Authors - Ronald Reagan
Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 - June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States, serving from 1981 to 1989. Prior to that, he was the 33rd Governor of California from 1967 to 1975 and a radio, film and television actor. - Wikipedia
My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes.
In an atmosphere of liberty, artists and patrons are free to think the unthinkable and create the audacious; they are free to make both horrendous mistakes and glorious celebrations.
We need true tax reform that will at least make a start toward restoring for our children the American Dream that wealth is denied to no one, that each individual has the right to fly as high as his strength and ability will take him.
It is the march of freedom and democracy which will leave Marxism- Leninism on the ash heap of history as it has left other tyrannies which stifle the freedom and muzzle the self-expression of the people.
One definition of an economist is somebody who sees something happen in practice and wonders if it will work in theory.
I hope that when you are my age, you will 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.
We've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of government himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans.
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.
The Goliath of totalitarianism will be brought down by the David of the microchip.
We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free.
Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem.
Life is just one grand sweet song, so start the music.
Some of your countrymen were unable to distinguish between their native dislike for war and the stainless patriotism of those who suffered its scars. But there has been a rethinking and now we can say to you, and say as a nation, thank you for your courage.
Freedom is the right to question and change the established way of doing things. It is the continuous revolution of the marketplace. It is the understanding that allows us to recognize shortcomings and seek solutions.
I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born.
Have we the courage and the will to face up to the immorality and discrimination of the progressive tax, and demand a return to traditional proportionate taxation?
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.
Government does not tax to get the money it needs; government always finds a need for the money it gets.
No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size.
Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
America is no stronger than its people - and that means you and me. Well, I believe in you, and I believe that if we work together then one day we will say, "We fought the good fight. We finished the race. We kept the faith." And to our children and our children's children we can say, "We did all that could be done in the brief time that was given to us here on earth."
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.
There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits on the human capacity for intelligence, imagination and wonder.
If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under.
A government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth.
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.
Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and 'slipped the surly bonds of earth' to 'touch the face of God.'
The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.
As government expands, liberty contracts.
Nations crumble from within when the citizenry asks of government those things which the citizenry might better provide for itself.
History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.
Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.
Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
Are you entitled to the fruits of your labor or does government have some presumptive right to spend and spend and spend?
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.
I had a dream the other night. I dreamed that Jimmy Carter came to me and asked why I wanted his job. I told him I didn't want his job. I want to be President.
The thought of being president frightens me. I do not think I want the job.
The federal government has taken too much tax money from the people, too much authority from the states, and too much liberty with the Constitution.
You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man's age-old dream -- the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order -- or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism.
I think the best possible social program is a job.
Outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector.
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 benefitting from their success -- only then can societies remain economically alive, dynamic, progressive, and free.
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.
The greatness of our country has been based on our thinking that everyone has a right even to be wrong.
The West will not contain Communism, it will transcend Communism. We will not bother to denounce it, we'll dismiss it as a sad, bizarre chapter in human history whose last pages are even now being written.
Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders.
There are some who've forgotten why we have a military. It's not to promote war; it's to be prepared for peace.
I believe the highest aspiration of man should be individual freedom and the development of the individual.
A people free to choose will always choose peace.
There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.
Coersion, after all, merely captures man. Freedom captivates him.
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.
All great change in America begins at the dinner table.
People don't start wars, governments do.
I call upon the scientific community in our country, those who gave us nuclear weapons, to turn their great talents now to the cause of mankind and world peace: to give us the means of rendering these nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete.
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.
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.
One picture is worth 1,000 denials.
We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.
The taxpayer - that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.
Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.
You can tell alot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans.
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.
Don't be afraid to see what you see.
Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit.
I don't believe in a government that protects us from ourselves.
The ultimate determinant 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 ideals to which we are dedicated.
Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.
If you're afraid of the future, then get out of the way, stand aside. The people of this country are ready to move again.
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.
No arsenal ... is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.
It's difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn't available.
Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.