I am very proud to be called a pig. It stands for pride, integrity and guts.
We don't hide our space program. We don't keep secrets and cover things up. We do it all up front and in public. That's the way freedom is, and we wouldn't change it for a minute.
Stick to your dreams and determine that you're going to make them come true.
I once played a sheriff who thought he could do the job without a gun. I was dead in twenty-seven minutes of a thirty minute show.
If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be one nation gone under.
Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.
Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them.
Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.
Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid.
My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty's lamp guiding your steps and opportunity's arm steadying your way.
Free enterprise is a rough and competitive game. It is a hell of a lot better than a government monopoly.
If I'd gotten the job I wanted at Montgomery Ward, I suppose I would never have left Illinois.
A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers.
Individual liberty depends upon keeping government under control.
The White House is the leakiest place I've ever been in.
Are you willing to spend time studying the issues, making yourself aware, and then conveying that information to family and friends? Will you resist the temptation to get a government handout for your community?
Preservation of our environment is not a liberal or conservative challenge, it's common sense.
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.
Today on the NATO line, our military forces face east to prevent a possible invasion. On the other side of the line, the Soviet forces also face east to prevent their people from leaving.
I'm not smart enough to lie.
Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, leave the rest to God.
If you owe the bank $10,000 you have a problem. If you owe the bank $10,000,000 they have a problem. After all is said and done, more is said than done. Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.
Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets.
We're told about a woman's right to control her own body. But doesn't the unborn child have a higher right, and that is to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?
I miss going to church, but I think the Lord understands.
The state of California has no business subsidizing intellectual curiosity.
The challenge of statesmanship is to have the vision to dream of a better, safer world and the courage, persistence, and patience to turn that dream into reality.
We're the party that wants to see an America in which people can still get rich.
Wherever a beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories.
A stronger defense is an investment in peace.
We believe faith and freedom must be our guiding stars, for they show us truth, they make us brave, give us hope, and leave us wiser than we were.
A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose yours.
There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.
I never drink coffee at lunch. I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon.
I'm not a politician by profession. I am a citizen who decided I had to be personally involved in order to stand up for my own values and beliefs. My candidacy is based on my record, and for that matter, my entire life.
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.
If the family goes, so goes our civilization.
If there's one observation that rings true in today's changing world, it is that freedom and peace go hand in hand.
No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size.
It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.
When the lives of the unborn are snuffed out, they often feel pain, pain that is long and agonizing.
Jesse Helms wants me to move to the right, Lowell Weiker wants me to move to the left, and Teddy Kennedy wants me to move back to California.
No matter what time it is, wake me, even if it's in the middle of a Cabinet meeting.
Revolution means democracy in today's world, not the enslavement of peoples to the corrupt and degrading horrors of totalitarianism.
We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.
In case anybody asks you about my position on capital punishment, you can tell them I favor it; and if they want to know why, you can tell them this story.
Meaningful work, not welfare, is every American's hope, and we have a continuing responsibility to make those hopes a lasting reality.
As long as there are guns, the individual that wants a gun for a crime is going to have one and going to get it.
I've always believed that we were, each of us, put here for a reason, that there is a plan, somehow a divine plan for all of us. I know now that whatever days are left to me belong to him.
There are no limits to growth and human progress
when men and women are free to follow their dreams.
The taxpayer -- that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.
Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.
No mother would ever willingly sacrifice her sons for territorial gain, for economic advantage, for ideology.
The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.
It is the Soviet Union that runs against the tide of human history by denying human freedom and human dignity to its citizens.
You can never underestimate the ability of the Democrats to wet their finger and hold it in the wind.
There can be no security anywhere in the free world if there is no fiscal and economic stability within the United States.
The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom.
Of the many messages found in the Hanukah story, the one that has always inspired me most is this: with a strong faith in the Almighty, nothing is impossible; and without the help of our Creator, we labor in vain.
We might come closer to balancing the Budget if all of us lived closer to the Commandments and the Golden Rule.
If we don't want to see the map of Central America covered in a sea of red, eventually lapping at our own borders, we must act now.
A truly successful army is one that, because of its strength and ability and dedication, will not be called upon to fight, for no one will dare to provoke it.
Margaret Thatcher -- this great lady has not only served her country well, she has served the free world well.
I'm not a politician by profession. I am a citizen who decided I had to be personally involved.
The Soviets preach the supremacy of the state, declare its omnipotence over individual man, and predict its eventual domination of all peoples on the earth; they are the focus of evil in the modern world.
America's economic strength depends on industry's ability to improve productivity and quality and to remain on the cutting edge of technology, and that's why the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is so important.
People don't start wars, governments do.
Our American tradition of neighbor helping neighbor has always been one of our greatest strengths and most noble traditions.
We don't need more politicians insisting we have deficits because you're not taxed enough. Those deficits ballooned from an economy that didn't grow enough and from 50 years of government spending too much.
We maintain the peace through our strength; weakness only invites aggression.
I am an environmentalist. ... I am for clean air.
Free enterprise has done more to reduce poverty than all the government programs dreamed up by Democrats.
For three decades, we have sought to solve the problems of unemployment through government planning, and the more the plans fail, the more the planners plan.
Our reluctance for conflict should not be misjudged as a failure of will.
Our natural, inalienable rights are now considered to be a dispensation from government, and freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp as it is at this moment.
Since I came to the White House, I got two hearing aids, a colon operation, skin cancer, a prostate operation, and I was shot. The damn thing is, I've never felt better in my life.
The United States trades more with the province of Ontario alone than with Japan.
Unless bureaucracy is constantly resisted, it breaks down representative government and overwhelms democracy.
Poland is not East or West. Poland is at the center of European civilization. It has contributed mightily to that civilization. It is doing so today by being magnificently unreconciled to oppression.
Medicare will usher in federal programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have know it in this country.
You are Mrs. Reagan because Mr. Reagan loves you with all his heart.
He struck a mighty blow for equality, freedom and the American way of life. Jackie Robinson was a good citizen, a great man, and a true American champion.
Perhaps no custom reveals our character as a Nation so clearly as our celebration of Thanksgiving Day.
I didn't leave the Democratic party; the Democratic party left me.
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.
Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall. And get a massage -- you look really stressed.
We don't have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven't taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.
We can have peace and brotherly love by accepting our responsibility to preserve freedom.
A nation's greatness is measured not just by its gross national product or military power, but by the strength of its devotion to the principles and values that bind its people and define their character.
The arts and humanities teach us who we are and what we can be. They lie at the very core of the culture of which we're a part.
This country was founded and built by people with great dreams and the courage to take great risks.
I'm just a citizen temporarily in public service.
When cruelty is inflicted on innocent people, it discredits whatever cause.
Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.
I was going to have an opening statement, but I decided that what I was going to say I wanted to get a lot of attention, so I'm going to wait and leak it.
While other military alliances have been formed to win wars, our fundamental purpose is to prevent war while preserving and extending the frontiers of freedom.
Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.
The other day, someone told me the difference between a democracy and a people's democracy. It's the same difference between a jacket and a straitjacket.
By emphasizing the importance of a common language, we safeguard a proud legacy and help to ensure that America's future will be as great as her past.
Facts are stubborn things.
There are no easy answers' but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.
The best way to get over a dog's death is to get another soon.
What's happening in Cuba is not a failure of the Cuban people. It's a failure of Fidel Castro and the Communists.
Law and freedom must be indivisible partners. For without law, there can be no freedom, only choas and disorder; and without freedom, law is but a cynical veneer for injustice and oppression.
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.
Church and state are, and must remain, separate.
The victims of crime have been transformed into a group oppressively burdened by a system designed to protect them.
These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent. These are the heroes who helped end a war.
I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself.
The District of Columbia is one gigantic ear.
I believe Moses was 80 when God first commissioned him for public service.
One way to make sure crime doesn't pay would be to let the government run it.
Without a vision the people perish.
Respect for human rights is not social work; it is not merely an act of compassion. It is the first obligation of government and the source of its legitimacy.
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).
Permanent brain damage is one of the inevitable results of the use of marijuana.
Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.
We're Americans, and we have a rendezvous with destiny ... No people who have ever lived on this earth have fought harder, paid a higher price for freedom, or done more to advance the dignity of man than Americans.
An actor knows two important things -- to be honest in what he is doing and to be in touch with the audience. That's not bad advice for a politician either.
Man is not free unless government is limited.
The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives.
America is too great for small dreams.
A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.
If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
Anyone that's ever had their kitchen done over knows that it never gets done as soon as you wish it would.
History shows that when the taxes of a nation approach about 20 percent of the people's income, there begins to be a lack of respect for government.... When it reaches 25 percent, there comes an increase in lawlessness.
It's time that we recognized that ours was in truth a noble cause.
In this new world economy, national boundaries are increasingly becoming obsolete.
We have the duty to protect the life of an unborn child.
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.
Don't give up on your ideals. Don't compromise. Don't turn to expediency. And for heaven's sake ... don't get cynical.
Growing and decaying vegetation in this land are responsible for 93 percent of the oxides of nitrogen.
I think maybe there could be some restrictions that there had to be a certain amount of training taken.
All of us should remember that the federal government is not some mysterious institution comprised of buildings, files and paper. The people are the government. What we create we ought to be able to control.
Government Steals from the needy and gives to the greedy.
The constitution was never meant to prevent people from praying; it's declared purpose was to protect their freedom to pray.
If you're explaining, you're losing.
By working together, pooling our resources and building on our strengths, we can accomplish great things.
My doctors told me this morning my blood pressure is down so low that I can start reading the newspapers.
I believe the highest aspiration of man should be individual freedom and the development of the individual.
We are participating in the orderly transfer of administrative authority by the direction of the people. And this is the simple magic which makes a commonplace routine a near miracle to many of the world.
Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They're just braver 5 minutes longer.
Self-defense is not only our right; it is our duty.
There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don't care who gets the credit.
We don't celebrate dependence day on the Fourth of July. We celebrate Independence Day.
Anyone that's ever had their kitchen done over knows that it never never gets done as soon as you wish it would.
If history teaches anything, it teaches that self-delusion in the face of unpleasant facts is folly.
Blondes have the hottest kisses. Red-heads are fair-to-middling torrid, and brunettes are the frigidest of all. It's something to do with hormones, no doubt.
Trains are not any more energy efficient than the average automobile, with both getting about 48 passenger miles to the gallon.
If history teaches us anything, it teaches that simple-minded appeasement or wishful thinking about our adversaries is folly.
We should measure welfare's success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added.
God's miracles are to be found in nature itself; the wind and waves, the wood that becomes a tree -- all of these are explained biologically, but behind them is the hand of God.
Environmental extremists ... wouldn't let you build a house unless it looked like a bird's nest.
Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
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.
A small nation, faced with the denial of its sovereignty -- indeed, of its very existence -- reminded us that the price of freedom is high but never so costly as the loss of freedom.
A socialist is someone who has read Lenin and Marx. An anti-socialist is someone who understands Lenin and Marx.
Our government needs the church, because only those humble enough to admit they're sinners can bring democracy the tolerance it requires to survive.
Love your country, not for her power or wealth, but for her selflessness and her idealism.
In opening our hearts, we hope this might promote greater awareness of this condition. Perhaps it will encourage a clearer understanding of the individuals and families who are affected by it.
Unless and until it can be proven that an unborn child is not a living human being, can we justify assuming without proof that it isn't? No one has yet offered such proof; indeed, all the evidence is to the contrary.
Hayek is amongst the top 2-3 of the all the people who ever influenced me.
Could there be anything resembling a free enterprise economy, if wealth and property were concentrated in the hands of a few, while the great majority owned little more than the shirts on their backs?
I believe in a sound, strong environmental policy that protects the health of our people and a wise stewardship of our nation's natural resources.
I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life.
We've been blessed with the opportunity to stand for something -- for liberty and freedom and fairness. And these are things worth fighting for, worth devoting our lives to.
One picture is worth 1,000 denials.
Everywhere we go, Nancy makes the world a little better.
You'd be surprised how much being a good actor pays off.
I want you to know that also I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience.
Most of my dreams came true.
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.
Marijuana is probably the most dangerous drug in America today.
If some among you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals from customers, clients, or even government, recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile hoping he'll eat you last.
Status quo, you know, is Latin for ‘the mess we're in'.
I hope you're all Republicans.
Honey, I forgot to duck.
If it's to be a bloodbath, let it be now. Appeasement is not the answer.
Don't be afraid to see what you see.
I now have absolute proof that smoking even one marijuana cigarette is equal in brain damage to being on Bikini Island during an H-bomb blast.
I believe that the most essential element of our defense of freedom is our insistence on speaking out for the cause of religious liberty.
Young Americans must never again be sent to fight and die unless we are prepared to let them win.
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.
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.
Today, if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse.
If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.
A broader reading of history shows that appeasement, no matter how it is labeled, never fulfills the hopes of the appeasers.
I, for one, resent it when a representative of the people refers to you and me, the free men and women of this country, as 'the masses.'
Liberals are people who think that being tough on crime means longer suspended sentences.
You get a little stir crazy during the week.
You know, if Nancy Davis hadn't come along when she did, I would have lost my soul.
Our tax policy is engineered by people who view tax as a means of achieving changes in our social structure.
The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.
Don't let anyone tell you that America's best days are behind her -- that the American spirit has been vanquished. We've seen it triumph too often in our lives to stop believing in it now.
We seek the elimination one day of nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth.
We're not just discussing limits on a further increase of nuclear weapons; we seek, instead, to reduce their number. We seek the total elimination one day of nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth.
For a time, we forgot the American dream isn't one of making government bigger, it's keeping faith with the mighty spirit of free people under God.
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.
Coersion, after all, merely captures man. Freedom captivates him.
America was founded by people who believe that God is their Rock of safety.
Like the genocide of the Armenians before it, and the genocide of the Cambodians which followed it ... the lessons of the Holocaust must never be forgotten.
All great change in America begins at the dinner table.
I don't know what I expected, but my first morning in the Oval Office had a surprising ring of familiarity to it. It reminded me a lot of my job as governor.
It seems to me that America is constantly reinventing what "America" means.
I supported this bill. 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.
Democracy is not a fragile flower; still it needs cultivating.
There is purpose and worth to each and every life.
I want to talk about political and economic fairy tales.
We cannot stop at the foothills when Everest lies ahead.
A friend of mine was asked to a costume ball a short time ago. He slapped some egg on his face and went as a liberal economist.
Let us ask ourselves, 'What kind of people do we think we are?' And let us answer, 'Free people, worthy of freedom and determined not only to remain so but to help others gain their freedom as well.'
There are some who've forgotten why we have a military. It's not to promote war, it's to be prepared for peace.
Together, we'll build a far better future for America -- a future of growth, opportunity, and security, anchored by the values of a people who are confident, compassionate, and whose heart is good.
I'd like to harness their youthful energy with a strap.
With freedom comes responsibility, a responsibility that can only be met by the individual.
Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
We the people tell the government what to do, it doesn't tell us.
I've noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.
The current tax code is a daily mugging.
If you think you can -- you can!
We may be the generation that sees Armageddon.
When I've heard all I need to make a decision, I don't take a vote. I make a decision.
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.
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.
I oppose registration for the draft... because I believe the security of freedom can best be achieved by security through freedom.
My mother told me that everything in life happened for a purpose. She said all things were part of God's plan, even the most disheartening setbacks, and in the end, everything worked out for the best.
Here's my strategy on the Cold War: we win, they lose.
The doors of this Library are open now and are all welcome. The judgment of history is left to you, the people. I have no fears of that, for we have done our best. And so I say, come and learn from it.
Perhaps there is a simple answer -- not an easy answer -- but simple: If you and I have the courage to tell our elected officials that we want our national policy based on what we know in our hearts is morally right.
I'll be like Scarlett O'Hara-I'll think about it tomorrow.
I've talked to you on a number of occasions about the economic problems our nation faces, and I am prepared to tell you it's in a hell of a mess-we're not connected to the press room yet, are we?
Let's face it.., our current immigration control system is like a busy intersection without a traffic cop: sure there are laws on the books, but absent enforcement, there are too many accidents.
Trust, but verify.
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.
America is still an eagle, and she's ready to soar again.
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.
The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave.
In a world wracked by hatred, economic crisis, and political tension, America remains mankind's best hope.
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.
When you see all that rhetorical smoke billowing up from the Democrats, well ladies and gentleman, I'd follow the example of their nominee; don't inhale.
This crime against humanity must never be forgotten.
Doverey, no proverey -- Trust but verify.
I'm a sucker for hero worship.
Write to your congressional representative against the health care reform proposal or we will awake to find that we have socialism.
Since I came to the White House, I've gotten two hearing aids, had a colon operation, a prostate operation, skin cancer, and I've been shot...damn thing is, I've never felt better.
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.
Are you better off today than you were four years ago?
The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so.
Isn't it interesting that all of those people who support the choice of abortion have already been born?
Every dollar the federal government does not take from us, every decision it does not make for us, will make our economy stronger, our lives more abundant, our future more free.
If there's one observation that rings true in today's changing world, it is that freedom and peace go hand in hand.
Millions of individuals making their own decisions in the marketplace will always allocate resources better than any centralized government planning process.
Our nation will prosper or decline in direct proportion to our selection of leaders who are guided by the Holy Spirit. If we fail to select Godly leaders our destiny will surely be as that of the Roman Empire.
Yes, the deficit doctors have their scalpels out all right, but they're not poised over the budget. That's as fat as ever and getting fatter. What they're ready to operate on is your wallet.
The state Republican chairman, Gaylord Parkinson, postulated what he called the Eleventh Commandment: Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.
Surround yourself with great people; delegate authority; get out of the way.
Over hundred years ago Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act. There was wide distribution of land and they didn't confiscate anyone's privately owned land... We need an industrial Homestead Act.
The greatest security for Israel is to create new Egypts.
Revenues should be increased not by increasing the tax rates on the individual but by building a bigger economy for everybody.
All the waste in a year from a nuclear power plant can be stored under a desk.
A hippie is someone who looks like Tarzan, walks like Jane and smells like Cheetah.
Human beings are not animals, and I do not want to see sex and sexual differences treated as casually and amorally as dogs and other beasts treat them. I believe this could happen under the ERA.
The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.
Wouldn't it be better for the human spirit and for the soul of this nation to encourage people to accept more responsibility to care for each other rather than leaving those tasks to paid bureaucrats.
Cars don't cause pollution, trees do.
Her many achievements will be appreciated more as time goes on.
A drastic reduction in the deficit...will take place in the fiscal year '82.
We will remain steady. We will pursue every avenue in the search for peace and stability.
Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.
Yes, deficits are a problem. I've been saying so for more than a quarter of a century now. But the problem is not the size of the deficit, it's the size of government's claim on our economy.
Those who have known freedom and then lost it, have never known it again.
Baseball is our national pastime, that is if you discount political campaigning.
Government doesn't solve problems, it subsidizes them.
We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we will always be free.
While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. The U.S. Geological Survey has told me that the proven potential for oil in Alaska alone is greater than the proven reserves in Saudi Arabia.
The best view of big government is in the rearview mirror as we leave it behind.
They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong.
I would have voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Terrorism is the preferred weapon of weak and evil men.
When we speak of peace, we should not mean just the absence of war. True peace rests on the pillars of individual freedom, human rights, national self-determination, and respect for the rule of law.
If our planes were shot down, yes, they's wake me right away. If the other fellows' were shot down, why wake me up?
Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
I deplore the tendency, in some institutions, to go directly toward training for a trade or profession or something and ignoring the liberal arts. It is the foundation of education.
It's true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?
The little dictator who went to Moscow in his green fatigues to receive a bear hug did not forsake the doctrine of Lenin when he returned to the West and appeared in a two-piece suit. (On Daniel Ortega Saavedra).
We who live in free market societies believe that growth, prosperity and ultimately human fulfillment, are created from the bottom up, not the government down.
Government is not a solution to our problem government is the problem.
Information is the oxygen of the modern age.
For the average American, the message is clear. Liberalism is no longer the answer. It is the problem.
A people free to choose will always choose peace.
Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with conflict by peaceful means.
Americans are hungering to feel proud and patriotic again.
We've got to teach history based not on what's in fashion, but what's important.
America needs jobs and opportunity, not make-work and handouts.
The defense policy of the United States is based on a simple premise: The United States does not start fights. We will never be an aggressor.
The best social program is a productive job for anyone who's willing to work.
There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.
To grasp and hold a vision, that is the very essence of successful leadership-not only on the movie set where I learned it, but everywhere.
Going to college offered me the chance to play football for four more years.
For the first time ever, everything is in place for the Battle of Armageddon and the Second Coming of Christ.
The ongoing migration of persons to the United States in violation of our laws is a serious national problem detrimental to the interests of the United States.
That's the nice thing about this job. You get to quote yourself shamelessly. If you don't, Larry Speakes will.
For the eight years I was president I never let my dream of a nuclear-free world fade from my mind.
We are never defeated unless we give up on God.
Dreams became issues of East versus West. Hopes became political rhetoric. Progress became a search for power and domination. Somewhere the truth was lost that people don't make war, governments do.
Government is the people's business and every man, woman and child becomes a shareholder with the first penny of tax paid.
For the sake of peace and justice, let us move toward a world in which all people are at last free to determine their own destiny.
Andrew Jackson was actually 70 years old when he left the White House.
Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.
Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.
The essence of the Reagan era has been a combination of unexampled slap happy greed at home and squalid, surreptitious violence overseas.
It's hard, when you're up to your armpits in alligators, to remember you came here to drain the swamp.
The family has always been the cornerstone of American society.
The time has come to turn to God and reassert our trust in Him.
Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans.
Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They're just braver five minutes longer.
You on the cutting edge of technology have already made yesterday's impossibilities the commonplace realities of today.
Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don't have that problem.
Our National Motto -- 'In God We Trust' -- was not chosen lightly. It reflects a basic recognition that there is a divine authority in the universe to which this nation owes homage.
Violence has been Nicaragua's most important export to the world.
We who live in free market societies believe that growth and prosperity, and ultimately human fulfillment are created from the bottom up, not the government down.
Christmas is a holiday that we celebrate not as individuals nor as a nation, but as a human family.
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.
The price of freedom may be high, but never so costly as the loss of freedom.
We have found, in our country, that when people have the right to make decisions as close to home as possible, they usually make the right decisions.
Every new day begins with possibilities. It's up to us to fill it with the things that move us toward progress and peace.
Freedom and the dignity of the individual have been more available and assured here than in any other place on earth. The price for this freedom at times has been high, but we have never been unwilling to pay the price.
I'm no linguist, but I have been told that in the Russian language, there isn't even a word for freedom.
Today it is difficult to find leaders who are independent of the forces that have brought us our problems: The Congress, the bureaucracy, the lobbyists, big business, and big labor.
Families cannot prosper and keep America strong if government becomes a Goliath that preys upon their wealth, usurps their rights, and crushes their spirit.
Without God, there is no virtue because there is no prompting of the conscience... without God, there is a coarsening of the society; without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.
The future doesn't belong to the lighthearted. It belongs to the brave.
I've often said there's nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse.
The fourth landing of the Columbia is the historical equivalent of the driving of the golden spike which completed the first transcontinental railroad. It marks our entrance into a new era.
The problem is not that the people are taxed too little. The problem is that government spends too much.
More than any gift or toy, ornament of tree, let us resolve that this Christmas shall be, like that first Christmas, a celebration of interior treasures.
The purpose of America is to unleash the full talent and genius of every individual.
Education is not the means of showing people how to get what they want. Education is an exercise by means of which enough men, it is hoped, will learn to want what is worth having.
We're in greater danger today than we were the day after Pearl Harbor. Our military is absolutely incapable of defending this country.
Some years ago, the federal government declared war on poverty, and poverty won.
We have to realize that this country in its private sector has been fighting the most successful war on poverty the world has seen for the last 200 years.
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.
Fascism was really the basis for the New Deal.
I never thought it was my style or the words I used that made a difference. It was the content. I wasn't a great communicator, but I communicated great things.
I wasn't a great communicator, but I communicated great things.
The Founding Fathers knew a government can't control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose.
This generation may be the one that will face Armageddon.
Someone told me it was a round thing that gobbles up money. I thought that was Tip O'Neill.
What has happened to the dreams of the United Nations' founders? What has happened to the spirit which created the United Nations? The answer is clear: Governments got in the way of the dreams of the people.
Every new day begins with possibilities.
When the Lord calls me home, whenever that may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this county of ours and eternal optimism for its future.
Nations crumble from within when the citizenry asks of government those things which the citizenry might better provide for itself.
We were poor when I was young but the difference was that the government didn't come around telling you you were poor.
The time has come to turn to God and reassert our trust in Him for the healing of America -- our country is in need of and ready for a spiritual renewal.
California produces 40% of America's fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts -- the kind you eat. We have had a bumper crop of the other variety, too.
For the people of Israel and America are historic partners in the global quest for human dignity and freedom. We will always remain at each other's side.
Trees, how many of 'em do we need to look at?
I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.
Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.
The fact is, we'll never build a lasting economic recovery by going deeper into debt at a faster rate than we ever have before.
The American people cannot close their eyes to abuses of human rights and injustice, whether they occur among friend or adversary or even on our own shores.
A leader, once convinced that a particular course of action is the right one, must....be undaunted when the going gets tough.
I thought the function of the government was to promote the general welfare, not to provide it.
I know that some believe that voluntary prayer in schools should be restricted to a moment of silence. We already have the right to remain silent -- we can take our Fifth Amendment.
Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.
Without God, democracy cannot and will not long endure.
We're looking forward to a great season at the University of California -- if we find a way to put cleats on their sandals.
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.
The very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.
The Federal Reserve is answerable to no one.
I have left orders to be awakened at any time during national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting.
Perhaps we need some outside, universal threat to make us recognize this common bond. I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world.
There is no foundation like the rock of honesty and fairness, and when you begin to build your life on that rock, with the cement of the faith in God that you have, then you have a real start.
Mad or glad, Mr. Reagan is head over heels in love with Mrs. Reagan and can't even imagine a world without her -- He loves her.
Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement.