Former President Ronald Reagan would have celebrated his 110th birthday this year.
Reagan was born Feb. 6, 1911. His 110th birthday comes about 17 years after his death, and at a time of great political turmoil. He is often looked back on as a symbol of political and conservative strength.
Eureka College (Reagan graduated from the school in 1932) will celebrate the former president’s birthday on Friday with an online event, per The Pantagraph. The event will include video clips of Reagan.
He served as president of the United States from 1981 to 1989 before passing away in 2004.
We’ve pulled together a few quotes from Reagan, which speak to his love for freedom and faith, as well as his thoughts on how the federal government should work for the people.
- “The answer to a government that’s too big is to stop feeding its growth.” (April 28, 1981)
- “Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.” (March 16, 1982)
- “The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave.” (Jan. 28, 1986)
- “The top priority of the federal government is the safety of this country.” (March 16, 1982)
- “Freedom is not the sole prerogative of a chosen few, but the universal right of all God’s children.” (Oct. 25, 1985)
- “A President’s greatest responsibility is to protect all our people from enemies, foreign and domestic. Here at home the worst enemy we face is economic — the creeping erosion of the American way of life and the American dream that has resulted in today’s tragedy of economic stagnation and unemployment.” (Oct. 13, 1982)
- “Our involvement in the search for Mideast peace is not a matter of preference; it’s a moral imperative.” (Sept. 1, 1982)
- “Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with conflict by peaceful means.” (May 9, 1982)
- “As the years pass, if you have let yourselves absorb the spirit and tradition of this place, you’ll find the 4 years you’ve spent here living in your memory as a rich and important part of your life. Oh, you’ll have some regrets along with the happy memories. I let football and other extracurricular activities eat into my study time with the result that my grade average was closer to the C level required for eligibility than it was to straight A’s. And even now I wonder what I might have accomplished if I’d studied harder.” (May 9, 1982)
- “If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” (Aug. 23, 1984)
- “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. It has to be fought for and defended by each generation.” (July 6, 1987)
- “There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.” (Feb. 6, 1985)