Ronald Reagan Quotes

Ronald Reagan

Quick Introduction

Ronald Reagan is one of the most interesting, influential, and divisive figures of the last century. He was elected President in 1980, but his legacy stretches much further than that. Reagan’s Presidency was marked by immense domestic and foreign policy successes.

Famous for his anti-communist speeches like "the speech" (“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”), Reagan is lauded as one of the greatest US Presidents by both conservatives and liberals alike. He was the 40th President, from January 20, 1981, to January 20, 1989.


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25 Interesting Quotes by Ronald Reagan

1. We are never defeated unless we give up on God.

2. The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.

3. Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.

4. Man is not free unless government is limited.

5. Trust, but verify.

6. 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!

7. All great change in America begins at the dinner table.

8. 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.

9. 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.

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

11. You can tell alot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans.

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

13. If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.

14. Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.

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

16. 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.

17. Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.

18. The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave.

19. How can a president not be an actor?

20. 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.

21. 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.

23. Don't be afraid to see what you see.

24. 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.

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