Quotations The Best Ronald Reagan Quotes  

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A list of the best Ronald Reagan quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Ronald Reagan quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Ronald Reagan quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Ronald Reagan should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Ronald Reagan quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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86 4
Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born. Ronald Reagan

95 5
Let us make it unconstitutional for the Federal Government to spend more than the federal government takes in. Ronald Reagan

90 5
Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15. Ronald Reagan

35 1
Let us ask ourselves; What kind of people do we think we are? Ronald Reagan

73 4
We must take further steps to permanently control government's power to tax and spend. We must act now to protect future generations from government's desire to spend its citizens' money and tax them into servitude when the bills come due. Ronald Reagan

61 3
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. Ronald Reagan

68 4
Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere. Ronald Reagan

46 2
We can not play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent. Ronald Reagan

57 3
Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them. Ronald Reagan

92 7
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. Ronald Reagan

56 3
Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have. It is a weapon that we as Americans do have. Let that be understood by those who practice terrorism and prey upon their neighbours. Ronald Reagan

64 4
Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong. Ronald Reagan

54 3
Honey, I forgot to duck. Ronald Reagan

42 2
Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. Ronald Reagan

52 3
But there are advantages to being elected President. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret. Ronald Reagan

52 3
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! Ronald Reagan

60 4
If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen. Ronald Reagan

40 2
It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first. Ronald Reagan

49 3
In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem. Ronald Reagan

53 4
Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. Ronald Reagan

58 5
Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first. Ronald Reagan

42 3
It's true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance? Ronald Reagan

24 1
We're in greater danger today than we were the day after Pearl Harbor. Our military is absolutely incapable of defending this country. Ronald Reagan

32 2
The taxpayer; that's someone who works for the federal government, but doesn't have to take a civil service examination. Ronald Reagan

23 1
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! Ronald Reagan

23 1
Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book. Ronald Reagan

49 5
No matter what time it is, wake me, even if it's in the middle of a Cabinet meeting. Ronald Reagan

22 1
I will stand on, and continue to use, the figures I have used, because I believe they are correct. Now, I'm not going to deny that you don't now and then slip up on something; no one bats a thousand. Ronald Reagan

28 2
We might come closer to balancing the Budget if all of us lived closer to the Commandments and the Golden Rule. Ronald Reagan

20 1
While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future. Ronald Reagan

25 2
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 Ronald Reagan

23 2
Status quo, you know, that is Latin for the mess we're in. Ronald Reagan

30 4
The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away. Ronald Reagan

30 4
Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. Ronald Reagan

25 3
Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other. Ronald Reagan

15 1
So in your discussions of the nuclear freeze proposals, I urge you to beware the temptation of pride -- the temptation blithely to declare yourselves above it all and label both sides equally at fault, to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong, good and evil. Ronald Reagan

28 4
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. Ronald Reagan

23 3
Today, if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse. Ronald Reagan

22 3
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. Ronald Reagan

20 3
We are for aiding our allies by sharing some of our material blessings with those nations which share in our fundamental beliefs, but we are against doling out money government to government, creating bureaucracy, if not socialism, all over the world. We set out to help 19 countries. We are helping 107 We spent $146 billion. With that money, we bought a 2-million-dollar yacht for Haile Selassie. We bought dress suits for Greek undertakers, extra wives for Kenya government officials. We bought a thousand TV sets for a place where they have no electricity. Ronald Reagan

19 3
It's difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn't available. Ronald Reagan

17 3
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15 2
Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders. Ronald Reagan

14 2
Double, no triple, our troubles and we'd still be better off than any other people on earth. It is time that we recognized that ours was, in truth, a noble cause. Ronald Reagan

14 2
Let us not forget who we are. Drug abuse is a repudiation of everything America is. Ronald Reagan

15 3
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans. Ronald Reagan

23 11
Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders. Ronald Reagan

14 3
I recently learned something quite interesting about video games. Many young people have developed incredible hand, eye, and brain coordination in playing these games. The air force believes these kids will be our outstanding pilots should they fly our jets. Ronald Reagan

12 2
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. Ronald Reagan

12 2
Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man. Ronald Reagan