Since Feb 2, 2006
Here are some of my favorite Reagan quotes:
"Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face."
"Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born"
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."
"Approximately 80% of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation, so let's not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emission standards from man-made sources."
"Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement."
"Double, no triple, our troubles and we'd still be better off than any other people on earth. It is time that we recognized that ours was, in truth, a noble cause."
"Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets."
"I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress."
"I've never been able to understand why a Republican contributor is a 'fat cat' and a Democratic contributor of the same amount of money is a 'public-spirited philanthropist'."
"In Israel, free men and women are every day demonstrating the power of courage and faith. Back in 1948 when Israel was founded, pundits claimed the new country could never survive. Today, no one questions that. Israel is a land of stability and democracy in a region of tryanny and unrest."
"It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first."
"General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
"My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes."
"Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong."
"Today we did what we had to do. They counted on America to be passive. They counted wrong."
"We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions."
"Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his."
Some people wonder all their lives if they've made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem.
"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"
These young Americans sent a message to terrorists everywhere. . . . You can run but you can't hide.
When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat.
"The house we hope to build is not for my generation but for yours. It is your future that matters. And 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."