The Washington Times - February 3, 2011, 01:32AM

Quotes are compiled from James C. Humes’s book: The Wit & Wisdom of Ronald Reagan

Reagan on pragmatism


“I’d rather get 80% of what I want than to go over the cliff with my flag flying.”

Reagan on the New Deal

“The press is trying to paint me as now trying to undo the New Deal. I remind them I voted for FDR four times. I’m trying to undo the “Great Society.”

Reagan on God

“We have to keep in mind we are a nation under God, and if we ever forget that we’ll be just a nation under.”

Reagan on prayer

“The Supreme Court opens its proceedings with a religious invocation – Here ye, here ye, here ye. God bless this honorable court and save these United States. And the members of the Congress open their sessions with a prayer. We have a prayer every time this door opens. I just happen to believe the schoolchildren of United States are entitled to the same privileges as Supreme Court justices and congressmen.” 

“The Constitution was never meant to prevent people from praying; it’s declared purpose was to protect their freedom to pray.”

Reagan on smoking

Yes, I know many adults continue to smoke, but I don’t know any who don’t wish they could quit. [letter to his daughter Patti]