Janet Wood Reno


Janet Wood Reno Quotes

  • ''I'm not fancy. I'm what I appear to be.''
    Janet Wood Reno (b. 1938), U.S. attorney. As quoted in People magazine, p. 62 (December 27, 1993-January 3, 1994). The first woman U.S. Attorney General was explaining her strong appeal to celebrities and the public.
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  • ''I don't think I've ever felt so lost as I did then.''
    Janet Wood Reno (b. 1938), U.S. Attorney General. As quoted in the New York Times Magazine, p. 42 (May 15, 1994). The first woman to hold the post of America's top attorney, Reno was remembering her first day of law school.
  • ''The good lawyer is the great salesman.''
    Janet Wood Reno (b. 1938), U.S. Attorney General. As quoted in the New York Times Magazine, p. 43 (May 15, 1994).
  • ''... the Department of Justice is committed to asking one central question of everything we do: What is the right thing to do? Now that can produce debate, and I want it to be spirited debate. I want the lawyers of America to be able to call me and tell me: Janet, have you lost your mind?''
    Janet Wood Reno (b. 1938), U.S. lawyer. As quoted in the New York Times Magazine, p. 43 (May 15, 1994). The first woman Attorney General of the United States was speaking before the American Law Institute.
  • ''It might be that some day I shall be drowned by the sea, or die of pneumonia from sleeping out at night, or be robbed and strangled by strangers. These things happen. Even so, I shall be ahead because of trusting the beach, the night and strangers.''
    Janet Wood Reno (b. 1913), U.S. mother of U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. As quoted in the New York Times Magazine, p. 44 (May 15, 1994). Reno had "once walked 104 miles up the Florida coast alone."

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