Alice Roosevelt Longworth
American writer and socialite (1884–1980)
Alice Roosevelt Longworth (12 February 1884 – 20 February 1980) was the only daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, and his first wife, Alice Hathaway Lee.
- He looks as though he's been weaned on a pickle.
- On Calvin Coolidge, as quoted in The Washington Post (21 October 1924).
- The little man on the wedding cake.
- Describing Thomas E. Dewey, Harry S. Truman's Republican opponent, as quoted in The Washington Post (22 May 1951); also attributed to Walter Winchell.
- If you can't say something good about someone, sit right here by me.
- As quoted in Time (9 December 1966) - photograph of her with a pillow bearing the quotation
- If you haven't anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.
- If you haven't something good to say about someone sit right here by me.
- I have a simple philosophy. Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. And scratch where it itches.
- As quoted in The Best (1974), edited by Peter Passell and Leonard Ross.
- I've always believed in the adage that the secret of eternal youth is arrested development.
- As quoted in Alice, The Life and Times of Alice Roosevelt Longworth (1979) by Howard Teichmann, p. 237.
- I valued my independence from an early age and was always something of a individualist … Well, a show-off anyway.
Quotes about LongworthEdit
- I can be President of the United States, or I can control Alice. I cannot possibly do both.
- Theodore Roosevelt, in response when a dignitary asked if he could better control his daughter, as quoted in Hail to the Chiefs : My Life and Times with Six Presidents (1970) by Ruth Shick Montgomery, and Time magazine (3 March 1980).