Tuesday, February 6, 2001

Today, at his home in Bel Air, Calif., former President Ronald Reagan will celebrate his 90th birthday. Here are some of Mr. Reagan’s most memorable quotes:

“If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.”
“A Time for Choosing,” a televised address to the nation on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, Oct. 27, 1964

“Conservatism is the antithesis of the kind of ideological fanaticism that has brought so much horror and destruction to the world. The common sense and common decency of ordinary men and women, working out their own lives in their own way this is the heart of American conservatism today.”
speech in Washington, Feb. 6, 1977

“Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”
speech in Los Angeles, March 2, 1977

“Going around this country, I have found a great hunger in America for a spiritual revival; for a belief that law must be based on a higher law; for a return to traditions and values that we once had. Our government, in its most sacred documents the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence and all speak of man being created, of a Creator; that we’re a nation under God.”
presidential debate with independent candidate John Anderson, Sept. 21, 1980

“I’m not running for the presidency because I believe that I can solve the problems we’ve discussed tonight. I believe the people of this country can. And together we can begin the world over again. We can meet our destiny and that destiny is to build a land here that will be, for all mankind, a shining city on a hill.”
presidential debate with President Carter, Oct. 28, 1980

“If we look to the answer as to why, for so many years, we achieved so much, prospered as no other people on Earth, it was because here, in this land, we unleashed the energy and genius of man to a greater extent than has ever been done before.”
first inaugural address, Jan. 20, 1981

“The Marxist vision of man without God must eventually be seen as an empty and false faith … first proclaimed in the Garden of Eden with whispered words of temptation: ‘Ye shall be as gods.’ “
speech in Washington, March 20, 1981

“We intend to keep the peace we will also keep our freedom.”
State of the Union address, Jan. 26, 1982

“It is the Soviet Union that runs against the tide of history by denying human freedom and human dignity to its citizens… . [T]he march of freedom and democracy … will leave Marxism-Leninism on the ash heap of history.”
speech to the British House of Commons, June 8, 1982

“I urge you to beware the temptation of pride the temptation of blithely declaring yourselves above it all and label both sides equally at fault, to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil.”
address to the National Association of Evangelicals, Orlando, Fla., March 8, 1983

“Here in America, land of opportunity, governments at all levels are taxing away 40 percent of our nation’s income. We’ve been creeping closer to socialism, a system that someone once said works only in heaven, where it isn’t needed, and in hell, where they’ve already got it.”
radio address to the nation, April 9, 1983

“We didn’t discover our values in a poll taken a week before the convention.”
acceptance speech, Republican National Convention, Aug. 23, 1984

“Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit… . America must remain freedom’s staunchest friend, for freedom is our best ally.”
second inaugural address, Jan. 21, 1985

“We love freedom not only because it’s practical and beneficial but because it is morally right and just.”
televised address to the nation, Nov. 14, 1985

“The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved good-bye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth’ to ‘touch the face of God.’ “
televised address to the nation after the explosion of the shuttle Challenger, Jan. 28, 1986

“There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
speech at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, June 12, 1987

“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.”
speech in Arlington, Sept. 25, 1987

“My friends, some years ago the federal government declared war on poverty and poverty won.”
State of the Union address, Jan. 25, 1988

“You can’t be for big government, big taxes and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy.”
speech in San Diego, Nov. 7, 1988

“There seems to be an increasing awareness of something we Americans have known for some time that the 10 most dangerous words in the English language are ‘Hi, I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.’ “
address to the Future Farmers of America, July 28, 1988

“Man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.”
farewell address to the nation, Jan. 11, 1989

“When the Lord calls me home, whenever that may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future.
“I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead.
“Thank you, my friends. May God always bless you.
“Ronald Reagan”
from his Nov. 5, 1994, letter to the American people, in which Mr. Reagan informed them that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease

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