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Imelda Romuáldez Marcos (born 2 July 1929) is a former First Lady and erstwhile powerful political figure in the Philippines. She is known as the "Steel Butterfly" and remains a controversial figure not only in her home country, but around the world. Her extensive shoe collection is world-renowned.
Born: July 2nd, 1929
Quotes: 23 sourced quotes total (includes 3 about)
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I have never been a material girl. My father always told me never to love anything that cannot love you back.
I'm the Imelda Marcos of sunglasses.
They went into my closets looking for skeletons, but thank God, all they found were shoes, beautiful shoes.
When they see me holding fish, they can see that I am comfortable with kings as well as with paupers.
I was born ostentatious. They will list my name in the dictionary someday. They will use 'Imeldific' to mean ostentatious extravagance.
Filipinos don't wallow in what is miserable and ugly. They recycle the bad into things of beauty.
I'm like Robin Hood. I rob the rich to make these projects come alive... not really rob. It's done with a smile.
Diligence, hard work, foresight, entrepreneurship and God's blessing.
President Marcos was investing in precious metals long before he entered politics.
Ferdinand had foresight and unbelievable luck. His success actually bordered on fiction.
I will not say sorry and be pardoned for doing a godly act.
She spent money. No question about that...She is a world-class spender. She is a world-class shopper.
The Philippines is where Asia wears a smile. Beautiful products can only be made by happy people.
Funny, I never shopped. Even my jewelry — not a piece of my jewelry I bought for me.
I've always maintained that the only things to uphold are the good, the true and the beautiful. We have to reject what's ugly.
The Philippines is in a strategic position. It is both East and West, right and left, rich and poor. We are neither here nor there.
If you know how rich you are, you are not rich. But me, I am not aware of the extent of my wealth. That's how rich we are.
A cunning child with a remarkable gift for both self-delusion and self-preservation. Marcos, who turned 75 last week, always maintained her childlike sense of entitlement, despite the harsh realities of life.
My grandchildren are growing up and they could not understand why the Marcoses are still being crucified although we keep on telling them that we did not steal from the Filipino people.
I would have to ask the public to choose between a culture of hate or a culture of love. I am sure our poor will pick the latter. With the Marcos assets, we could regain this value of sharing love with one another.
Thank God I never lost that childlike innocence and the purity of vision and naivete. …That childlike innocence was most useful, because if I was a bit wiser, I wouldn't have been able to do anything, perhaps. So I'm glad I was not smart.
It so coincided that Marcos had money. After the Bretton Woods agreement he started buying gold from Fort Knox. Three thousand tons, then 4,000 tons. I have documents for these: 7,000 tons. Marcos was so smart. He had it all. It's funny; America didn't understand him.
The best compliment I ever got in my life came from Chairman Mao of China. When I went there, at a time when nobody wanted to touch China with a 10-foot pole, Mao told me that I'm beautiful because I'm a natural, and he said natural is perfection. So, no character assassination can diminish me and my perfection.