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    I really just wanted to be a writer, but people tell you, 'You should have a backup career,' so I thought, 'OK, I'll act.' That was the foolishness of my vision for my life - that my backup career would be completely undependable.
    — Patti Davis
    I think the earlier stages of Alzheimer's are the hardest. Particularly because the person knows that they are losing awareness. They're aware that they're losing awareness, and you see them struggling.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: people 
     
    I'm very comfortable writing in the first person; it dives into the character in a way that's difficult if you're writing in the third person.
    — Patti Davis
    When I was a child, our summer days were spent swimming; chlorine in my hair was like perfume to me.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: children  child  summer 
     
    Some people, when they die, leave so much life behind that we wonder how they did it.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: people  wonder  die 
     
    America had taken my father from me. And over most of the years of his illness, I gradually started feeling this support system from this country who-people grieving along with us.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: illness  america  father  year 
     
    Even if the Bush Administration had flung open the gates to stem-cell research years ago, we would not be at the point of offering treatment today. Christopher Reeve would still have been taken from us. But we would be closer.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: research  year 
     
    My father never feared death. He never saw it as an ending. I don't know why Alzheimer's was allowed to steal so much of my father before releasing him into the arms of death. But I know that at his last moment, when he opened his eyes - - eyes that had not opened for many, many days - - and looked at my mother, he showed us that neither disease nor death can conquer love.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: death  moment  eyes  father  mother 
     
    Decades later I would look into my father's eyes and try to reach past the murkiness of Alzheimer's with my words, my apology, hoping that in his heart he heard me and understood.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: heart  past  eyes  father 
     
    I think that nothing teaches you more about life than death and dying.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: death  dying 
     
    My father, for his part, was not a man to begrudge anyone a divergent opinion; he'd have been fine if I had written some articles disagreeing with his policies, or even given interviews, as long as I was respectful and civil.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: men  father 
     
    Just think: people decided one day that a day should be set aside for motherhood and fatherhood. What a great concept that is.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: people  motherhood 
     
    I had this odd sibling rivalry with America.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: america 
     
    I would not call myself a veteran conspiracy theorist. Or an obsessed one. I pretty much peaked on the whole conspiracy theory thing in the '60s, with the grassy knoll, who really killed JFK, and who ordered the hit on Lee Harvey Oswald.
    — Patti Davis
    The memories stayed with him for so long, and stayed vivid. And it didn't matter to me that he'd already repeated that before. I could hear it forever.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: memory  forever 
     
    That is your legacy on this Earth when you leave this Earth: how many hearts you touched.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: heart  earth 
     
    Politics isn't what defines a person, and it shouldn't define a relationship. I made the mistake of letting that intrude on my relationships.
    — Patti Davis
    My father started growing very quiet as Alzheimer's started claiming more of him. The early stages of Alzheimer's are the hardest because that person is aware that they're losing awareness. And I think that that's why my father started growing more and more quiet.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: people  father 
     
    I often imagine what it would be like if my father were still here to mark his 100th birthday, if Alzheimer's hadn't clawed away years, possibilities, hopes. What would he think of all the commemorations and celebrations?
    — Patti Davis
    Christopher Reeve understood that everything begins with hope. His vision of walking again, his belief that he would be able to in his lifetime, towered over his broken body.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: belief  body  broken  hope  vision 
     
    [On her father, Ronald Reagan:] How do you argue with someone who states that the people who are sleeping on the grates of the streets of America 'are homeless by choice'?
    — Patti Davis
    tags: people  america  father 
     
    Life Lesson 3: You can't rush grief. It has its own timetable. All you can do is make sure there are lots of soft places around - beds, pillows, arms, laps.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: lessons  grief 
     
    It takes strength to make your way through grief, to grab hold of life and let it pull you forward.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: grief  strength 
     
    You know, if you hang around this earth long enough you really see how things come full circle.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: earth 
     
    I did what most writers do when something happens that's overwhelming, fascinating, moving, all of that. I didn't know what else to do about it except write about it.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: write  fascinating 
     
    I don't think it's an accident who our parents are; I believe we choose them. So maybe I chose my parents in order to effect change.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: believe  parent 
     
    There is a point in the grieving process when you can run away from memories or walk straight toward them.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: memory  process 
     
    Alzheimer's disease locks all the doors and exits. There is no reprieve, no escape.
    — Patti Davis
    The house I grew up in had large plate-glass windows, which birds frequently crashed into headfirst. My father helped me assemble a bird hospital, consisting of a few shoe boxes, some old rags, and tiny dishes for water and food.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: food  water  father 
     
    The most ethical way to deal with an unethical situation would be to simply say: 'We did something wrong.' But nobody in a family like mine would ever respond like this.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: wrong 
     
    It's one thing to show your love for someone when everything is going fine and life is smooth. But when the 'in sickness and in health' part kicks in and sickness does enter your lives, you're tested. Your resilience is tested.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: health  live 
     
    Loss teaches you to figure things out as they come along.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: loss 
     
    it ultimately doesn't matter which disease gnaws away at the body - it looks the same. The flesh surrenders, grows exhausted, and the eyes ask why.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: body  eyes 
     
    I thought the best thing that I could do would be to clean up my own act, in terms of whatever .. childhood wounds were left.
    — Patti Davis
    And as far as false hope, there is no such thing. There is only hope or the absence of hope - nothing else.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: hope 
     
    Laura Bush went on national television during the week of my father's funeral and spoke out against embryonic stem cell research, pointing out that where Alzheimer's is concerned, we don't have proof that stem-cell treatment would be effective.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: father  research 
     
    People love the way they're capable of loving-but that's not always how you want them to love or how you think they should love.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: people 
     
    I'm not the angry, rebellious child that I was. You can remain a child for a long time. I certainly did. I was a slow learner.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: children  time  child 
     
    I think we can work through a lot of political and international problems, but what really frightens me is what's happening environmentally.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: work  problem  political 
     
    Of course, people say maybe there are some self-published books out there that shouldn't be out there. Well, it's the same with conventional publishing.
    — Patti Davis
    tags: people  book 
     
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