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Nancy Reagan Quotes


"Explaining the $1000 in cash and two watches he was given by two Japanese journalists after he helped arrange a private interview for them with First Lady Nancy Reagan: I didn't accept it. I received it." - Richard V Allen

"Nancy Reagan fell down and broke her hair." - Johnny Carson

"Nancy Reagan was a perfectionist, and I am not." - Barbara Bush

"I'm the gangsta Nancy Sinatra." - Lana Del Rey

"When he hung up on Nancy Reagan, that's when he crossed his final threshold." - David R. Gergen

"Nancy Reagan, when presented with kids with really painful disabilities and deformities, she was completely undaunted." - Cynthia Nixon

"I think Nancy Reagan felt so judged all the time and she felt so unlovable." - Cynthia Nixon

"When he hung up on Nancy Reagan, that's when he crossed his final threshold." - David Gergen

"You'll notice that Nancy Reagan never drinks water when Ronnie speaks." - Robin Williams

"Nancy Reagan actually took some movies that she didn't want to take because they were [with Ronald Reagan] really strapped for cash." - Cynthia Nixon

"I feel like when I really did my research, I both came to hate Nancy Reagan more." - Cynthia Nixon

"I have very little respect for Nancy Reagan. There is something about her that is very petty." - Walter Annenberg

"I don't expect you'll hear me writing any poems to the greater glory of Ronald and Nancy Reagan." - Robert Penn Warren

"Hillary Clinton and Nancy Reagan have a lot in common - they're both smarter than their husbands and both consulted the stars for guidance, Nancy with astrology and Hillary with Barbra Streisand." - Bill Maher

"I never thought I'd miss Nancy Reagan. There can't be a rating [on the Clinton drug policy] when there hasn't been a performance." - Charles Rangel

"Reagan didn't socialize with the press. He spent his evenings with Nancy, watching TV with dinner trays. But he knew that to transcend, you can't condescend." - Maureen Dowd

"Almost all first ladies have had tremendous power on personnel issues, whether the public realized it or not, whether it was Barbara Bush or Nancy Reagan or whoever." - Dee Dee Myers

"Reagan proved deficits don't matter." - Dick Cheney

"I am a Reagan Republican." - Roger Stone

"Everywhere we go, Nancy makes the world a little better." - Ronald Reagan

"America needs ObamaCare like Nancy Pelosi needs a Halloween mask." - Jay Leno

"Nancy, an attractive titian blond, grinned up at her friend." - Carolyn Keene

"I still think I'm writing Nancy Drew with a mortgage." - Lisa Scottoline

"Raised during Reagan, suffered through Clinton" - Andrew Wilkow

"...your Web browser is Ronald Reagan." - Neal Stephenson

"Ronald Reagan is the world's largest Muppet." - Robin Williams

"Government actually grew during the Reagan years." - Noam Chomsky

"[On Nancy Reagan:] At one photo op press conference, she toured a crack house and decried how awful it was, yet one suspected that for our Drug Czarina it had something to do with a plaid couch." - Kate Clinton

"I also grew to love Nancy Reagan in a certain way. I learned more - certainly I learned more bad stuff that I had known about in greater detail, but I also got a lot of empathy." - Cynthia Nixon

"[Nancy Reagan] took that career, that obviously mattered to her, and just tucked it away in a box, because she thought, "That's over with now. I'm going to make wifehood my career."" - Cynthia Nixon

"I think [nancy Reagan] was a very controlled and controlling person, because she was so scared all the time and because she had such an inner sense of panic." - Cynthia Nixon

"What is wonderful to see is how incredibly affectionate and physically affectionate Nancy Reagan was, you know? She was so on her guard, she was threatened by just about everybody." - Cynthia Nixon

"Even in Kitty Kelley's book, which is so negative, they talk about, as with all first ladies, that Nancy Reagan is constantly around to take photo ops with kids." - Cynthia Nixon

"Nancy Reagan would just run up to these kids [with really painful disabilities and deformities] and hold them and pick them up... because I think she felt so judged all the time and she felt so unlovable." - Cynthia Nixon

"The Doctor: It's my nose; it has special powers. Nancy: Yeah? That why it's so...? The Doctor: What? Nancy: Nothing. The Doctor: What? Nancy: Nothing. Do your ears have special powers too?" - Steven Moffat

"Nancy Reagan sort of downplayed that, you know - but she was quite successful. At the time she married Ronald Reagan, I think she was keenly aware that [Reagan's first wife] Jane Wyman's career had eclipsed Ronald Reagan's, so she was very determined not to have that happen." - Cynthia Nixon

"Chuckling to herself, Nancy said aloud, "Romance and detective work won't mix tonight!" - Carolyn Keene

"Nancy, you're a whiz, as I've often told you," her friend declared." - Carolyn Keene

"Nancy, every place you go, it seems as if mysteries just pile up one after another." - Carolyn Keene

"The punt returner got smacked like Nancy Kerrigan's knee on souvenir pipe night." - Dennis Miller

"I wanted to produce Nancy LaMott's albums, so I created my own record company." - David Friedman

"Nancy is superstitious." - Michael Reagan

"I don't think the face of the Democratic Party is Nancy Pelosi." - Tom Vilsack

"We don't need to allow any more Nancy Pelosies to wind up in Congress." - Michael Steele

"Reagan bankrupted the Soviet Union by increasing armaments." - Norman Mailer

"I'm not trying to return to Reagan-Bush." - Mitt Romney

"[On Ronald Reagan:] Poor dear, there's nothing between his ears." - Margaret Thatcher

"President Reagan didn't always know what he knew." - Oliver North

"I hope a great young Reagan will emerge." - Pat Boone

"Ronald Reagan won the Cold War without firing a shot." - Margaret Thatcher

"Ronald Reagan defeated Soviet communism without firing a shot." - Rush Limbaugh

"Ronald Reagan is the most ignorant president since Warren Harding." - Ralph Nader

"[Of Ronald Reagan:] A triumph of the embalmer's art." - Gore Vidal

"She has turned the British bulldog into a Reagan poodle." - David Steel

"Ronald Reagan - Grandpa Caligula; Ronald McReagan - No More Coccoons" - Jello Biafra

"It took Jimmy Carter to give us Ronald Reagan." - Ted Cruz

"Reagan has turned America into a tax haven." - John Updike

"Reagan Republicans do not criticize the other Republicans" - Megyn Kelly

"Reagan is the Republican FDR, an exemplar of presidential greatness." - Jon Meacham

"It's time for conservative Americans to do what Reagan did." - Mike Pence

"No politician was more maligned than Ronald Reagan." - Michele Bachmann

"Ronald Reagan wasn't qualified to be governor, let alone president." - James Garner

"I'm a Reagan conservative. Reagan did negotiate with the Soviets. But you have to negotiate from a position of strength." - Rand Paul

"They said Reagan was too dangerous. It was Reagan who ended the Soviet Union without firing a shot." - Rush Limbaugh

"President Reagan was the quintessential Happy Warrior, and no one loves, respects, and admires Reagan more than I do." - Monica Crowley

"I understood more what Nancy Reagan and Ronald Reagan, what they were coming from. Kind of the horrors of their childhoods that they were coming from. When you experience such pain early on, some people really interface with that pain and try and unpack it, and some people just take it and squelch it down and try and be as successful as they can. And, you know, encourage everybody, "Don't dwell on the negative! Come on, buck up!"" - Cynthia Nixon

"1,2,3, I'm at the Chelsey Hotel, like, Sid and Nancy, with knife, and two grams of candy" - Yelawolf

"Nancy clutter is always in a hurry, but she always has time. And that is the definition of a lady." - Truman Capote

"Drunk, Jane spoke as though she were Nancy Drew. I was a fool for a girl with a dainty lexicon." - Michael Chabon

"Bess stepped back and looked at Nancy admiringly. 'Your hunches are so often right it startles me." - Carolyn Keene

"She say guilt is a useless emotion." "Oh, please," says Nancy. "Guilt is what separates humans from animals." - Anna Quindlen

"I read mysteries like Nancy Drew and Alfred Hitchcock, and I swim and I ride my motorbike." - Heather O'Rourke

"I read mysteries like Nancy Drew and Alfred Hitchcock, and I swim and I ride my motorbike." - Heather Orourke

"I read a lot of 'Nancy Drew' books as a kid and considered myself a bit of an amateur detective." - Chelsea Cain

"I guess we decided to make a new record 3 years ago when Nancy was done scoring for Almost Famous." - Ann Wilson

"I'm not really good at retiring. I tried that one time and Nancy ran me out of the house." - Tom Osborne

"One of the great changes wrought by the increased public awareness of Alzheimers - and thank you, Nancy Reagan, you wonderful tough old dame, you - is that people in the early stages of the disease are now speaking out while they still have the capacity to do so." - Charlie Pierce

"In between the Queen and the First Lady, Nancy Reagan, sat Tony Richardson, looking very calm. Later on it emerged that this was because, having not been apprised of the placement until he was about to sit down, he had died of fright. To have expired was to be fortunate." - Clive James

"When Nancy Reagan was newly the first lady of California, Joan Didion came and had an hour-long interview. She thought it went great, and then Joan Didion just eviscerated her in the most - possibly not inaccurate - but in the most devastating way." - Cynthia Nixon

"Eleanor Roosevelt was painfully shy, painfully shy. So she overcompensated. In the same way that Nancy [Reagan] felt unattractive and unlovable and so everything had to be - hair had to be perfect, and the makeup and the clothes. Because she thought, "They don't think I'm pretty."" - Cynthia Nixon

"I could write an entirely new book about Andy Warhol, but I don't think I will. I certainly don't think Nancy Reagan would like that, as she's been patiently waiting for Volume 2 of my chronicle of the life of her and Ronnie." - Bob Colacello

"Certainly Nancy Reagan had an extraordinary effect on her husband. I'm truly not sure that, say, Laura Bush had that much effect on the Bush administration. She certainly, you know, seems to be a nice person who I think the public likes. But I can't really put my finger on any huge impact she's had." - Gail Collins

"One day in 1984, at the height of his fame, Michael Jackson made a visit to the White House. President and Nancy Reagan may not have dug his music, but they understood the power Mr. Jackson commanded as a common pop-cultural touchstone for just about everyone else." - Monica Crowley

"When my father, Ronald Reagan, was running for president in 1980, my mother, Nancy, traveled with him on the campaign trail, but she did not give speeches or even many interviews. She never stood in front of a group of reporters and expounded on her views and opinions." - Patti Davis

"One of the great changes wrought by the increased public awareness of Alzheimer's - and thank you, Nancy Reagan, you wonderful tough old dame, you - is that people in the early stages of the disease are now speaking out while they still have the capacity to do so." - Charlie Pierce

"When the Republicans controlled the House from 1994 -2006, Democrats like Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, Henry Waxman Charlie Rangel, John Conyers and Rahm Emanuel weren't saying we need to move right to win. They stuck to their philosophy. And they fought against Reagan and they fought against the Bushes. And eventually they did win." - Ed Rollins

"It may be hard to remember how difficult it was for people to talk about HIV/AIDS back in the 1980's and because of both Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan - in particular Mrs Reagan - we started a national conversation, when before nobody would talk about it, nobody wanted to do anything about it. Something that I really appreciate was her very effective but low-key advocacy, but it penetrated the public conscience, and people began to say "hey we have to do something about this too." - Hillary Clinton

"Reagan loved and respected his father, Jack Reagan. But if there was a father figure to Reagan in the religious sense, it was Ben Cleaver. What Reagan's father didn't provide spiritually, from a fatherly point of view, Cleaver did." - Paul Kengor

"One more item for the delusional Miss Grundys still obtusely citing Reagan as their model of "niceness": As governor of California, Reagan gave student protesters at Berkeley the finger. Remember that next time you ask yourself: "What would Reagan do?" People who are afraid of ideas whitewash Reagan like they whitewash Jesus . Sorry to break it to you, but the Reagan era did not consist of eight years of Reagan joking about his naps." - Ann Coulter

"I am clearly more popular than Reagan. I am in my third term. Where's Reagan? Gone after two! Defeated by George Bush and Michael Dukakis no less." - Marion Berry

"President Reagan rushed home from Santa Barbara vacation, from the Reagan ranch when the Korean jetliner was shot out of the air by the Russians." - Kate Obenshain

"[On hearing that Ronald Reagan was seeking nomination as governor of California:] No, no! Jimmy Stewart for governor-Reagan for his best friend." - Jack L Warner

"Look, I was an independent during the time of Reagan - Bush . I'm not trying to take us back to Reagan-Bush." - Mitt Romney

"I am clearly more popular than Reagan. I am in my third term. Where's Reagan? Gone after two! Defeated by George Bush and Michael Dukakis no less." - Marion Barry

"We don't have a lot of Reagan-type leaders in our party. Remember Ronald Reagan Democrats? I want a Republican that can attract Democrats." - Lindsey Graham

"When Grover Norquist launched his project to name anything and everything after Ronald Reagan, I humbly proposed that the deficit be re-christened 'the Reagan.'" - Timothy Noah

"My feeling is that it's a misreading of history to say that, as the Reagan supporters do, that Reagan won the Cold War." - Robert Dallek

"Thanks to feminism, women can now acquire status in two ways: through marriage or their own achievements. Cure cancer or marry the man who does, either way society will applaud. Unless he marries into the British royal family, it doesn't work that way for men. Wives shed no glory on their husbands. Having tea with Nancy Reagan is an honor; having tea with Denis Thatcher is a joke." - Katha Pollitt

"When [Nancy Reagan] was presented with people who she really felt like weren't going to [judge her], there was such a floodgate of affection and warmth and physical affection that, most of the time, was kept at bay because, "Oh, someone's going to say something." I think that [because of] so many things that happened to her in her childhood, but also in the press." - Cynthia Nixon

"I think the fact that she [Eleanor Roosevelt] was a woman probably in those days would have been an additional criticism, although first ladies by definition in those days were women. There's always been a problem and still is, about the role the first lady should play, of course. Everybody's seen it in Jackie Kennedy and Nancy Reagan and, heaven knows, Hillary Clinton. So the problem has not been solved." - William A. Rusher

"We could certainly use a detective. And I've got to hand it to you, Nancy - you sure can keep your head." - Carolyn Keene

"Luther, bring the gatekeeper quickly!" Bell ordered. "Just how did you get in, Miss Drew?" "I came in at the entrance," Nancy replied. "The larkspur is beautiful." - Carolyn Keene

"The happiest hour a sailor sees Is when he's down At an inland town, With his Nancy on his knees, yo ho! And his arm around her waist!" - W. S. Gilbert

"As she walked, she breathed a quick benediction to the patron saint of sleuthing. "Nancy Drew," she whispered, "be with me now." - Colin Meloy

"[Nancy] Pelosi personifies this [Democratic] party's repudiation." - Rush Limbaugh

"The happiest hour a sailor sees Is when he's down At an inland town, With his Nancy on his knees, yo ho! And his arm around her waist!" - W. S. Gilbert

"President Obama and Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi represent what mainstream America is rejecting about Washington, D.C. And that is this out of touch with the people." - Sharron Angle

"I often keep my eyes open for bodies. I do. Ever since I was a kid. I think I read too many 'Nancy Drew' books." - Chelsea Cain

"Tom Browkaw said it best. He said NBC could survive without him or the rest of the news division, but not Nancy Fields." - Willard Scott

"Growing up, I would say Wonder Woman and Nancy Drew were definite role models for me. Historically, I know Amelia Earhart stands out for me." - Keri Russell

"Nancy Pelosi says the angry opposition to health care reform is like the angry opposition to gay rights that led to Harvey Milk being shot." - P J Orourke

"If Reagan wins, I'd sell the farm and buy a bomb shelter." - George Mcgovern

"I am a frustrating interviewee. I'm like Ronald Reagan. I don't remember and I don't recall." - Misha Collins

"Before you get mugged by reality, take out an insurance policy. It's the Reagan way." - George P Shultz

"Anti-Tax fetishist Grover Norquist owns a bust of Ronald Reagan, who raised taxes 11 times." - John Fugelsang

"Jesus-murdered. Martin Luther King-murdered. Gandhi-murdered. Malcolm X-murdered. Reagan-wounded." - Bill Hicks

"[Ronald]Reagan and[George W.] Bush were far more radical than other presidents." - Kevin Drum

"Ronald Reagan has a story for every occasion. Bill Clinton has an excuse for every occasion." - Fred Barnes

"I look like this because I'm alive," Reagan said. "Because I've had experiences. Do you understand?" - Rainbow Rowell

"I thought you were just mean," Reagan said. "I liked that about you." - Rainbow Rowell

"I'm looking for a president that'll be like a Ronald Reagan to a Jimmy Carter." - Rudy Giuliani

"Smoking cigarettes seems to alarm peace activists much more than voting for Reagan does." - P. J. O'Rourke

"Ronald Reagan believes in the free market like some people believe in unicorns." - Barney Frank

"Ronald Reagan would have a hard time getting elected as a Republican today." - Lindsey Graham

"Jarecki's 'Reagan' is a compellingly watchable and appropriately conflicted portrait...artfully nuanced and intellectually curious." - Hank Stuever

"This is the man (Ronald Reagan) who proved that ignorance is no handicap to the presidency" - Molly Ivins

"I think Ronald Reagan was the best President of my lifetime." - Johnny Ramone

"Ronald Reagan had a vision of America...Barac k Obama has a vision of Barack Obama." - Thomas Sowell

"Reagan is doing to the country what he can no longer do to his wife." - Christopher Hitchens

"Ronald Reagan was an excellent leader of our nation during challenging times at home and abroad." - Gerald R Ford

"That would have been a great ticket, Reagan and Ford - an actor and a stuntman." - Johnny Carson

"Reagan was conservative, but he didn't approach global management with an unbending religious zeal." - Randall Robinson

"Ronald Reagan set the stage for the end of the Cold War." - Rush Limbaugh

"When Ronald Reagan became president, students could no longer get food stamps." - Julianne Malveaux

"When I was little, I met Ronald Reagan. I think I said something to him." - Rich Fulcher

"President-elect [Donald] Trump won 30 of 50 states, more counties since Ronald Reagan." - John Lewis

"The children of the Reagan Revolution are ready to assume the mantle of leadership." - Marco Rubio

"Well, it is alarming to have a president [Reagan] who doesn't know what he is doing." - McGeorge Bundy

"President Reagan is a rhetorical roundheels, as befits a politician seeking empathy with his audience." - William Safire

"Reagan has very significant things to teach us - positive lessons and quite negative lessons." - Eugene Jarecki

"Ronald Reagan, whatever his pros and cons were, was a public servant in the end." - Eugene Jarecki

"There are people who are trying to advance themselves by wrapping themselves in Reagan." - Eugene Jarecki

"I don't think Reagan is primarily funny, and I don't think he's primarily marvelous; he's complicated." - Eugene Jarecki

"Ronald Reagan felt very great regret about the deficits to which he contributed on his watch." - Eugene Jarecki

"His smile was the nightmare in my back pocket.(Speaking about Ronald Reagan)" - William Gibson

"Washington couldn't tell a lie, Nixon couldn't tell the truth, and Reagan couldn't tell the difference." - Mort Sahl

"Reagan won because he ran against Jimmy Carter. If he ran unopposed he would have lost." - Mort Sahl

"I'm a Reagan Republican, which means I don't speak ill of other Republicans." - Fred Upton

"We are a better Nation and the world is a safer place because of Ronald Reagan." - Thad Cochran

"I'm glad Reagan is president. Of course, I'm a professional comedian." - Will Durst



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