Famous Quotes from ...

Ronald Reagan



    One picture is worth 1,000 denials.

    view

    Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.

    view

    A people free to choose will always choose peace.

    view

    Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.

    view

    The taxpayer - that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.

    view

    It's difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn't available.

    view

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

    view

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

    view

    We have the duty to protect the life of an unborn child.

    view

    The very key to our success has been our ability, foremost among nations, to preserve our lasting values by making change work for us rather than against us.

    view

    Many Americans today, just as they did 200 years ago, feel burdened, stifled, and sometimes even oppressed by government that has grown too large, too bureaucratic, too wasteful, too unresponsive, too uncaring about people and their problems. I believe we can embark on a new age of reform in this country and an era of national renewal, an era that will reorder the relationship between citizen and government, that will make government again responsive to people, that will revitalize the values of family, work, and neighborhood and that will restore our private and independent social institutions.

    view

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

    view

    The one irrefutable lesson of the entire postwar period [is] contradicting the notion that rigid government controls are essential to economic development.

    view

    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)

    view

    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)

    view

    Why is it inflationary if the people keep their own money, and spend it the way they want to, [but] not inflationary if the government takes it and spends it the way it wants to?

    view

    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.

    view

    Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing.

    view

    Government is the people's business and every man, woman and child becomes a shareholder with the first penny of tax paid.

    view

    The more government takes in taxes, the less incentive people have to work. What coal miner or assembly-line worker jumps at the offer of overtime when he knows Uncle Sam is going to take 60 percent or more of his extra pay?

    view

    Freedom is the recognition that no single person, no single authority or government has a monopoly on the truth, but that every individual life is infinitely precious, that every one of us put in this world has been put there for a reason and has something to offer.

    view

    Governments don't control things. A government can't control the economy without controlling people.

    view

    Government has laid its hand on health, housing, farming, industry, commerce, education, and to an ever-increasing degree interferes with the people's right to know. Government tends to grow, government programs take on weight and momentum as public servants say, always with the best of intentions. But the truth is that outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or economically as the private sector of the economy.

    view

    We think there is a parallel between the Federal involvement in education and the decline in quality over recent years.

    view

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

    view

    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)

    view

    [He had retired from the Senate, one of the best-liked and respected men in the country, and was practicing law and preparing to run for the Republican nomination for president in 1988. A call came asking him to come to the White House. He was walking toward the Oval Office when he saw the president, Ronald Reagan , standing alone in the darkened hallway.] Howard, ... I need you ...

    view

    It is time to realize we are too great a nation for small dreams. We're not -- as some would have us believe -- doomed to an inevitable fate.

    view

    Today, if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse.

    view

    Governments don't reduce deficits by raising taxes on the people; governments reduce deficits by controlling spending and stimulating new wealth.

    view