Ronald Reagan


Ronald Reagan Quotes

  • ''We're in greater danger today than we were the day after Pearl Harbor. Our military is absolutely incapable of defending this country.''
    Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. First published in New York Times, April 12, 1980. quoted in "Temptation of Pride," Reagan's Reign of Error, eds. Mark Green and Gail MacColl (1987).
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  • ''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.''
    Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. quoted in There He Goes Again, eds. Mark Green and Gail MacColl (1983). Said in 1966 to aide Stuart Spencer.
  • ''I will stand on, and continue to use, the figures I have used, because I believe they are correct. Now, I'm not going to deny that you don't now and then slip up on something; no one bats a thousand.''
    Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. News conference, Philadelphia. Quoted in Washington Post (April 20, 1980).
  • ''Well, I learned a lot.... You'd be surprised. They're all individual countries.''
    Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. quoted in Washington Post (Dec. 6, 1982). Following Reagan's tour of South America.
  • ''Honey, I forgot to duck.''
    Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. Remark, March 30, 1981, to Nancy Reagan. After John Hinckley III's assassination attempt. Reagan was echoing the celebrated excuse boxer Jack Dempsey made to his wife after losing a title fight in the 1920s.
  • ''Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders.''
    Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. Sacramento Bee (April 28, 1966). Nonetheless, on March 31, 1982, Reagan claimed that, "We have, in some of the hardest-hit states, extended the unemployment insurance. There's nothing that strikes to my heart more than the unemployed." Quoted in: Reagan's Reign of Error, "Want Ads" (eds. Mark Green and Gail MacColl, 1987), where the Labor Department is quoted as estimating that changes in the eligibility formula in the 1981 budget in fact reduced extended benefits for 1.5 million jobless workers.
  • ''Violence has been Nicaragua's most important export to the world.''
    Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. Speech, April 27, 1983, to Congress. Speaking My Mind (1989).
  • ''They are our brothers, these freedom fighters.... They are the moral equal of our Founding Fathers and the brave men and women of the French Resistance. We cannot turn away from them, for the struggle here is not right versus left; it is right versus wrong.''
    Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. Speech, March 1, 1985, to Conservative Political Action Conference, Washington, DC. Speaking My Mind (1989). On the Nicaraguan contra fighters.
  • ''If the Soviet Union let another political party come into existence, they would still be a one-party state, because everybody would join the other party.''
    Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. Remark, June 23, 1983, to Polish Americans in Chicago. "The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Reagan," Speaking My Mind (1989).
  • ''Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.''
    Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. speech, Dec. 11, 1972. "The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Reagan," Speaking My Mind (1989).

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