One of Ronald Reagan's most-memorable quotes is part of a speech he delivered in June 1987 when he challenged the Soviet leader, "Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" These words became even more impressive when the Berlin Wall fell on Nov. 9, 1989.
Ronald Reagan always spoke with optimism about his beloved United States, dating back at least as far as 1952. He frequently spoke of the responsibility of its citizens to preserve the freedom they enjoyed for their own children.
Perhaps the most-poignant quote came from his letter to America on Nov. 5, 1994, telling of his Alzheimer's diagnosis. In it he wrote, "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." These words summed up his general attitude throughout his political career.