Republican or Democrat, many place Ronald Reagan among the most influential and most-loved presidents of all time. From his career as an actor to his love of jelly beans, the man was charismatic and memorable in most of what he did whether you agreed with him or not. Today he would have been 100.
In honor of Reagan and the legacy he left, here are 10 of the best quotes that highlight his humor, his wisdom, and his love for this country. He wasn't known as The Great Communicator for nothing. Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan!
"All great change in America begins at the dinner table."
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."
"Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have."
"Honey, I forgot to duck." -- to his wife, Nancy Reagan, after the assassination attempt.
"You can tell a lot about a fella's character by whether he picks out all of one color or just grabs a handful." -- of his famous jelly beans.
"It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first."
"There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit."
"In America, our origins matter less than our destination, and that is what democracy is all about."
"Some people wonder all their lives if they've made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem.”
"The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.”
What do you remember most about Ronald Reagan?
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