201 Ronald Reagan Quotes on Leadership, Freedom & Government

Ronald Reagan, 40th U.S. President (1981-1989), was an actor-turned-politician whose presidency witnessed domestic prosperity and the pursuit of “peace through strength” abroad.

Born on February 6, 1911, Reagan was initially a liberal-leaning Hollywood actor and Screen Actors Guild president, but his views turned conservative amid disputes over Communism in the film industry.

His political career began as California’s Governor in 1966. Reagan won the 1980 presidential election alongside running mate George Bush.


His economic policies aimed to stimulate growth, curb inflation and increase employment, despite defense-led deficits. His two-term presidency also included an overhaul of income tax codes and a relentless battle against international terrorism.

Reagan improved U.S.-Soviet relations by negotiating the elimination of intermediate-range nuclear missiles with Mikhail Gorbachev.

The Reagan era is associated with prosperity and national self-confidence restoration.

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Here is an amazing collection of most famous Ronald Reagan quotes.

Best Ronald Reagan Quotes on Leadership, Freedom & Government

1. “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

2. “America is too great for small dreams.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

3. “When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

4. “If not us, who? And if not now, when?” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

5. “By working together, pooling our resources and building on our strengths, we can accomplish great things.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

6. “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.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

7. “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

8. “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

9. “Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, leave the rest to God.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

10. “If you’re explaining, you’re losing.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

11. “Free enterprise has done more to reduce poverty than all the government programs dreamed up by Democrats.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

Famous Ronald Reagan Quotes

12. “If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

13. “In this present crisis, the government is not the solution to our problem, government IS the problem. It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant, it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

14. “The purpose of America is to unleash the full talent and genius of every individual.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

15. “Information is the oxygen of the modern age.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

16. “Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

17. “There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

18. “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.” – (President Ronald Reagan)

19. “Self-defense is not only our right; it is our duty.” – (President Ronald Reagan)

20. “Wherever a beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories…” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

21. “If you think you can – you can!” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

22. “The price of freedom may be high, but never so costly as the loss of freedom.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

23. “America is, and always will be, a shining city on a hill.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

24. “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

25. “I’ve heard that hard work never killed anyone, but I say why take the chance?” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

Great Ronald Reagan Quotes

26. “Peace is more than just an absence of war. True peace is justice, true peace is freedom, and true peace dictates the recognition of human rights.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

27. “Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They’re just braver 5 minutes longer.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

28. “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

29. “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

30. “There is no greater happiness for a man than approaching a door at the end of a day knowing someone on the other side of that door is waiting for the sound of his footsteps.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

31. “Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

32. “As government expands, liberty contracts.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

33. “Respect for human rights is not social work; it is not merely an act of compassion. It is the first obligation of government and the source of its legitimacy.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

34. “To sit back hoping that someday, someway, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

35. “It’s hard, when you’re up to your armpits in alligators, to remember you came here to drain the swamp.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

36. “I believe the best social program is a job.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

37. “With freedom comes responsibility, a responsibility that can only be met by the individual.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

38. “Stick to your dreams and determine that you’re going to make them come true.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

39. “I’ll be like Scarlett O’Hara-I’ll think about it tomorrow.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

40. “The arts and humanities teach us who we are and what we can be. They lie at the very core of the culture of which we’re a part.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

Powerful Ronald Reagan Quotes

41. “Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don’t need it and hell where they already have it.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

42. “Every new day begins with possibilities.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

43. “It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

44. “We are forever indebted to those who have given their lives that we might be free.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

45. “Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

46. “Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

47. “Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

48. “Let us thank God for life and the blessings He’s put before us. High among them are our families, our freedom, and the opportunities of a new year.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

49. “A wife who loses a husband is called a widow. A husband who loses a wife is called a widower. A child who loses his parents is called an orphan. There is no word for a parent who loses a child. That’s how awful the loss is.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

50. “Without a vision the people perish.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

51. “Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

52. “Democracy is not a fragile flower; still it needs cultivating.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

53. “The federal government did not create the states; the states created the federal government.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

54. “Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

55. “There are no easy answers’ but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

56. “Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

57. “For too long, the victims of crime have been the forgotten persons of our criminal justice system.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

58. “Government is never more dangerous than when our desire to have it help us blinds us to its great power to harm us.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

59. “Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

60. “Our American tradition of neighbor helping neighbor has always been one of our greatest strengths and most noble traditions.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

61. “Christopher Columbus was looking for a passage to India, but he landed in America. He landed in the wrong place, and when he got back, he wasn’t sure where he’d been. But most important of all, he did it on someone else’s money.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

62. “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

63. “We have the duty to protect the life of an unborn child.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

64. “Cold, hungry, scared as hell inside, but too damn brave to admit it.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

65. “We can meet our destiny, and that destiny to build a land here that will be, for all mankind, a shining city on a hill.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

66. “In a world wracked by hatred, economic crisis, and political tension, America remains mankind’s best hope.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

67. “Love your country, not for her power or wealth, but for her selflessness and her idealism.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

68. “Cars don’t cause pollution, trees do.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

69. “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.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

70. “The work of volunteer groups throughout our country represents the very heart and soul of America. They have helped make this the most compassionate, generous, and humane society that ever existed on the face of this earth.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

71. “We still have too much air and water pollution and we still need to work to reduce it. But we also need to put the problem of pollution into a historical as well as scientific perspective…” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

72. “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

73. “Only our deep moral values and our strong social institutions can hold back that jungle and restrain the darker impulses of human nature.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

74. “Professional politicians like to talk about the value of experience in government. Nuts! The only experience you gain in politics is how to be political.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

75. “Words are even more feeble on this Memorial Day, for the sight before us is that of a strong and good nation that stands in silence and remembers those who were loved and who, in return, loved their countrymen enough to die for them.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

76. “If you can’t summarize an issue on one page, you don’t understand the issue well enough.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

77. “We believe faith and freedom must be our guiding stars, for they show us truth, they make us brave, give us hope, and leave us wiser than we were.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

78. “I’ve often said there’s nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

79. “I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

80. “We’ve gone astray from first principles. We’ve lost sight of the rule that individual freedom and ingenuity are at the very core of everything that we’ve accomplished. Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

81. “A nation’s greatness is measured not just by its gross national product or military power, but by the strength of its devotion to the principles and values that bind its people and define their character.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

82. “Our loyalty lies with little taxpayers, not big spenders. What our critics really believe is that those in Washington know better how to spend your money than you, the people, do. But we’re not going to let them do it, period.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

83. “The closest thing to eternal life on earth is a Government Program.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

84. “Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

85. “The struggle now going on for the world will never be decided by bombs or rockets, by armies or military might. The real crisis we face today is a spiritual one; at root, it is a test of moral will and faith.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

86. “The family has always been the cornerstone of American society. Our families nurture, preserve, and pass on to each succeeding generation the values we share and cherish, values that are the foundation of our freedoms.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

87. “Trust the people – that is the crucial lesson of history.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

88. “I wasn’t a great communicator, but I communicated great things.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

89. “I didn’t leave the Democratic party; the Democratic party left me.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

90. “You will be competing against athletes from many nations. But, most important, you are competing against yourself. All we expect is for you to do your very best, to push yourself just one second faster, one notch higher, one inch further.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

92. “Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

93. “I was raised to believe that God has a plan for everyone and that seemingly random twists of fate are all a part of His plan.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

Wise Ronald Reagan Quotes

94. “Socialists ignore the side of man that is the spirit. They can provide you shelter, fill your belly with bacon and beans, treat you when you’re ill, all the things guaranteed to a prisoner or a slave. They don’t understand that we also dream.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

95. “If some among you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals from customers, clients, or even government, recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile hoping he’ll eat you last.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

96. “If you’ve seen one redwood tree, you’ve seen them all.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

97. “The signs of the Vietnam War protestors said “Make Love not War!” It didn’t seem to me that they were capable of either.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

98. “Don’t let anyone tell you that America’s best days are behind her – that the American spirit has been vanquished. We’ve seen it triumph too often in our lives to stop believing in it now.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

99. “God’s miracles are to be found in nature itself; the wind and waves, the wood that becomes a tree – all of these are explained biologically, but behind them is the hand of God.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

100. “Government is not the solution, but rather the cause of our problems.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

101. “Surround yourself with great people; delegate authority; get out of the way.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

102. “I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there’s purpose and worth to each and every life.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

103. “If more government is the answer, then it was a really stupid question.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

104. “Preservation of our environment is not a liberal or conservative challenge, it’s common sense.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

105. “There is no foundation like the rock of honesty and fairness, and when you begin to build your life on that rock, with the cement of the faith in God that you have, then you have a real start.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

106. “Never let the things you can’t do, stop you from doing what you can.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

107. “The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally – not a 20 percent traitor.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

108. “You on the cutting edge of technology have already made yesterday’s impossibilities the commonplace realities of today.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

109. “The more the plans fail, the more the planners plan.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

110. “May every day be a new beginning, and every dawn bring us closer to that shining city upon a hill.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

111. “The American dream is not that every man must be level with every other man. The American dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

112. “A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

113. “Those who say that we’re in a time when there are no heroes, they just don’t know where to look.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

114. “Law and freedom must be indivisible partners. For without law, there can be no freedom, only chaos and disorder; and without freedom, law is but a cynical veneer for injustice and oppression.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

115. “Every new day begins with possibilities. It’s up to us to fill it with the things that move us toward progress and peace.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

116. “I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

117. “My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose – somehow we win out.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

118. “We have every right to dream heroic dreams.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

119. “You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, ‘There is a price we will not pay.’ There is a point beyond which they must not advance. This is the meaning of the phrase ‘Peace through strength.’” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

120. “A socialist is someone who has read Lenin and Marx. An anti-socialist is someone who understands Lenin and Marx.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

121. “Some people wonder all their lives if they’ve made a difference. The Marines don’t have that problem.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

122. “I’ve always believed that a lot of the trouble in the world would disappear if we were talking to each other instead of about each other.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

123. “I have left orders to be awakened at any time during the national emergency, even if I’m in a cabinet meeting.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

Inspiring Ronald Reagan Quotes

124. “The time has come to turn to God and reassert our trust in Him.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

125. “The time has come to turn to God and reassert our trust in Him for the healing of America – our country is in need of and ready for a spiritual renewal.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

126. “I do not want to go back to the past; I want to go back to the past way of facing the future.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

127. “Too often character assassination has replaced debate in principle here in Washington. Destroy someone’s reputation, and you don’t have to talk about what he stands for.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

128. “Terrorism is the preferred weapon of weak and evil men.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

129. “We’ve been blessed with the opportunity to stand for something for liberty and freedom and fairness. And these are things worth fighting for, worth devoting our lives to.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

130. “We desire peace. But peace is a goal, not a policy. Lasting peace is what we hope for at the end of our journey. It doesn’t describe the steps we must take nor the paths we should follow to reach that goal.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

131. “God, the source of all knowledge, should never have been expelled from our children’s classrooms.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

132. “Man is not free unless government is limited.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

133. “To say Congress is spending like drunken sailors is an insult to drunken sailors.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

134. “All great change in America begins at the dinner table.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

135. “If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

136. “America’s best days are yet to come.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

137. “It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

138. “There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

139. “If we miss this chance to make a fresh start, we may look back on this moment from some later vantage point and realize how much that failure cost us all.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

140. “The Founding Fathers believed that faith in God was the key to our being a good people and America’s becoming a great nation.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

141. “America’s best days lie ahead. You ain’t seen nothing yet.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

142. “We maintain the peace through our strength; weakness only invites aggression.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

143. “The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

144. “We are never defeated unless we give up on God.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

145. “For the first time ever, everything is in place for the Battle of Armageddon and the Second Coming of Christ.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

146. “America was founded by people who believe that God was their rock of safety. I recognize we must be cautious in claiming that God is on our side, but I think it’s all right to keep asking if we’re on His side.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

147. “We stand together as we did two centuries ago, One people under God determined that our future shall be worthy of our past.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

148. “My dream is to see the day when nuclear weapons will be banished from the face of the Earth.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

149. “I’m no linguist, but I have been told that in the Russian language, there isn’t even a word for freedom.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

150. “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.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

151. “Good citizenship and defending democracy means living up to the ideals and values that make this country great.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

152. “Don’t be afraid to see what you see.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

153. “If you want more of something, subsidize it; if you want less of something, tax it.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

Meaningful Ronald Reagan Quotes

154. “Either you will control your government, or the government will control you.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

156. “What would this country be without this great land of ours.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

157. “No matter how big and powerful government gets, and the many services it provides, it can never take the place of volunteers.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

158. “You can’t be for big government, big taxes and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

159. “If it takes a bloodbath, let’s get it over with.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

160. “The very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

161. “The future is best decided by ballots, not bullets.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

162. “The doors of this Library are open now and are all welcome. The judgment of history is left to you, the people. I have no fears of that, for we have done our best. And so I say, come and learn from it.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

163. “When government gets too big, freedom is lost. The government is supposed to be the servant. But when a government can tax the people with no limit or restraint on what the government can take, then the government has become the master.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

164. “Perhaps we need some outside, universal threat to make us recognize this common bond. I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

165. “The Founding Fathers knew a government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

166. “Work and family are at the center of our lives, the foundation of our dignity as a free people.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

167. “There is no security, no safety, in the appeasement of evil.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

168. “If it’s to be a bloodbath, let it be now. Appeasement is not the answer.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

169. “We must have faith in the people of this country and faith in our principles.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

170. “The true lesson of the Vietnam War is: certainty of purpose and ruthlessness of execution win wars.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

171. “Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

172. “Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

173. “Eighty percent of air pollution comes from plants and trees.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

174. “If history teaches us anything, it teaches that simple-minded appeasement or wishful thinking about our adversaries is folly.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

175. “Governments don’t control things. A government can’t control the economy without controlling people.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

176. “I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

Profound Ronald Reagan Quotes

177. “Together, we’ll build a far better future for America – a future of growth, opportunity, and security, anchored by the values of a people who are confident, compassionate, and whose heart is good.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

178. “I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

179. “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.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

180. “Government Steals from the needy and gives to the greedy.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

181. “We meant to change a nation, and instead, we changed a world.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

182. “There are some who’ve forgotten why we have a military. It’s not to promote war, it’s to be prepared for peace.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

183. “Tyranny, like fog in the well-known poem, often creeps in silently ‘on little cat feet.’” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

184. “The best way to get over a dog’s death is to get another soon.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

185. “When the Lord calls me home, whenever that may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this county of ours and eternal optimism for its future.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

186. “All the waste in a year from a nuclear power plant can be stored under a desk.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

187. “We’ve got to teach history based not on what’s in fashion, but what’s important.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

188. “Our liberties, our values, all for which America stands is safe today because brave men and women have been ready to face the fire at freedom’s front. And we thank God for them.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

189. “We may be the generation that sees Armageddon.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

190. “Some years ago, the federal government declared war on poverty, and poverty won.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

191. “From my mother, I learned the value of prayer, how to have dreams and believe I could make them come true.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

192. “Some may try to tell us that this is the end of an era. But what they overlook is that in America, every day is a new beginning. For this is the land that has never become, but is always in the act of becoming.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

193. “The best social program is a productive job for anyone who’s willing to work.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

194. “If we listen to our hearts, believe in ourselves, and pull together, nothing can stand in our way.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

195. “The taxpayer – that’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

196. “Let us not forget who we are. Drug abuse is a repudiation of everything America is.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

197. “The future doesn’t belong to the lighthearted. It belongs to the brave.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

198. “Money can’t buy happiness, but it will certainly get you a better class of memories.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).
199. “Peace is not the absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

200. “Doverey, no proverey – Trust but verify.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

201. “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.” ~ (Ronald Reagan).

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Short Biography of Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan, the 40th U.S. president from 1981 to 1989, was a key conservative leader.

Ronald Reagan

Starting his career as a sports broadcaster, Reagan became a famous actor in California before leading the Screen Actors Guild.

Full Name Ronald Wilson Reagan
Born February 6, 1911 Tampico, Illinois, U.S.
Died June 5, 2004 (aged 93) Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting place Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
40th POTUS January 20, 1981 – January 20, 1989
33rd Governor of California January 2, 1967 – January 6, 1975
Political party Republican (from 1962)
Other Political Affiliations Democratic (until 1962)
Spouses Jane Wyman​(m. 1940; div. 1949)​, Nancy Davis ​(m. 1952)​
Children 5, including Maureen, Michael, Patti, and Ron
Parents Jack Reagan, Nelle Wilson
Relatives Neil Reagan (brother)
Alma mater Eureka College (BA)
Occupation Actor, Politician, Sports broadcaster, Union leader
Service United States Army, ReserveAir Forces
Years of service 1937–1942 (reserve), 1942–1945 (regular)
Rank Captain
Unit 322nd Cavalry Regiment, 323rd Cavalry Regiment, 18th AAF Base Unit
Wars World War II

His political rise began with a notable speech in 1964, leading to his tenure as California’s governor where he improved the state’s finances and took a firm stance on protests.

After an initial defeat in 1976, Reagan won the presidency in 1980, marking a significant conservative shift in American politics.

Quick Facts about Ronald Reagan

  • Ronald Reagan, born on February 6, 1911, in Tampico, Illinois, became the 40th President of the United States.
  • Prior to his political career, Reagan was a well-known Hollywood actor, appearing in over 50 films and TV shows.
  • Reagan served as the Governor of California from 1967, where he implemented conservative policies like tax cuts and welfare reform.
  • A key achievement of Reagan’s presidency was his role in ending the Cold War through negotiations with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
  • Reagan survived an assassination attempt in March 1981 by John Hinckley Jr. but made a full recovery.
  • His economic policies, dubbed “Reaganomics,” focused on tax cuts and reducing government regulation, spurring significant economic growth.
  • In 1981, Reagan appointed Sandra Day O’Connor as the first female Supreme Court Justice, marking a significant step for gender equality.
  • Known as “The Great Communicator,” Reagan was celebrated for his public speaking skills, effectively connecting with the American public.
  • Reagan’s nickname, “The Great Communicator,” was earned due to his ability to convey complex ideas in relatable terms.
  • The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed in 1987 with Gorbachev eliminated a class of nuclear missiles, easing superpower tensions.
  • Advocating for limited government, Reagan believed in minimal government intervention to foster prosperity and freedom.
  • Reagan also survived a near-death experience in 1981 due to a life-threatening blood clot, showcasing his resilience.
  • The “Reagan Revolution” saw a booming economy, with falling unemployment rates, a soaring stock market, and unprecedented GDP growth.
  • Reagan defended the right to bear arms throughout his presidency as a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment.
  • Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher shared a close bond, united by similar conservative values and goals.
  • His economic policies led to a significant decrease in inflation, stabilizing the cost of living.
  • The Strategic Defense Initiative, or “Star Wars,” was a Reagan initiative aimed at developing a missile defense system for national security.
  • Reagan’s journey from actor to President showcases a remarkable transition from entertainment to significant political influence.
  • Reagan’s administration was characterized by strong advocacy for economic growth and a conservative approach to governance.
  • His economic reforms revitalized the 1980s economy, contributing to his legacy as a transformative leader.
  • Reagan’s ability to bounce back from an assassination attempt and a life-threatening surgery exemplified his strong character.
  • His strategic diplomatic efforts with the Soviet Union marked a turning point in Cold War history.
  • Reagan’s speeches often inspired hope and unity, reflecting his vision for America.
  • The appointment of Sandra Day O’Connor by Reagan broke new ground for women in the judiciary.
  • Reagan’s economic strategy led to a dynamic period of growth known as the “Reagan Boom.”
  • His firm belief in individuals’ rights to self-defense underpinned his support for the Second Amendment.
  • Reagan’s friendly international relations, particularly with Thatcher, emphasized the importance of allied partnerships in global politics.
  • By combating high inflation, Reagan’s policies restored economic stability for many Americans.
  • The Strategic Defense Initiative underscored Reagan’s commitment to leveraging technology for national security.
  • Reagan’s lasting impact on American society and politics remains a testament to his leadership and vision for the nation.

Top Questions about Ronald Reagan

Q: What kind of career did Ronald Reagan have before politics?

A: Ronald Reagan was a successful actor in Hollywood, appearing in over 50 films and various TV shows. His most memorable roles were in “Knute Rockne, All American” and “Kings Row.”

Q: What led to Ronald Reagan’s passing?

A: Ronald Reagan passed away due to pneumonia at his Bel-Air home in Los Angeles, at the age of 93. His wife, Nancy Reagan, described his peaceful passing as a profound gift.

Q: What key policies did Ronald Reagan introduce as President?

A: During his presidency, Reagan introduced Reaganomics, which emphasized tax cuts, less government regulation, and increased defense spending. He also maintained a firm stance against communism, highlighted by the Strategic Defense Initiative.

Q: How did Reagan influence the end of the Cold War?

A: Reagan’s firm policies and negotiations contributed to arms reduction treaties and increased pressure on the Soviet Union, which played a significant role in ending the Cold War.

Q: When did Reagan face an assassination attempt, and how did he survive?

A: An assassination attempt on Reagan occurred on March 30, 1981. Thanks to quick action, Reagan survived a punctured lung and severe internal bleeding after being rushed for medical care.

Q: What was Ronald Reagan famously known as?

A: Ronald Reagan was known as “The Great Communicator” because of his exceptional speaking skills and ability to engage with the public effectively.

Q: Which films is Reagan well-known for?

A: Reagan is known for his roles in several films, including “The Voice of the Turtle,” “Bedtime for Bonzo,” “The Winning Team,” and “Cattle Queen of Montana.”

Q: How is Ronald Reagan viewed today?

A: Reagan is regarded as a pivotal figure in American history, remembered for his conservative principles, economic policies, and influential leadership.

Q: Did Ronald Reagan serve multiple terms as U.S. President?

A: Yes, Ronald Reagan served two terms as President, from 1981 to 1989.

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