Nancy Reagan quotes talk about her life and that of being the first lady to former President Ronald Reagan. She had a high regard for stem cell research and was happy when former president Barack Obama changed the law allowing this research to go forward. She also spoke about Alzheimer’s disease and how important it was the way these persons were treated.
Nancy Reagan was an actress in her early years and believed it prepared her for life as a president’s wife. Many of her quotes clearly show that her life made a dramatic change once Ronald Reagan became president, she felt as though her privacy was gone. Her quotes share many things that those in such circles can testify and relate to. She was compared to Eleanor Roosevelt because both women set First Lady standards during their tenures. Below you will find many quotes in regards to her life and thoughts about being a first lady.
"I don't talk about political matters. That's not my department.”
“I have been very happy with my homes, but homes really are no more than the people who live in them.”
“I am a big believer that eventually everything comes back to you. You get back what you give out.”
“A lot of what acting is paying attention.”
“I don't think most people associate me with leeches or how to get them off. But I know how to get them off. I'm an expert at it.”
"I think a woman gets more if she acts feminine.”
“Just say no to drugs!”
“The movies were custard compared to politics.”
“My life really began when I married my husband.”
“I do not believe in abortion at will. I do not believe that if a woman just wants to have an abortion she should... I do believe if you have an abortion you are committing murder.”
“I must say acting was good training for the political life which lay ahead for us.”
“I see the first lady as another means to keep a president from becoming isolated.”
“There is no job description for the first lady and she's only there because her husband got elected president.”
“I don't really yell at people.”
“I don't like a lot of frills and fusses.”
“I've always gone for the more understated look.”
“I always liked red. It's a picker-upper.”
“People don't understand that all presidents, the minute they become president, get a knock at the door. And there's a man there saying, 'Let's talk about your funeral.' At the time I thought, God, that's a terrible thing. Later on, I thought it was pretty wise.”
“I thought Obama ran the best campaign I have ever known - disciplined, well organised, very, very good. I was very impressed.”
“For eight years, I was sleeping with the president, and if that doesn't give you special access, I don't know what does!”
“I don't know when I'm going to have time to be politically active.”
“I said from the very beginning, I don't want a big house, I don't want big grounds, I don't want the trouble with the maintenance and all of that.”
“Now science has presented us with a hope called stem cell research, which may provide our scientists with many answers that have for so long been beyond our grasp."
“A lot of business can be accomplished in the state dinners.”
“As I've said before, time is short, and life is precious.”
“Remember, I'm a doctor's daughter. So obviously I'm interested in all medical things.”
“I've had quite a life, when you stop and think about it.”
"It's always written that my father was a rich, conservative John Bircher. That is untrue. He was not rich. He was not a John Bircher."
"My mother was a Democrat - southern Democrat, y'all."
"I'm particularly happy that the Ronald Reagan Building is both public and private, and embraces his lifelong belief... in free and open trade."
"I couldn't possibly lead the kind of life I lead, and keep the schedule that I do, having radiation or chemotherapy."
"I chose to have a career, and I enjoyed it while I had it."
"I'm doing what I want to do."
"I'm fine, except, you know, I broke my pelvis. And that's not much fun."
"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."
"From the moment I walked into the White House, it was as if I had no privacy at all."
"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."
"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."
"I'm against abortion. On the other hand, I believe in a woman's choice."
"It is true that when you're in the White House alone, it is a lonely place. Big and lonely."
"There's a big, wonderful world out there for you. It belongs to you. It's exciting and stimulating and rewarding. Don't cheat yourselves out of this promise."
"You learn something out of everything, and you come to realize more than ever that we're all here for a certain space of time, and, and then it's going to be over, and you better make this count."
"You just get up each day and put one foot in front of the other and go. You know, each day is different."
"I rarely think about myself that much. I really don't."
"My job is being 'Mrs. Ronald Reagan.'"
Nancy Reagan enjoyed her life as the wife of Ronald Reagan, despite not getting into politics she shared her feelings in regards to health and in later years had a fondness for how Barack Obama handled his campaign despite not voting for him. I hope you will find her remarks inspiring and be motivated to be the best you can be.