5 best Reagan quotes of all time [SLIDESHOW]

The Gipper. The Jelly Bean Man. Good ol’ Ronnie.

Feb. 6 marks the 103rd birthday of former President of the United States Ronald Reagan, who passed away in June 2004. President Reagan served in the Oval Office from 1981 to 1989, and left behind an inspirational legacy—forever hailed as a champion of conservatism, limited government and American exceptionalism.

In honor of his life and legacy, let’s take a look at the Great Communicator’s five best quotes of all time.

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  • "A people free to choose will always choose peace." Former President Ronald Reagan issues his farewell salute as his presidency ends on Inauguration Day 1989. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
  • "I hope you're all Republicans," to surgeons as he entered the operating room following his assassination attempt. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
  • "Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives." Former President Ronald Reagan delivers his final State of the Union address to Congress in 1988. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
  • "General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." Former President Ronald Reagan works aboard Air Force One in 1986. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
  • "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'" Ronald Reagan is sworn into his first term as President of the United States on Inauguration Day 1981. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)