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Ronald Reagan's quotes
Ronald Reagan's 5 speeches
"Outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector."
"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."
"One definition of an economist is somebody who sees something happen in practice and wonders if it will work in theory."
"No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size."
"Nations crumble from within when the citizenry asks of government those things which the citizenry might better provide for itself."
"Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
"Life is just one grand sweet song, so start the music."
Life & Death
"I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born."
"It is the march of freedom and democracy which will leave Marxism- Leninism on the ash heap of history as it has left other tyrannies which stifle the freedom and muzzle the self-expression of the people."
"Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders."
"In an atmosphere of liberty, artists and patrons are free to think the unthinkable and create the audacious; they are free to make both horrendous mistakes and glorious celebrations."
"If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under."
"I think the best possible social program is a job."
"I hope that when you are my age, you will be able to say as I have been able to say: We lived in freedom. We lived lives that were a statement, not an apology."
"I had a dream the other night. I dreamed that Jimmy Carter came to me and asked why I wanted his job. I told him I didn't want his job. I want to be President."
"I believe the highest aspiration of man should be individual freedom and the development of the individual."
"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."
"History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap."
War & Peace
"Have we the courage and the will to face up to the immorality and discrimination of the progressive tax, and demand a return to traditional proportionate taxation?"
"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."
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