Ronald Reagan, fully Ronald Wilson Reagan

Reagan, fully Ronald Wilson Reagan

American 40th President of the United States, Governor of California and Radio, Film and Television Star

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My fellow Americans, I must speak to you tonight about a mounting danger in Central America that threatens the security of the United States. This danger will not go away it will grow worse, much worse, if we fail to take action now.

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

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

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.

The family has always been the cornerstone of American society. Our families nurture, preserve, and pass on to each succeeding generation the values we share and cherish, values that are the foundation of our freedoms.

The more the plans fail, the more the planners plan.

The United States has much to offer the third world war.

They don't subscribe to our sense of morality; they don't believe in an afterlife; they don't believe in a God or religion. And the only morality they recognize, therefore, is what will advance the cause or socialism.

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.

We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.

We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace.

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

My fellow Americans, there's an old saying that nothing spreads so quickly as a rumor, so I thought it was time to speak with you directly, to tell you first-hand about our dealings with Iran.

One picture is worth 1,000 denials.

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.

Some people live an entire lifetime wondering if they've made a difference in the world, Marines don't have that problem.

The federal government did not create the states; the states created the federal government.

The most powerful force we can enlist against the Federal deficit is an ever-expanding American economy, unfettered and free.

The United States is unique because we are an empire of ideals.

They don't worship at the altar of forced busing and mandatory quotas. They don't believe you can remedy past discrimination by mandating new discrimination. (Defending his nominees for Civil Rights Commission)

Today we Americans lost a hero who always seemed larger than life... Bear Bryant gave his country the gift of a life unsurpassed. In making the impossible seem easy, he lived what we strive to be.

We did not appreciate fully enough the depth of the hatred and complexity of the problems that made the Middle East such a jungle In the weeks immediately after the bombing, I believed the last thing we should do was turn tail and leave yet, the irrationality of Middle Eastern politics forced us to rethink our policy there.

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.

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?

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.

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American 40th President of the United States, Governor of California and Radio, Film and Television Star