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“I must say acting was good training for the political life which lay ahead for us.”
“Just say no.”
“I don't think I was as bad, or as extreme in my power or my weakness, as I was depicted — especially during the first year, when people thought I was overly concerned with trivialities, and the final year, when some of the same people were convinced I was running the show.”
“Homes really are no more than the people who live in them.”
“I favor capital punishment. It saves lives.”
“Why take chances? It may be nonsense, but does anybody really know? And people have certainly been fascinated by astrology for thousands of years.”
“I agree with the death penalty. I think that people would be alive today if there were a death penalty.”
“In 1981, when Ronnie and I moved to Washington, I never dreamed that our eight years there would be a time of so much emotion. But life in the White House is magnified: The highs were higher than I expected, and the lows were much lower.”
“I gave Ronnie my best advice — whenever he asked for it, and sometimes when he didn't. But that doesn't mean he always took it. Ronald Reagan has a mind of his own.”
“Did I ever give Ronnie advice? You bet I did. I'm the one who knows him best, and I was the only person in the White House who had absolutely no agenda of her own — except helping him.”
Nancy Reagan, U.S. first lady
Full name: Anne Frances Robbins Davis Reagan.