Memorable Ronald Reagan quotes

"The taxpayer - that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take a civil-service exam" -- Ronald Reagan

"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" -- Ronald Reagan

"Millions of individuals making their own decisions in the marketplace will always allocate resources better than any centralized government planning process" -- Ronald Reagan

"Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence" -- Ronald Reagan

"The size of the federal budget is not an appropriate barometer of social conscience or charitable concern" -- Ronald Reagan

"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" -- Ronald Reagan

"Republicans believe every day is 4th of July, but Democrats believe every day is April 15." -- Ronald Reagan

"The best social program is a productive job for anyone who's willing to work." -- Ronald Reagan

"Excellence demands competition. Without a race there can be no champion, no records broken, no excellence- -ineducation or in any other walk of life." -- Ronald Reagan

"The American dream is not that every man must be level with every other man. The American dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become" -- Ronald Reagan

"We're the party that wants to see an America in which people can still get rich." -- Ronald Reagan

"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'" -- Ronald Reagan

"I hope we have once again 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"

-- Ronald Reagan

"A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his" -- Ronald Reagan

"Our friends in the other party will never forgive us for our success, and are doing everything in their power to rewrite history. Listening to the liberals, you'd think that the 1980s were the worst period since the Great Depression, filled

with suffering and despair. I don't know about you, but I'm getting awfully tired of the whining voices from the White House these days. They're claiming there was a decade of greed and neglect, but you and I know better than that.

We were there" -- Ronald Reagan

"Today we did what we had to do. They counted on America to be passive. They counted wrong" -- Ronald Reagan

"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" -- Ronald Reagan

"History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap" -- Ronald Reagan

"The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead or the next. It was the deep knowledge -- and pray to God

we have not lost it -- that there is a profound moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest" -- Ronald Reagan

"Putting people first has always been America’s secret weapon. It's the way we’ve kept the spirit of our revolutions alive-a spirit that drives us to dream and dare, and take great risks for a greater good" -- Ronald Reagan

"Regimes planted by bayonets do not take root" -- Ronald Reagan

"America is too great for small dreams" -- Ronald Reagan

"I've spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don't know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and

teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and

the heart to get here. That's how I saw it, and see it still" -- Ronald Reagan

"And how stands the city on this winter night? More prosperous, more secure, and happier than it was 8 years ago. But more than that: After 200 years, two centuries, she still stands strong and true on the granite ridge, and her glow

has held steady no matter what storm. And she's still a beacon, still a magnet for all who must have freedom, for all the pilgrims from all the lost places who are hurtling through the darkness, toward home." -- Ronald Reagan

"Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong" -- Ronald Reagan

"We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free" -- Ronald Reagan

"They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right. Winston Churchill said that

'the destiny of man is not measured by material computation. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we are spirits -- not animals.' And he said, 'There is something going on in time and space, and beyond time and

space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty'" -- Ronald Reagan

"The ultimate determinate 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 ideas to which we are

dedicated -- Ronald Reagan

"A leader, once convinced a particular course of action is the right one, must have the determination to stick with it and be undaunted when the going gets rough" -- Ronald Reagan

"I have seen the rise and fall of Nazi tyranny, the subsequent cold war and the nuclear nightmare that for fifty years haunted the dreams of children everywhere. During that time my generation defeated totalitarianism. As a result,

your world is poised for better tomorrows. What will you do on your journey?" -- Ronald Reagan

"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" -- Ronald Reagan

"The Democrats say that the United States has had its days in the sun, that our nation has passed its zenith. They expect you to tell your children that the American people no longer have the will to cope with their problems, that the

future will be one of sacrifice and few opportunities. My fellow citizens, I utterly reject that view" -- Ronald Reagan

"I hope that when you're my age you'll be able to say, as I have been able to say: we lived in freedom, we lived lives that were a statement, not an apology" -- Ronald Reagan

"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" -- Ronald Reagan

"In closing, let me thank you, the American people, for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your president. 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" -- Ronald Reagan

 

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