So in your discussions of the nuclear freeze proposals, I urge you to beware the temptation of pride—the temptation blithely to declare yourselves above it all and label both sides equally at fault, to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong, good and evil.
Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. Statement, March 8, 1983, Orlando, Florida. quoted in "Temptation of Pride," Reagan's Reign of Error, eds. Mark Green and Gail MacColl (1987).
Reagan later denied having spoken of "an evil empire."