History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.
Address to the Nation, Jan 16, 1984
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans.
quoted in Observer, March 29 1981
My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes.
Ronald Reagan, Said during a radio microphone test, 1984
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, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.
Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit.
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 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.
I don't believe in a government that protects us from ourselves.
I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting.
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.
If you're afraid of the future, then get out of the way, stand aside. The people of this country are ready to move again.
No arsenal ... is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.
People don't start wars, governments do.
Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.
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.
All great change in America begins at the dinner table.
Facts are stupid things.
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.
Coersion, after all, merely captures man. Freedom captivates him.
Don't be afraid to see what you see.
Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.
The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away.
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 nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'
The ultimate determinant in the struggle now going on for the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas-a trial of spiritual resolve: the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish and the ideals to which we are dedicated.
There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.
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 sit back hoping that someday, someway, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last--but eat you he will.