Talk:Ann Richards

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Backwards and in high heels[edit]

"Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels."

Ann Richards definitely said this at the 1988 convention, but it is not original to her. See Talk:Faith Whittlesey for further discussion. Blahedo 18:45, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for the tip. I've restored the quote, but put it into a "Misattributed" section, in which we document common misquotations. It can also cover accurate ones that are not original with the quotee, as in this case. It's unfortunate that the source we have doesn't really make clear when this appeared. The only clear date information is the statement "© 1982 NEA, Inc.", but I don't see the connection between "NEA" and Bob Thaves. This could be a derivative copyright, with the original publication occurring earlier. A specific date and paper or other publication would be helpful. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 19:07, 14 September 2006 (UTC)


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  • 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.'*
  • I've always said that in politics, your enemies can't hurt you, but your friends will kill you.*
  • I get a lot of cracks about my hair, mostly from men who don't have any.*
  • (On ineffective government programs) "You can put lipstick and earrings on a hog and call it Monique, but it's still a pig.*
  • Let me tell you that I am the only child of a very rough-talking father. So don't be embarrassed about your language. I've either heard it or I can top it.*
  • Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.
  • If you think taking care of yourself is selfish, change your mind. If you don't, you're simply ducking your responsibilities.
  • I have very strong feelings about how you lead your life. You always look ahead, you never look back.
  • But I'll tell you something sort of interesting. There's something, you know, there's something a little scary about funny women. Well, they're threatening. And there was a survey done one time where they asked women what they were most afraid of from men. And the— their response was they were most afraid of being hit or beaten or hurt from men. And they asked men what they were most afraid of from women, and they said being laughed at.
  • And the state of Texas, when I was governor, we built an awful lot of prisons. And to be frank with you, I made a deal, and the deal was that I would help pass the legislation and be for building a lot more prisons in Texas if I could get rehab programs for people who were alcoholics and drug abusers because I knew that over 80 percent of the crime committed in Texas was committed by people under the influence of alcohol or drugs. And unless you treat that alcoholism and you treat that drug addiction, when they go right back out on the street, you got a drunk or you've got an addict that is going to commit a crime again.
  • I thought I knew Texas pretty well, but I had no notion of its size until I campaigned it.*
  • Teaching was the hardest work I had ever done, and it remains the hardest work I have done to date.*
  • I haven't had this much fun since the pigs ate my brother (from an episode of the NPR radio program Wait Wait Don't Tell Me)