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A collection of quotes and sayings by Ronald Reagan on freedom, leadership, writing, liberals, religion, God, bible, humor, secular, atheism and politics.

44 Ronald Reagan Quotes Every One Of Us Must Know

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40th President of the United States

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06 February 1911 AD

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05 June 2004 AD

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Tampico

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93

Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, was also a successful Hollywood actor and union leader. He came from a poor family and started his career as a sports announcer on various regional radio stations. He then signed a 7-year contract with the Warner Brothers Studios. Although he acted in more than 50 movies, the most notable one was in the biopic ‘Knute Rockne, All American’. His reputation grew as he became the president of the ‘Screen Actors Guild’ for 5 years. With the downfall of his acting career, he landed in the weekly drama series ‘The General Electric Theater’ which required him to travel around the US as a public representative. This affected his political views and transformed him to be conservative. It took him a decade to gain some political spotlight but he eventually succeeded to become the governor of California. This made him gain a lot of popularity as a politician and people started believing his ideas. It helped him become the oldest elected president at the age of 69. He helped in prospering the US economy and pressurized the Soviet Union to cease the cold war. Here is a treasure trove of thoughts and quotations by Ronald Reagan which have been excerpted from his work, writings, speeches, interviews and thoughts. Go through these captivating quotes by Ronald Reagan on politics and government.

Democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.

- Ronald Reagan

Life is one grand sweet song so start the music

- Ronald Reagan

A hippie is someone who looks like Tarzan, walks like Jane and smells like Cheetah.

- Ronald Reagan

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

- Ronald Reagan

I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.

- Ronald Reagan

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.

- Ronald Reagan

Don't be afraid to see what you see.

- Ronald Reagan

I've never been able to understand why a Republican contributor is a 'fat cat' and a Democratic contributor of the same amount of money is a 'public-spirited philanthropist'.

- Ronald Reagan

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.

- Ronald Reagan

Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.

- Ronald Reagan

When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat.

- Ronald Reagan

America is too great for small dreams.

- Ronald Reagan

The future doesn't belong to the light-hearted. It belongs to the brave.

- Ronald Reagan

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.

- Ronald Reagan

The federal government did not create the states; the states created the federal government.

- Ronald Reagan

It isn't so much that liberals are ignorant. It's just that they know so many things that aren't so.

- Ronald Reagan

Government is not a solution to our problem government is the problem.

- Ronald Reagan

It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.

- Ronald Reagan

We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we will always be free.

- Ronald Reagan

Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.

- Ronald Reagan

Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.

- Ronald Reagan

A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.

- Ronald Reagan

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

- Ronald Reagan

Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.

- Ronald Reagan

I've heard that hard work never killed anyone, but I say why take the chance?

- Ronald Reagan

Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They're just braver 5 minutes longer.

- Ronald Reagan

Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.

- Ronald Reagan

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.

- Ronald Reagan

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.

- Ronald Reagan

I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph, and there is purpose and worth to each and every life.

- Ronald Reagan

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.

- Ronald Reagan

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

- Ronald Reagan

Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.

- Ronald Reagan

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.

- Ronald Reagan

Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, leave the rest to God.

- Ronald Reagan

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

- Ronald Reagan

There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don't care who gets the credit.

- Ronald Reagan

As government expands, liberty contracts.

- Ronald Reagan

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

- Ronald Reagan

Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.

- Ronald Reagan

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

- Ronald Reagan

The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.

- Ronald Reagan

If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be one nation gone under.

- Ronald Reagan

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

- Ronald Reagan