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Appealing to Our Best Hopes

“There’s a reason President Reagan was called “The Great Communicator.” Throughout his administration, whether giving addresses and meeting with colleagues in the Oval Office, Ronald Reagan was regarded as someone who used words to persuade, not disparage; to inspire, not insult. His respect for civil discourse, even in the midst of disagreement, is often reflected in his own speeches.

“Helping all citizens — especially young people — gain an awareness and appreciation for the character and civility of President Reagan’s speech remains a fundamental part of our mission at the Reagan Foundation. Through our education programs, your support helps us engage students in areas of civic discourse and leadership through President Reagan’s life and legacy.

 

Whatever else history may say about me when I’m gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts.”

— Farewell Address to the Nation, January 11, 1989

 

Cannot swords be turned to plowshares? Can we and all nations not live in peace? In our obsession with antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites all the members of humanity.”

— Address to the United Nations General Assembly, September 21, 1987

 

I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there’s purpose and worth to each and every life.”

 — Dedication of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, November 4, 1991