Ronald Reagan quotes touch quite a lot on the role of government and other issues that disturbed him. It seemed somewhat of a contradiction that a leader of government would readily condemn it so often. Ronald Reagan shares a host of ideas from one of America’s most loved Presidents. His wife Nancy Reagan was well loved and popular in their day too.
Ronald Reagan was a highly influential voice of modern conservatism during his tenure. He was a famous Hollywood actor and union leader before becoming a governor and eventually president. During his time in office he danced with Princess Diana when she visited America. He has left a host of remarks that have been documented, below are a number of those quotes.
“Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.”
“I've noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born."
“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."
“If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be one nation gone under.”
“Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.”
"There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don't care who gets the credit."
“As government expands, liberty contracts."
“I have left orders to be awakened at any time during national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting."
“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help."
“Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, leave the rest to God."
“Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15."
“Sometimes when I'm faced with an atheist, I am tempted to invite him to the greatest gourmet dinner that one could ever serve, and when we have finished eating that magnificent dinner, to ask him if he believes there's a cook.”
“You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans."
“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."
“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."
“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."
“A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation."
“Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They're just braver 5 minutes longer."
“I've heard that hard work never killed anyone, but I say why take the chance?"
"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."
“Status quo, you know, is Latin for 'the mess we're in'."
"Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book."
“Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem."
"I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts."
“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged."
“Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his."
“We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we will always be free."
“It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first."
"Government is not a solution to our problem government is the problem."
“The future doesn't belong to the light-hearted. It belongs to the brave."
“Socialists ignore the side of man that is the spirit. They can provide you shelter, fill your belly with bacon and beans, treat you when you're ill, all the things guaranteed to a prisoner or a slave. They don't understand that we also dream."
“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."
“When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat."
“The federal government did not create the states; the states created the federal government."
“Someday, the realm of liberty and justice will encompass the planet. Freedom is not just the birthright of the few, it is the God-given right of all His children, in every country. It won't come by conquest. It will come, because freedom is right and freedom works. It will come, because cooperation and good will among free people will carry the day."
“If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals — if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is."
“More than a decade ago, a Supreme Court decision literally wiped off the books of fifty states statutes protecting the rights of unborn children. Abortion on demand now takes the lives of up to 1.5 million unborn children a year. Human life legislation ending this tragedy will some day pass the Congress, and you and I must never rest until it does. Unless and until it can be proven that the unborn child is not a living entity, then its right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness must be protected."
“Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong."
“Don't be afraid to see what you see."
“I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress."
“Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives."
“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."
“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."
Ronald Reagan quotes have the capacity to get your thought process reeling as you contemplate someone who was a president and seem to condemn governance. He passed on the baton to George Bush Sr. and wife Barbara Bush in 1988. I hope these quotes prove an inspiration and motivate you to be the best you can be.