Today March 8th is being observed as International Women’s Day. However, instead of focusing directly on the specifics of the day which is to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, we have chosen instead to honor the life and legacy of the late Nancy Reagan with some of her quotations.
The Former First Lady who was known for her often vocal and loyal support of her husband Ronald Reagan, the 40th U.S. President and her anti-drug campaign, “Just Say No” is reported by the ‘Ronald Reagan Presidential Library’ to have died on Sunday March 6th 2016 at her Bel Air, California home of congestive heart failure.
Her husband died in 2004 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She is survived by her two children Patti Davis and Ronald Reagan Jr.
Nancy Reagan will go down in history as iconic, and one of the most influential and most loved Former First Ladies of the US. Coupled with that, she leaves behind one of the most impressive legacy anyone could ever imagine.
She was the First Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989.
Nancy Reagan Quotes to Honor Her Life and Legacy
We celebrate the life of Nancy Reagan and we honor her legacy with some of her most memorable quotes:
Sayings about her husband
“My life really began when I married my husband.”
“Everything just felt into place with Ronnie and me. We completed each other.”
“It is well-known that my husband and Lady Thatcher enjoyed a very special relationship as leaders of their respective countries during one of the most difficult and pivotal periods in modern history. Ronnie and Margaret were political soul mates, committed to freedom and resolved to end Communism.”
Life in the White House
“From the moment I walked into the White House, it was as if I had no privacy at all.”
“There is no job description for the first lady and she’s only there because her husband got elected.”
“It is true that when you are in the White House alone, it is a lonely place. Big and lonely.”
“I see the first lady as another means to keep a president from becoming isolated.”
Examples of her love for youths and her position on drugs
“Drugs take away the dream from every child’s heart and replace it with a nightmare, and it’s time we in America stand up and replace those dreams.”
“Just say no to drugs.”
“There’s a big, wonderful world out there for you. It belongs to you. It’s exciting, stimulating and rewarding. Don’t cheat yourselves out of this promise.”
Her thoughts on politics
“I don’t know when I’m going to have time to be politically active.”
“I don’t talk about political matters. That’s not my department.”
“I don’t intend for this to take on a political tone. I’m just here for the drugs.”
Her thoughts on President Obama
“I thought Obama ran the best campaign I have ever known – disciplined, well organised, very, very good. I was very impressed.”
“I’m very grateful that President Obama has lifted the restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.”
Lesson on feminism and the ability to choose
“Feminism is the ability to choose what you want to do.”
“I think a woman gets more if she acts feminine.”
When dealing with people with Alzheimer’s disease
“With Alzheimer’s patients, you have to be very careful what you say when you’re looking at them over their bed. Because once in a while, they understand it.”
“When people say, ‘You have Alzheimer’s,’ you have no idea what Alzheimer’s is. You know it’s not good. You know there’s no light at the end of the tunnel.”
About life and God
“To my young friends out there: Life can be great, but not when you can’t see it. So, open your eyes to life: to see it in the vivid colors that God gave us as a precious gift to His children, to enjoy life to the fullest, and to make it count. Say yes to your life.”
On the law of reciprocity
“I am a big believer that everything comes back to you. You get back what you give out.”
Her selfless mindset
“I rarely think about myself that much. I really don’t.”
“I was the one who was always calling people.”
“I was doing everything I could think of to protect my husband and keep him alive.”
May Nancy Reagan’s soul rest in eternal peace as we express our heartfelt condolences to her family, friends and well wishers.
Quotes retrieved from Brainy Quote