Ronald Reagan
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It doesn’t do good to open doors for someone who doesn’t have the price to get in. If he has the price, he may not need the laws. There is no law saying the Negro has to live in Harlem or Watts.

I have recently been told that I am one of the millions of Americans who will be afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease. . .. I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead.

So in your discussions of the nuclear freeze proposals, I urge you to beware the temptation of pride -- the temptation blithely to declare yourselves above it all and label both sides equally at fault, to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong, good and evil.

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!

You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jelly beans.

We’re in greater danger today than we were the day after Pearl Harbor. Our military is absolutely incapable of defending this country.

Let us not forget who we are. Drug abuse is a repudiation of everything America is.

We might come closer to balancing the Budget if all of us lived closer to the Commandments and the Golden Rule.

The 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.

Freedom-loving people around the world must say . . . I am a refugee in a crowded boat foundering off the coast of Vietnam. I am Laotian, a Cambodian, a Cuban, and a Miskito Indian in Nicaragua. I, too, am a potential victim of totalitarianism.

If the federal government had been around when the Creator was putting His hand to this state, Indiana wouldn’t be here. It’d still be waiting for an environmental impact statement.

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

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

Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.

I’ve often said there’s nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse.

Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.

Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders.

We have so many people who can’t see a fat man standing beside a thin one without coming to the conclusion that the fat man got that way by taking advantage of the thin one!

Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere.

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.

But there are advantages to being elected President. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret.

No matter what time it is, wake me, even if it’s in the middle of a Cabinet meeting.

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

Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders.

It’s true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?



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