Quotes by Ronald Reagan

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Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981 1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967 1975). Before entering politics, Reagan was also a broadcaster, film actor, ... more

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To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last -- but eat you he will.

Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere.
Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders.
Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.
Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.
Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.
Status quo, you know, that is Latin for the mess we're in.
Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.
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!
If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen.
Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.
Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them.
Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
It's true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?
Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
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.
Today, if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse.
Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.
It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.
Let us ask ourselves; What kind of people do we think we are?
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
I recently learned something quite interesting about video games. Many young people have developed incredible hand, eye, and brain coordination in playing these games. The air force believes these kids will be our outstanding pilots should they fly our jets.
We might come closer to balancing the Budget if all of us lived closer to the Commandments and the Golden Rule.
The 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.
We are for aiding our allies by sharing some of our material blessings with those nations which share in our fundamental beliefs, but we are against doling out money government to government, creating bureaucracy, if not socialism, all over the world. We set out to help 19 countries. We are helping 107 We spent $146 billion. With that money, we bought a 2-million-dollar yacht for Haile Selassie. We bought dress suits for Greek undertakers, extra wives for Kenya government officials. We bought a thousand TV sets for a place where they have no electricity.
While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.
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.
Approximately 80 % of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation, so let's not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emission standards from man-made sources.
What we have found in this country, and maybe we're more aware of it now, is one problem that we've had, even in the best of times, and that is the people who are sleeping on the grates, the homeless, you might say, by choice.
But there are advantages to being elected President. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret.
No matter what time it is, wake me, even if it's in the middle of a Cabinet meeting.
I will stand on, and continue to use, the figures I have used, because I believe they are correct. Now, I'm not going to deny that you don't now and then slip up on something; no one bats a thousand.
The taxpayer; that's someone who works for the federal government, but doesn't have to take a civil service examination.
We have so many people who can't see a fat man standing beside a thin one without coming to the conclusion that the fat man got that way by taking advantage of the thin one!
Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders.
Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.
If you've seen one redwood, you've seen them all.
If the federal government had been around when the Creator was putting His hand to this state, Indiana wouldn't be here. It'd still be waiting for an environmental impact statement.
Let us not forget who we are. Drug abuse is a repudiation of everything America is.
We're in greater danger today than we were the day after Pearl Harbor. Our military is absolutely incapable of defending this country.
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away.
Honey, I forgot to duck.
So in your discussions of the nuclear freeze proposals, I urge you to beware the temptation of pride -- the temptation blithely to declare yourselves above it all and label both sides equally at fault, to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong, good and evil.
Double, no triple, our troubles and we'd still be better off than any other people on earth. It is time that we recognized that ours was, in truth, a noble cause.
It's difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn't available.
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.
There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.
Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.
We can not play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.
I have only one thing to say to the tax increasers: Go ahead, make my day!