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When the Lord calls me home, whenever that day may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future. I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead.

RONALD REAGAN, letter announcing Alzheimer's diagnosis, Nov. 5, 1994

I won a nickname, "The Great Communicator." But I never thought it was my style or the words I used that made a difference: It was the content. I wasn't a great communicator, but I communicated great things, and they didn't spring full bloom from my brow, they came from the heart of a great nation — from our experience, our wisdom, and our belief in principles that have guided us for two centuries. They called it the Reagan revolution. Well, I'll accept that, but for me it always seemed more like the great rediscovery, a rediscovery of our values and our common sense.

RONALD REAGAN, farewell address, Jan. 11, 1989

Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.

RONALD REAGAN, New York Times, Nov. 14, 1965

I have no illusions about what little I can add now to the silent testimony of those who gave their lives willingly for their country ... Yet, we must try to honor them--not for their sakes alone, but for our own. And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice.

RONALD REAGAN, remarks on Memorial Day, 1982

Our citizens feel they've lost control of even the most basic decisions made about the essential services of government, such as schools, welfare, roads, and even garbage collection. And they're right. A maze of interlocking jurisdictions and levels of government confronts average citizens in trying to solve even the simplest of problems. They don't know where to turn for answers, who to hold accountable, who to praise, who to blame, who to vote for or against.

RONALD REAGAN, State of the Union address, Jan. 26, 1982

We're realists; we solve our problems instead of ignoring them, no matter how loud the chorus of despair around us. But we're also idealists, for it was an ideal that brought our ancestors to these shores from every corner of the world.

RONALD REAGAN, State of the Union address, Jan. 25, 1983

We're entering our third century now, but it's wrong to judge our nation by its years. The calendar can't measure America because we were meant to be an endless experiment in freedom -- with no limit to our reaches, no boundaries to what we can do, no end point to our hopes. The United States Constitution is the impassioned and inspired vehicle by which we travel through history. It grew out of the most fundamental inspiration of our existence: that we are here to serve Him by living free -- that living free releases in us the noblest of impulses and the best of our abilities; that we would use these gifts for good and generous purposes and would secure them not just for ourselves and for our children but for all mankind.

RONALD REAGAN, State of the Union address, Jan. 27, 1987

I have seen four wars in my lifetime. I'm a father of sons; I have a grandson. I don't ever want to see another generation of young Americans bleed their lives into sandy beachheads in the Pacific, or rice paddies and jungles in Asia, or the muddy, bloody battlefields of Europe.

RONALD REAGAN, presidential debate, Oct. 28, 1980

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.

RONALD REAGAN, remarks to the White House Conference on Small Business, Aug. 15, 1986

The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn't so.

RONALD REAGAN, televised speech, Oct. 27, 1964

I hope you're all Republican.

RONALD REAGAN, words to surgeons as he entered the operating room following an assassination attempt, Mar. 30, 1981

History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.

RONALD REAGAN, address to the nation, Jan. 16, 1984

Once you begin a great movement, there's no telling where it will end. We meant to change a nation, and instead, we changed a world.

RONALD REAGAN, farewell address, Jan. 11, 1989

The defense policy of the United States is based on a simple premise: The United States does not start fights. We will never be an aggressor. We maintain our strength in order to deter and defend against aggression — to preserve freedom and peace.

RONALD REAGAN, "Star Wars" speech, Mar. 23, 1983

My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.

RONALD REAGAN, joke during microphone check, Aug. 11, 1984

There are those in America today who have come to depend absolutely on government for their security. And when government fails they seek to rectify that failure in the form of granting government more power. So, as government has failed to control crime and violence with the means given it by the Constitution, they seek to give it more power at the expense of the Constitution. But in doing so, in their willingness to give up their arms in the name of safety, they are really giving up their protection from what has always been the chief source of despotism — government.

RONALD REAGAN, Guns and Ammo, Sep. 1, 1975

Since I came to the White House, I've gotten two hearing aids, had a colon operation, a prostate operation, skin cancer, and I've been shot ... damn thing is, I've never felt better.

RONALD REAGAN, Speaking My Mind

Facts are stupid things — stubborn things, I should say.

RONALD REAGAN, address to Republican National Convention, Aug. 15, 1988

When the chips are down and the decisions are made as to who the candidates will be, then the 11th commandment prevails and everybody goes to work, and that is: Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican.

RONALD REAGAN, remarks at a reception for delegates to the New York Republican Convention, Jun. 17, 1982

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

RONALD REAGAN, address to the annual meeting of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Mar. 30, 1967

Those who would trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state have told us that they have a utopian solution of peace without victory. They call their policy "accommodation." And they say if we only avoid any direct confrontation with the enemy, he will forget his evil ways and learn to love us. All who oppose them are indicted as warmongers.

RONALD REAGAN, televised speech, Oct. 27, 1964

So, in your discussions of the nuclear freeze proposals, I urge you to beware the temptation of pride, the temptation of blithely declaring yourselves above it all and label both sides equally at fault, to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil.

RONALD REAGAN, speech to the National Association of Evangelicals, Mar. 8, 1983

We will never recognize the true value of our own lives until we affirm the value in the life of others.

RONALD REAGAN, Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation

I'm convinced that today the majority of Americans want what those first Americans wanted: A better life for themselves and their children; a minimum of government authority. Very simply, they want to be left alone in peace and safety to take care of the family by earning an honest dollar and putting away some savings. This may not sound too exciting, but there is something magnificent about it. On the farm, on the street corner, in the factory and in the kitchen, millions of us ask nothing more, but certainly nothing less than to live our own lives according to our values — at peace with ourselves, our neighbors and the world.

RONALD REAGAN, televised address, Jul. 6, 1976

Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.

RONALD REAGAN, Los Angeles Times, Jan. 7, 1970

I heard one presidential candidate say that what this country needed was a president for the nineties. I was set to run again. I thought he said a president IN his nineties.

RONALD REAGAN, Speaking My Mind

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, attributed, The Age of Turbulence

I spoke to ears that refused to hear.

RONALD REAGAN, The Reagan Diaries

Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again.

RONALD REAGAN, remarks at a Memorial Day Ceremony, May 26, 1986

It is time for us to realize that we're too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams.

RONALD REAGAN, First Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1981

They tell us we must learn to live with less, and teach our children that their lives will be less full and prosperous than ours have been; that the America of the coming years will be a place where — because of our past excesses — it will be impossible to dream and make those dreams come true. I don't believe that. And, I don't believe you do either. That is why I am seeking the presidency. I cannot and will not stand by and see this great country destroy itself. Our leaders attempt to blame their failures on circumstances beyond their control, on false estimates by unknown, unidentifiable experts who rewrite modern history in an attempt to convince us our high standard of living, the result of thrift and hard work, is somehow selfish extravagance which we must renounce as we join in sharing scarcity. I don't agree that our nation must resign itself to inevitable decline, yielding its proud position to other hands. I am totally unwilling to see this country fail in its obligation to itself and to the other free peoples of the world.

RONALD REAGAN, declaration of candidacy for U. S. President, Nov. 13, 1979

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