Remembering the Life & Times of Ann Richards – In Her Own Words

We’ve been remembering Ann Richards here on the blog with personal stories, favorite moments and quotes from booksellers about Jan Reid’s new biography, Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards (our Top Shelf pick for the month of October, which bookseller Bosco calls “..a vibrant, full palette portrait of the most important woman in the history of Texas politics”).

Today, we’re remembering Ann Richards in her own words, with some of our favorite quotes from the bad-ass Texas Governor:

“I have a real soft spot in my heart for librarians and people who care about books.” (That would one would be a favorite of ours, of course.)

“I’m not afraid to shake up the system, and government needs more shaking up than any other system I know.”

“Poor George, he can’t help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth”

“I have always had the feeling I could do anything and my dad told me I could. I was in college before I found out he might be wrong.”

“I did not want my tombstone to read, ‘She kept a really clean house.’ I think I’d like them to remember me by saying, ‘She opened government to everyone.”

“If you give us the chance, we can perform. After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.”

Asked once what she might have done differently had she known she was going to be a one-term governor, Richards grinned. “Oh, I would probably have raised more hell.”

“Teaching was the hardest work I had ever done, and it remains the hardest work I have done to date.”


If you have a favorite Ann Richards quote, share it below. And be sure to join us on Wednesday, October 17 at 7pm when author Jan Reid is here at BookPeople to speak about & sign Let the People In.

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