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Reagan, Ronald
Born: 1911-02-06
Died: 2004-06-05

Actor, Fortieth President of the US.

Ronald Wilson Reagan was the 40th (1981-1989) President of the United States. Reagan was also a noted film actor before entering politics. He is the longest-lived person to have served as President, as well as the oldest elected President (69 years and 349 days).

Quotes

I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. congress
- Ronald Reagan

While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.
- Ronald Reagan

Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.
- Ronald Reagan

Facts are stupid things.
- Ronald Reagan

I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting.
- Ronald Reagan

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

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

You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans.
- Ronald Reagan

My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes. (Said during a radio microphone test in 1984.)
- Ronald Reagan

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.
- 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

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, subsidise it.
- Ronald Reagan

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

It is not my intention to do away with government. It is rather to make it work -- work with us, not over us; stand by our side, not ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it.
- Ronald Reagan

We who live in free market societies believe that growth, prosperity and ultimately human fulfillment, are created from the bottom up, not the government down. Only when the human spirit is allowed to invent and create, only when individuals are given a personal stake in deciding economic policies and benefiting from their success -- only then can societies remain economically alive, dynamic, progressive, and free. Trust the people. This is the one irrefutable lesson of the entire postwar period contradicting the notion that rigid government controls are essential to economic development.
- 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

Are you willing to spend time studying the issues, making yourself aware, and then conveying that information to family and friends? Will you resist the temptation to get a government handout for your community? Realize that the doctor's fight against socialized medicine is your fight. We can't socialize the doctors without socializing the patients. Recognize that government invasion of public power is eventually an assault upon your own business. If some among you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals from customers, clients, or even government, recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile hoping he'll eat you last. (October 27, 1964)
- Ronald Reagan

However, our task is far from over. 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 1980's 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. (RNC Annual Gala, Feb. 3, 1994)
- Ronald Reagan

It's time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by the Founding Fathers. James Madison said, "We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government." This idea that government was beholden to the people, that it had no other source of power, is still the newest, most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to man. This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves. (October 27, 1964)
- Ronald Reagan

Public servants say, always with the best of intentions, "What greater service we could render if only we had a little more money and a little more power." But the truth is that outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector.
- Ronald Reagan

The Founding Fathers knew a government can't control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. So we have come to a time for choosing. (October 27, 1964)
- Ronald Reagan

This fellow they've nominated claims he's the new Thomas Jefferson. Well let me tell you something; I knew Thomas Jefferson. He was a friend of mine and Governor... You're no Thomas Jefferson! (Republican National Convention, 1992)
- 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

Cures were developed for which there were no known diseases. (Commenting on Congress and the federal budget, 1981)
- Ronald Reagan

I hope you're all Republicans. (To surgeons as he entered the operating room, March 30, 1981.)
- Ronald Reagan

The size of the federal budget is not an appropriate barometer of social conscience or charitable concern. (Address to the National Alliance of Business, October 5, 1981)
- Ronald Reagan

We've done our part. And as I walk off into the city streets, a final word to the men and women of the Reagan revolution, the men and women across America who for 8 years did the work that brought America back. My friends: We did it. We weren't just marking time. We made a difference. We made the city stronger, we made the city freer, and we left her in good hands. All in all, not bad, not bad at all. (Farewell Address to the Nation, January 20th, 1989)
- Ronald Reagan

Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall! (Speech near the Berlin Wall, 1987)
- Ronald Reagan

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. (Remarks in Arlington, Virginia, September 25, 1987)
- Ronald Reagan

It was leadership here at home that gave us strong American influence abroad, and the collapse of imperial Communism. Great nations have responsibilities to lead, and we should always be cautious of those who would lower our profile, because they might just wind up lowering our flag. (RNC Annual Gala, Feb. 3, 1994)
- Ronald Reagan

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

The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away.
- Ronald Reagan

The Democrats may remember their lines, but how quickly they forget the lessons of the past. I have witnessed five major wars in my lifetime, and I know how swiftly storm clouds can gather on a peaceful horizon. The next time a Saddam Hussein takes over Kuwait, or North Korea brandishes a nuclear weapon, will we be ready to respond? In the end, it all comes down to leadership, and that is what this country is looking for now. (RNC Annual Gala, Feb. 3, 1994)
- Ronald Reagan

Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere.
- 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. (December 5, 1990)
- Ronald Reagan

...there is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit.
- Ronald Reagan

"...I know it's hard when you're up to your armpits in alligators to remember you came here to drain the swamp. (February 10, 1982)
- Ronald Reagan

In America, our origins matter less than our destination, and that is what democracy is all about. (August 17, 1992)
- Ronald Reagan

This country was founded and built by people with great dreams and the courage to take great risks. (January 26, 1983)
- Ronald Reagan

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. (April 11, 1984)
- Ronald Reagan

We have every right to dream heroic dreams. Those who say that we're in a time when there are no heroes, they just don't know where to look. (January 20, 1981)
- Ronald Reagan

I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself.
- Ronald Reagan

They say hard work never hurt anybody, but I figure why take the chance.
- Ronald Reagan

There is absolutely no circumstance whatever under which I would accept that spot. Even if they tied and gagged me, I would find a way to signal by wiggling my ears. (on possibly being offered the vice presidency in 1968)
- Ronald Reagan

I want you to know that also I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience. (during a 1984 presidential debate with Walter Mondale)
- Ronald Reagan

A baby is an alimentary canal with a loud voice at one end and no responsibility at the other.
- Ronald Reagan

Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement.
- Ronald Reagan

But there are advantages to being elected President. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret.
- Ronald Reagan

The most terrifying words in the English langauge are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.
- Ronald Reagan

Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.
- Ronald Reagan

Most of my dreams came true. (told to biographer Lou Cannon in 1991)
- Ronald Reagan

When the Lord calls me home, whenever that may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future.
- Ronald Reagan



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