Ronald Reagan Quotes

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!

27th October, 1964. TV broadcast.

A tree’s a tree. How many more do you need to look at?

12th September, 1965. Speech to Western Wood Products Association.

We should declare war on North Vietnam. . . . We could pave the whole country and put parking stripes on it, and still be home for Christmas.

10th October, 1965. Quoted in Fresno Bee.

Government is like a big baby – an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.

14th November 1965. Comment while campaigning for governor of California.

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

2nd March, 1977. Conference in Los Angeles.

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.

10th September, 1980. Quoted in Sierra.

I’ve noticed that everyone that is for abortion has already been born.

21st September, 1980. Presidental campaign debate.

Next Tuesday all of you will go to the polls, will stand there in the polling place and make a decision. I think when you make that decision it might be well if you would ask yourself: Are you better off than you were four years ago?

28th October, 1980. TV debate.

There you go again!

28th October, 1980. TV debate, directed at Jimmy Carter.

You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans.

15th January, 1981. Quoted in New York Times.

Please tell me you’re Republicans.

Quoted on 31st March, 1981 Washington Post. To surgeons operating on him after being shot.

We’re the party that wants to see an American in which people can still get rich.

4th May, 1982. Remark at Republican Congressional dinner in Washington, D.C.

[It is] the march of freedom and democracy which will leave Marxism-Leninism on the ash heap of history as it has left other tyrannies which stifle the freedom and muzzle the self-expression of the people.

8th June, 1982. Speech to British Parliament.

Let us beware that while [Soviet leaders] preach the supremacy of the state, declare its omnipotence over individual man, and predict its eventual domination over all the peoples of the earth, they are the focus of evil in the modern world. … 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 all evil empires, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong, good and evil.

8th March, 1983. Speech to the National Association of Evangelicals.

My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes.

11th August, 1984. Radio microphone test.

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.

22nd October, 1984. Referring to his opponent Walter Mondale.

I have my veto pen drawn and ready for any tax increase that Congress might even think of sending up. And I have only one thing to say to the tax increasers: Go ahead, make my day.

13th March, 1985. American Business Conference in Washington D.C.

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.

8th July, 1985. Speech following a plane hi-jacking.

This mad dog of the Middle East.

9th April, 1986. Talking about Colonel Gadaffi in a press conference.

It’s difficult to believe that people are starving in this country because food isn’t available.

11th June, 1986. Press conference.

Back then [before 1981], 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.

15th August, 1986. National White House Conference on Small Business.

I did say something in our negotiations in Iceland in Russian: Dovorey no provorey. That means trust, but verify.

23th October, 1986. Springfield, Mo.

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 is true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not.

4th March, 1987. TV address.

Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

12th June, 1987. Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate, West Berlin.

I have recently been told that I am one of the millions of Americans who will be afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease. . . . I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead.

5th November, 1994. Letter to the American People.