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Quotes of the day: Ronald Reagan

Published Saturday, February 06, 2016 @ 2:01 PM EST
Feb 06 2016

Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was an American politician and actor, who served as the 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Prior to his presidency, he served as the 33rd Governor of California from 1967 to 1975, following a career as an actor and union leader in Hollywood. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


(A) taxpayer is someone who has to work for the federal government without taking a civil-service test.

A hungry child knows no politics.

All great change in America begins at the dinner table.

An economist is someone who sees something happen in practice and wonders if it'd work in theory.

Approximately 80 percent 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.

Cannot swords be turned to plowshares? Can we and all nations not live in peace? In our obsession with antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites all the members of humanity.

Freedom is individual- there is no 's' on the end of it. You can diminish it, but you cannot divide it and choose to keep 'some freedoms' while giving up others.

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it on 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 the right to question and change the established way of doing things. It is the continuous revolution of the marketplace. It is the understanding that allows to recognize shortcomings and seek solutions.

Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.

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

Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.

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.

History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.

I favor the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and it must be enforced at gunpoint if necessary.

I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting.

I never knew anything above Cs (in school).

I would just warn you that if you get in bed with the government, you'll get more than a good night's sleep.

It is time for us to realize that we're too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams.

Middle age is when you're faced with two temptations and you choose the one that will get you home by nine o'clock.

Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with conflict by peaceful means.

Politics is just like show business, you have a hell of an opening, coast for a while and then have a hell of a close.

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.

Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they've made a difference to this world. Marines don't have that problem.

Sometimes the right hand doesn't know what the far-right hand is doing.

Status quo, you know, is Latin for 'the mess we're in.'

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. We maintain our strength in order to deter and defend against aggression- to preserve freedom and peace.

The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted. It belongs to the brave.

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are 'I'm from the government, and I'm here to help.'

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.

The size of the Federal budget is not an appropriate barometer of social conscience or charitable concern.

Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders.

We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.

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.

Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.

Well, I would- if they realized that we- again if- if we led them back to that stalemate only because that our retaliatory power, our seconds, or strike at them after our first strike, would be so destructive that they couldn't afford it, that it would hold them off.
(when asked if nuclear war could be limited to tactical weapons)

What does an actor know about politics?

What kind of people do we think we are?

When cruelty is inflicted on innocent people, it discredits whatever cause.

You and I are told increasingly that we have to choose between a left or right, but I would like to suggest that there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down...

You and I have a rendezvous with destiny.


>p>Ronald Reagan is the first modern President whose contempt for the facts is treated as a charming idiosyncrasy.
-James David Barber

In the Reagan years, more federal debt was added than in the entire prior history of the United States.
-Richard Darman

He has the ability to make statements that are so far outside the parameters of logic that they leave you speechless.
-Patti Davis

The fox, as has been pointed out by more than one philosopher, knows many small things, whereas the hedgehog knows one big thing. Ronald Reagan was neither a fox nor a hedgehog. He was as dumb as a stump. He could have had anyone in the world to dinner, any night of the week, but took most of his meals on a White House TV tray. He had no friends, only cronies. His children didn't like him all that much. He met his second wife — the one that you remember — because she needed to get off a Hollywood blacklist and he was the man to see. Year in and year out in Washington, I could not believe that such a man had even been a poor governor of California in a bad year, let alone that such a smart country would put up with such an obvious phony and loon.
-Christopher Hitchens


(February 6 is also the birthday of Bob Marley.)



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