Ronald Reagan Quotes On Government and Leadership

Ronald Reagan was one of the most influential presidents in United States history. He was known for his firm and confident leadership style, as well as his powerful speeches. Here are some of the most famous Ronald Reagan quotes.

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Ronald Reagan was the 40th president of the United States and is often considered one of the most influential presidents in American history. Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois, in 1911 and grew up in a small town in the Midwest. After a successful career as an actor, Reagan entered politics in the 1960s and was elected governor of California in 1966.

He successfully ran for president in 1980 and was re-elected in 1984. Reagan is best known for his “Reaganomics” policies, which aimed to reduce the size of government and promote economic growth. He also presided over the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Soviet Union. Reagan died in 2004.

His legacy is still being felt today, with many of his policies remaining in place. Reagan was a strong advocate for free market capitalism and smaller government. He slashed taxes and regulations, which helped to spur economic growth. He also championed conservative values, which helped to solidify the Republican Party’s hold on the country. 

73 Ronald Reagan Quotes

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

2. “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.”

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

4. “I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.”

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

6. “Surround yourself with great people; delegate authority; get out of the way”

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

8. “The future doesn’t belong to the light-hearted. It belongs to the brave.”

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

10. “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it 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.”

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Ronald Reagan Quotes on Government

11. “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!”

12. “As government expands, liberty contracts.”

13. “Government is not a solution to our problem government is the problem.”

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

15. “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

16. “Government is like a baby: an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.”

17. “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.”

18. “Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives”

19. “The federal government did not create the states; the states created the federal government.”

20. “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.”

21. “Government does not solve problems. It subsidizes them.”

22. “If more government is the answer, then it was a really stupid question.”

23. “Our government needs the church, because only those humble enough to admit they’re sinners can bring democracy the tolerance it requires to survive”

24. “Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets.”

25. “Nothing lasts longer than a temporary government program.”

26. “Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them.”

27. “The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.”

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Famous Ronald Reagan Quotes

28. “If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.”

29. “America is too great for small dreams.”

30. “If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be one nation gone under.”

31. “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”

32. “Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don’t need it and hell where they already have it.”

33. “Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They’re just braver 5 minutes longer.”

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

35. “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.”

36. “A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.”

37. “When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.”

38. “If you think you can – you can!”

Best Ronald Reagan Quotes

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

40. “Life is one grand sweet song so start the music”

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

42. “I’ve heard that hard work never killed anyone, but I say why take the chance?”

43. “While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.”

44. “If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen. ”

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

46. “I do not want to go back to the past; I want to go back to the past way of facing the future.”

47. “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.”

48. “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.”

49. “Never let the things you can’t do, stop you from doing what you can.”

Ronald Reagan Quotes On  Leadership and  Freedom 

51. “I’ve always believed that a lot of the trouble in the world would disappear if we were talking to each other instead of about each other.”

52. “I didn’t leave the Democratic party, the Democratic Party left me.”

53. “If history teaches anything, it teaches that self-delusion in the face of unpleasant facts is folly.”

54. “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.”

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

56. “Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.”

57. “If you’re explaining, you’re losing.”

58. “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.”

59. “A people free to choose will always choose peace. ”

60. “Don’t be afraid to see what you see.”

61. “Status quo, you know, is Latin for ‘the mess we’re in’.”

62. “Here you discover that so long as books are kept open, then minds can never be closed.”

Thought-Provoking Ronald Reagan Quotes

63. “Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known.”

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

65. “Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.”

68. “Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.”

69. “All great change in America begins at the dinner table.”

70. “It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.”

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

72. “I want you to know that also 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.”

73. “Since I came to the White House, I’ve gotten two hearing aids, had a colon operation, a prostate operation, skin cancer, and I’ve been shot…damn thing is, I’ve never felt better.”

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