Ronald Reagan Quotes
Ronald Reagan. Ronaldus Magnus. The Gipper. The greatest president of the 20th century. He said so many clever, incisive, brilliant things.
We present the best Ronald Reagan quotes:
Abortion is only advocated by persons who have themselves been born.
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.
(Shorter alternate: No arsenal … is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.)
All great change in America begins at the dinner table.
Coercion, after all, merely captures man. Freedom captivates him.
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.
Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.
Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit.
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, subsidize it.
Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them.
Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They’re just braver five minutes longer.
History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.
How can a president not be an actor?
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 and Lenin.
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 don’t believe in a government that protects us from ourselves.
I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I’m in a cabinet meeting.
I favor the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and it must be enforced at gunpoint if necessary.
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 ‘public-spirited philanthropist’.
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 other party.
If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen.
If you’re afraid of the future, then get out of the way, stand aside. The people of this country are ready to move again.
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 has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.
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.
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 America is.
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 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!
No matter what time it is, wake me, even if it’s in the middle of a Cabinet meeting.
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 strong.
One picture is worth 1,000 denials.
One way to make sure crime doesn’t pay would be to let the government run it.
Peace is not the absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.
People don’t start wars, governments do.
Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
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.
Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing.
Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.
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 is Latin for ‘the mess we’re in’.
Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere.
The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away.
The nine 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.
The ultimate determinant in the struggle now going on for the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas — a trial of spiritual resolve: the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish and the ideals to which we are dedicated.
There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.
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.
They say hard work never hurt anybody, but I figure why take the chance.
They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong.
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 economy.
To sit back hoping that someday, someway, 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.
Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders.
Violence has been Nicaragua’s most important export to the world.
We are never defeated unless we give up on God.
We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.
We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.
We have the duty to protect the life of an unborn child.
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 measure welfare’s success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added.
We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we will always be free.
Welfare’s purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.
When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.
While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.
Within the covers of the Bible are all the answers for all the problems men face.
Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.
You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.
You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans.