Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy daughter of a Boston politician and wife of Joseph Kennedy Sr. was the mother of a prominent family including a president and senators.
She was active and swam in cold waters even in her 80s.
Married to a promiscuous husband she focused on religion instead of his affairs.
Rose managed her nine children’s health and careers but wasn’t hands-on often using servants’ help.
She was distant rarely expressing love or warmth to her children.
Rose sought solitude in her own cottage dedicating time to prayer.
She was deeply religious and her family’s Catholicism became a political topic during her son John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign.
Known for her stoicism she set an example of duty and personal strength especially after her son’s death insisting no one should pity her.
Rose lived to 104 outliving four of her children.
Here are some of the top quotes by Rose Kennedy.
Best Rose Kennedy Quotes
“Birds sing after a storm. Why shouldn’t we?” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“It is selfish to concern oneself with tragedies.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“What greater aspiration and challenge are there for a mother than the hope of raising a great son or daughter?” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“More business is lost every year through neglect than through any other cause.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“Make sure you never, never argue at night. You just lose a good night’s sleep, and you can’t settle anything until morning anyway.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“There’s nothing I like less than bad arguments for a view that I hold dear.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“I am just an old-fashioned girl.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“Prosperity tries the fortunate, adversity the great.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“Money doesn’t give you any license to relax. It gives you an opportunity to use all your abilities, free of financial worries, to go forward, and to use your superior advantages and talents to help others.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
Top Rose Kennedy Quotes
“I know not age, nor weariness nor defeat.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“In my life, I am often reminded that there is a destiny that rules over us, because no one whom I know about or whom I read about seems to be completely happy during a long time.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“Money is never to be squandered or spent ostentatiously. Some of the greatest people in history have lived lives of the greatest simplicity. Remember it’s the you inside that counts.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“Neither comprehension nor learning can take place in an atmosphere of anxiety.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“I have always believed that God never gives a cross to bear larger than we can carry. No matter what, he wants us to be happy, not sad. birds sing after a storm. Why shouldn’t we?” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“I tried to allow my children to take risks, to test themselves. Better broken bones than broken spirit.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
Famous Rose Kennedy Quotes
“I’m like old wine. They don’t bring me out very often, but I’m well preserved.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“I tell myself that God gave my children many gifts – spirit, beauty, intelligence, the capacity to make friends and to inspire respect. There was only one gift he held back – length of life.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“The time will come when it will disgust you to look in the mirror.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“I looked on child rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“It’s wrong for parents to bury their children. It should be the other way around.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“I would much rather be known as the mother of a great son than the author of a great book or the painter of a great masterpiece.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“I do not like candid pictures. They are so unattractive.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“There can be no really pervasive system of oppression, such as that in the United States, without the consent of the oppressed.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
Popular Rose Kennedy Quotes
“I’m one of the most fortunate people in the world.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“I don’t think you’re much good, unless you’re doing good to someone.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“I’ve had an exciting time; I married for love and got a little money along with it.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“Modern candidates seem to have to live with political matters all the time. In my father’s time, a politician’s home was still his castle.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“Sedentary people are apt to have sluggish minds. A sluggish mind is apt to be reflected in flabbiness of body and in a dullness of expression that invites no interest and gets none.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“My father was a great innovator in public life, but when it came to raising his daughters, no one could have been more conservative.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“I have come to the conclusion that the most important element in human life is faith.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).
“No one will ever feel sorry for me.” ~ (Rose Kennedy).