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Ronald Reagan's 5 speeches
"You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans."
"You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man's age-old dream -- the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order -- or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism."
"We've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of government himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?"
"Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence."
"We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free."
"We who live in free market societies believe that growth, prosperity and ultimately human fulfillment, are created from the bottom up, not the government down. Only when the human spirit is allowed to invent and create, only when individuals are given a personal stake in deciding economic policies and benefitting from their success -- only then can societies remain economically alive, dynamic, progressive, and free."
"We need true tax reform that will at least make a start toward restoring for our children the American Dream that wealth is denied to no one, that each individual has the right to fly as high as his strength and ability will take him."
"Trust the people. This is the one irrefutable lesson of the entire postwar period contradicting the notion that rigid government controls are essential to economic development."
"There are some who've forgotten why we have a military. It's not to promote war; it's to be prepared for peace."
War & Peace
"There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits on the human capacity for intelligence, imagination and wonder."
"The West will not contain Communism, it will transcend Communism. We will not bother to denounce it, we'll dismiss it as a sad, bizarre chapter in human history whose last pages are even now being written."
"The thought of being president frightens me. I do not think I want the job."
"The greatness of our country has been based on our thinking that everyone has a right even to be wrong."
"The Goliath of totalitarianism will be brought down by the David of the microchip."
"The federal government has taken too much tax money from the people, too much authority from the states, and too much liberty with the Constitution."
"The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and 'slipped the surly bonds of earth' to 'touch the face of God.'"
"The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away."
"Some of your countrymen were unable to distinguish between their native dislike for war and the stainless patriotism of those who suffered its scars. But there has been a rethinking and now we can say to you, and say as a nation, thank you for your courage."
War & Peace
"Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first."
"Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book."
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