updated 12/2/2018 – Former U.S. President, George H. W. Bush died Nov. 30, 2018, at age 94. He passed just eight months after his love Barbara died. He was the last of the WWII generation to serve in the oval office and was the second president to see his own son also serve as president. While he was not known for being the most vocal of the Bush family, his straight-shooting personality charmed many over the years. Here are some notable George H. W. Bush quotes about living without regrets!
“I am not the one who flamboyantly believes in throwing a lot of words around.” — George H. W. Bush
George and Barbara Bush met in 1941 when she was home on break from boarding school. The two attended a dance together and were quickly engaged before he was shipped out as a naval pilot in WW2. After a long-distance engagement, the two were married January 6, 1945.
"Since I didn't waltz, we sat the dance out. And several more after that, talking and getting to know each other," George wrote, 1987 “Looking Forward”
Theirs has been the longest presidential marriage in U.S. history – 73 years. The two had six children between them, with daughter Robin, passing away at 3 years old. During what proved to be a very hard recovery for Barbara, George continued to love and support her. Perhaps it was loving quotes like this one that helped her get through:
“Goodnite, my beautiful. Every time I say beautiful, you about kill me, but you’ll have to accept it.” -G.H.W.Bush
Even before his time in politics, George has been known for speaking his mind when it mattered and skipping the “fluff”.
George H. W. Bush quotes that you may not have known!
14. George H. W. Bush Quotes – A Quiet Faith, Rooted In Kindness
"There is a God and He is good, and his love, while free, has a self-imposed cost: We must be good to one another." — George H. W. Bush
13. George H. W. Bush Quotes – Vegetables That Won’t Be Served
"I do not like broccoli. And I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli." — George H. W. Bush
12. George H. W. Bush Quotes – On Serving Others
"Old fashioned as it may seem to some, it is my duty to serve my country. (And) I didn’t seek this job but I want to do it, and I will do my very best." — George H. W. Bush
11. George H. W. Bush Quotes – A Perspective On Aging
"Aging’s alright, better than the alternative, which is not being here." — George H. W. Bush
Who knew jumping out of planes was safer than getting out of bed? Thanks to all for your kind get-well messages. pic.twitter.com/T9FmhCqyme
- George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) July 30, 2015
“Who knew jumping out of planes was safer than getting out of bed?” Mr. Bush wrote.
10. George H. W. Bush Quotes – Charming Self-Evaluation
"People say I’m indecisive, but I don’t know about that." — George H. W. Bush
9. George H. W. Bush Quotes – Relationships Are What Gives Life Value
"We are not the sum of our possessions." — George H. W. Bush
8. George H. W. Bush Quotes – Always Choose The Carry-On Option
"The thing I miss about Air Force One is they don’t lose my luggage." — George H. W. Bush
7. George H. W. Bush Quotes – How Music Affects The Soul
"A good country song taps into strong undercurrents of family, faith, and patriotism." — George H. W. Bush
6. George H. W. Bush Quotes – Treating Others With Respect
"Don’t confuse being ‘soft’ with seeing the other guy’s point of view." — George H. W. Bush
5. George H. W. Bush Quotes – Aging Gracefully
"Old guys can still do fun things." — George H. W. Bush
4. George H. W. Bush Quotes – The American Dream
"The American Dream means giving it your all, trying your hardest, accomplishing something. And then I’d add to that, giving something back. No definition of a successful life can do anything but include serving others." — George H. W. Bush
3. George H. W. Bush Quotes – You Might Not Want To Know
"Never ask anyone over 70 how they feel. They'll tell you" – George H. W. Bush
2. George H. W. Bush Quotes – Living Life With Purpose
"In crucial things, unity, in important things, diversity. In ALL things, generosity." — George H. W. Bush
1. George H. W. Bush Quotes – Well-Chosen Accessories Are A Must
"I like a colorful sock. I'm a sock man." — George H. W. Bush
"Isn't it funny, you get to be 88, you're president of the United States, and now you're known for your SOCKS!" –George H. W. Bush
Service Dog Sully Remembers 41
How touching is this image of the former president’s service dog, Sully, saying his final goodbyes? Sully was by ’41’s’ side ever since Barbara died earlier this year. He will accompany the casket on AirForce One and will eventually go on to serve other veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
- Jim McGrath (@jgm41) December 3, 2018
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