Ronald Reagan, fully Ronald Wilson Reagan

Ronald
Reagan, fully Ronald Wilson Reagan
1911
2004

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

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Nations do not mistrust each other because they are armed; they are armed because they mistrust each other.

Our federal tax system is, in short, utterly impossible, utterly unjust and completely counterproductive…. [It] reeks with injustice, and is fundamentally un-American,

Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.

Someday, the realm of liberty and justice will encompass the planet. Freedom is not just the birthright of the few, it is the God-given right of all His children, in every country. It won't come by conquest. It will come, because freedom is right and freedom works. It will come, because cooperation and good will among free people will carry the day.

The full consequences of a default or even the serious prospect of default by the United States are impossible to predict and awesome to contemplate. Denigration of the full faith and credit of the United States would have substantial effects on the domestic financial markets and on the value of the dollar in exchange markets. The Nation can ill afford to allow such a result. The risks, the cost, the disruptions, and the incalculable damage lead me to but one conclusion: the Senate must pass this legislation before the Congress adjourns.

The one thing our Founding Fathers could not foresee -- they were farmers, professional men, businessmen giving of their time and effort to an idea that became a country -- was a nation governed by professional politicians who had an interest in getting re-elected. They probably envisioned a fellow serving a couple of hitches and then eagerly looking forward to getting back to the farm.

The vote on the Peacekeeper is also a vote on Geneva. Rejecting the Peacekeeper will knock the legs out from under the negotiating table. (On importance of the MX missile)

They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong.

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

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!

Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.

With our eyes fixed on the future, but recognizing the realities of today. ... we will achieve our destiny to be as a shining city on a hill for all mankind to see.

Never let the things you can't do stop you from doing what you can.

Our forbearance should never be misunderstood. Our reluctance for conflict should not be misjudged as a failure of will. When action is required to preserve our national security, we will act.

Regimes planted by bayonets do not take root... Our military strength is a prerequisite to peace, but let it be clear we maintain this strength in the hope it will never be used, for the ultimate determinant in the struggle that's now going on in 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, the ideals to which we are dedicated.

Someone must stand up to those who say, “Here's the key, there's the Treasury, just take as many of those hard-earned tax dollars as you want.”

The future doesn't belong to the faint of heart. It belongs to the brave.

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

The war in Vietnam threatened to tear our society apart, and the political and philosophical disagreements that separated each side continue, to some extent. It's been said that these memorials reflect a hunger for healing.

They tell us we must learn to live with less, and teach our children that their lives will be less full and prosperous than ours have been; that the America of the coming years will be a place where — because of our past excesses — it will be impossible to dream and make those dreams come true. I don't believe that. And, I don't believe you do either. That is why I am seeking the presidency. I cannot and will not stand by and see this great country destroy itself. Our leaders attempt to blame their failures on circumstances beyond their control, on false estimates by unknown, unidentifiable experts who rewrite modern history in an attempt to convince us our high standard of living, the result of thrift and hard work, is somehow selfish extravagance which we must renounce as we join in sharing scarcity. I don't agree that our nation must resign itself to inevitable decline, yielding its proud position to other hands. I am totally unwilling to see this country fail in its obligation to itself and to the other free peoples of the world.

Tonight we are launching an effort which holds the promise of changing the course of human history.

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

Well I've said it before and I'll say it again — America's best days are yet to come. Our proudest moments are yet to be. Our most glorious achievements are just ahead.

Within the covers of the Bible are all the answers for all the problems men face.

No arsenal ... is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.

Author Picture
First Name
Ronald
Last Name
Reagan, fully Ronald Wilson Reagan
Birth Date
1911
Death Date
2004
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American 40th President of the United States, Governor of California and Radio, Film and Television Star