Below are some of my favorite Ron Reagan quotes. The first is my very favorite.
William Bennett wrote a book (well two volumes to be exact) America: The Last Best Hope. It is amazing! I strongly recommend it as a living/narrative, comprehensive book on American History. It is told without the standard revisionist slant. Truly excellent. The title is based on the first quote.
- You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.
- Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.
- 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.
- All great change in America begins at the dinner table.
- Coersion, after all, merely captures man. Freedom captivates him.
- Don't be afraid to see what you see.
- 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, 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.
- Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit.
- 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.
- I don't believe in a government that protects us from ourselves.
- I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting.
- 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.
- If you're afraid of the future, then get out of the way, stand aside. The people of this country are ready to move again.
- No arsenal ... is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.
- Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
- Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
- The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away.
- The 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.
- The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'
- The ultimate determinant in the struggle now going on for the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas-a trial of spiritual resolve: the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish and the ideals to which we are dedicated.
- Thomas Jefferson once said, 'We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.' And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.
- 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.