Ronald Reagan Quotes
- How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin.
And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx
- Politics I supposed to be the second-oldest
profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance
to the first.
- Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose
- When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat.
- History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of
aggression is cheap.
- How can a president not be an actor?
- I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of
- No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs,
once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest
thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!
- One picture is worth 1,000 denials.
- A people free to choose will always choose peace.
- A tree's a tree. How many more do you need to look at?
- Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals
of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men
and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have.
- All great change in America begins at the dinner table.
- All the waste in a year from a nuclear power plant can be stored under
- Approximately 80% of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released
by vegetation, so let's not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough
emission standards from man-made sources.
- Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement.
- But there are advantages to being elected President. The day after I
was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret.
- Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.
- Democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable
form of government ever devised by man.
- Don't be afraid to see what you see.
- Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because
it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities
beyond anything we've ever known.
- Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost
all the economic growth in the United States.
- Facts are stubborn things.
- Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't
pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected,
and handed on for them to do the same.
- Going to college offered me the chance to play football for four more
- Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets.
- Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.
- Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has
gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
- Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at
one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
- Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.
- Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases:
If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving,
- Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them.
- Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They're just braver five minutes
- I call upon the scientific community in our country, those who gave us
nuclear weapons, to turn their great talents now to the cause of mankind
and world peace: to give us the means of rendering these nuclear weapons
impotent and obsolete.
- I favor the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and it must be enforced at gunpoint
- I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency,
even if I'm in a cabinet meeting.
- I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked
like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.
- 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.
- I never drink coffee at lunch. I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon.
- I'm not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself.
- I've never been able to understand why a Republican contributor is a
'fat cat' and a Democratic contributor of the same amount of money is a
- I've often said there's nothing better for the inside of a man than the
outside of a horse.
- If the federal government had been around when the Creator was putting
His hand to this state, Indiana wouldn't be here. It'd still be waiting
for an environmental impact statement.
- If the Soviet Union let another political party come into existence,
they would still be a one-party state, because everybody would join the
- If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen.
- Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber
and as deadly as a hit man.
- Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls
topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders.
- It doesn't do good to open doors for someone who doesn't have the price
to get in. If he has the price, he may not need the laws. There is no law
saying the Negro has to live in Harlem or Watts.
- It's difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country
because food isn't available.
- It's silly talking about how many years we will have to spend in the
jungles of Vietnam when we could pave the whole country and put parking
stripes on it and still be home by Christmas.
- It's true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the
- Let us be sure that those who come after will say of us in our time,
that in our time we did everything that could be done. We finished the race;
we kept them free; we kept the faith.
- Let us not forget who we are. Drug abuse is a repudiation of everything
- Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.
- Man is not free unless government is limited.
- Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
- My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation
which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes.
- My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going
to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose - somehow
we win out.
- No mother would ever willingly sacrifice her sons for territorial gain,
for economic advantage, for ideology.
- Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too
- One picture is worth 1,000 denials.
- One way to make sure crime doesn't pay would be to let the government run
- Peace is not the absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict
by peaceful means.
- People do not make wars; governments do.
- Politics is just like show business. You have a hell of an opening, coast
for a while, and then have a hell of a close.
- Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards,
if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
- Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically
the only excuse the government has for even existing.
- Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe
every day is April 15.
- Some people wonder all their lives if they've made a difference. The Marines
don't have that problem.
- Status quo, you know, is Latin for 'the mess we're in'.
- Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority,
and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried
- The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal
- The government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases:
If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving,
- The greatest security for Israel is to create new Egypts.
- The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government
and I'm here to help.
- The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that
government spends too much.
- The taxpayer - that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't
have to take the civil service examination.
- There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit,
no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.
- There are no easy answers' but there are simple answers. We must have the
courage to do what we know is morally right.
- There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human
intelligence, imagination, and wonder.
- They say hard work never hurt anybody, but I figure why take the chance.
- Thomas Jefferson once said, 'We should never judge a president by his age,
only by his works.' And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.
- To paraphrase Winston Churchill, I did not take the oath I have just taken
with the intention of presiding over the dissolution of the world's strongest
- To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right
is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last - but eat
you he will.
- Today, if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with
a better mouse.
- Trust, but verify.
- We can not play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.
- We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.
- We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty
rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that
each individual is accountable for his actions.
- We should declare war on North Vietnam. We could pave the whole country
and put parking strips on it, and still be home by Christmas.
- We should measure welfare's success by how many people leave welfare,
not by how many are added.
- Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need
for its own existence.
- What we have found in this country, and maybe we're more aware of it
now, is one problem that we've had, even in the best of times, and that
is the people who are sleeping on the grates, the homeless, you might say,
- While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for
- You know, if I listened to Michael Dukakis long enough, I would be convinced
we're in an economic downturn and people are homeless and going without
food and medical attention and that we've got to do something about the
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