Ronald Reagan quotes

Born
February 6, 1911, Tampico, Illinois, U.S.

Died
June 5, 2004.

Occupation
President, actor, politician.

Ronald Wilson Reagan was an American politician and actor who was the 40th President of the United States, from 1981 to 1989. Before his presidency, he was the 33rd Governor of California, from 1967 to 1975, after a career as a Hollywood actor.

Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
– Ronald Reagan

When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.
– Ronald Reagan

If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
– 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.
– Ronald Reagan

We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.
– Ronald Reagan

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

Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.
– Ronald Reagan

There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.
– Ronald Reagan

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

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

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

If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen.
– Ronald Reagan

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!
– Ronald Reagan

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.
– Ronald Reagan

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.
– Ronald Reagan

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.
– Ronald Reagan

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.
– Ronald Reagan

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.
– Ronald Reagan

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

A tree’s a tree. How many more do you need to look at?
– Ronald Reagan

Trust, but verify.
– Ronald Reagan

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

Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.
– Ronald Reagan

No matter what time it is, wake me, even if it’s in the middle of a Cabinet meeting.
– Ronald Reagan

Don’t be afraid to see what you see.
– Ronald Reagan

Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.
– Ronald Reagan

A people free to choose will always choose peace.
– Ronald Reagan

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

One way to make sure crime doesn’t pay would be to let the government run it.
– Ronald Reagan

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

Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders.
– Ronald Reagan

We can not play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.
– Ronald Reagan

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

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

I’ve often said there’s nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse.
– Ronald Reagan

Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.
– Ronald Reagan

Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
– Ronald Reagan

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

The thought of being President frightens me and I do not think I want the job.
– Ronald Reagan

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.
– Ronald Reagan

There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.
– Ronald Reagan

There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.
– Ronald Reagan

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.
– Ronald Reagan

The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.
– Ronald Reagan

We should measure welfare’s success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added.
– 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

We might come closer to balancing the Budget if all of us lived closer to the Commandments and the Golden Rule.
– Ronald Reagan