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Born: 1923-12-23
Profession: Soldier
Nation: American
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I think character is permanent, and issues are transient.

Tags: Character, Issues, Permanent

The guy that just arranges things so that the stock market holds up is nobody in my - in my estimation.

Tags: Guy, Market, Nobody

And we had our own laws. I mean, I wrote them. And we had our own customs, and traditions, and proprieties.

Tags: Laws, Mean, Traditions

I never had a single conversation about politics with Ross Perot in my life; still haven't.

Tags: Life, Politics, Single

I was commanding officer of a supersonic fighter squadron, F-8 Crusaders.

Tags: Commanding, Fighter, Officer

In order to do something you must be something.

Tags: Order

So the first thing that went on was to decide... trying to find a time when we could get reprisal raids out.

Tags: Decide, Time, Trying

Sybil's my wife, and on the first day of October, that's the first time I knew Ross was going to run.

Tags: Knew, Time, Wife

There was nothing there but black water and American fire power.

Tags: Black, Fire, Power

They can shout down the head of the physics department at Cal Tech.

Tags: Head, History, Physics

And so, I mean, he declared war right there and then in so many words and Alex says later in the book, nobody in the White House from that point on had any doubt that we were going to bomb the mainland of Asia.

Tags: Book, Mean, War

But there were highs as well as lows, it was as though they said everybody was picking on the man who had more practical real life experiences than the whole batch of them put together.

Tags: Life, Real, Together

Half the issues they - are so polished they're talking about - are dead by the time they get into the office, and into the midst of their tour where they're really productive.

Tags: Dead, Talking, Time

He's a novice, but he's had these - he's experienced in leadership in tight circumstances. He started - he dropped the first bomb, led the first air strike into North Vietnam.

Tags: Air, Leadership, Started

I mean, I didn't - I should have demanded attention of the boss maybe, or something like that that might have backfired. This I would just take as it came.

Tags: Attention, Boss, Mean

I was tortured fifteen times, that's total submission. They did that with shutting off your blood circulation with ropes, giving you claustrophobia and pain at the same time, bending you double.

Tags: Giving, Pain, Time

I'm a grown man. You know, I've been in a lot of scrapes, but I never felt like I got so - there are probably a lot of things I should have done that I didn't do.

Tags: Done, Felt, Grown

On the eighteenth of December 1972, when we thought we were getting another of the hundreds of little tactical air raids, we heard the bombs going in out there in the railroad yards and this went on for about thirty minutes.

Tags: Another, Getting, Thought

They were heading out to the middle of the bay - the Gulf - that's another thing that became kind of standard practice, we didn't hurry the destroyers around the beach any more, when it got dark, we'd take 'em out thirty or forty miles out in the middle of the Tonkin Gulf.

Tags: Another, Dark, Practice

This idea, as you know, that I have firm convictions that the idea of issues being a big deal where our mutual friend went back and he felt so strongly that the determining factor in electoral success should be a proven character.

Tags: Character, Friend, Success

We couldn't generalize on the people. Some of them were known to be tough guys and they didn't say much, but some of them were kind of soft-headed, but they did that. That was an East German film.

Tags: Film, Known, Tough

Well, first of all, I was asked by Ross Perot on a telephone call in March of 1992 if, since he had committed on the Larry King Show to becoming a candidate for president, to get on all 50 ballots.

Tags: President, Show, Since

Yeah. I mean, it just seemed to me that it was - I felt so helpless to this business of not having any papers. That seems like a throwback to a schoolboy.

Tags: Business, Felt, Mean
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As children, we looked up to our maids and our nannies, who were playing in some ways the role of our mothers. They were paid to be nice to us, to look after us, teach us things and take time out of their day to be with us. As a child you think of these people as an extension of your mother.

Tags: Mother, Nice, Time

Some readers tell me, 'We always treated our maid like she was a member of the family.' You know, that's interesting, but I wonder what your maid's perspective was on that.

Tags: Family, She, Tell

I do wish that people talked about the subject of race, especially in the South.

Tags: Race, Subject, Wish

I sit in my little office and I feel like I've got all my readers staring at me.

Tags: Office, Readers, Sit

I think if you're president, color goes away completely: you're president and it doesn't matter if you're white, green or purple.

Tags: Away, Matter, President

I'm a Southerner - I never take satisfaction in touching a nerve.

Tags: Nerve, Southerner, Touching

It can be really powerful to write something when you're sad.

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The first book you write because of the way it makes you feel. The second one you can't help but wonder how it's going to make the reader feel.

Tags: Book, Help, Write

Your white uniform as a black domestic was your ticket anywhere in town.

Tags: Anywhere, Black, White

As I wrote, I found that Aibileen had some things to say that really weren't in her character. She was older, soft-spoken, and she started showing some attitude.

Tags: Attitude, Character, Her

But certainly in my grandmother's time - and when I was growing up, yeah, Demetrie's bathroom was on the side of the house, it was a separate door. Still, to this day, I've never been in that room.

Tags: Door, Growing, Time

Demetrie came to wait on my grandmother in 1955 and stayed for 32 years. It was common, in Mississippi, to have a black domestic cleaning the kitchen, cooking the meals, looking after the white children.

Tags: After, Black, Children

Having a separate bathroom for the black domestic was just the way things were done. It had faded out in new homes by the time the '70s and '80s rolled up.

Tags: Black, Done, Time

I grew up in the 1970s, but I don't think a whole lot had changed from the '60s. Oh, it had changed in the law books - but not in the kitchens of white homes.

Tags: Books, Law, Whole

I have never been more proud of the United States than I am this year. We have elected an African-American president. We have the stellar Michelle Obama setting the standard for American women. I simply cannot say it enough: look how far we've come.

Tags: Cannot, Enough, Women

I started writing it the day after Sept. 11. I was living in New York City. We didn't have any phone service and we didn't have any mail. Like a lot of writers do, I started to write in a voice that I missed.

Tags: After, Living, Writing

I was born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1969, in a time and place where no one was saying, 'Look how far we've come,' because we hadn't come very far, to say the least. Although Jackson's population was half white and half black, I didn't have a single black friend or a black neighbor or even a black person in my school.

Tags: School, Single, Time

I'm a Southerner - I never take satisfaction in touching a nerve. I guess if I'm forced to find a good side, I'm glad that people are talking about an issue that hasn't really been discussed all that much. I'm glad that people are talking about it from the black perspective and the white perspective.

Tags: Black, Good, Talking

I'm really incredibly stubborn - you can ask my ex-husband. I think when you tell me 'no', if it's something I really want, I'm just going to push harder.

Tags: Ask, Stubborn, Tell

On the one hand I wonder, Was this really my story to tell? On the other hand, I just wanted the story to be told. But the truth is that I didn't think anybody was going to read it.

Tags: Tell, Truth, Wanted

That white uniform was her 'pass' to get into white places with us - the grocery store, the state fair, the movies. Even though this was the 70s and the segregation laws had changed, the 'rules' had not.

Tags: Her, Movies, State

What a dichotomy. What conflicting ideas that we love and embrace these women, and entrust them to raise our children and to feed us and to bathe us, but we keep something as silly as a bathroom separate.

Tags: Children, Love, Women

What conflicting ideas that we love and embrace these women, and entrust them to raise our children and to feed us and to bathe us, but we keep something as silly as a bathroom separate.

Tags: Children, Love, Women

When Demetrie got sick, we knew it was our responsibility to take care of her and pay her medical bills. And we embraced that. But the tricky part is, like so many families in the South, we also expected her to use a separate bathroom, to use separate utensils.

Tags: Care, Medical, Sick

When I grew older and awkward, when my parents divorced and life had gone all to hell, Demetrie stood me at the wardrobe mirror and told me over and over, 'You are beautiful. You are smart. You are important.' It was an incredible gift to give a child who thinks nothing of herself.

Tags: Beautiful, Life, Smart