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Monday, January 20, 2014


Princess Alice, the President's daughter

"If you haven't got anything good to say about anybody, come sit next to me."
            --Alice Roosevelt Longworth, eldest daughter of Alice and Theodore Roosevelt. Reportedly, the quote was embroidered on a pillow in Alice’s parlor.
Alice Lee Roosevelt Longworth was the oldest child of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, who grew up to be an intelligent, witty and beautiful woman.  Her mother, Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt died two days after her birth.  From an early age—surrounded by wealth and political clout, Longworth led an unconventional and controversial life.  The media of her day called her “the other Washington Monument”and “Princess Alice.” Her father was quoted as saying:

“I can control the affairs of state, or I can control Alice.  I cannot possibly do both.”

Other Alice Quotes:
--He [Calvin Coolidge] looks as though he's been weaned on a pickle.
--My father always wanted to be the corpse at every funeral,
the bride at every wedding and the baby at every christening.
--My specialty is detached malevolence.
--You can't make a soufflé rise twice.
--I have a simple philosophy: Fill what's empty. Empty what's full.
Scratch where it itches.

--I've always believed in the adage that the secret of eternal youth
is arrested development.

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