Ronald Reagan Poster

Quotes (71)

  • [at the Berlin Wall, 1987] Mr. Gorbachev [Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev], tear down this wall!
  • The best view of government is seen on a rear view mirror as one is driving away from it.
  • [in the 1980 campaign] Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. Recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.
  • [1964] I love three things in life: drama, politics and sports and I'm not sure they always come in that order.
  • [1980] I remember some of my own views when I was quite young. For heaven's sake, I was even a Democrat!
  • [to his wife after the assassination attempt] Honey, I forgot to duck.
  • [to his doctors prior to going into surgery after being shot] I hope all of you are Republicans.
  • [semi-consciously, to the nurse who hauled him on the gurney] Does Nancy [wife Nancy Reagan] know about us?
  • [1980] I know what it's like to pull the Republican lever for the first time, because I used to be a Democrat myself, and I can tell you it only hurts for a minute and then it feels just great.
  • [1985] I've been criticized for going over the heads of the Congress. So, what's the fuss? A lot of things go over their heads.
  • America is too great to dream small dreams.
  • [from the Alzheimer's letter] I now begin the journey that will lead me to the sunset of my life. I know that for America, there will always be a bright dawn ahead.
  • Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
  • You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans.
  • Government is not the solution to our problems. Government IS the problem!
  • [in a 1984 presidential debate, referring to Walter Mondale (born 1928), who was age 56, 17 years younger than Reagan] 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.
  • All the waste in a year from a nuclear power plant can be stored under a desk.
  • Fascism was really the basis for the New Deal.
  • [on Vietnam] I have a feeling that we are doing better in the war than the people have been told.
  • [Carmel, CA, June 1990] You may think this a little mystical, and I've said it many times before, but I believe there was a Divine Plan to place this great continent here between the two oceans to be found by peoples from every corner of the earth. I believe we were preordained to carry the torch of freedom for the world.
  • I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency - even if I'm in a Cabinet meeting.
  • [During a microphone check on August 11 1984, unaware that he was being broadcast] My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.
  • Trees cause more pollution than automobiles.
  • They say hard work never hurt anybody, but I figure why take the chance.
  • Well, I learned a lot . . . I went down to Latin America to find out from them and [learn] their views. You'd be surprised. They're all individual countries.
  • We are trying to get unemployment to go up and I think we're going to succeed.
  • When I go in for a physical, they no longer ask how old I am. They just carbon-date me.
  • [from a 1950s interview] Nobody ever "went Hollywood". They were already that way when they got here. Hollywood just brought it out in them.
  • 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.
  • Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.
  • Tonight is a very special night, although at my age, every night is a special night.
  • [His opinion of the Klingon warriors he saw during a visit to the set of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)] I like them. They remind me of Congress.
  • [During his re-election campaign in 1984] America's future rests in a thousand dreams inside our hearts; it rests in the message of hope in songs of a man so many young Americans admire: New Jersey's own Bruce Springsteen. And helping you make your dreams come true is what this job of mine is all about.
  • [confirming his 1984 re-election victory to the crowd chanting "Four more years"] I think that's just been arranged.
  • 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's true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not.
  • I can't do a damn thing until I'm elected!
  • If I could paraphrase a well-known statement by Will Rogers that he never met a man he didn't like, I'm afraid we have some people around here who never met a tax they didn't like.
  • [at the 1980 presidential debate, when Jimmy Carter accused him of opposing Medicare] There you go again.
  • [from his Presidential Farewell Address] I've spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don't know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That's how I saw it, and see it still.
  • [in 1992, regarding Bill Clinton, in a paraphrase of Lloyd Bentsen from the 1988 presidential election] This fellow they've nominated claims he's the new Thomas Jefferson. Well, let me tell you something: I knew Thomas Jefferson. He was a friend of mine. And governor, you're no Thomas Jefferson.
  • Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.
  • If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
  • The taxpayer: that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.
  • 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.
  • [Notre Dame University. 17 May, 1981] The years ahead will be great ones for our country, for the cause of freedom and the spread of civilization. The West will not contain Communism, it will transcend Communism. We will not bother to denounce it, we'll dismiss it as a sad, bizarre chapter in human history whose last pages are even now being written.
  • [in a 1981 videotaped Oscar tribute] Film is forever. I've been trapped in some films forever myself.
  • [comparing politics to prostitution, known as the world's oldest profession] Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to understand that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
  • It isn't that liberals are ignorant. It's just that they know so much that isn't so.
  • The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved good-bye and "slipped the surly bonds of earth" to "touch the face of God."
  • Freedom and Security go together.
  • [speech at the Republican National Convention, Aug. 17, 1992.] Whatever else history may say about me when I'm gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty's lamp guiding your steps and opportunity's arm steadying your way.
  • I know in my heart that man is good, and that what's right will always - eventually - triumph. And that there's purpose and worth to each and every life.
  • Status quo, you know is Latin for "the mess we're in".
  • [To Warren Beatty] I don't know how anybody can serve in public office without being an actor.
  • All great change in America starts at the dinner table.
  • 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.
  • Republicans believe every day is the fourth of July, but the Democrats believe every day is April the 15th.
  • We have some hippies in California. For those of you who don't know what a hippie is, he's a fellow who has hair like Tarzan, who walks like Jane and who smells like Cheetah.
  • We can't help everyone but everyone can help someone.
  • Economists are people who wonder if what works in reality can also work in theory.
  • Government is a like a baby: an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
  • [on the death of Rita Hayworth from Alzheimer's disease, a disease which Reagan would be afflicted with just a few years after Hayworth's death] Rita Hayworth was one of our country's most beloved stars. Glamorous and talented, she gave us many wonderful moments on the stage and screen and delighted audiences from the time she was a young girl.
  • [to the viewers at the 1980 presidential debate] Are you better off now than you were four years ago? Is it easier for you to go and buy things in the stores than it was four years ago? Is there more or less unemployment in the country than there was four years ago? Is America as respected throughout the world as it was? Do you feel that our security is as safe, that we're as strong as we were four years ago? And if you answer all of those questions "yes", why then, I think your choice is very obvious as to whom you will vote for. If you don't agree, if you don't think that this course that we've been on for the last four years is what you would like to see us follow for the next four, then I could suggest another choice that you have.
  • [In 1985 after having his nose surgery he arrived at the White House briefing with a patch on his nose he opened the news conference saying (with a smile)] Not wanting you to lose any sleep at night, let me explain the patch on my nose
  • [In 1985, after having additional cancer cells removed from his nose] Yesterday afternoon, when we came back from Chicago, I went over there in the White House to the doctor's office and he did the additional work, and biopsy revealed there were some cancer cells and now I have a verdict of, my nose is clean.
  • The most terrifying words in the English Language are: I'm from the Government and I'm here to help.
  • [on negotiating with Mikhail Gorbachev] It was easier than dealing with Jack Warner.
  • I'm concerned about what is happening in government, and it's caused me many a sleepless afternoon.
  • [recognizing the Armenian Genocide] Like the genocide of the Armenians before it, and the genocide of the Cambodians which followed it - and like too many other such persecutions of too many other peoples - the lessons of the Holocaust must never be forgotten. [1981]
  • [on The White House, 1985] Nothing is ever lost on that great house: some music plays on. I have been told that late at night, when the clouds are still and the moon is high, you can just about hear the sound of certain memories brushing by. You can almost hear, if you listen close, the whir of a wheelchair rolling by and the sound of a voice calling out, "And another thing, Eleanor!". Turn down a hall and you can hear the brisk strut of a fellow saying, "Bully! Absolutely ripping!" Walk softly now and you're drawn to the soft notes of a piano and a brilliant gathering in the East Room, where a crowd surrounds a bright young President who is full of hope and laughter.
  • Taxpayer: That's someone who works for the Federal Government but doesn't have to take the Civil Service Exam.