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Published Sunday, September 01, 2013 @ 6:38 AM EDT
Sep 01 2013

Dorothy Ann Willis Richards (September 1, 1933 – September 13, 2006) was an American politician and the 45th Governor of Texas. She first came to national attention as the state treasurer of Texas, when she delivered the keynote address at the 1988 Democratic National Convention. Richards served as the 45th Governor of Texas from 1991 to 1995 and was defeated for re-election in 1994 by George W. Bush. Ann Richards was the second female governor of that state. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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I believe in recovery, and I believe that as a role model I have the responsibility to let young people know that you can make a mistake and come back from it.

I did not want my tombstone to read, 'She kept a really clean house.'

I get a lot of cracks about my hair, mostly from men who don't have any.

I hate to see them take that creche out of the capitol. It could be the only chance we'll ever have to get three wise men in that building.

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 have very strong feelings about how you lead your life. You always look ahead, you never look back.

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

I'm really glad that our young people missed the Depression, and missed the great big war. But I do regret that they missed the leaders that I knew. Leaders who told us when things were tough, and that we would have to sacrifice, and these difficulties might last awhile. They didn't tell us things were hard for us because we were different, or isolated, or special interests. They brought us together and they gave us a sense of national purpose.

I've always said that in politics, your enemies can't hurt you, but your friends will kill you.

If you can't fill the till, then don't pass the bill.

If you think taking care of yourself is selfish, change your mind. If you don't, you're simply ducking your responsibilities.

Let me tell you, sisters, seeing dried egg on a plate in the morning is a lot dirtier than anything I've had to deal with in politics.

Life is not fair, but government absolutely must be.

Most of all, I remember those children in the classrooms and those kids who grabbed me around the knees, and I think of the old people who really need a voice when they're trapped in wheelchairs in dirty nursing homes. The person in this office really must have a conscience to know that how they direct this government dramatically affects the lives of those people.

Nothing's wrong with you that you can't fix in November.

Poor George. He can't help it- he was born with a silver foot in his mouth. (On George W. Bush)

Power is what calls the shots, and power is a white male game.

The here and now is all we have, and if we play it right it's all we'll need.

The higher up you go, the more it's the same, except the stakes are higher: There are more zeros at the end.

The public does not like you to mislead or represent yourself to be something you're not... They don't ask their public officials to be perfect. They just ask them to be smart, truthful, honest, and show a modicum of good sense.

There is a lot more to life than just struggling to make money.

They blame the low income women for ruining the country because they are staying home with their children and not going out to work. They blame the middle income women for ruining the country because they go out to work and do not stay home to take care of their children.

They go up there and forget who brung 'em to the dance. (re: Congressmen in Washington DC)

We're not going to have the America that we want until we elect leaders who are going to tell the truth - not most days, but every day.

You can put lipstick and earrings on a hog and call it Monique, but it's still a pig.


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