Best quotes from Ronald Reagan

Ronald Wilson Reagan was the 40th President of the United States of America. A longtime actor, Reagan entered politics in the late 1960’s. He became Governor of California in 1697 and served two terms. He ran for president in 1976 but lost to President Gerald Ford in the primary. In 1980, Reagan won the Republican nomination and went on to trounce incumbent President Jimmy Carter. Reagan was known for his kindness, his sense of humor and his sharp wit. These are some of his memorable quotes.

‘A people free to choose will always choose peace.’ Ronald Reagan

‘All great change in America begins at the dinner table.’

To reporters, ‘Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement.’

‘How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.’

‘The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.’

Joking about his age and naps, ‘I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I’m in a cabinet meeting.’

Standing at the Berlin wall Reagan famously called out, ‘Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!’

Joking about his age again, ‘Thomas Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.’ Ronald Reagan

‘We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we will always be free.’

Right before surgery when he was shot in 1981, Reagan said to the doctors, ‘I hope you’re all Republicans.’

When he saw his wife Nancy after the assassination attempt, ‘Honey, I forgot to duck’

Defusing the age issue in the 1984 debates, ‘I want you to know that also I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.’