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.
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.
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.
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.
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.