Ronald Regan: staunch defender of America, defeater of Communism … great romantic? Definitely!
Ronald Reagan would turn 104 on February 6, 2015. Americans remember Reagan fondly, and it’s easy to see why. His presidency, from 1980-1988, marked a period of low taxes and healthy economic growth for America. He was my favorite president of my lifetime.
Ronald Reagan had other accomplishments in addition to his presidency: he was a great romantic. He and his second wife, Nancy, enjoyed a loving relationship that was obvious to all who knew them and even to casual observers. How about some romantic Ronald Reagan quotes?
Quotes, Ronald Reagan about Nancy Reagan:
“I can sum up our marriage in a line I spoke when I played the great pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander, a line spoken by him in life to his wife, Aimee: “God must think a lot of me to have given me you.” I thank Him every day for giving me Nancy.”
“The nicest thing a girl ever did for me was when a girl named Nancy married me and brought a warmth and joy to my life that has grown with each passing year.”
“Coming home to Nancy was like coming out of the cold into a warm room with a fireplace.”
“We haven’t been careless with the treasure that is ours – namely what we are to each other.”
“I think it’s all too common in marriage that, no matter how much partners love each other, they don’t thank each other enough. And I suppose I don’t thank Nancy enough for all that she does for me. So, Nancy, in front of all your friends here today, let me say, thank you for all you do. Thank you for your love. And thank you for just being you.”
“(Nancy can) make me lonely just by leaving the room.”
Quotes, Ronald Reagan on Love:
“Love can grow slowly out of warmth and companionship and none of us should be afraid to seek it.”
“It does take quite a man to remain attractive and to be loved by a woman who has heard him snore, seen him unshaven, tended him while he was sick, and washed his dirty underwear. Do that and keep her still feeling a warm glow and you will know some very beautiful music.”
“You’ll never get in trouble if you say ‘I love you’ at least once a day.”
“What do you say about someone who gives your life meaning? What do you say about someone who’s always there with support and understanding, someone who makes sacrifices so that your life will be easier and more successful? Well, what you say is that you love that person and treasure her.”
Nancy said of Ronnie, “I’ve had quite a life, when you stop and think about it. I’m very lucky. Especially with Ronnie—I was the happiest girl in the world when I became we. Even in the very beginning, I was always so proud of him. Everything he did. And it wasn’t that I had to force myself. I just was.”
When Reagan died June 5, 2004, from Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 93, the world lost a great leader and a great romantic as well. But thanks to his quotes, Ronald Reagan can live on in our memories. And now that Nancy has died, at age 94, she and Ronnie are together again.