Ronald Reagan

(Ronald Wilson Reagan)

Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
  • Born: February 6, 1911
  • Died: June 5, 2004
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Former President of the U.S., Former Governor of California, Politician, Actor

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Ronald Wilson Reagan was an American politician who served as the 40th president of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Prior to his presidency, he was a Hollywood actor and union leader before serving as the 33rd governor of California from 1967 to 1975.

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Eugene Jarecki The big lesson of Reagan is: To think that he was some sort of simple figurehead and didn't do the thinking and simply read a script in front of him woefully underestimates him. Ronald Reagan was an extremely intelligent person with a real V8 engine under his hood.
Jan Brewer You know, when President Reagan, who was one of my idols, granted amnesty to about three million illegal immigrants it was based on the fact that the borders would be secured. That didn't happen. It didn't happen during the Bush administration.
Elliott Abrams Reagan did not wait out the Soviets; he beat them.
Eugene Jarecki To say that Reagan teaches us that we should be against amnesty for illegal immigrants is to contradict what Reagan himself stood for - that he was in favor of amnesty.
Mark McKinnon Ronald Reagan was long thought to be the most conservative of Republicans. And by any standard today he is the most popular Republican in modern history. Yet he raised taxes 11 times, supported a ban on assault rifles and the Brady Bill, which mandated background checks, and established amnesty for 3 million undocumented workers.
Mario Cuomo A shining city is perhaps all the President [Ronald Reagan] sees from the portico of the White House and the veranda of his ranch, where everyone seems to be doing well. But there's another part to the shining city. In this part of the shining city there are more poor than ever, more families in trouble, and more people who need help and can't find it.
Victor Gold He was the John the Baptist of the Reagan revolution.
Robert Ballard Before you can exploit, you explore.... When President Reagan signed the paper defining our Undersea Exclusionary Zone, we doubled the size of the United States land. But unlike the Louisiana Purchase where we had a Lewis & Clark Expedition to survey the new land, we don't know what we have.
Larry Speakes The man [President Ronald Reagan] will be out campaigning three days a week. The rest of the time he will govern.
Major Owens Ronald Reagan got elected by launching his campaign in Mississippi in a very racist way.
Art Buchwald Nothing beats Reaganomics—though herpes can run it pretty close.
Art Buchwald Ronald Reagan's advisors know that if he goes to sleep for even five minutes during the second debate, he'll be in trouble.
Milton Friedman The worst mistake Ronald Reagan ever made was to accept George W. Bush as his running mate.
Richard Pryor I went to the White House, and met the president.. We in trouble
Thomas Friedman Steve Jobs and Bill Gates did as much to win the Cold War as anyone…. The idea that Ronald Reagan won the Cold War is ludicrous.
Anonymous Let’s Make America Great Again
Lou Cannon The more Ronald Reagan repeated a story, the more he believed it and the more he resisted information that undermined premises.
Oriana Fallaci The President of the U. S. every time he opens his mouth, has to mention God—well, my God!. I mean, not even the Pope does that.
Richard Nixon Reagan is not one that wears well. Reagan on a personal basis, is terrible. He just isn't pleasant to be around. Maybe he's different with others. No, he's just an uncomfortable man to be around...strange.
Bonnie Angelo For Ronald Reagan, the Presidency was the role of a lifetime. He was the star of the planet.
Anonymous Leadership that's working
James G. Abourezk Although his [Ronald Reagan's] policies were highly unpopular, he was able to keep his head above the slime in which his Administration wallowed because he appeared to believe in what he was saying and doing.
Martin Anderson [Ronald Reagan resembles:] a Turkish pasha, passively letting his subjects serve him.
William Bennett Yes, Ronald Reagan did sleep through cabinet meetings—and deservedly so. They were incredibly tedious. I know; I was there.
Edmund G. Brown Jr. I don't believe in the cult of personality, having my portrait hung all over the place like Ronald Reagan or Mao Tse-tung.
George W. Bush Voodoo economics
George W. Bush Let's face it. If I was funnier than Ronald Reagan, I would have won in 1980. And he'd be up here tonight trying to laugh away the Bush deficit.
Dick Cheney The deficit is potentially Ronald Reagan’s Vietnam.
Clark M. Clifford ... an amiable dunce.
Michael Deaver I am Ronald Reagan.
Michael Deaver Without Nancy, Ronnie would still be driving his red Lincoln up and down California’s beaches and talking to Republican women’s clubs.
Michael Deaver I used to keep Ollie out of [President Ronald] Reagan's office because he was dangerous. He scared me.
Donald Devine The president can talk at a very high level of abstraction that is sometimes misinterpreted when it is applied in concrete situations.
Clint Eastwood Go ahead, make my day!
Barry Goldwater [Commenting on Ronald Reagan:] I don't think he ever thought anything through.
Barry Goldwater ... either a liar or incompetent.
Bob Hope Ronald Reagan is not a typical politician because he doesn't know how to lie, cheat, and steal. He's always had an agent for that.
Jonathan Hunt In a disastrous fire in President [Ronald] Reagan's library both books were destroyed.
Steve Martin I believe that Ronald Reagan can make this country what it once was—an Arctic region covered with ice.
Robert McFarlane President Reagan doesn't retain very much of what comes his way on a given day.
Mary McGrory While the country was daffy about the dummy, it never cared for the ventriloquist.
Walter F. Mondale Mr. Reagan will raise taxes and so will I. He won't tell you. I just did.
Richard Lamm He [President Ronald Reagan] has tried to balance the budget on the backs of state and local government.
John LeBoutiller I'm a loyal Republican. I support the President [Ronald Reagan] when he's right—and I just keep quiet the other ninety-five percent of the time.
Edward M. Kennedy People here may be sharply divided over the Reagan administration's policies—but they admire Ronald Reagan for not getting involved in them.
Henry A. Kissinger [Referring to Ronald Reagan:] When you meet the President, you ask yourself, "How did it ever occur to anybody that he should be governor much less President?
Andy Warhol There’s so much in the papers about Ronald Reagan and it looks like he’s on his way to become president, it does look scary.
Muammar Qaddafi The president was madman Reagan who's got Alzheimer's and has lost his mind. He now crawls on all fours.
Muammar Qaddafi Ronald Reagan plays with fire! He sees the world like the theater.
Rush Limbaugh And now the liberals want to stop President Reagan from selling chemical warfare agents and military equipment to Saddam Hussein and why? Because Saddam 'allegedly' gassed a few Kurds in his own country. Mark my words. All of this talk of Saddam Hussein being a 'war criminal' or 'committing crimes against humanity' is the same old thing. LIBERAL HATE SPEECH!
Lindsey Graham The Republican Party has become something that Ronald Reagan would not recognize.
Newt Gingrich This is the most dangerous summit for the West since Neville Chamberlain met with Adolf Hitler in 1938
Lindsey Graham Ronald Reagan could not get elected as a Republican today.
Andrew J. Bacevich Ronald Reagan was the modern prophet of profligacy.
Bob Hattoy Naming a national forest after Ronald Reagan is like naming a day-care center after W. C. Fields.
George Ball Sooner or later, presidential campaigns would have professional actors as candidates who could speak the lines.
Russell Baker President Reagan brought us to the ultimate: America As Total Television. During his governance the printed word simply ceased to matter. White House dynamos had once telephoned newspapers to complain about unfair reporting. Not anymore. Now they telephoned network bosses. Even then it wasn't poor reporting they complained about, but poor pictures.
Lord; John Emerich Edward Dalberg No trusting without testing
Gore Vidal Terrible news. Ronald Reagan’s library just burned town. Both books. But the worst part is that he hadn’t finished coloring the second.
Gore Vidal As the age of television progresses, the Reagans will be the rule, not the exception. To be perfect for television is all a President has to be these days.
Jimmy Carter Ronald Reagan at the beginning of his political career went all around the country campaigning against Medicare.
Gore Vidal To be perfect for television is all a President has to be these days.
Carl T. Rowan Jr. Ronald Reagan is the President who is more responsible than any for the fact that white racism is both tolerated and even fashionable again in America.
Daniel Drezner [Ronald] Reagan talked tough on terrorism, but after 241 marines were killed in a suicide attack in Beirut, he did not hesitate to draw down U. S. Forces from a peripheral conflict in Lebanon.
Nancy Reagan All our children are grown up and have their own lives.
George W. Bush [William J.] Casey was an inappropriate choice.
Oliver North I’ll take care of South America. Just leave it to me.
Anthony C. E. Quainton I gave that briefing to the President who was joined by the Vice President, the head of the CIA, the head of the FBI, and several members of the National Security Council. After a couple of jelly beans the President dozed off. That in itself was quite unnerving.
Philip C. Wilcox Jr. The CIA was corrupted during the Reagan Administration.
Fareed Zakaria Ronald Reagan was 3 parts optimism and 1 part nostalgia.
Fareed Zakaria From 1891 to 1972, U. S. productivity grew at an average rate of 2.33 percent, which is high, but then it dropped substantially so that from 1972-1996 it averaged only 1.38 percent. In other words, the Reagan tax cuts and deregulation did not spur productivity growth, even allowing for a long time.
Gerald R. Ford How can you challenge an incumbent and not be divisive?
Mario Cuomo Ronald Reagan made the denial of compassion in America respectable.
H. W. Brands Ronald Reagan thundered against Soviet perfidy for the television cameras … the substantive measures he took against the Soviets were remarkably modest.
Heather Cox Richardson How did the progressive Republican Party of Lincoln, Roosevelt and Eisenhower become the reactionary party of Ronald Reagan, the tea party and Paul Ryan? There is nothing random about these ideological shifts. They reflect the party’s — and the nation’s — central unresolved problem: the tension between equality of opportunity and protection of private property.
Mike Wallace Ronald Reagan knew who the hell he was. He had his convictions. He was comfortable in his skin.
Jonathan Rauch The idea that an overweening federal government is a threat to both freedom and equality (not to mention prosperity) goes back to Jefferson, James Madison, Patrick Henry and some other fairly respectable personages. You can disagree with them, or with Coolidge or Reagan or Friedrich Hayek or Milton Friedman or George Will, but to dismiss them as nothing more than mouthpieces of the wealthy and big business is to indulge in [a] sort of anti-intellectualism…
Quotes
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… shining city upon a hill Oratory, Discussion & Debate
A dynamic economy, with more citizens working and paying taxes, will be our strongest tool to bring down budget deficits Budgets & Budgeting
A few months ago I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that's true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not. Scandals
A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
A recession is when a neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his. Money, Coins & Minting
A tree's a tree. How many more do you need to look at? Parks & Recreation
Americans do not care what your origins are. They care what your destination is. Immigration & Emigration
Americans want the building to continue. They expect and deserve a government that will allow that to happen.
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.
Ariel Sharon is a bellicose man who seemed to be chomping at the bit to start a war Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Democracy is less a system of government than it is a system to keep government limited, unintrusive: A system of constraints on power to keep politics and government secondary to the important things in life, the true sources of value found only in family and faith. Democracies & Republics
Even today the Soviet Union cannot even feed itself. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
For decades, we and the Soviets have lived under the threat of mutual assured destruction; if either resorted to the use of nuclear weapons, the other could retaliate and destroy the one who had started it. Is there either logic or morality in believing that if one side threatens to kill tens of millions of our people, our only recourse is to threaten killing tens of millions of theirs? Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Free men engaged in free enterprise build better nations, but free enterprise is not a hunting license. Regulation & Deregulation
Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. Freedom & Liberty
Freedom is the right to question, and change the established way of doing things.…It is the understanding that allows us to recognize shortcomings and seek solutions. It is the right to put forth an idea, scoffed at by the experts, and watch it catch fire among the people. It is the right to dream-- to follow your dream, or stick to your conscience, even if you're the only one in a sea of doubters. Freedom & Liberty
Government exists to protect us from each other. Government does not exist to protect us from ourselves. Regulation & Deregulation
Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
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 Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself. Budgets & Budgeting
I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and who have lived here even though sometime back they may have entered illegally. With regard to the employer sanctions, we must have that not only to ensure that we can identify the illegal aliens, but also, while some keep protesting about what it would do to employers, there is another employer that we shouldn't be so concerned about, and these are employers down through the years who have encouraged the illegal entry into this country because they then hire these individuals and hire them at starvation wages and with none of the benefits that we think are normal and natural for workers in our country, and the individuals can't complain because of their illegal status. We don't think that those people should be allowed to continue operating free. Immigration & Emigration
I bet the hard liners in both our countries are bleeding when we shake hands. Arms Race & Disarmament
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. War & Peace
I didn't desert the Democratic party; the Democratic party deserted me. Liberals & Conservatives
I do not keep people waiting. I will always be on time. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I don’t have an ideology. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I favor the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and it must be enforced at the point of a bayonet, if necessary. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I have noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
I haven’t seen so much pork since I gave out ribbons at the Iowa State Fair. Patronage & Pork Barrel
I like photographers. You don't ask questions. Media, Journalism & The Press
I see no reason why on the street today a citizen should be carrying a loaded weapon. Guns & Gun Control
I will veto again and again until spending is brought under control. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I’m not going to cancel anything no matter how much the bastards scream. Public Relations & Image
I’ve noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
If it takes a bloodbath, then let's get it over with. Riots ;Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
If it's to be a bloodbath, let it be now. Appeasement is not the answer. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
If there should be blame, it should rest with this office. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Imposing economic sanctions is declaring economic warfare on the people of South Africa. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
In America, our origins matter less than our destinations and that is what democracy is all about. Discrimination & Prejudice ;Immigration & Emigration ;Citizenship & Patriotism
In my mind it was a tall, proud city, built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace. Miscellaneous
JFK may have tousled hair, but he still is a Marxist. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
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! Government ;Management & Managing Government ;Government Benefits & Entitlements
No great nation that ever went off the gold standard ever remained great. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It's very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project—. this program [Medicare] I promise you will pass just as surely as the sun will come up tomorrow. And behind it will come other federal programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known it in this country, until, one day— we will awake to find that we have socialism. And if you don't do this [write letters and call members of Congress], and if I don't do it, one of these days, you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children, and our children's children, what it once was like in America when men were free. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Our country has never started a war. Our sole objective is deterrence, the strength and capability it takes to prevent war. War & Peace
Our federal tax system is, in short, utterly impossible, utterly unjust and completely counterproductive; [it] reeks with injustice and is fundamentally un-American... it has earned a rebellion and it's time we rebelled Taxes
Our two-party system has served us well over the years, but never better than in those times of great challenge when we came together not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans united in a common cause. Political Parties & Machines
Peace is not the absence of conflict. It is the ability to cope with conflict by peaceful means. War & Peace ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Personnel is policy. Policy & Policy Making
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 Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Russia is an Evil Empire. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Shouldn't someone tag Mr. Kennedy's 'bold new imaginative program' with its proper age?" Reagan wondered. "Under the tousled boyish haircut it is still old Karl Marx. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Sure, we could send in the troops, but the threat of communism wouldn’t diminish until the people’s standard of living was improved and the totalitarian countries of Latin America gave them more freedom. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The American people are not—I repeat—not going to tolerate intimidation, terror, and outright acts of war against this nation and its people. We are especially not going to tolerate these attacks from outlaw states run by the strangest collection of misfits, Looney Tunes, and squalid criminals since the advent of the Third Reich. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The best minds are not in government. If they were, business would hire them away. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
The engagement policy of détente made the United States number two in a world where it is dangerous, if not fatal, to be second best Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The more the government plans fail, the more the planners plan. Management & Managing Government
The simple truth is that we’ve lost control of our own boarders. Immigration & Emigration
The United States believes that the greatest contribution we can make to world prosperity is the continued advocacy of the magic of the market place. Development & Growth ;Capitalism
There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect. Miscellaneous
There are no limits to growth and human progress when men and women are free to follow their dreams. Development & Growth
There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits on the human capacity for intelligence, imagination, and wonder. Development & Growth ;Human Nature ;Personal Growth, Experience and Development
There is only one way safely and legitimately to reduce the cost of national security, and that is to reduce the need for it. Defense & National Security
Under the tousled boyish haircut it is still old Karl Marx Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
We are too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams. Miscellaneous
We built it. We paid for it. It’s ours. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are, and must remain, separate. All are free to practice faith or not, and those who believe are free and should be free, to speak of and act on their belief. Religion & God
We must act today in order to preserve tomorrow. Legislating & Legislative Process
We’re the party that wants to see an America in which people can still get rich. Political Parties & Machines
We'll continue our quest in space. There will be more shuttle flights and more shuttle crews and, yes, more volunteers, more civilians, more teachers in space. Nothing ends here – our hopes and our journeys continue.
Whether we come from poverty or wealth; whether we are Afro-American or Irish-American; Christian or Jewish, from big cities or small towns, we are all equal in the eyes of God. But as Americans, that is not enough, we must be equal in the eyes of each other. We can no longer judge each other on the basis of what we are, but must, instead, start finding out who we are. In America, our origins matter less than our destinations and that is what democracy is all about. Discrimination & Prejudice ;Immigration & Emigration ;Citizenship & Patriotism
You don’t know how to salute correctly. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
A people free to choose will always choose peace. Freedom & Liberty ;War & Peace
All great change in America begins at the dinner table.
Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement. Humor
But there are advantages to being elected President. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret.
Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty. Power
Democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. Government
Don't be afraid to see what you see.
Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we've ever known.
Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.
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. Freedom & Liberty
Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. Religion & God ;Freedom & Liberty
Going to college offered me the chance to play football for four more years.
Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. Government
Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves. Government
Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other. Government
Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them.
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. Government
Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They're just braver five minutes longer.
History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap. History ;War & Peace
How can a president not be an actor?
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.
I didn’t leave the Democratic Party. The party left me. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I favor the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and it must be enforced at gunpoint if necessary.
I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.
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. Life
I never drink coffee at lunch. I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon.
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. Government
If the Soviet Union let another political party come into existence, they would still be a one-party state, because everybody would join the other party.
If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under. Religion & God ;Citizenship & Patriotism
If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It doesn't do good to open doors for someone who doesn't have the price to get in. If he has the price, he may not need the laws. There is no law saying the Negro has to live in Harlem or Watts.
It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It's difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn't available. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
It's silly talking about how many years we will have to spend in the jungles of Vietnam when we could pave the whole country and put parking stripes on it and still be home by Christmas.
It's true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance? Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I've never been able to understand why a Republican contributor is a 'fat cat' and a Democratic contributor of the same amount of money is a 'public-spirited philanthropist'. Money, Coins & Minting
Latinos are Republican. They just don't know it yet.
Let us be sure that those who come after will say of us in our time, that in our time we did everything that could be done. We finished the race; we kept them free; we kept the faith. Time ;Religion & God
Let us not forget who we are. Drug abuse is a repudiation of everything America is.
Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music. Life ;Music, Chants & Rapps
Man is not free unless government is limited. Government ;Freedom & Liberty
Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes.
No matter what time it is, wake me, even if it's in the middle of a Cabinet meeting. Time
No mother would ever willingly sacrifice her sons for territorial gain, for economic advantage, for ideology.
Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.
One picture is worth 1,000 denials. Humor
One way to make sure crime doesn't pay would be to let the government run it. Government
People do not make wars; governments do.
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. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing. Government
Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.
Some people wonder all their lives if they've made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem.
Status quo, you know, is Latin for 'the mess we're in'.
Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out.
The greatest security for Israel is to create new Egypts.
The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help. Government
The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much. Government ;Money, Coins & Minting
The taxpayer - that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination. Government ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The thought of being President frightens me and I do not think I want the job.
The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so.
There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.
They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong.
Thomas Jefferson once said, 'We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.' And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.
To paraphrase Winston Churchill, I did not take the oath I have just taken with the intention of presiding over the dissolution of the world's strongest economy.
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.
Today we did what we had to do. They counted on America to be passive. They counted wrong.
Today, if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse. Government
Trust, but verify. Trust
Violence has been Nicaragua's most important export to the world.
We are never defeated unless we give up on God. Religion & God
We can not play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.
We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone. Inspiration
We have the duty to protect the life of an unborn child. Life
We might come closer to balancing the Budget if all of us lived closer to the Commandments and the Golden Rule.
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. Society ;Time
We should declare war on North Vietnam. We could pave the whole country and put parking strips on it, and still be home by Christmas. War & Peace
We should measure welfare's success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added. Success
We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we will always be free.
Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.
We're in greater danger today than we were the day after Pearl Harbor. Our military is absolutely incapable of defending this country.
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.
When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat. Leaders & Leadership
While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future. Future
Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face. Religion & God
Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. Religion & God
You can tell alot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
You know, if I listened to Michael Dukakis long enough, I would be convinced we're in an economic downturn and people are homeless and going without food and medical attention and that we've got to do something about the unemployed. Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture