Monica Lewinsky Quotes (43 Quotes)


    Well, it was actually - I brought the idea of doing a documentary to HBO back in 2000, when there were some press reports sort of were bandied about that there were going to TV movies based on some of the books that were out.

    I have spent the past several years working so hard to just move on, and to try and build a life for myself.

    I think I told her that, you know, at various times, the president and Mr. Jordan had told me I have to lie. That wasn't true.

    I did though at least expect him to correct the false statements he made when he was trying to protect the Presidency. Instead, he talked about it as though I had laid it all out there for the taking. I was the buffet and he just couldn't resist the dessert.

    He could have made it right with the book. But he hasn't. He is a revisionist of history. He has lied.


    I mean, there was a portion, of course, that I think, when I look back now, that there was a portion of what attracted me must have been the awe of him being a powerful man in this environment, not to take away from who he is as a real person.

    I was enamored with him. And I was excited. And I was enjoying it.



    So it was sort of an odd time because I had been hired, but my paperwork hadn't gone through. So I worked as an intern during the government shutdown, as an intern, but I already had a job.

    I'm an incredibly lucky girl. For someone who has made some very foolish mistakes and had some tough lessons to learn very quickly, I am still incredibly lucky.

    I was worried about my mom more than I was worried about the president. And then I was worried about the president, and then I was worried about myself.

    When I think of the person that I thought was Bill Clinton, I think he had genuine remorse. When I think of the person that I now see is 100 percent politician, I think he's sorry he got caught.

    It was really more the president choosing the hallway, I think, and it was -- there weren't any windows there, ... I think a lot of times we ended up just sort of standing there (in the hallway) and talking there because he could close the door to the bat

    Well, for me, really, I think it was I wanted to try and clear up some of the misperceptions that were out there and fill in some of the historical gaps.

    I better not put one foot wrong, because the independent counsel is sitting there watching and he's already told me that this deal is gone if I don't cooperate with the House managers

    constantly to walk us through all of this, to sort out the facts from the theater.

    It was a mutual physical relationship, and emotional, ... Larry King Live.

    I mean, I felt terrible. And in the beginning, I mean, I was completely devastated. I mean, can you imagine the kind of guilt that you would feel, and the responsibility?

    I did not provide him with a copy. No ... I believe I showed him a copy, ... I think he may have said, 'I don't need to see it.'


    This was a mutual relationship, mutual on all levels, right from the way it started and all the way through. I don't accept that he had to completely desecrate my character.

    I have no doubt that this aggression is to divert the attention from which the American president is suffering,

    took to the Senate floor to denounce the president's conduct as immoral and harmful because 'it sends a message of what is acceptable behavior to the larger American family.'

    At one point, I actually, ironically, thought I might go into criminology and work with the FBI.

    I voted Republican this year; the Democrats left a bad taste in my mouth.

    And I felt sorry, and I have felt bad about what happened.

    It was that chemistry. And was the fact that he was president part of that chemistry? I don't know. Maybe. Probably. But it was - I was there because there was chemistry. I wasn't there because, oh, this is the president.

    When we turn on CNN and see her picture, it's really hard to believe she's at the center of all this because ... that's just Monica.


    He ended it. He just said he didn't - he - well, what he said was that he didn't feel it was right, and you know, I mean that's - because he ended it, he'd probably have to be the one to answer that.

    He didn't discuss the content of my affidavit with me at all, ever.

    Anyone who has struggled with excess weight knows that this is a very personal issue, and it's not an easy one to talk about. The Jenny Craig organization has respected my wishes to keep my participation in their program confidential, but I want to clarify rumors and news reports by saying that I'm on the Jenny Craig program, and I love it.

    I chose to not wear a wire and tape people. I chose to not get immunity until - were accepted, whatever - until the independent counsel's office was comfortable with what I said was the truth.

    I've been told by the prosecutors and by my own attorneys I should go to law school. I guess I have a knack for it.

    I'd be lying if I said I wasn't angry some days. But I really have worked hard to put a lot of the anger and disappointment in the past.

    And understandably so, that when you're in legal jeopardy, you really cannot put yourself in a position to open yourself up to the media.

    So I think it's - what was important to me is that I found that I can't change the fact that people already have made an opinion about me. But I don't think that should stop me from trying to correct some of the misperceptions that are out there.

    But, clearly to me, what I've come to see is that that happened because I didn't have enough feelings of self-worth. So that I didn't feel that... I was worthy of being number one to a man.

    I know I will never have an affair with a married man again.

    But several sources have said Kendall, Clinton's lead attorney, has voiced reservations about any detailed public statement because of the attorney's loyalty to the first lady. Also advisers have said the language of a possible public explanation would be tricky. The president specifically told reporters in January he did not have an improper ... sexual relations with that woman.

    Getting and keeping my immunity became very important to me. For I needed to take care of myself and my family. No one else was worried about me.

    I certainly know that this relationship could not have continued the way it did, when I was at the Pentagon and the president was obviously at the White House, without Betty.


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