Extract from Ronald Reagan’s Remarks and a Question-and-Answer Session at the University of Virginia

The pursuit of science, the study of the great works, the value of free inquiry, in short, the very idea of the living the life of the mind–yes, these formative and abiding principles of higher education in America had their first and firmest advocate, and their greatest embodiment, in a tall, fair-headed, friendly man who watched this university take form from the mountainside where he lived, the university whose founding he called a crowning achievement to a long and well-spent life.

Ronald Reagan, “Remarks and a Question-and-Answer Session at the University of Virginia,” 16 Dec. 1988. Published by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, eds., American Presidency Project (accessed 2014).
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Ronald Reagan
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December 16, 1988
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
American Presidency Project, Univ. of California-Santa Barbara