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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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!

Our whole system of government is based on We the people, but if we the people don't pay attention to what's going on, we have no right to bellyache or squawk when things go wrong.

Shouldn't someone tag Mr. Kennedy's bold new imaginative program with its proper age Under the tousled boyish haircut is still old Karl Marx-first launched a century ago. There is nothing new in the idea of a government being Big Brother.

Status quo, you know, is Latin for 'the mess we're in'.

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.

The Soviet leaders reserve unto themselves the right to commit any crime, to lie, to cheat and that the only morality they recognize is what will further their cause.

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

This kind of weapon can't help but have an effect on the population as a whole.

Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders.

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

We're the party that wants to see an America in which people still can get rich.

You and I are told increasingly that we have to choose between a left or a right. There is only an up or down: up to man's age-old dream -- the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order -- or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. And regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course.

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

Peace is more than just the absence of war. True peace is justice, true peace is freedom. And true peace dictates the recognition of human rights.

Simple fairness dictates that government must not raise taxes on families struggling to pay their bills.

Summer's here, temperatures are rising and tempers will really rise if Congress doesn't pass an energy bill.

The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.

The Soviet Union is an Evil Empire, and Soviet communism is the focus of evil in the modern world

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

This law gives you the power to seek the release of Wallenberg... The law makes no distinction between honorary and other citizens.

Violence has been Nicaragua's most important export to the world.

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.

We've done our part. And as I walk off into the city streets, a final word to the men and women of the Reagan revolution, the men and women across America who for 8 years did the work that brought America back. My friends: We did it. We weren't just marking time. We made a difference. We made the city stronger, we made the city freer, and we left her in good hands. All in all, not bad, not bad at all. (Farewell Address to the Nation, January 20th, 1989)

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.

No mother would ever willingly sacrifice her sons for territorial gain, for economic advantage, for ideology.

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