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The 15 greatest Ronald Reagan quotes

Published: Wednesday, July 17 2013 3:09 p.m. MDT

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Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

You missed his most famous...
"I don't remember'' or their equivalents occurred at least 124 times in Reagan's eight hours of testimony about Iran Contra.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

"Why should we subsidize intellectual curiosity?"
--Ronald Reagan, campaign speech, 1980

I Choose Freedom
Atlanta, GA

Ronald Reagan was the last conservative president of this country. The liberals and big government types in both parties hated him and fought him in everything he tried to do. And they were successful much of the time. But he was able to accomplish some great things despite them and is remembered fondly today by those who revere freedom from a heavy-handed government.

I am proud to say I voted twice for this good man.

rvalens2
Burley, ID

What Ronald Reagan would say if he were alive today:

Government is, and ought always be, a servant of the people. For it is "We the People of the United States," who - through our actions and in-actions - determine the future direction of this country. Never let it be said that when the time came to defend our country and its Constitution, we failed to act. Never let it be said that our children’s children lost their freedoms because we were too busy to stand up and defend this great nation in its time of need. For it is through our efforts, no matter how small, that we can make a difference. And in doing so, we can look back and say, “We did all we could and left her in good hands.”

rvalens2
Burley, ID

Other great Ronald Reagan quotes:

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

“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.”

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

“You can’t tax business. Business doesn’t pay taxes. It collects taxes.”

“The taxpayer, that's someone who works for the federal government, but doesn't have to take a civil service examination.”

“I don't think we'll solve the problem of the deficit until three things happen: We need more discipline on spending in Congress. We need a constitutional amendment requiring Congress to balance the budget. And we need to give our presidents a line-item veto.”

“Almost all the world's Constitutions are documents in which governments tell the people what their privileges are. Our Constitution is a document in which "We the people" tell the government what it is allowed to do."

“I was not a great communicator, but I communicated great things.”

Harrison Bergeron
Holladay , UT

After Reagan everyone wondered how bad things would have been if Jimmy Carter had a second term.
After seven years of 'hop and change' we now know.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

Heretic, you still miss the point. So does Hutterite.

Aaron S
GREEN RIVER, WY

Do you refer to the "gift for oration" that had the man staring, blankly and wordlessly at the camera one time when asked a question for which he hadn't been "prepared"? Until Nancy, sotta voce (but caught by the microphone) said "we're doing everything we can", which he then repeated like a marionette? This man deserves zero honor; he was never more than a bad actor playing the greatest role of his life-and playing it so successfully, people credited him as real! And, apparently, do so to this day. Sad and astounding such a myth persists 30 years later.

Light and Liberty
St. George/Washington, UT

The greatest president of the 20th century. Both establishment Republicans and Democrats fear his memory because he represented The People, not the power of the government. To this day, in the middle of America, both Democrat And Republicans, admire him. No one can pick up his mantle because they don't push the policies he pushed, which were founded on fundamental principles. Sorry, Democrats, his memory never fades.

Harrison Bergeron
Holladay , UT

Here are a few of my personal favorites that did not make the list:

"The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so."

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

“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.”

“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.”

In December following the fall elections of 1984 in which Reagan had beat Walter Mondale in every state but Mondale's home state of Minnesota, Reagan was having his picture taken with some of the White House social aides when one of them asked him what he really wanted for Christmas. Reagan's reply was, "Well, Minnesota would have been nice." (The Telegraph, Dec 5, 1984)

Harrison Bergeron
Holladay , UT

Reagan had a great sense of humor:

"The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so."

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

“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.”

In December following the fall elections of 1984 in which Reagan had beat Walter Mondale in every state but Mondale's home state of Minnesota, Reagan was having his picture taken with some of the White House social aides when one of them asked him what he really wanted for Christmas. Reagan's reply was, "Well, Minnesota would have been nice." (The Telegraph, Dec 5, 1984)

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