Ronald Reagan Quotes
The Great Communicator

The following Ronald Reagan quotes begin with excerpts from his 1st and 2nd Inaugural Addresses.

Known as The Great Communicator, Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) was the 40th President of the United States and left a legacy of remarkable words - first as a radio broadcaster then actor, governor of California, and eventually US President.

He had the extraordinary ability to communicate with the American people, thus his nickname - The Great Communicator.

In response to this Reagan stated:

I won the nickname the great communicator. But I never thought it was my style that made a difference - it was the content. I wasn't a great communicator, but I communicated great things."

And that he did! Please enjoy these Ronald Reagan quotes.




Excerpt from Ronald Reagan's First Inaugural Address (1981):

In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden.

Excerpt from Ronald Reagan's Second Inaugural Address (1985):

History is a ribbon, always unfurling. History is a journey. And as we continue our journey, we think of those who traveled before us ... and we see and hear again the echoes of our past: a general falls to his knees in the hard snow of Valley Forge; a lonely president paces the darkened halls and ponders his struggle to preserve the Union; the men of the Alamo call out encouragement to each other; a settler pushes west and sings a song, and the song echoes out forever and fills the unknowing air. It is the American sound. It is hopeful, big-hearted, idealistic, daring, decent, and fair. That's our heritage, that's our song. We sing it still. For all our problems, our differences, we are together as of old. We raise our voices to the God who is the author of this most tender music. And may He continue to hold us close as we fill the world with our sound - in unity, affection, and love - one people under God, dedicated to the dream of freedom that He has placed in the human heart, called upon now to pass that dream on to a waiting and hopeful world.


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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.

Address to the annual meeting of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (1961)

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Democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.

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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.

Remarks in Arlington, VA (1987)

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A people free to choose will always choose peace.

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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.

First Inaugural Address (1981)

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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.

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The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead or the next. It was the deep knowledge - and pray God we have not lost it - that there is a profound moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest.

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Back in 1927, an American socialist, Norman Thomas, six times candidate for President on the Socialist Party ticket, said that the American people would never vote for socialism but he said under the name of liberalism the American people would adopt every fragment of the socialist program.

Speaking out against socialized medicine (1961)

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A troubled and afflicted mankind looks to us, pleading for us to keep our rendezvous with destiny; that we will uphold the principles of self-reliance, self-discipline, morality, and, above all, responsible liberty for every individual that we will become that shining city on a hill.

Official announcement on being a candidate for US President (1979)

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Abraham Lincoln freed the black man. In many ways, Dr. King freed the white man. How did he accomplish this tremendous feat? Where others - white and black - preached hatred, he taught the principles of love and nonviolence. We can be so thankful that Dr. King raised his mighty eloquence for love and hope rather than for hostility and bitterness. He took the tension he found in our nation, a tension of injustice, and channeled it for the good of America and all her people.

Address on the anniversary of the birth of Martin Luther King (1983)

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We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life - the unborn - without diminishing the value of all human life.

Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation by Ronald Reagan

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Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.

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Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.

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Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.

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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.

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If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.

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Let us be sure that those who come after will say of us in our time, that in our time we did everything that could be done. We finished the race; we kept them free; we kept the faith.

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Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

At be base of the Brandenburg Gate near the Berlin Wall, West Berlin (1987)

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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.

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There are no easy answers but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.

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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.

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We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.

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We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.

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We have the duty to protect the life of an unborn child.

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We might come closer to balancing the budget if all of us lived closer to the Commandments and the Golden Rule.

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Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.

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Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.

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Whatever else history may say about me when I'm gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty's lamp guiding your steps and opportunity's arm steadying your way.

Farewell Address, Washington, DC (1989)

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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.

Inscription on Ronald Reagan's tomb



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