Ronald Reagan (1911-2004)

“Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.”

“If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be one nation gone under.”

“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, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

“I’ve noticed everyone who is for abortion has already been born.”

“As government expands, liberty contracts.”

“Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.”

“There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.”

“Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeers, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas.”

“You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans. ”

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”

“Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.”

“I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph, and there is purpose and worth to each and every life.”

“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.”

“Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, leave the rest to God.”

“Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.”

“We don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.”

“We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we will always be free.”

“Sometimes when I’m faced with an atheist, I am tempted to invite him to the greatest gourmet dinner that one could ever serve, and when we have finished eating that magnificent dinner, to ask him if he believes there’s a cook.”

“Status quo, you know, is Latin for ‘the mess we’re in’.”

“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.”

“It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.”

“I’ve heard that hard work never killed anyone, but I say why take the chance?”

“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.”

“I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.”

“Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They’re just braver 5 minutes longer.”

“America is too great for small dreams.”

“Our natural, inalienable rights are now considered to be a dispensation from government, and freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp as it is at this moment.”

“Government is not a solution to our problem government is the problem.”

“When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.”

“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.”

“A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.”

“The federal government did not create the states; the states created the federal government.”

“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.”

“Someday, the realm of liberty and justice will encompass the planet. Freedom is not just the birthright of the few, it is the God-given right of all His children, in every country. It won’t come by conquest. It will come, because freedom is right and freedom works. It will come, because cooperation and good will among free people will carry the day.”

“Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.”

“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’.”

“Don’t be afraid to see what you see.”

“Socialists ignore the side of man that is the spirit. They can provide you shelter, fill your belly with bacon and beans, treat you when you’re ill, all the things guaranteed to a prisoner or a slave. They don’t understand that we also dream.”

“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.”

“Life is one grand sweet song so start the music”

“Democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.”

“It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.”

“A hippie is someone who looks like Tarzan, walks like Jane and smells like Cheetah.”

“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! ”

“Government is like a baby: an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.”

“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.”

“…No people in all history paid a higher price for freedom. And no people have done so much to advance the dignity of man. We are called materialistic. May be so…but our materialism has made our children the biggest, tallest, most handsome, and intelligent generations of Americans yet. They will live longer with fewer illnesses, learn more, see more of the world, and have more success in realizing their personal dreams and ambitions than any other people in any other period of our history – because of our materialism…I think on our side of civilization and on the other side is the law of the jungle…We all have to recognize that this country has been handed the responsibility, greater than any nation, to preserve some 6000 years of civilization against the barbarians.”
“The future doesn’t belong to the light-hearted. It belongs to the brave.”

“A people free to choose will always choose peace. ”

“Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives”

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

“Government does not solve problems. It subsidizes them.”

“The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.”

“They tell us we must learn to live with less, and teach our children that their lives will be less full and prosperous than ours have been; that the America of the coming years will be a place where — because of our past excesses — it will be impossible to dream and make those dreams come true. I don’t believe that. And, I don’t believe you do either. That is why I am seeking the presidency. I cannot and will not stand by and see this great country destroy itself. Our leaders attempt to blame their failures on circumstances beyond their control, on false estimates by unknown, unidentifiable experts who rewrite modern history in an attempt to convince us our high standard of living, the result of thrift and hard work, is somehow selfish extravagance which we must renounce as we join in sharing scarcity. I don’t agree that our nation must resign itself to inevitable decline, yielding its proud position to other hands. I am totally unwilling to see this country fail in its obligation to itself and to the other free peoples of the world.”

“Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets. ”

“I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.”

“I’ve always believed that a lot of the trouble in the world would disappear if we were talking to each other instead of about each other.”

“Remember that every government service, every offer of government – financed security, is paid for in the loss of personal freedom… In the days to come, whenever a voice is raised telling you to let the government do it, analyze very carefully to see whether the suggested service is worth the personal freedom which you must forgo in return for such service.”

“These young Americans sent a message to terrorists everywhere. . . . You can run but you can’t hide.”

“There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits to the human capacity for intelligence, imagination, and wonder.”

“All great change in America begins at the dinner table.”

“You can’t tax business. Business doesn’t pay taxes. It collects taxes.”

“If there’s one observation that rings true in today’s changing world, it is that freedom and peace go hand in hand.”

“Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders. ”

“Facts are stupid things.”

“If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.”

“Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.”

“A troubled and afflicted mankind looks to us, pleading for us to keep our rendezvous with destiny; that we will uphold the principles of self-reliance, self-discipline, morality, and, above all, responsible liberty for every individual that we will become that shining city on a hill.”

“Since I came to the White House, I’ve gotten two hearing aids, had a colon operation, a prostate operation, skin cancer, and I’ve been shot…damn thing is, I’ve never felt better.”

“A picture is worth 1,000 denials.”

“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem, government IS the problem. It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant, it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”

“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.”

“The future doesn’t belong to the faint of heart. It belongs to the brave.”

“If history teaches anything, it teaches that self-delusion in the face of unpleasant facts is folly.”

“Surround yourself with great people; delegate authority; get out of the way”

“Regimes planted by bayonets do not take root… Our military strength is a prerequisite to peace, but let it be clear we maintain this strength in the hope it will never be used, for the ultimate determinant in the struggle that’s now going on in 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, the ideals to which we are dedicated.”

“Never let the things you can’t do, stop you from doing what you can.”

“Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement. ”

“Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.”

“Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them.”

“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.”

“We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace.”

“Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit.”

“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”

“Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.”

“More than a decade ago, a Supreme Court decision literally wiped off the books of fifty states statutes protecting the rights of unborn children. Abortion on demand now takes the lives of up to 1.5 million unborn children a year. Human life legislation ending this tragedy will some day pass the Congress, and you and I must never rest until it does. Unless and until it can be proven that the unborn child is not a living entity, then its right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness must be protected.”

“If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen. ”

“Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”

“What would this country be without this great land of ours.”

“America is, and always will be, a shining city on a hill.”

“The one thing our Founding Fathers could not foresee — they were farmers, professional men, businessmen giving of their time and effort to an idea that became a country — was a nation governed by professional politicians who had an interest in getting re-elected. They probably envisioned a fellow serving a couple of hitches and then eagerly looking forward to getting back to the farm.”

“Education is not the means of showing people how to get what they want. Education is an exercise by means of which enough men, it is hoped, will learn to want what is worth having.”

“The future is best decided by ballots, not bullets.”

“Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders. … The Goliath of totalitarianism will be brought down by the David of the microchip.”

“We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life — the unborn — without diminishing the value of all human life.”

“I have only one thing to say to the tax increasers: Go ahead, make my day.”

“Well I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — America’s best days are yet to come. Our proudest moments are yet to be. Our most glorious achievements are just ahead.”

“When the Lord calls me home, whenever that day may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future. I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead.”

“I won a nickname, “The Great Communicator.” But I never thought it was my style or the words I used that made a difference: It was the content. I wasn’t a great communicator, but I communicated great things, and they didn’t spring full bloom from my brow, they came from the heart of a great nation — from our experience, our wisdom, and our belief in principles that have guided us for two centuries. They called it the Reagan revolution. Well, I’ll accept that, but for me it always seemed more like the great rediscovery, a rediscovery of our values and our common sense.”

“Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.”

“Our citizens feel they’ve lost control of even the most basic decisions made about the essential services of government, such as schools, welfare, roads, and even garbage collection. And they’re right. A maze of interlocking jurisdictions and levels of government confronts average citizens in trying to solve even the simplest of problems. They don’t know where to turn for answers, who to hold accountable, who to praise, who to blame, who to vote for or against.”

“We’re realists; we solve our problems instead of ignoring them, no matter how loud the chorus of despair around us. But we’re also idealists, for it was an ideal that brought our ancestors to these shores from every corner of the world.”

“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.”

“The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.”

“History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.”

“Once you begin a great movement, there’s no telling where it will end. We meant to change a nation, and instead, we changed a world.”

“When the chips are down and the decisions are made as to who the candidates will be, then the 11th commandment prevails and everybody goes to work, and that is: Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican.”

“America was founded by people who believed that God was their rock of safety. He is ours. I recognize we must be cautious in claiming that God is on our side, but I think it’s all right to keep asking if we’re on His side.”

“Despite our strides in civil rights, blacks, Hispanics, and all minorities will not have full and equal power until they have full economic power.”

“The heart of America is strong; it’s good and true. The cynics were wrong; America never was a sick society.”

“We cannot win the race to the future shackled to a system that can’t even pass a Federal budget. We cannot win that race held back by horse-and-buggy programs that waste tax dollars and squander human potential. We cannot win that race if we’re swamped in a sea of red ink.”

“If the family goes, so goes our civilization.”

“We honor the giants of our history not by going back but forward to the dreams their vision foresaw.”

“Let’s stop suppressing the spiritual core of our national being. Our nation could not have been conceived without divine help. Why is it that we can build a nation with our prayers, but we can’t use a schoolroom for voluntary prayer.”

“We do not face large deficits because American families are undertaxed; we face those deficits because the Federal Government overspends.”

“We are first; we are the best; and we are so because we’re free.”

Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: