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"Ronald Reagan won America's respect with his greatness, and won its love with his goodness. He had the confidence that comes with conviction, the strength that comes with character, the grace that comes with humility, and the humor that comes with wisdom. He leaves behind a nation he restored and a world he helped save."
President George W. Bush
"This is a sad day for our country."
"His legacy is massive."
-- Rudolph Guliani
"He was a stroke of luck for the world."
-- Helmut Kohl
"President Reagan was one of my closest political and dearest personal friends. He will be missed not only by those who knew him, and not only by the nation that he served so proudly and loved so deeply, but also by millions of men and women who live in freedom today because of the policies he pursued. Ronald Reagan had a higher claim than any other leader to have won the Cold War for liberty -- and he did it without a shot being fired....To have achieved so much against so many odds and with such humour and humanity made Ronald Reagan a truly great American hero."
"Reagan was a statesman who, despite all disagreements that existed between our countries at the time, displayed foresight and determination to meet our proposals halfway and change our relations for the better, stop the nuclear race, start scrapping nuclear weapons, and arrange normal relations between our countries."
"He believed, ultimately, that the Soviet Union was a failed political system. It was his role as president to help bring about the end, not to push them over a cliff, but to help guide them to the realization that there was a better political system for them."
-- Colin Powell
"He was a great American patriot. I did not just admire him, I was fortunate enough to know him. He was a hero to me....It is easy to see how profoundly President Reagan changed the world. He made it safer, more free and gave hope and opportunity to millions."
-- Arnold Schwarzenegger
"[A]n excellent leader of our nation during challenging times at home and abroad."
-- Gerald Ford
"He restored America's pride in the men and women who wear the military uniform."
-- Donald Rumsfeld
"He personified the indomitable optimism of the American people."
-- Bill Clinton
"Ronald Reagan was a man who changed history."
--Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla)
"Whether you agreed or disagreed with Ronald Reagan, you can't deny that he was honest, fought hard for what he believed in, and had the courage of his convictions."
-- Sen. Charles Shumer (D-NY)
"President Reagan brought back grace, strength and class to the American presidency. He restored the nation's pride at a time when our collective spirits were low."
-- Bill Richardson, Governor, New Mexico
"The sun has set on the remarkable life of the great man who reminded us it is always morning in America."
--George Pataki, Governor, New York
"President Reagan will be remembered for his leadership and resolve during a period of momentous change in world affairs, as well as for the warmth, grace and humor with which he conducted affairs of state."
-- Kofi Annan
"A great statesman who through the strength of his convictions and his commitment to democracy will leave a deep mark in history. "
-- Jacques Chirac
"[W]e lost one of our great optimists. . . . He was the voice of America in good times and in grief. He spoke for our country, for the eternal cause of liberty. . . . Free men and women everywhere will forever remember and honor President Reagan's role in ending the Cold War. . . . He was our oldest president, but he made America young again."
-- John Kerry
"His vision of a free and united Europe created the conditions for change that in the end made the restoration of German unity possible."
-- Gerhard Schroeder, German chancellor
''Virtually the entire Republican Party is the political progeny of Ronald Reagan. We are all Reagan's children.''
-- Marshall Wittman, GOP political analyst
"Ronald Reagan was authentic, there was nothing phony about him. He was true to himself and that's the lesson for us."
-- James K. Hahn, Mayor, Los Angeles
"When I think of him, I think of America."
-- Donna Glassman, American
"He embodied the spirit of what this country stood for."
-- Girard Mollayan, American
"He made you proud to be an American."
-- Maye Ohnemus, American
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"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."
-- Ronald Reagan