Words of lasting interest from former First Lady Barbara Pierce Bush.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
April 18, 2018
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In the wake of former First Lady to George H.W. Bush and mother to George W. Bush, Barbara Bush's death yesterday, the nation mourns the loss of a kindhearted, wonderful lady and an outspoken and passionate public figure. Among the countless tributes to the Bush family matriarch, many have taken to social media to post their favorite quotes that the vivacious leader has shared with us over the years. A fitting salute for the woman who founded her own foundation for family literacy, her legacy will live on in the power and pathos of her words.

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Scroll down for our favorite quotes from Barbara Bush.

While we all will remember Barbara Bush in our own way, Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale, who landed in the public spotlight for his post-Hurricane Harvey charity initiatives, certainly captured her spirit in a recent interview with ABC 13 Houston (KTRK). "I've never said that about anyone before," McIngvale said. "She's been an inspiration. Some of the things we have done are modeled off her leadership. She's an incredible person who's led an incredible life, and an incredible life for good."