it.

- Lady Bird Johnson

We had a delicious dinner of too much.

- Lady Bird Johnson

Science and time and necessity have propelled us, the United States, to be the general store of the world, dealers in everything. Most of all, merchants for a better way of life.

- Lady Bird Johnson

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

- Lady Bird Johnson

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

- Lady Bird Johnson

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.

- Lady Bird Johnson

I've really tried to learn the art of clothes, because you don't sell for what you're worth unless you look good.

- Lady Bird Johnson

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.

- Lady Bird Johnson

For me, books have been a life-long resource-to learning, laughter, solace, excitement, inspiration. At your library, the world awaits you, free for the asking.

- Lady Bird Johnson

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.

- Lady Bird Johnson

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

- Lady Bird Johnson

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.

- Lady Bird Johnson

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

- Lady Bird Johnson

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

- Lady Bird Johnson

A little stress and adventure is good for you, if nothing else, just to prove you are alive.

- Lady Bird Johnson

The clash of ideas is the sound of freedom.

- Lady Bird Johnson

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.

- Lady Bird Johnson

Almost every person, from childhood, has been touched by the untamed beauty of wildflowers.

- Lady Bird Johnson

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

- Lady Bird Johnson

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.

- Lady Bird Johnson

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

- Lady Bird Johnson

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.

- Lady Bird Johnson

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

- Lady Bird Johnson

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.

- Lady Bird Johnson

Where flowers bloom so does hope.

- Lady Bird Johnson

Wildflowers are the stuff of my heart!

- Lady Bird Johnson

Some may wonder why I chose wildflowers when there are hunger and unemployment and the big bomb in the world. Well, I, for one, think we will survive, and I hope that along the way we can keep alive our experience with the flowering earth. For the bounty of nature is also one of the deep needs of man.

- Lady Bird Johnson

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.

- Lady Bird Johnson

Though the word beautification makes the concept sound merely cosmetic, it involves much more: clean water, clean air, clean roadsides, safe waste disposal and preservation of valued old landmarks as well as great parks and wilderness areas. To me … beautification means our total concern for the physical and human quality we pass on to our children and the future.

- Lady Bird Johnson

My special cause, the one that alerts my interest and quickens the pace of my life, is to preserve the wildflowers and native plants that define the regions of our land-to encourage and promote their use in appropriate areas, and thus help pass on to generation in waiting the quiet jobs and satisfactions I have known since my childhood.

- Lady Bird Johnson